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Professional washing machine

If you want to know whether you need a professional washing machine or a domestic one, you have to take into account some differences. First of all, in a professional model you can put a lot more kg of laundry. In addition, professional machines are also more sturdily built, so they have a longer life. You can also wash faster and more efficiently, with your clothes less likely to be damaged. On average, a professional washing machine costs around €2500, but there are also models of over €4000. When you buy one, you should pay attention to how easy it is to use. At the bottom of this page you will find the best professional washing machines from 2024.

Professional washing machine

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October

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Yannick

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Difference between a regular and a professional washing machine

The main difference between professional washing machines and domestic washing machines is, of course, the amount of laundry you can put in the drum. On average, a professional washing machine has a fill weight of 14 kg, which is twice as much as a household of three needs.

In addition, there are a few other important differences:

The construction

A washing machine for professional use is built very differently than a consumer washing machine. The materials are sturdier, and this rugged design makes it suitable for long-term and intensive use.

Longer life

If you are looking for a washing machine with a long life, then a professional washing machine is exactly what you are looking for.

On average, a professional washing machine lasts ten times longer than household machines. The average number of washes is around 30,000, compared to around 3,000 for a regular model.

That translates to a lifetime of ten years for a household washing machine, to a lifetime of around thirty years for professional washing machines.

Better for your clothes

A (semi) professional washing machine is better for your clothes and other laundry than a household appliance. They are equipped with a clothes-protecting drum and the larger capacity also means that your clothes rub against each other and the wall less, so that you are less likely to suffer from wear.

This is mainly an advantage for restaurants that are looking for a (semi) professional washing machine to wash linen tablecloths and napkins. In a normal washing machine these will break down considerably faster.

Shorter wash cycle

If you choose a (semi) professional washing machine, it probably means that you also have a lot of laundry. You probably don’t have the time to wait very long for your laundry to be washed. Luckily, most professional washing machines have programmable controls, allowing you to specify how long a wash should take.

On average, a 90-degree cycle takes just under an hour, compared to up to two hours for domestic appliances.

Handy extra features

Professional washing machines are really set up to make it as easy as possible for you. An automatic weighing system ensures that you always use the right amount per kilo of laundry. This is environmentally friendly because you never use too much detergent and water. Over the lifetime of the washing machine, this allows you to make significant savings.

Through the extra features you also always have the best results. When used in a hair salon, for example, you can always be sure that the towels will come out of the drum equally clean every time.

Best professional washing machines of 2024

To rate these professional washing machines, we looked at a number of features:

  • comfortable working position
  • Intuitive interface

Professional washing machines that are height adjustable are more user-friendly than those that are not. A large display and the ability to operate the professional machine in different languages also contribute to the rating. Finally, special programs, for example for linen in the hospitality industry are also included in the rating.

These are the best professional washing machines of 2024:

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Best professional washing machine

