Seven Things to Consider Before You Buy a Stackable Washer and Dryer

Times have changed, and with it comes the need to consider how to take up less space with as much function as possible, and here we begin our discussion on the stackable washer and dryer. The idea isn’t necessarily something to sneer at because at one time or another, we’ve noted how much room a laundry area would have if only you could build ‘up’. It’s this little hesitation in considering the possibilities that is in question.As such, here are seven things to take into consideration when it comes the world of stackable washers & dryers:1. Space – If you really need the extra space in the laundry room, a stacked clothes-cleaning operation may be the way to go. If you’re saving space, you may also be looking at smaller units, but you are then compromising on capacity, which means more loads of laundry.2. Dryer Power – Depending on what type of dryer model you want, you’ll either deal with gas or electric power. If your home is already set to work with one, it makes sense to go that route. That said, you can retrofit a connection, but is it worth the extra cost?3. Washer Design – Front-loading washers are more efficient in terms of energy and water usage, but top-load designs cost less money in general. You may want to figure out just how much laundry you plan on doing, crunch the numbers, and see which is best for you. Your ‘winner’ may make the decision for you on the matter of stacking.4. Extra Construction – While the idea of retrofitting an outlet or gas connection is something major to consider, it must be said that you have to think in terms of your home’s value. Are you adding or taking away resale value? While this isn’t a pressing matter right now, you have to wonder whether a prospective future homeowner may want to change things up or maybe not want to deal with any additional issues.5. Compatibility – Just because your washer & dryer can stack doesn’t mean can stack with each other. You at least want both units to be made by the same manufacturer so that they have construction that aligns a bit better. Then again, there are after-market kits that claim that mismatched units can work together. Do some serious research.6. Ease of Use – Who will be operating the washer & dryer in your home? At some point, you can deduce that most people living under your roof will wash one load of laundry. Will they be able to work with the stacking arrangement? Just because you can reach doesn’t mean others can.7. Safety – If someone is operating your stackable washer & dryer, are they safe? Did you choose more space over safe use during operation? If something goes awry with either the washer or dryer, can moving the units around cause an unsafe environment that could lead to injury?A stackable washer and dryer has its benefits, but be sure to figure if it’s the right choice for you.