Last Updated Aug 8, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
The laundry room may not be the most exciting room in the house, but it is a necessary room. It is the room where you wash clothes, sheets, towels and make them fresh again. Choosing appliances for the laundry room will be your first priority, but you might want to make the laundry room a little more cheerful, so you don't dread walking into it.
The first order of business will be to purchase a washing machine. They can vary widely in price, but do you need to buy the most expensive model? Some prices for washing machines may be:
Front loading washing machines tend to be more expensive than top loaders, but they have advantages. They are more water efficient and some say they leave a cleaner wash. The price differences aren't all dependent on the capacity of the washing machine. You can pay $1500 for an 13kg washing machine or $3600 for a 10kg machine.
Prices are calculated according to the features a washing machine has. A cheaper model will have manual controls for water temperature. A more expensive machine will have sensors that can adjust the water temperature and speed of the washing machine to suit different types of clothes. Some have smartphone apps that make it possible to diagnose a problem and some can be turned on through a wireless app. These will cost more, but they may be worth the cost if you want to finish a wash cycle when you come home from work.
Washing machines will have both Star Ratings for electricity consumption and WELS rating for water consumption. Try to buy a higher Star Rating and a high WELS rating. In the long run, these will save you money and even if you pay a little more, you'll make the money back in time.
Because electricity prices change over time, you cannot calculate the amount of money you will save, but a 4.0 Star Rating on a 9kg washing machine will save money over a 3.0 Star rating. Star ratings also give the kilowatt hours (kWh) rating and a lower rating means you will save more on a washing machine. Using a cold water wash can save money, too, but it might not be appropriate for all your washing needs.
Also try to buy a washing machine the has the right capacity for your needs. A 5.5kg machine may be perfect for a couple, while a 10kg washing machine may be ideal for a large family.
Once you've chosen a washing machine, the dryer will be your next consideration Like washing machines, they vary dramatically in price:
As with washing machines, prices for dryers don't necessarily depend on their capacity. You pay more for a fully featured dryer that will have sensors and usually a stainless steel drum.
Buying a dryer is a personal decision, but as with washing machines, be sure you buy the right capacity for your needs. 4kg isn't enough for a large family and you may need a 9kg dryer for big loads.
Star ratings are important, but a dryer with a heat pump will save 50 percent per load and a dryer can last up to 10 years. According to calculations done by Energy Ratings, a heat pump dryer can save $1600 over a vented model.
Also consider buying a clothesline. When the sun shines, it kills bacteria in the clothes and you have fresher smelling clothes than you might get in a dryer. You will also save money on running costs. A clothesline can mean a little more work, but when you have fresh smelling clothes and save money, it can be worth the extra effort.
Irons can be relatively inexpensive, but do you want to purchase the cheapest iron available? A steam iron opens up a fabric's weave allowing you to iron out deep creases. Steam irons can usually be adjusted and they are the least expensive irons. A steam generator iron is a little more expensive, but the generator allows you to iron both sides of clothes at the same time. Steam generator irons are also lighter in weight than steam irons.
Steam irons can have different features. Some use vertical steam and others have mechanisms that allow you to give bursts of steam to fabrics. Continuous steam output is around 40g/min with a steam iron and 100g/min on a steam generator iron.
Irons can have four types of plates:
An inexpensive iron might cost under $30 and a more expensive iron may cost $60 or $70. A more expensive iron might cost between $100 and $150, but will adjust the steam to the fabric. A steam generator iron might cost around $220.
You need an ironing board when you do ironing. There are three types of ironing boards. Portable ironing boards can be folded up and used anywhere. Wall mounted ironing boards are mounted on a wall and can't be moved, so consider where you want to install a wall mounted ironing board. The third type of ironing board is a tabletop ironing board, but they may be appropriate for apartments and other small areas and may not allow you to do a large amount of ironing.
Portable ironing boards are the most popular and even if you do the ironing in the same place, they can be folded up and kept out of the way.
We spend a lot of time in the laundry room, but it doesn't have to be a dreary, utilitarian space. There are lots of ways you can bring more cheer into the laundry room?
These will all help and you won't dread going to a bleak laundry room. Treat it like any other room in the house and make it as cheerful as possible. You won't regret sprucing up the laundry room when you walk in and are greeted by a cheerful atmosphere.
Also arrange the washing machine and dryer for easy access. A dryer can be wall mounted and it might make it easier to load clothes in the dryer. Washing machines should be on the floor and if you have a top loader, having a benchtop nearby will make loading clothes easier. If you have a front loading washing machine, it may be easier to directly load the machine from a laundry basket and you may want to put the dryer on top of the front loader to make it easier to transfer clothes to the dryer.
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