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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

Yannick
Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

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

Your search for your next washing machine ends with the Electrolux EFLS627UIW front load washer. Generously sized with a total maximum capacity of 4.4 cu. ft., it allows you to wash more clothes with less loads. The exterior is coated in chic colors of either Titanium or a classic White. Even with a large capacity, this washing machine only measures 32 inches deep, 38 inches high and 27 inches wide and weighs 237 lbs. allowing you the luxury of placing it in smaller laundry spaces. Put in on top of the optional Electrolux pedestal storage drawer (Model # EPWD257UTT) to raise the height and provide you more laundry storage space. Save even more space in the laundry room by pairing it with your preferred Electrolux Dryer, because it is also stackable. The reversible round door gives you the flexibility to place it in different room configurations. This washer is Energy Star and CEE certified with an Energy Efficiency Tier II rating. It’s impressively economical, only consuming 85kWH per year. The maximum spin speed runs at 1300 RPM. With the Perfect Steam feature, your clothes get extra thorough cleaning by gently lifting dirt from the bottom up. Finding missing articles of clothing is solved with the Luxury-Design interior lighting. This machine also gives you the option of 10 different wash cycles, including the 15-minute Fast Wash, and 5 Soil and Spin cycles. Enjoy exciting Electrolux features such as the SmartBoost technology which premixes your detergent and water before the cycle to enhance its cleaning power and Stain Soak which premixes the detergent, water and stain remover to create a potent cleaning solution. The world’s first Adaptive Dispenser accepts any type of detergent: powder, liquid and even pods. This washer has Automatic Water Level Adjustment, so it reduces water waste. The Delay Start feature allows you to start a cycle when it’s the most convenient for you. More features await when you buy this amazing washing machine. The Electrolux EFLS627UIW comes with a power cord.
The GE GFW550SPNDG front load washer comes in the gorgeous color of Diamond Gray. The large 4.8 cu. ft. capacity is perfect to wash more clothes at once, saving you lots of time. Weighing just 246 lbs., with measurements of 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide, this beautiful machine will fit in many laundry spaces and closets. Place it wherever you please because the glass door is reversible, giving you a lot of flexibility in placement. Stack it with your favorite GE dryer and save even more space. This machine is energy efficient, with an EER of Tier I, consuming only 158kWh per year. Dry your clothes faster because it comes with a maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM. A variety of choice is available to you with 10 wash cycles, from your delicates to heavy, bulky bedding. When you’re in a hurry, the 20-minute Quick Wash cycle will be there to save you. Sanitize with Oxi is a dedicated cycle designed to remove 99% of common bacteria by mixing an Oxi additive with your detergent, boosting its cleaning power. It doesn’t come with a steam function but makes up for it with a trove of awesome GE exclusive features. Let’s start with the UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock. This function eliminates excess moisture in your machine to help prevent odors and bacterial growth, so your washer stays fresh and clean. Moreover, the Microban antibacterial technology is build into the parts like the gasket, dispenser and draining system, further protecting you and your family from harmful germs. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is GE’s patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during a spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. The GE GFW550SPNDG is perfect for a modern, smart-home and can be controlled with an app in your phone because it is Wi-Fi ready. This machine is also ADA-compliant, allowing more people to use it freely. No additional items included.
The GE GFW550SPNDG front load washer comes in the gorgeous color of Diamond Gray. The large 5.0 cu. ft. capacity is perfect to wash more clothes at once, saving you lots of time. Weighing just 246 lbs., with measurements of 34 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide, this beautiful machine will fit in many laundry spaces and closets. Place it wherever you please because the glass door is reversible, giving you a lot of flexibility in placement. Stack it with your favorite GE dryer and save even more space. This machine is energy efficient, with an EER of Tier I, consuming only 158kWh per year. Dry your clothes faster because it comes with a maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM. A variety of choices is available to you with 12 wash cycles, from your delicates to heavy, bulky bedding. When you’re in a hurry, the 20-minute Quick Wash cycle will be there to save you. Wash a full load in just 37 minutes with Time Saver. A small load can be washed and dried with the 1 Step Wash + Dry cycle. Sanitize + Allergen is a dedicated cycle designed to remove 99% of common bacteria and allergens such as dust mites. For clothes that need the extra cleaning power, there is the Power Clean cycle. This machine comes with the PowerSteam function that safely penetrates fabric fibers to loosen stains. The UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock function eliminates excess moisture in your machine to help prevent odors and bacterial growth, so your washer stays fresh and clean. Moreover, the Microban antibacterial technology is built into the parts like the gasket, dispenser and draining system, further protecting you and your family from harmful germs. