Clare Humphrey, category manager for the professional division of Miele, says that the new generation Benchmark machines “strike the perfect balance.”
She well knows that to keep up the with constant flow of laundry, industries including hospitality, social and health care, and leisure, “require washing machines which can handle large laundry loads multiple times per day. While it is true that bigger washing machines can use more energy, this is not always the case, especially when investing in commercial machines that are designed with efficiency in mind and built using materials which are designed to last.”
For Humphrey, Miele Professional’s new generation of Benchmark washers offer “balance between cost-efficiency and premium results, helping businesses not only to bring down costs in the long term but also save time and be more environmentally friendly.” Of course, purchasing a commercial washing machine can be a big investment, so carefully selecting a machine which best suits the need of a laundry is crucial. As Humphrey outlines, “if you are handling high volumes of laundry each day, you need to ensure the equipment accommodates larger loads. For maximum laundry throughput, Miele’s Benchmark series can process laundry volumes of up to 20kg whilst providing excellent cleaning results, meaning items do not need to be rewashed.” Logically, opting for washers that provide premium results in a short amount of time is best for businesses with a high laundry turnover. Humphrey states that “the Benchmark washing machine offers programme packages with short cycle times specifically designed to deal with standard and special purpose applications, producing excellent results while using resources sparingly.”
Despite some large washers having a bad reputation for using too much water and energy per wash, Humphrey says that “clever features such as the Miele’s EcoSpeed drum rhythm ensure lower wash consumption when processing laundry.” She says that compared to its predecessor, this has been reduced by up to one litre per kilogramme in the new Benchmark range.
Another consideration for Humphrey is Miele’s honeycomb drum 2.0 that “speeds up the wetting of laundry, saving time and energy in the subsequent finishing process. Not only will this benefit your pocket — it will help reduce your environmental footprint too.”
Sustainability is a key factor in all Miele products says Humphrey. She claims that the latest generation of Benchmark washing machines are built to last for around 30,000 hours of operation and “reduce maintenance to a minimum.” She adds that with “robust components” such as steel, iron and aluminium used in the design, “businesses can be rest assured knowing their laundry equipment is reliable and durable for many years to come, whilst continuing to deliver high standards of laundry.” Further, Humphrey comments that “breakdowns are less likely to happen, and machines will not need to be replaced as often.”
Ultimately, Humphrey says that purchasing a large commercial washing machine can be part of a laundry’s businesses long-term strategy “to save both money and time while supporting wider goals such as sustainability and customer satisfaction.”