5 Smart Appliances That Make Laundry Day More Fun
If there’s one space that can really benefit from a high-tech makeover, it’s the laundry room — and luckily we’ve come a long way from scrubbing boards and Cinderella-style sweat equity. Though laundry day no longer means a bucket of sudsy water and a backyard full of clothespins, there’s a still much room for improvement – especially if your hamper is filled to the brim with summer camp clothes and basketball jerseys.
Get more helpful hands on deck with the latest in laundry technology. From a steamer that will save you trips to the dry cleaner to a laundry machine that knows how to multi-task, these laundry appliances are just the thing to relieve a heavy load. Here are our favorite new appliances (and an old favorite) that will make those endless loads of laundry a little less daunting. We hope.
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There are garment steamers, and then there are garment steamers. This new beauty from LG saves wear and tear on clothes by giving them a quick steam to get rid of odours and wrinkles without a full-on wash. There’s also a special allergen-reducing steam cycle, and even one that maintains the crease in pant legs.
Another cool find from LG launching this fall, this tiny washing machine drawer can be installed into most of the company’s existing washers (it’s pictured here with the TwinWash washer, which has an oversized drum for larger loads). Both machines can run at the same time, which means you can sanitize the kids’ stinky soccer uniforms up top while running a gentle cycle for delicates in the SideKick.
Sometimes, you just need to do a really big load of laundry. (Though, we do not suggest just throwing everything in there — embrace sorting!) Enter GE’s super-sized washer and dryer, which can accommodate even the bulkiest bedding. Also very cool: the washer can store a two-month supply of detergent and fabric softener, and automatically dispenses the right amount for each load. The dryer’s no slouch either; it “talks” to the washer and automatically adjusts its settings depending on how damp the clean clothes are.
Not every laundry room has space — or plumbing — to accommodate a sink, which is a shame, because it really does make it easier to soak away stains, or even just wash your hands! But this new washer from Samsung has a clever solution for that problem: a built-in sink. It also has a super-fast wash cycle — a must for the laundry procrastinators among us.
This stackable and hard-working duo isn’t brand new to the market, but it’s a small space star. The washer has super-quick cycles (Bosch boasts that it can wash five men’s shirts in 15 minutes) and a surprisingly large capacity (18 bath towels in one load), while the condensation dryer doesn’t need ducting — and can actually dry those 18 towels in one go.