On-Premise Laundry vs. Coin-Operated Laundry: Which is Right for Your Business Model?

Eliminate the confusion between the two types of facilities and provide insight into choosing the right type of equipment for your business

Choosing the right equipment and setup can make all the difference in laundry operations. Whether you're running a hotel, hospital, or multi-family housing complex, having an efficient and reliable laundry system is essential. However, with so many options available, it can be challenging to determine which type of facility and equipment is right for your business. On-premise laundry facilities (OPL) and coin-operated laundry facilities each have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

At Skyline Equipment, we understand the importance of selecting the right type of equipment and manufacturers for your business. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of OPL and coin-operated facilities and provide guidance on how Skyline can help you make the best decision for your laundry operation.

What is on-premise laundry (OPL), and how is it different than coin-op laundry facilities?


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On-premise laundry refers to laundry facilities located within a building, such as a hotel, hospital, or apartment complex, and used exclusively by the building's occupants or staff. In contrast, coin-operated laundry facilities are commercial ones open to the public and typically require payment.

The main difference between on-premise and coin-operated laundry is who can access the machines. On-premise laundry is typically reserved for the building's occupants or staff, who can use the machines without needing payment. In contrast, coin-operated laundry facilities are open to the public and typically require payment.

Another key difference is the level of control the building or facility has over the laundry process. With on-premise laundry, the building or facility has full control over the machines and the laundry process, allowing them to ensure that laundry is done according to their needs and standards. In contrast, coin-operated laundry facilities are typically run by a third-party operator, and the building or facility may have little control over how laundry is done.

Overall, while both on-premise laundry and coin-operated laundry facilities provide laundry services, they differ in terms of who has access to the machines, who controls the laundry process, and how laundry is paid.

What market segments use OPL washers and dryers versus coin-op washers and dryers?

OPL (On-Premise Laundry) washers and dryers are typically used by businesses and organizations with their own on-site laundry facilities. These can include hotels, motels, hospitals, nursing homes, spas, gyms, prisons, and other commercial and industrial operations that generate significant laundry.

OPL equipment extends beyond washers and dryers as well. They may include ironers, ozone disinfection, and ancillary items such as laundry carts, hot water heaters, and chemicals.

Coin-operated washers and dryers, on the other hand, are typically used in public places such as laundromats, apartment buildings, and dormitories. They are designed to accept coins or other forms of payment and are intended for use by the general public.

In general, OPL washers and dryers are designed to handle larger loads and are built to withstand heavy use. They often have more advanced features and technologies to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. Coin-operated washers and dryers, on the other hand, are typically designed for smaller loads and are geared toward individual or household use.

The choice between OPL and coin-op washers and dryers will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the business or organization. Factors to consider may include the volume of laundry to be processed, the types of fabrics and materials to be washed, the desired level of automation and control, and the budget for equipment and maintenance.

What are some of the benefits of having an on-premise laundry facility?

An on-premise laundry facility (OPL) can benefit businesses and organizations that generate a significant amount of laundry, such as hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, spas, gyms, and prisons. Here are some potential benefits of having an OPL:

  • Cost savings: By handling laundry in-house, businesses can save money on outsourcing laundry services to a third-party provider. This can be especially true for businesses that generate a high volume of laundry, as the cost of outsourcing can quickly add up.
  • Increased control and flexibility: With an OPL, businesses have more control over the laundry process, including the timing, temperature, and chemicals used in the washing and drying cycles. This can help ensure that laundry is processed according to the specific needs and requirements of the business.
  • Faster turnaround times: With an OPL, businesses can process laundry more quickly and efficiently than an outsourced provider. This can be especially important for businesses that require fast turnaround times, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Improved hygiene and infection control: By handling laundry in-house, businesses can better control the spread of infectious diseases and maintain a high level of hygiene. This is particularly important for healthcare facilities and other organizations where cleanliness and infection control are critical.
  • Better environmental sustainability: By using high-efficiency laundry equipment and implementing environmentally-friendly practices, businesses can reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Compared to outsourcing laundry services to a third-party provider, an on-premise laundry facility can provide businesses and organizations greater control, flexibility, cost savings, and environmental sustainability.

Selecting the right equipment for your OPL facility

At Skyline Equipment, we take pride in providing our customers with the best possible laundry solutions. Before starting any project, we listen carefully to the concerns and needs of our laundry customers. This enables us to make tailored recommendations for new equipment based on their unique requirements. We have extensive experience in designing and equipping on-premise laundries, and we offer a wide range of laundry equipment, including washers, dryers, and finishing systems. Our partnerships with leading brands such as Continental Girbau, LG, Dexter, Maytag, and B&C Technologies ensure that we provide our customers with equipment that offers unparalleled performance, durability, efficiency, and throughput. Our services include laundry operation analysis, laundry design, workflow analysis, equipment mix and installation, and service after the sale. We are committed to helping our customers make the best decisions for their laundry operations, and we take pride in providing them with the best possible equipment and service.

For more information about how we can help your on-premise facility be a profitable endeavor that provides greater control and flexibility, contact our offices for a no-obligation consultation.