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Do Washers And Dryers Need Pedestals?

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:28 pm

The need for comfort in the use of electrical appliances is essential. Certain accessories that do not come with the purchased devices help to improve users’ experience, thereby providing extra comfort. These accessories may be provided by the manufacturer or sourced by the user.

Washers and dryers do not need pedestals. A pedestal is not an essential accessory that comes with washers and dryers. A pedestal is any material that elevates the washer and dryer to suit a consumer’s need for height and space. A washer and dryer can function optimally without the use of a pedestal.

Are Pedestals for Washers and Dryers Necessary?

The application of pedestals in washers and dryers is necessary to improve users’ comfort. The pedestals elevate the washers and dryers, lifting them to chest level. In addition, the application of a pedestal in a washer finds better use when operating a frontload machine. The reason is that you no longer need to stoop low to access the washing machine.

The pedestal adds up on the level of convenience that is necessary but not an essential accessory. The frontload washer may require the use of a pedestal.

The top load washer may not necessarily require the use of a pedestal because the opening of a full load washer is high enough to prevent one from bending down to assess clothes loaded in the tub during a washing cycle.

Do Washers On Pedestals Shake More?

Washers placed on pedestals are likely to shake more. The washers on pedestals vibrate more because they elevate the washers, making them wobble and shake. In addition, the increased height tends to reduce the stability of the washer and makes them more prone to shaking.

A washing machine may shake for a couple of reasons which includes:

  • Presence of transportation bolts and Styrofoam
  • An unevenly distributed load in the drum
  • A pump filter clogged by dirt
  • A hose drain clogged by dirt or other materials
  • An unbalanced washer

Any of the above reasons would make a washing machine shake without using a pedestal. The pedestal may only cause an increase in making the shaking of the washer. It is important to note that a washer shakes for some reason, not because of the use of a pedestal.

The underlying problem should be checked and fixed whenever the washing machine shakes profusely beyond normal. You can invite a professional trained in handling washers and dryers to do this. Removing or replacing the pedestal may not help stop the shake completely in conditions such as these.

What Is the Purpose Of the Washer and Dryer Pedestal?

The pedestal in a washer and dryer is vital for a couple of reasons. These includes:

  • Elevating a front load washer
  • Providing more storage space
  • Improves the beauty of the surrounding

Let us now consider these purposes individually.

1. Elevating a front load washer

A frontload washer has its drum at the front of the washing machine. Clothes meant for washing are usually stacked from the front into the washing machine.

Therefore, whenever you operate the frontload washing machine, you may stoop low. Unfortunately, doing this brings about discomfort in using the washing machine.

With a pedestal, you elevate the washer to a level convenient for the user. As a result, the front load washing machine comes up to a level whereby one can comfortably operate the front load washer without bending often.

This feature is not so highlighted in the top load washer since the drum’s loading is at the chest level of most adults.

2. Providing More Storage Space

Apart from elevating the washer and dryer, some pedestals provide more storage space. These pedestals provide additional room that is accessible to the user. You can store laundry items that you frequently use on the washer and dryer with this space.

Examples of these household items are dryer sheets and fabric softeners. You can organize and tuck away these items in a pedestal for easy access whenever you use the washing machine or dryer. This feature makes washing a lot easier and enjoyable.

In some cases, the pedestal can also provide room for storing dirty clothes.  For example, when a laundry basket is not available or filled up, you can keep the dirty clothes on the pedestal of the washing machine.

3. Improves the beauty of the surrounding

A pedestal can significantly add to the aesthetic appeal of the laundry room. Pedestals improve the interior decoration and give that extra touch to the look of the surroundings.

You can put in extra effort to make the pedestal blend with the color of the walls, cabinet fittings, and other components of the space where you place them.

Pros and Cons of Pedestals

Since the pedestal is not an essential accessory, there is an argument for and against its use. The idea for the use of the pedestal includes :

  • the comfort provided through the elevation of the washer.
  • Provision of more storage space.
  •  aesthetic improvement

On the other hand, the use of the pedestal comes with some disadvantages, which include:

  • Cost
  • Installation concerns

Since the advantages of the pedestal have been explained earlier in the preceding subheading, I will briefly expand on the disadvantages.

1. Cost

Often, one must choose between the comfort a pedestal brings and the expected cost. For example, most of the washers and dryers have expensive pedestals.

However, available alternatives do not cost as much as the manufacturers. Even so, any pedestal may demand that you part with extra cash.

2. Installation Concerns

In installing a pedestal, some concerns usually arise. These concerns include:

3. An Adequate Height

The pedestal could elevate the washing machine to the point that there may not be space for other household items above it. Finding the perfect height for the pedestal constitutes an extra concern. The pedestal of front-load washers and dryers could provide an elevation of as much as 16 inches.

4. The Extra Shaking

We have established that pedestals cause washers to shake more. Therefore, one may have to contend with extra vibration when using a pedestal on a machine.

5. The Weight It Bears

Most washing machines and dryers weigh between 90 and 100 kg. This weight does not include the importance of the clothes stacked in the drum. Therefore, when choosing a pedestal, it is crucial to consider its weight. This consideration will affect the choice of the material used in making the pedestal.


A washer and dryer do not need a pedestal to function. It only adds to the comfort in the use of the machine. In addition, it elevates the washer and dryer to chest level and provides additional space to store household items.

The pedestal does not cause a washer to shake; it only amplifies a shaking washer. Before going for that pedestal, you should weigh the pros and cons and make a suitable decision.

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