Choosing the best commercial laundry equipment can be daunting. Not only are you looking at various brands, but both washers and dryers have different capacities, functions, and specs to consider. Not to mention, you’re faced with the usual day-to-day business operations and the myriad of other tasks that come with starting or running a business. The laundry specialists at AAdvantage Laundry Systems are here to support you. We have put together some key points on what to focus on and look for when purchasing commercial laundry equipment.
Cost & Financing & Warranties
Of course, cost is a key factor for any large business purchase. You’ll want to both plan and budget your commercial laundry investment properly and understand how your expenditure would work with your long-term business plan. Begin by doing your homework and preparing a budget. Then, be sure and stick to your budget when you actually make the equipment purchase. AAdvantage Laundry Systems works with lenders such as Dexter Financial Services and Eastern Funding to offer flexible funding solutions targeted to laundry investors to assist with this process.
Don’t forget to check out the equipment warranties as well. For example, Dexter Laundry offers an industry-leading 10-year warranty for washers on the frame, tub, cylinder, shaft, seals, bearings, and bearing housing. Dexter also manufactures machines to withstand their extreme 1,000-hour out-of-balance test. These are important and can save you tons of hassle and money in the long run.
Size & Capacity
The size and capability of the commercial laundry equipment you want to purchase depends on your industry and your facility. Some industries, such as hospitality, long term care communities, or prisons, will need high-capacity equipment that can accommodate a large volume of sheets and linens. Others, such as spas, salons, or clinics can benefit from smaller machines that allow them to clean smaller towels on a more continuous basis.
The space inside of your building can also have an effect on what commercial laundry equipment you need to purchase. There is no value in purchasing a high-capacity machine if it takes more space than you can afford to lose. If you are unsure or are building a new plant, AAdvantage Laundry Systems works with architects and can help design a functional laundry space for you, your staff, and your customers.
Controls & Technology
Advanced controls and automation will help you save money and improve the efficiency of your laundry operation. When selecting commercial laundry equipment, remember trouble areas and problems that you’ve faced in your industry in the past, such as lengthy wait times, hard-to-use buttons, or a time-consuming method for monitoring revenue and system maintenance. You want to buy equipment that can help you solve these and other typical laundry problems in order to make life easier for you, your staff, and your customers. Dexter Laundry machines offer all kinds of features— such as O-Series controls that offer precision and customization for any laundry environment, 6-Cycle controls that provide simple programmable cycles, and Dexter Moisture Detection System that has a patented wireless technology that monitors the laundry and stops the cycle when the desired dryness level is reached. This smart technology helps to extend linen life, save on utilities, reduce labor expenses and increase throughput.
Another thing to keep in mind is how easy the controls are to use. No one wants to use complicated, clunky controls. They should be self-explanatory and easy to pick up on. This is especially important to reduce training and onboarding time if you’re in an OPL or multi-housing facility where the employee turnover is high.
Choosing Your Commercial Laundry Distributor
Finally, you’re going to want to consider working closely with a professional commercial laundry distributor. A successful on-premise laundry is about more than just buying the right laundry equipment. It requires expertise, preparing and support—all of which can be provided by the right distributor. AAdvantage Laundry Systems has worked hard to meet the on-premise laundry needs of businesses across North Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, The Carolinas, and Virginia.
The AAdvantage team will help you work through your equipment purchase from start to finish, including finding investment opportunities, laundry room design, installation, and ongoing support and maintenance services. We’re looking forward to working with you.