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Laundry: Options for Apartment-Sized Washers and Dryers

Options for Apartment-Sized Washers and Dryers
If you're living in an apartment or have limited space, or maybe you just want to add an additional washer and dryer, there are some great space saving solutions. Here are a few to check out.
Laundry centers combine a washer and a dryer in one stacked unit. Compared with high-end washers and dryers, laundry centers have fewer bells and whistles. The washer will have fewer wash cycles and options, but often simpler controls. In the dryer, you'll find the basic settings. Most laundry centers require standard venting and a 240 volt electrical supply, the same as a standard washer and dryer. It's also possible to get a laundry center that runs on gas for the dryer. You'll find that gas and electric dryer performance is similar, but a gas dryer should save you money in fuel cost over the long run.
A combo washer/dryer can be used virtually anywhere. There's no need for a designated laundry area. You can use the unit by a bathroom or a kitchen sink and with a portability kit, roll it away and store it when not in use. All that is needed to install a combo are 110 volt plug and access to a cold water faucet or sink to use as the water source and drain. Since no laundry hook-up or venting is required, the ease of installation makes combo washers ideal not only for tight spaces but, homes and apartments that lack traditional laundry connections.
Portable washing machines are ideal appliances if you live in an apartment or a small house and a full size washer is not an option. These units are designed to move from a storage area, such as a closet, to a kitchen or bathroom where you can hook one up to a faucet and start washing clothes. However, portable washing machines are small in capacity. Therefore, they should be used only when you don't have space for a full-size machine. A few things to consider when you look for a portable washing machine is it's design and, of course, its portability. You don't want to lug a heavy machine around the house every time you need to do a load of laundry, do you?
So, look for a unit that's lightweight but also includes castors that allow you to move it from room to room. Cabinet handles will make it easy to carry. Every portable washing machine comes with a faucet adapter, which allows you to connect it to a kitchen or a bathroom sink. This item is important especially if your apartment or home doesn't have a washer hook-up. Also check your faucets to see if they have the threading which allows you to use the included faucet adapter.
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