Now that's you've seen the before pictures and the design elements I am incorporating into the laundry, the next most important thing to consider is the laundry machines. Without them, it wouldn't be a laundry room and having the right machines can make a big difference in how you feel about this regular household chore.
I guess a good place to start would be to look at the machines that are already in the space, what works and what doesn't.
Pros of the current machines:
- Fairly new (under 7 years old)
- Washer is Energy Star rated and is a high-efficiency machine
- Good capacity - Both the washer and dryer can handle larger loads
- At the end of the day, they get the clothes clean and dry
Cons of the current machines:
- Current set-up means they cannot be located together (plumbing on one side, venting on the other)
- Too large for the space. Both the washer and dryer stick out too far from the wall
- They make a lot noise when they are running.
So which machines did I choose to make this space work better? These ones!
The Bosch 500 Series compact washer and dryer were the best choice for this laundry room. They are stackable and will fit into our cabinet for a seamless built-in look. The dryer is ventless so it can be on the inside wall of the laundry room and best of all BOTH the washer and dryer are Energy Star rated! And because these machines are compact, they will sit closer to the wall giving us more space.
What is a ventless dryer?
In Europe, ventless dryers are very common but in North America, they are a relatively new product. There are 2 different technologies used in ventless dryers - heat pumps and condensers. The Bosch 500 series uses condenser technology. Here's how it works.
This means that instead of a bulky vent that needs access to the outdoors, all that is required is a hose in the back to drain the water that is collected under the condenser unit. So there you have it! The key to making this laundry room function better and have more storage is this stacking compact laundry pair!
Let me know in the comments what you think and if you would ever consider getting a ventless dryer for your laundry room.
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