Laundry here was something we had to consider when looking for housing. I don't love laundromats, not because of any prejudices of people who have to use them, and not because of their mostly undeserved reputation of being dark, dirty, and depressing. I just don't love them because I don't want laundry day to become just that, a day. We knew Dublin is a big city, and did not know if laundry facilities were common in apartments in our price range. Lucky for us, they are. We were very happy to see washing equipment in our kitchen at the showing, and considered it in the decision to live here.
The washing equipment was like nothing we had seen in Iowa. Namely, it is a washer and dryer in once piece.
That's it. Gone for us are the days of a super-large capacity washer with a hot blasting air dryer next to it. Here we have a high efficiency unit that will, if asked, wash a small load in a slow cycle and follow it with an immediate dry cycle. Great, right? Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Many appliances here are meant to run efficiently. Saving resources is much more important to the common consumer here than we would have ever seen in Iowa, even among the suburban Iowa yuppies. High efficiency (HE) comes with a cost that must be considered and adjusted to. The HE washers are catching on in America, using less water and lower temperatures. The tradeoff here is in time. HE wash cycles are rather lengthy, ours is more than a full hour. No problem so far.
|Different wash and dry cycles. Temperatures are given in degrees Celsius|
|Our favorite (the cheapest) brand of laundry soap!|
|Setting a load, the time in the window is for the wash only.|
In the meantime, we are back to the days of our first apartment where the dryer was expensive and didn't work well. Then as now, we went classic:
|A drying rack. Awesome!|