The Electrolux ELFW7637AW is a front-load washer with a total capacity of 4.5 cubic feet. It’s stackable, so you can pair it with your favorite Electrolux dryer, too. This washer measures 32 inches deep, 38 inches high, and 27 inches wide at just 237 lbs. A standard size that will allow your washer to fit in many different rooms. The steel washer door is reversible, for even more flexible placement. This washer has Tier II Energy Efficiency Rating, and an energy consumption of just 85kWh/year. Economical, but quite powerful too! The maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM dries your clothes well, so time spent on the clothesline is minimized. You have a world of options with 10 wash cycles including Delicates, Handwashable, Heavy Duty, Rinse & Spin, Speed Wash and Whites. Choose freely according to your needs. Check out these exclusive features. SmartBoost combines the detergent and water before each wash cycle, to give it the most excellent cleaning power. The Optic Whites cycle keeps your whites, white, even better than bleach does. Remove detergent residues and strong fragrances with the Pure Rinse function. In a rush? Well, this washer has the 15-minute Fast Wash feature! Electrolux’s special LuxCare Plus Wash System thoroughly cleans your laundry by evenly distributing the detergent and other additives, improved wash actions, temperature control and smart load sensing. The Stain Soak option eliminates the need for a pre-treat, saving you time. Get rid of germs and bacteria with the Sanitize setting or remove irritants with the Allergens function. Electrolux’s Adaptive Dispenser gives you the option to use any detergent type: powder, liquid or pods, your choice! Perfect Steam gently lifts dirt from the bottom up while Solid Soil effectively cleans on caked on stains. This washer has everything you need. The Electrolux ELFW7637AW does not come with accessories.
If you are looking for a new washing machine, the LG WM4200HWA front load washer might just be the right one for you. This washer comes in two stunning finishes of either White or Black Steel, choose the one that’s perfect for you home. The measurements are perfect for small laundry spaces and closets at 33.25 inches deep, 39 inches high and 27 inches wide and weighing only 201.5 lbs. Place it next to your dryer or stack in on top to save even more space. The left swing door is made of tempered glass so you can easily see inside your washer. Prop it above the LG SideKick, sold separately, to give it more height and wash even more laundry at the same time. It doesn’t come with just looks but also function. Enjoy more time on things that matter more and less time doing chores by doing less loads with the ultra large 5.0 cu. ft. capacity. With a maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM, your clothes come out with less moisture, so it spends less time on the tumble dryer or the clothesline. You’d think this washer consumes a lot of electricity, but it is very economical using just 105kWh/yr.! Enjoy the choices with 14 wash cycles, cleaning all kinds of laundry from your delicates to active wear to bedding. The power of steam is on your side—clean the toughest dirt and grime. With TurboWash 360 featuring five powerful jets, you can complete even big loads in under 30 minutes. The SpeedWash Cycle gets small lightly soiled loads refreshed in just 15 minutes. The Allergiene Cycle uses the power of steam to remove 95% of household allergens. The ColdWash option powered by the LG Direct Drive Motor and 6Motion technology cleans even clothes you normally wash in warm water. Run the LG TubClean system to prevent mold, mildew or musty odors every month or so. Washing clothes shouldn’t be complicated so LG gave this washer the power of AI technology which automatically selects the right wash motions and temperatures. Use the ThinQ app on your smartphone to start, pause, stop or check the status of your laundry virtually anywhere you are. Use the Amazon Dash Replenishment Service that tracks usage of your laundry products, so you never run out. Enjoy all these amazing features while relishing in the quiet with the TrueBalance Anti-Vibration and LoDecibel systems.
Your search for the perfect washing machine is finished with the Electrolux ELFW7637AT 4.5 cu. ft. front load washer. Measuring 32 inches deep, 38 inches high and 27 inches wide, it’s the perfect size for your home. At just 217 lbs., it’s lighter than many washers its size. Pair it with your favorite Electrolux dryer, because it’s stackable. With a reversible round door, you have more freedom to place it in more locations. With interior lighting, finding articles of clothing is easier than ever. The low maintenance stainless steel drum does not rust and will keep your laundry safe from snags. Now let’s talk about how this washer can save you money with an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier II, consuming just 85 kWh/year! With an impressive maximum spin speed of 1300 revolutions per minute (RPM), your clothes come out drier, cutting down the time your laundry needs to spend on the clothing line. If you're in a hurry, the 15-minute fast wash option is handy. The 11 wash cycle choices include Active Wear, Allergen, Colors, Delicates, Extra Rinse, Handwashable, Heavy Duty, Normal, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Soak, Speed Wash, Towels and Sheets, Tub Clean and Whites. Choose the best one according to your washing needs. This washer features many of Electrolux’s wonderful technology. SmartBoost premixes the detergent and water before each wash cycle allowing it to have the maximum cleaning power. The LuxCare Plus Wash System ensures tough but gentle cleaning of your laundry. The Stain Soak option eliminates the need for a pre-treat. Remove 95% of allergens from your clothing, towels and bedding with our NSF-certified Allergen option. Perfect Steam gently lifts dirt from the bottom up and Solid Soil works on tougher, caked on dirt. You have the option to use any detergent type you like with the world’s first Adaptative Dispenser: powder, liquid and even pods. Discover more when you take the Electrolux ELFW7637AT home. Power cord is included.
LG brings you an innovative new washing machine with the LG WM8100HVA front load washer. The impressive 5.2 cu. ft. capacity will allow to you clean over three baskets of clothing in a single load or a king-sized duvet. With measurements of 32.88 inches deep, 40.75 inches high and 29 inches wide at 225 lbs., this machine is compatible with the LG SideKick which will allow you to wash smaller loads simultaneously. Stack it on top of your dryer to comfortably fit into your laundry closet or smaller spaces. The stainless-steel left swing door lets you look inside the washer complemented with the interior lighting, so you can find articles of clothing faster. The LG WM8100HVA consumes as little as 125 kWh of energy per year, with an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier II. The maximum spin speed is up to 1300 RPM, so you have the option to go for lower spin speeds on your delicates, and higher spin speeds on bulky items like duvets. 14 wash cycles are available for your choosing including the AAFA- Certified Allergiene, NSF-certified sanitary and hand wash/wool. The ColdWash technology, powered by the LG Direct Drive Motor and 6Motion, uses cold water and enhanced washing motions to deliver cold-water saving with a warm-water performance. Give big loads the same great clean with TurboWash, which can cut laundry time by up to 30 minutes. Experience the power of steam which gently but powerfully penetrates fabrics to eliminate dirt, odors and wrinkles. The TrueBalance anti-vibration system is designed to minimize washer vibration for smooth, quiet performance in any room of the house. Save yourself from a call to the customer service with the SmartDiagnosis app which you can download on your smartphone. Discover all these features along with standard features like add garment (pause), control lock, delay start, end-of-cycle signal, water heater and much more when you choose this washing machine. The LG WM8100HVA comes with hoses and a power cord. The stacking kit (model KSTK2) is not included.
General Electronics present GE GFW550SSNWW, a brand-new front load washer featuring an extra-large total capacity of 4.8 cu. ft., just for you and your growing family. Because it has a reversible glass door, you can place it in many different locations and layout configurations. This stackable washing machine measures 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 27 inches wide at just 246 lbs. The standard 27-inch width allows it to fit in many homes with no additional installation space required. Its Energy Efficiency Rating is an impressive Tier I, consuming a reasonable 158kWH/yr. Because the maximum spin speed is 1300 revolutions per minute (RPM), the cycle finishes with less moisture on your clothes and therefore less drying time. The generous 10 wash cycle options mean you have many choices to choose from. Even without a steam feature, the GE GFW550SSNWW is packed with a load of incredible features! The UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock that eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors and keep your washer fresh and clean. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into components including the gasket, dispenser and draining system, keeping your washer clean and hygienic. Keep your family safe with Sanitize with Oxi which removes 99% of bacteria with a dedicated cycle that uses an Oxi additive to maximize your detergent’s cleaning properties. GE’s patented Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) not only saves you time by sensing and rebalancing uneven loads during the spin cycle, but also keeps your machine quieter than ever. If you’re in a hurry, the 20-minute Quick Wash Cycle can save the day. What’s more to love? Aside from these exclusive GE washing machine features, you also enjoy standard features like adaptive fill, add garment (pause), automatic temperature control, control lock, delay start, end-of-cycle signal and more. The GE GFW550SSNWW does not come with any accessories.

