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Tips For Buying Commercial Laundromat Equipment

Operating a laundromat can be a very lucrative business venture while also providing a needed service in your community. If you are interested in opening a laundromat, there are several things that you will have to do. The first step is to find a commercial property to lease. Once you have a space for your laundromat, you will need to invest in commercial laundromat equipment for your customers to use. Purchasing commercial laundromat equipment is one of the biggest start-up expenses for a laundromat, so you will want to ensure that you buy quality equipment that will last for years. Use the following tips to help you purchase commercial laundromat equipment:

Consider Investing in Front Loading Washers

When you begin looking at commercial washers, you will have to decide between purchasing top-loading or front-loading washers. In this day and age, more and more laundromats are opting for front-loading washers since they are more energy efficient and also use less water. Front-loading washers also do not have agitators, so they tend to be more gentle on clothing. Quality front-loading washers can last for a long time while still doing a great job at laundering clothing, towels, and linens.

Choose Electric Dryers

When it comes to dryers, you will have to choose whether you want gas-powered or electric-powered dryers in your new laundromat. While gas dryers have some advantages, they are not the best choice if your laundromat space doesn't have multiple gas lines. Most laundromats have multiple dryers for customers to use, so it can be very expensive to have enough gas lines installed to power multiple dryers, so opting for electric dryers makes it much easier to get your laundromat set up and ready to operate.

Don't Forget the Extras

Washers and dryers are essential in a laundromat, but there are also other pieces of equipment that are needed if you want your laundromat to be successful. Some additional pieces of commercial laundromat equipment that you should plan on purchasing include detergent dispensers and a machine to change bills into coins so customers can get the change that they need to operate the washers and dryers. If you want to make some extra money, you may also want to invest in purchasing a vending machine for snacks and a drink vending machine. Many customers buy snacks and drinks while waiting for their laundry to be done, so this can be a good stream of income. 

Contact a supplier to learn more about vended commercial laundromat equipment.