Renting a washer and dryer or going to the laundromat?
What is most cost effective?
This is what we found out:
Assuming each person washed 3 loads per week.
- One Darks
- One Whites
- One Sheets/Towels
Cost of washer load at laundromat: $1.50
Cost of dryer load at laundromat: $1.50
Cost per 3 loads at $3.00 each would be = $9 dollars per week per adult person.
With an average of 2 hours per week = 8 hours a month at laundromat.
If you need to commute you have gas \ vehicle cost you will need to include
$9 dollars per week per person with most households having at least 2 members = 24 loads a month
= $72 dollars per 4 weeks
What about the basic costs of renting washer and dryer?
- Monthly Rent: $12.50 a week = $50 for the 4 weeks (but on months with 5 weeks this is a little cheaper)
- Water and energy cost per load .56 cents (see charts below) times 24 loads = $13.44 a month
3 loads per person – 2 people in a home = 24 loads in a month = $63.44
Time at laundromat zero hours.
So, the basic answer is, if you have more then one person in your home you would save both money and time simply renting. If you are single it would cost you $15 dollars more a month to rent a set, but would consume 8 hours of your time at the laundromat.
If you have any input please share. We did the best we could to give you an honest answer and save you the homework time.