Why should you buy a professional washing machine?

Want to know if and large capacity professional washing machine is for you? Then consider the following.

The average household machines have a fill weight between 7 kg and 10 kg, which is enough to get all the laundry clean. For businesses, this fill weight is often not enough. Hairdressers who wash a lot of towels or catering establishments that wash a lot of linen would benefit more from a washing machine with a larger fill weight.

Professional washing machines have a fill weight between 6 kg and 120 kg of laundry. In doing so, professional washing machines wash much faster than home appliances. An average wash cycle takes less than 60 minutes to get all the laundry clean, while it can take up to two hours with a household model.

For businesses, it can be more economical to purchase a washing machine yourself rather than taking all the laundry to the laundry. The purchase price of and professional washing machine is slightly higher than that of a regular model, but this is offset by a significantly longer lifespan. In the long run, the machine pays for itself.

Before you buy a professional washing machine, you should consider the space you need for it. Chances are that you will need multiple outlets, power currents and a larger drain.

What does a professional washing machine cost?

If you are looking for a professional washing machine you should expect to spend at least €2500. The most expensive professional washing machines cost even more than €4000.

Of course, a professional model also has a longer lifespan than a domestic washing machine. You can assume that a professional washing machine will last for about 30,000 washes, while a household washing machine will last for an average of 3500 washes.

Do keep in mind that a professional washing machine will of course consume more, your average cost for water and energy will also go up a bit as a result.

But, you should also keep in mind that washing large amounts of laundry with a household washing machine will again be much more expensive than when you use a professional washing machine for that.

On average, a professional washing machine consumes 2.3 kWh and 92 liters of water for a 95 degree wash. Per wash, that comes down to about 50 cents per wash.

For household washing machines, that cost is about between 10 and 30 cents per wash, but that does wash less than half of the laundry.

If you were to wash the same amount of kg of laundry in a normal washing machine, you would probably be more expensive than if you were to use a (semi) professional washing machine for that.

What is the cheapest option for you, therefore, always depends on your needs in terms of washing. A more expensive (semi) professional washing machine can certainly be the cheapest option for you if used efficiently.

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Yannick

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