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What are washing machine pedestals, and should you buy one?

What are washing machine pedestals, and should you buy one?
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You may have seen the term “pedestal” when looking for a great Black Friday washing machine deal, but what is a pedestal, and do you need to buy one? In short, nobody needs a pedestal for their washing machine, but a pedestal can be a useful addition if you resent bending over to fill your washing machine, or struggle to get back up once you’ve leaned into your laundry machine to remove your clean washing. Pedestals are typically metal platforms upon which you can rest your laundry machine. They will elevate your machine anywhere from 12 to 16 inches, which means there’s a good deal less bending involved in accessing your washer. Although they used to be fairly basic, you can now buy a range of smart pedestals that not only elevate your washing machine, they also add storage or even extra washing space.  

When to use a laundry pedestal

Laundry pedestals really come into their own when used on the best front-load washers. There are many reasons to choose a front load washer, but a front of a washing machine is often less accessible without leaning over, which is definitely a drawback when compared to top-load alternatives. For those who already have a top-load washing machine (or who have their heart set on a new one, but want a bit of extra height) a laundry pedestal can solve this issue.

What are washing machine pedestals, and should you buy one?

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Even if you do have a front load washer, that doesn’t mean you need a pedestal. You should not buy a pedestal if you plan on stacking your washer with a dryer because it will make the top machine less accessible, and could even be a hazard due to the unexpected extra weight. Many of the best dryers are designed for side-by-side use though, and for this you can buy matching pedestals to complete the look of your laundry pair. 

Laundry pedestals are not suitable for every type of washer. For example, the best top-load washing machines are designed to make your clean laundry more accessible. Because you access your washing through the top of the machine, there is a lot less kneeling and bending involved, and adding a few extra inches in height to your top-loader may actually make the process a little more difficult. The same goes for top-loading dryers, which make accessing your dry laundry easy enough without any extra height. 

What are smart pedestals? 

Pedestals typically cost at least $100, which may seem like a lot to pay for a piece of metal. However, most manufacturers now include a pull-out drawer in the design of laundry pedestals, which can add storage space for detergent or other laundry must-haves. The smartest pedestals you can buy now offer the added function of an extra square foot mini washer. The first of this kind, the LG SideKick, is a compact pedestal washer that fits under many LG washing machines and adds some extra washing space for small loads and midweek emergency washes. Although it sounds space-age, the SideKick is frequently available on sale and can actually be a similar price to many more basic pedestals.