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:
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.
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 2023
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 2023:
Best professional washing machine
The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front load washer has a capacity of 4.4 cubic feet, large enough for a growing family like yours. With compact measurements of 32 in (depth) by 38 in (height) and 27 in (width) at 237 lb., plus a reversible washer door, it fits perfectly in many places. It’s also stackable so you can save even more space. With a stainless-steel drum, you can be assured that it’s durable and low maintenance.
This amazing washing machine features Electronic LED controls that also displays the Cycle Status for easy operation. Delay Start allows you to start your wash cycle at your most convenient time while the End-Of-Cycle Signal alerts you when your load is done. Because Luxury-Design Lighting illuminates the inside of your washer, it’s easier to find any article of clothing.
Additionally, it’s economical with an Energy Efficiency rating of Tier II, and an energy consumption of 85kWH/year. With a Spin Speed of 1300 RPM, minimize the amount of time your clothes spend drying on the line. With 10 wash cycles including Delicates, Hand washable, Heavy Duty, Rinse & Spin, Speed Wash, and Whites, you have the option to choose the perfect setting for your laundry.
This Electrolux EFLS627UTT Front Load washer is not only chic with its gorgeous color options of titanium or white, but also packed with many incredible features. The Special Steam technology releases heat from the bottom up, so dirt is gently lifted from fabric. The SmartBoost feature premixes your preferred detergent and water before a wash cycle, maximizing the cleaning power and allowing it to clean your clothes more effectively. To remove tougher dirt, StainSoak combines the detergent, water and stain remover solution. What’s more is it’s also eco-friendly with Automatic Water Level Adjustment, ensuring there is as little water waster as possible.
The Electrolux EFLS627UTT pairs with the optional pedestal storage drawer (Model #EPWD257UTT) to create additional height and extra laundry storage space. Power cord included.
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.
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.
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.
Your search for the perfect new washing machine is done with the GE GFW850SPNRS front load washer. Let’s start with the impressive 5.0 cu. ft. maximum capacity that will allow you to wash more laundry at once. With measurements of 34 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide at 246 lbs., you can pair this washing machine with your favorite GE dryer
because it is stackable. Have more even space saving options and freedom to place your brand-new washing machine wherever you want with its reversible glass door.
Spoil yourself with 12 wash cycles, including Active Wear, Allergen, Bedding, Bulky Items, Cold, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Extra Rinse, Normal, Prewash, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Time Saving, Towels & Sheets, and Whites.
This baby is jam-packed with All-American GE technology. The UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors ensuring your washer stays fresh and clean. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into parts including the gasket, dispenser and draining system, delivering protection that lives on load after load. With SmartDispense Technology, you can save time and make laundry effortless with an intelligent dispenser that holds up to 32 loads of detergent that automatically dispenses the right amount each time. 1 Step Wash + Dry allows you wash a small load in your washer, removing the need to transfer clothes into the dryer. Sanitize + Allergen kills 99% of common bacteria and irritants such as dust mites. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is our patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during the spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. PowerSteam safely penetrates deep into fabric fibers, loosening stains to deliver enhanced cleaning performance. Sanitize Cycle allows you to sterilize clothing with elevated temperatures designed to kill common household bacteria.
The GE GFW850SPNRS comes with a power cord.
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.