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  • Holiday Lets

    Washing Machine v Dishwasher

    We have just bought our first Holiday Let and it has a lovely fitted kitchen and came with a fridge freezer and a washing machine.  Having used the washing machine for the first time over New Year, we can see why the previous owners left it behind, the noise was like a jet fighter taking off!!  The bearings are well are truly gone and they are not replaceable so it is only fit for scrap.

    We had been trying to work out where we could add a dishwasher in to the kitchen, but there isn't anywhere obvious except where the washing machine is.  If there is only room for one or the other - which do you think is best for a holiday let?  It's a two bedroom cottage sleeping 4 that will probably appeal to couples more than families we suspect.  Personally I can manage a week without a washing machine but prefer not to have to wash up on holiday - what do you think?

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    Best to have washing machine. That seems to be standard in most holiday lets.

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    Hi Jo,

    Congratulations on your purchase! Smile

    You need the washing machine to wash the bed linen surely?

    Or do you take the bed linen away to launder it?

    Have you looked at the very compact dishwashers?

    I think you need both for a holiday let, so perhaps have another look if there is somewhere you could put the washing machine, like under the stairs or in the downstairs cloakroom.

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    I was advised by an HMO surveyor never to put white goods understairs.

    This is understandable given the number of fires they start.

    In answer to the original question, I think the dishwasher wins as most people take sufficient clothes for their trip.

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    Definitely a washer/dryer. Washer only if there is a drying room.  You can get by without a dish washer but laundry facilities are essential.

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    We're always surprised at the number of people that use the washing machine, but if it was my choice I'd go for the dishwasher. As my wife says " I don't go on holiday to do washing". Our laundry is taken away and washed elsewhere, there's not enough time on changeovers to wash, dry and iron bedlinen anyway. 

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    We won't be doing the cleaning as we don't live close, so are looking at cleaning companies who would take away the laundry.

    There is nowhere else in the cottage a second appliance could go, no downstairs toilet or utility room.  We were hoping to finish to quite a high quality and a dishwasher is certainly something we miss if there isn't one.  Trying to fit something else in the kitchen would mean quite a major re-working.

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    I'd vote for washing machine if I had to choose between the two.

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    As a frequent AirBnB user, I'm always annoyed when the washing machine has been locked away in a cupboard so it can't be used.  Washing dishes and pots and pans takes seconds.  Washing clothes is not so simple.

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    Just out of curiosity, do you mind me asking how long a stay would it have to be for you to want a washing machine available?  And are the stays for business or pleasure?  I can understand the need for a washer if someone was working away, but for holidays isn't it nice to remove the daily jobs?

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    Dishwasher def -  . Its meant to be a holiday not a workstation

    I would take  7  T  shirts and a pair of jeans and that`s me sorted for a week!

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com