High capacity washer/dryer recommendations?

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Anybody bought a high capacity or commercial grade washer/dryer lately?

I'm planning to start work soon to add 3 more units at my place. I currently have 2 regular washers and 2 regular dryers, and each will hold

  • 1 set of king sheets, 4 king pillow cases, and 1 duvet cover
  • OR
  • Typical amount of towels/bath sheets & wash cloths used by 2 people in 2 days

I could squeeze more in, but then things really don't dry well...come out really wrinkled, twisted, with some things dry while things twisted in the middle are still damp.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to wash bedding or towels from 2 or 3 rooms at once, and am looking for equipment recommendations.

Thanks!

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What do you have now?  I have a couple of bravos washers, a centennial, and dryers to match.  I like the bravos because of their soak cycles, and I can pause the wash anytime.  I actually prefer the centennial dryer, find it dries faster, and the bravos constantly goes back to an eco cycle which is a low heat...watch for that cycle! I will be shopping for a couple more this year, so am interested in your experiences too.  Thanks

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I have a high capacity Samsung front-loader. I can wash 2 sets of king sheets plus extras in it. And I just stuff it with as many towels as I can manage and still get the door closed and off it goes. Extra rinse cycle on the towels. 

I like the sanitize function, it actually heats the water higher. Mine is an older model, so I don't have the bedding option or the steam. Machine uses HE soap. I actually buy an all natural and organic for everything but the whites, so it's 9c of soap per load. Everything comes out great.

They have a new top load machine that is 5.7 cu ft. Just make sure that you buy the matching size dryer, because one too small isn't good. If it's for guests, buy pods so that you know they are using HE. Anything that isn't HE extends the wash time. The Samsung and most of the others have a detector to ensure that there are so suds and the water is running clear after the rinse. That's why wash times may not be exact, they adjust if they need to rinse more or wash more.

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Yes, I DO need a larger dryer. I am looking forward to line-dry season with the sheets. Towels will always go in the dryer.

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I love my 5.0 capacity no agitator top loader. Had to go look - it is a Samsung. I love the extra high spin for towels and also the second rinse (if I choose it) for towels and B & B sheets. I have been using white vinegar as softener and like the way it is going too. Just wish I had a larger dryer.

I can get 2 queen sets and 1 full set of sheets in one load. All the towels for 3 rooms in one load (some are bath sheets). They showed me 42 towels in one load at the store. Do not think I would do that many - I figure they were thinner towels than what I use.

I can do our laundry for the week in 1 load.

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We bought a Samsung..the one top rated and recommended by Consumer Reports. We LOVE IT!!  We can do all sheets for 2 rooms and some extra stuff thrown in with no problem.

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Arks

My husband can help you with this.  Want to give him a call?

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Ice wrote:

Arks

My husband can help you with this.  Want to give him a call?

Thanks for the offer Ice! I'm getting good advice here and will let you know if I need to call. I'm several months from buying, but need to look now to get prices for the budget I'm making up.

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Arks wrote:

Ice wrote:

Arks

My husband can help you with this.  Want to give him a call?

Thanks for the offer Ice! I'm getting good advice here and will let you know if I need to call. I'm several months from buying, but need to look now to get prices for the budget I'm making up.

I forgot to tell you he know commercial.  I know you have the Samsung ones I did the wash there!

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