No one likes to go to the laundromat to do laundry each week. If you don't have room in your house or apartment for a washer and dryer, that's usually what has to happen. Space is the number one reason for the stackable laundry centers. Not only can you buy smaller washers and dryers in the combo category, but--with one on top of the other--you save the space of one whole unit. Most of us have the space to go up.
Why Use a Stackable Washer and Dryer Combo
Companies manufacture the combos to fit into a large closet, or they can be placed in the corner of a kitchen or bedroom without taking up too much valuable space. Because they are smaller, they use less gas or electricity. If you are single or just a couple, you may not need a full size washer and dryer.
Types of Stackable Washers and Dryers
The stackables are designed the same way as the conventional washers and dryers work with the exception that most of the newer ones are all front loading. You can find washers with multiple settings, such as cotton and delicate. Various temperature settings are featured as well. The combos can come in electric or gas, but most come with electric washers and either electric or gas dryers. However, the smallest combo unit only comes in electric.
For most combos, you will need over 76 inches of height clearance. You'll need 24 to 39 inches of available width. The depth of the washer and dryer must be added to space you will need for cords and vents. It can be as much as 3 feet.
How Do the Washer/Dryer Combos Work
The washer in the combo is on the bottom of the stack. Select your water temperature setting to cold, warm or hot. Many washers have combination temperature controls where you would set the temperature for both your wash and rinse cycle. You then turn on the water. Mix in the amount of detergent that coincides with the amount of laundry you are going to do. Add your laundry. When it has finished washing the clothes, you can take the load out. Put it in the dryer above.
For the dryer, set the dial for the type of clothing you are drying. You'll usually pick cotton, permanent press or delicate. This will set the heat to high for cottons or low for delicate clothing. It keeps the dryer from ruining your clothes by burning them. These dryers can be on timers or have moisture sensors in them. When the moisture sensor cannot detect much moisture any more, it will turn the dryer off or sound an alarm to tell you the load is finished. Many will keep turning the clothes with no heat until you physically open the door to prevent wrinkling.
The dryers can run from electric or gas. Gas dryers use less energy and are better for your clothing because the heat is not right up against the fabric. Dryers get very hot at times. Care must be taken as to what goes in them. Rubber mats, sneakers and plastic table cloths should never be put in a dryer. Watch that crayons or your chap stick does not make its way in. Not only can they harm the dryer, but they will ruin your clothing.