View Full Version : Washer Comparisons
01-15-2004, 01:19 PM
I am in the market to buy some new machines. I have owned a laundromat for about a year and a half. About 8 months ago I purchased 9 wascomat washers and 3 double stack dryers. Other than some initial glitches they seem to work fine so far.
I have heard that Speed Queen is a tougher better brand and they come with a good warranty, but I can't find any independent research. Anyone have any comments?
01-15-2004, 02:41 PM
You can get many "opinions" what equipment is the best. I have been a service tech for a couple distributors, and a multiple store owner for 27 years. My choice (for the long run) would be Speed Queen tops, Wascomat front loads, and ADC dryers. I have 14 Wascomats installed in 1977, that still run great. They now average about one repair every year or two. Some have had not needed any repairs in years! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
01-15-2004, 11:27 PM
Thanks Mike! Anyone else have an opinion?
01-16-2004, 12:05 AM
Ask several owners and get several answers. Some equipment is good, some is not so good. Each brand of equipment will have their good models and junk models. Opinions are formed with the experience someone has with a brand of equipment, either a good model or junk model.
Another main factor is your distributor. A good distributor can ease the difficulties of bad equipment, and a bad distributor can give a bad taste even with good equipment.
With that said here are a few things to think about....
Energy costs - HE machines are more of a necessity with the cost of utilities on the rise. More HE machines and less top loaders.
Costs - Don't try comparing brands just on costs. Distributors are in business to make money (just like you) and don't feel bad about paying a little more for good service.
Total costs - When comparing brands get total costs on each equipment, shipping, taxes, installation and what is included with installation (fill hoses, drain hoses, bases, gas hookups, exhaust vents). Get it in writing, in detail, of what is and is not included. From there it is easier to compare.
Repairs - Check with local service companies to get their opinion. Which brand are easier to service? Which models? What to avoid.
Maintenance / Cleaning - Which is easier to maintain and keep clean?
Personal preference - Which brand do you just think looks better?
Warranty - What is covered, what is not covered, and for how long?
One manufacturer - Can you get a brand that can fill all of your equipment needs? Only deal with one company, maybe a better deal since you are spending more money at one place?
Customers - Visit some local mats and ask the customers what they like and don't like in different mats.
Card Compatible - Does a card system work easily with your brand?
I went with a full Maytag store. My distributor (Great Lakes Commercial Sales) has been great.