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What is a Washer Pedestal?

A washer pedestal is a platform installed under a front-load washing machine to raise it off the floor. This can make it easier to access laundry by bringing the door closer to chest height. Many laundry pedestals also feature a large storage drawer to help organize laundry items.

You can also add a matching dryer pedestal to keep both appliances at the same level and make transferring laundry between them even easier. Washer and dryer pedestals can offer a great solution to a number of laundry room and washer dryer closet challenges. But, are they the right choice for you?

Shop washer and dryer pedestals from Maytag brand to explore your options. Or, read on for help deciding whether you need a washer pedestal, dryer pedestal—or both.

What are Washer and Dryer Pedestals For?

Washer and dryer pedestals raise front-load machines 10-16 inches to help reduce the amount of bending and stooping needed to load and unload items. More recent innovations include built-in storage or washing machine compartments.

Washing machine pedestals are only recommended for front-load models that are installed side by side, not stacked, and not recommended for top-load washing machines. If you place your top-load washer on a pedestal, it can actually make loading and unloading your laundry more difficult. You should be able to comfortably reach the bottom of the laundry basket on a top-load washer.

What is a Pedestal Washer?

Pedestal washers have a small washing compartment built in. These compartments let you wash a small load when you just have a few items, or wash some things separately from your main load. You can sometimes use a pedestal washer by itself if it has its own water and drain lines.

Are Pedestal Washers Worth It?

Pedestal washers may be helpful on laundry day if you’d like to add capacity to your washing machine or often wash small loads with unique care needs. Some models include a handful of special wash cycles, letting you customize settings that are separate from the main compartment above.

Are Washer and Dryer Pedestals a Good Fit For My Laundry Room?

Since laundry pedestals are installed underneath washers and dryers, you’ll add vertical storage to your laundry room without taking up any extra floor space. As long as you have enough open space above your units, you’ll likely have room to install washer and dryer pedestals. Here are some other reasons a washing machine pedestal and a matching dryer pedestal might be right for you.

  • You Have Front-Load Machines: Pedestals raise side by side, front-load washers and dryers by as much as 16 inches for easier access when loading, transferring and removing clothes.

  • You Have a Small Space: Laundry pedestals won’t require any more square footage from your layout. Just install under your washer and dryer.

  • You Want to Declutter: Who doesn’t? Keep small items like laundry detergent, dryer sheets and fabric softener organized and tucked away in a pedestal that matches your washer or dryer for a neat and tidy look.

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What Should I Look For When Buying Laundry Pedestals?

Like washers and dryers, laundry pedestals come in a variety of dimensions with unique feature sets. Read on to learn more about what to consider when buying a laundry pedestal, including everything from size and height to functionality, finish, installation and more.

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Make sure the laundry pedestals will support your washer or dryer. It’s best to stick with the same brand as your appliances and see if there is a recommended matching pedestal. If not, check the dimensions of each product to make sure they line up. Make sure to also check the pedestal’s weight limit against the weight of your washer or dryer.

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Ensure the washer and dryer pedestals lift appliances to a height that is comfortable for you and anyone else doing laundry in your household. You’ll also want to check that you have enough open vertical space to ensure that the total height with the pedestal installed does not interfere with upper cabinets, shelving or anything else above your washer. Maytag brand offers a 10-inch laundry pedestal or a few 15.5-inch laundry pedestal options, so you can find the right fit for your laundry needs.

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Consider whether you’re just looking for some extra height with a basic pedestal, want some extra storage, or need the additional pedestal washer function.

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Finish & Color

For a cohesive look, you’ll want to match the color or finish of your appliances and new laundry pedestals. You can usually find washer/dryer pedestals in all the standard finishes like white, black and metallic.

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Pedestals for washers and dryers that are essentially just raised stands will usually come with a lower price tag. The extra convenience of a storage drawer or compartment will increase the cost a bit, while pedestal washers are at the higher end of the price range.

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Make sure you have everything you need to get started with a new laundry pedestal. If you bring home Maytag® washer and dryer pedestals, learn how to install your laundry pedestal.

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Shop Maytag® Washer and Dryer Pedestals

Boost your laundry game with washer and dryer pedestals from Maytag brand that add extra height, storage and comfort. Store laundry essentials to declutter your laundry room and keep everything within arm’s reach. Find a range of sizes and colors to match your front-load washer or dryer.

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