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is GE’s patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during a spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. The SmartDispense technology allows your washer to hold up to 32 loads of detergent that automatically dispenses when you start a wash cycle. The GE GFW550SPNDG is perfect for a modern, smart-home and can be controlled with an app in your phone because it is Wi-Fi ready. The GE GFW550SPNDG comes with a power cord.
The GE GFW650SSNWW front load washer has a large 4.8 cu. ft. maximum capacity that is perfect to wash more clothes at once, saving you lots of time. Weighing just 246 lbs., with measurements of 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide, this beautiful machine will fit in many laundry spaces and closets. Place it wherever you please because the glass door is reversible, giving you a lot of flexibility in placement. Stack it with your favorite GE dryer and save even more space. This machine is energy efficient, with an EER of Tier I, consuming only 158kWh per year. Dry your clothes faster because it comes with a maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM. A variety of choices is available to you with 12 wash cycles, from your delicates to heavy, bulky bedding. When you’re in a hurry, the 20-minute Quick Wash cycle will be there to save you. Finish a full load within 37 minutes with the Time Saver function. Sanitize + Allergen is a dedicated cycle designed to protect you and your family by removing 99% of common bacteria and allergens such as dust mites. For clothes that need the extra cleaning power, there is the Power Clean cycle. This machine comes with the PowerSteam function that safely penetrates fabric fibers to loosen stains. The UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock function eliminates excess moisture in your machine to help prevent odors and bacterial growth, so your washer stays fresh and clean. Moreover, the Microban antibacterial technology is built into the parts like the gasket, dispenser and draining system, further protecting you and your family from harmful germs. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is GE’s patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during a spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. The SmartDispense technology allows your washer to hold up to 32 loads of detergent that automatically dispenses when you start a wash cycle. The GE GFW650SSNWW is perfect for a modern, smart-home and can be controlled with an app in your phone because it is Wi-Fi ready. The GE GFW650SSNWW comes with a power cord.
The Samsung WF45R6100AC is perfect for your home. This high-efficiency front load washer has a substantial maximum capacity of 4.5 cu. ft., helps you fit more in every load and cut down on laundry time. Measuring 31.4 inches deep, 38.75 inches high and 27 inches wide and weighing just 201 lbs., the standard size will allow you to fit it in small laundry spaces and closets. Stack it on a matching Samsung dryer, either model DVE45R6100C or model DVG45R6100C or prop it on the matching Samsung WE402NC pedestal to customize your laundry space. The left swing metal door allows you to look inside your washer. Impressively economical with an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier I, consuming a measly 80 kWh/year. It comes with a powerful maximum spin speed of 1200 RPM allowing your washing machine to remove most of the water from your clothes at the end of a wash cycle. 10 wash cycles provide you with the most important presets you need: Bedding, Delicates, Heavy Duty, Normal, Permanent Press, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Speed Wash, and Whites. It also comes with 7 additional washing options so you can choose the optimal way to clean a specific load. Features include a steam function that provides powerful stain removal without pretreatment while still being gentle on your clothing. Self Clean+ gives your washer the ability to remove 99% of common household bacteria and remind you to clean the drum every 40 wash cycles. Enjoy a quiet wash with the VRT Plus Technology which reduces vibration and noise when your machine is running. The Swirl+Drum interior is designed so the water will flow more easily to help remove extra moisture in your clothes. Choose between 5 temperature levels, as some stains and dirt wash more easily with hot or cold water. This washer is Accessibility Certified with ADA Compliant4, AUI, Braille so more people are free to use it. With Smart Care, any problem you encounter with your washing machine can be easily solved with a smartphone app, saving you the trouble of calling customer service. Discover more of its impressive features when you bring this machine home. The Samsung WF45R6100AC comes with a power cord. Stacking kit model SKK-8K sold separately.

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.

Yannick
Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

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