Which Type of Commercial Laundry Machine Should You Use in Your Laundromat?

If you are considering opening a laundromat, you may be surprised to learn that there are different types of commercial laundry machines. Some might be more ideal if your commercial space is small and tight, while others might be more convenient for families with larger loads of laundry and little pocket cash. Here, learn more about your options so you can design your laundromat around the machines you want to include. 

Modified Standard Machines

These are just like any washing and drying machines you can buy for your home. The main difference is, of course, the fact that a coin operation accessory is added to each machine and adapted to turn it into a laundromat machine. The biggest benefit with these machines is that if you should ever choose to give up the laundromat business, or you want better and bigger machines, you can remove the coin operation component and just sell the machines as regular washers and dryers to the public. 

Coin-Operated, Stand-Alone Laundromat Machines

All of these machines are typically front-loading machines. The coins go in a slot next to the buttons customers use to select load size and washing or drying instructions. These machines sit on the floor of your laundromat, either along the walls or as a series of machines back to back in the center of the laundromat's main room. The coin operation component is built right into the machines, and it cannot be removed. Ergo, if you ever want to sell one of these machines, it would be more ideal to sell it to another laundromat owner. 

Coin-Operated Built-into-the-Wall Machines

These machines are similar in appearance and coin operation features to the models that stand alone on the floor except that these are built right into the wall. They can be stacked floor to ceiling, and come in four sizes for customer preferences: small, medium, large, and extra-large or jumbo load machines. The larger the machine, the more you can charge per use, which is why some laundromats have a wide variety of all sizes of washers and dryers in their places of business. The only downside to these machines is that if they need repair, you have to get a technician to come in, break through a wall to fix it, and/or remove the machine entirely to fix what is wrong before reinstalling it. 

If you're ready to start a laundromat and want to compare your options, contact local commercial laundry distributors.