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Should you Get a Stackable Washer Dryer Combo?

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At first blush, a stackable washer dryer combo seems like a no-brainer for a renter. However, there are some issues to consider – including whether the unit is supplied by the landlord or not – that you should take into account before making a decision on a stackable washer dryer combo.

Benefits of a Stackable Washer Dryer Combo

  • Convenience. Of course, the main benefit of a washer and dryer is having something available to wash your clothes. Having a stackable washer dryer combo inside your apartment allows you to handle a necessary weekly task with a minimum of disruption to your lifestyle. Instead of locating the nearest Laundromat, then lugging your clothes to that location and spending the time until the clothes are finished, you never have to leave your apartment.
  • Efficiency. That time and trouble you save can mean a lot if you are a student studying for exams or simply someone who is busy and has plenty of things to do that can be accomplished in the apartment. That’s because you can do the things that need to be done while your laundry is being cleaned in the stackable washer and dryer combo.
  • Save space. A stackable washer dryer combo is a common choice in apartments because there usually is limited room and the stackable combo uses a minimum of space. That extra room can make it much easier to get access to the stackable washer dryer combo.
  • Attractive. Many of the current stackable washer dryer combo choices feature bright colors and attractive designs. That allows the appliances to actually add to the look of an apartment.

Issues with a Stackable Washer Dryer Combo

  • Cost. If the appliances are provided by the landlord, make sure that the additional cost in rent is reasonable. Particularly if you aren’t likely to spend much time in the apartment, the extra rent may not be a good deal.
  • Noise. In most homes, the washer and dryer is in a separate area such as an attached garage or the basement. That means any noise from the operation of the appliances has very little impact on others in the home. But in a small apartment, some stackable washer dryer combo units could be noisy and disruptive.
  • Take to the house. If your landlord allows you to bring in a stackable washer dryer combo, you should think ahead to your first house, if that’s potentially 5 years or less into the future. The washer and dryer combo could easily last that long or longer. When you move into a house, do you want a stackable unit or something larger that can handle larger loads?
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