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Monday, January 4, 2010

Washing machines.(Industry Information: PURCHASING REPORT).

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCAppliances at Sears.ca

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"[With a] good washing machine, the temperature is not too hot. [It also has] the ability to teach workers--if it's white, use the Clorox. [I like one that is] easy to use for the workers, easy to understand."

Aida Sikora, Director of Nursing, Covenant Place, Sumter, SC

Buyer Notes

* Manufacturers are developing more energy-efficient washing machines, reducing the use of water and energy.

* Companies are making washers with smaller frames so they fit in tighter spaces. Washers are also available with programmable water levels, sophisticated chemical injection systems and easy-to-operate controls.

* New washers also have higher extraction (G-force) speeds to cut drying time and to help save on labor and energy costs. While a heavy percentage of all-cotton goods would justify higher extract rates, a majority mix of blended goods would justify lower-extract washers.



Buyer beware: Companies make a variety of claims when it comes to saving water and energy. Shoppers should do their own research to make sure the claims are true.

For a list of vendors go to the: EQUIPMENT section, pages 83-103


Snapshot

50-LB. 100-LB.
CAPACITY CAPACITY

Highest priced unit: $18,000 $32,000
Average priced unit: $11,000 $21,000
Lowest priced unit: $8,000 $19,000Pricing Trends

2007-2008: +3% 2008-2009: +1% to +5% 2010 projection: +1%

Typical delivery time: Varies from a week to 6 weeks

Typical delivery charges: Varies by location

Average life span of product: 15 to 20 years

Percent vendor installed: Varies from less than 5% to nearly 100%

Standard warranty: 3 years on parts

Extended warranty: Varies by dealer

Average maintenance cost per year: About $300

(Figures cited are averages of all respondents' answers. Actual pricing will vary due to volume, bundling and other factors of a purchase.)

Source: Alliance Laundry Systems/UniMac, Maytag, Pellerin Milnor

Source Citation
"Washing machines." McKnight's Long-Term Care News 30.12 (2009): S36. Academic OneFile. Web. 4 Jan. 2010. .


Gale Document Number:A214895053

Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.

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