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How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

  • 1.  How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 6 days ago
    .     I've been in the business a long time and one question I have never been able to answer is how many sizes of washers should an ideal Laundromat provide?
         In the old days it was 40 top loaders and four "rug" washers. Now there are a lot more options. Tops, small home style front loads (LG, Horizon, Crossover, Maytag), 20lb, 30lb, 40lb, 50lb, 60lb, 80lb and 100lb industrial style models.
         I'm told that CocaCola sells the same syrup in 29 different containers; paper, plastic, cans, glass bottles and all in various sizes. No, it's not utilizing "economy of scale" and the most cost effective way to sell a product but they do it because they sell more syrup.
         Using this thought process how many sizes of washers reaches the most customers?  What's the right mix? Why would a true wash facility not offer a wide variety of sizes?
         I'm not asking what you're currently using in your store(s) but what would an ideal Laundromat provide?  No washer brand need to be mentioned or explanations of your current setup, but what would your dream store be?
         I'll throw out my ideal store. Ten tops, ten doubles (either industrial or homestyle), twenty triples, fifteen 40-LBers, eight 60/LBers, and four 80-LBers. No 100-LBers.
         Add both 30-LB and 45-LB stacks and six 50-LB dryers and I'd have a winner in SoCal.  This provides six options for customers to select. What would you have in your dream store?




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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
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  • 2.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Larry,

         I'm actually building my dream store right now. It's our 5th store and we've been in the business almost 10 years now. Our new store is almost 8,000 SF including a large storage area and a large garage for our delivery business. It will have all hardmount machines, (18) 20lb, (16) 40lb, (8) 60lb, (4) 80lb, and (2) 100lb. Dryers are (9) 30lb stacks, (14) 45lb stacks and (6) 75lb Dryers. I view a well built laundromat as having no toploaders.  I also don't think a laundromat is the place for homestyle frontloaders, although I have over 30 of them in my current stores.(maybe our biggest mistake) Our new store will also have super wide aisles, lots of seating and folding tables. We think is the ideal mix of equipment for a larger store.

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    Dave Menz
    Queen City Laundry Chain
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • 3.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 6 days ago
    How do your customers get to your place? If they walk I would suggest smaller machines. If they drive a short distance I would suggest small and medium machines. If they drive a long distance suggest large and huge machines.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 4.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 5 days ago
    Larry, why no 75 lb dryers to go with your 60 and 80lb washers?

    I've got 3 75lb dryers and the customers wait in line to use them.  For some reason they don't like the idea of splitting wash load into empty 30lb stack dryers.

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    R Anderson
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Camarillo CA
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  • 5.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 5 days ago
    My opinion is four sizes, small load, small/medium load, medium/large load and large load. Quantities of each will depend on your customer base and square footage. College town or a lot of non-family customers more small and small/medium load washers that the larger ones. An area with many large families or if you plan on bringing in commercial work more of the medium/large and large load washers. How many of each also depends on how much room you have to work with. If the goal is to maximize income per square foot smaller stores need to fit in as many of the medium/large and large machines as you can.

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    Jeff Quail
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  • 6.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 5 days ago
    I am echoing what most have said.  There's no perfect answer and every store/area is a little different.  The last place I opened I used 40% 18#, 40% 35# and 20% 60#.  I despise top-loaders and am slightly less hateful of soft mount/cross-overs.  I think the long-term durability of hard mounts outweighs the short term cost savings of other options.  Good luck.

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    Paul Kludt
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Lake Worth Coin Laundry
    West Palm Bch FL
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  • 7.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 5 days ago
    Larry,
     I would not use 50 lbs dryers. 55 lbs is better and of course 75 lbs dryer as many as you can.
    I don't know which dryer brand you talking about but I'm referring to Alliance dryers, the 55lbs dry  quicker and burn less gas than 50lbs .


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    Linh Nguyen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Mobile AL
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  • 8.  RE: How many sizes of washers should your Laundromat provide?

    Posted 3 days ago
    We have a small 21 washer location in FarNorCal.  While store size and location makes a big difference, I would have one constant in that I would use 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / etc in a store.  I consider the 25 - 30 - 50 - etc sizes to be unnecessary competition to the 20 lb size increase.

    The wash mix and the number of varied sizes will dictate the size of the dryers.  I think a 45 lb stack will handle the 60 lb washers in general, but over 60 lbs and I would go with a matching per se single dryer pocket.

    I have had 3 generations of Top Loaders (4 ea TL now) and 3 generations of Horizon Gravity Drain soft mounts (6ea  to current 9 ea now) work OK in my market.  But in general, I say the Top Loaders and the Horizon's Gravity Drains are not for larger busy stores.

    I say the Horizon pump drain models are not for any store regardless of size.

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    Les Monthei
    Potential Investor
    Redding CA
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