Mobile apps connected to laundry delivery services have a very specific appeal: people with busy schedules who one way or another would have to share a washer and dryer with other renters who all want to use the machines at the same time.
Although the services cost a lot more than what you would otherwise pay to wash and dry your own clothes (and the pricing schemes can get complicated for some of them), the time savings may make the expense worthwhile for people whose hourly earnings exceed what a typical delivery costs.
Plus, the cleaned clothing arrives folded more perfectly than you might be able to do on your own. You can also get dry cleaning and ironing for additional fees.
Sweetening the deal: Many of these startups offer initial discounts on your first delivery to get you to try them. Here’s a rundown of companies offering laundry delivery services that you can order from your mobile device.
Mobile Apps for Laundry Delivery
Prices: Wash-and-fold starts at $1.50 to $1.99 per pound, depending on what city you’re in. On top that there’s a 95 cent service fee, and Bedding and bath mats cost more to launder, anything you want to dry by hanging costs another $1; and dry cleaning ranges from $6.99 to $25 per garment, depending on the type of item. Orders under $30 also have a $4.99 delivery fee; for overnight delivery, add another $4.99, and if you want it the same day, that goes up to $9.98. A subscription version costs $14.99 per month or $119.99 per year, giving you free deliveries on any amount of laundry, with rush jobs for just $1.99 extra. There’s also a free two-week trial subscription.
Availability: As of this writing, the company operates in New York city, Brooklyn San Francisco and Washington DC.
Prices: Laundry is among several things this outfit delivers, and what you pay for deliveries depends on which local dry cleaner you select in your respective city — some may have a minimum order size of around $30. The company is offering a $7 credit to new customers plus a free laundry bag.
Availability: As of this writing, the company operates in 35 cities in partnership with local dry cleaners that you get to choose — and Delivery.com promises a 24-hour turnaround.
Prices: Wash-and-fold starts at $1.50 per pound, and there’s a $25 minimum; wash-and-press is $2.75 to $3.75; and dry cleaning ranges from $4.50 to $35 per item; turnaround times are 24 hours for laundry and 48 hours for dry cleaning and wash-and-press. The company requires you to provide a credit card so it can charge a $10.50 deposit on pending orders, releasing that amount when the transaction completes. With your first order, you get a free laundry bag — plus 25% off when you input the code DIRTY at checkout.
Availability: As of this writing, the company operates in New York city — and more specifically Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
Prices: The company appears to give custom price quotes. If you choose to have pickups and deliveries to a DryV locker there’s no minimum, but if you schedule it to come to your home there’s a $20 minimum.
Availability: This company operates seven days a week in Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Prices: Wash-and-fold starts at around $1.55 per pound; dry cleaning costs $3.25 to $16.50 per item; there’s a $20 minimum to get a delivery, and you pay a delivery fee of $3.99 if your order is under $30. New customers get $10 off their first order and a free laundry bag.
Availability: As of this writing, the company only operates in New York city — hours are 6:00 am to midnight, seven days a week.
Prices: Rates appear to vary based on local supply and demand; whether and how frequently you want your items laundered; and how far in advance you schedule. New customers can get up to 50% their first order. Note that the site lists different variations on house cleaning without providing a dedicated area for laundry, although it’s definitely something you can hire on the site.
Availability: The company claims to have thousands of cities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Prices: Wash-and-fold starts at $1.50 per pound, with a minimum order of $25; same-day service costs $1.90 per pound. Blankets cost $15 to $30, depending on size. Dry cleaning ranges from $5.50 to $15.96 per item, depending on size. Google search for Instawash coupons that will save you up to $10 on your first order.
Availability: As of this writing, the company operates seven days a week in San Francisco.
Prices: A one-time wash-and-fold costs $1.99 per pound, but if you sign up for it weekly, the price drops to $1.75 per pound. Bedding linens range from $8 to $35 per item. The minimum order size is $25.
Availability: The company operates in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura, California.
Prices: Wash-and-fold starts at $1.75 per pound plus $3.99 for standard delivery in three days or $5 for a rush delivery within one to two days. Blankets cost $15 to $30, items that need to hang to dry cost $1 to $8, and prices for dry cleaning and wash-and-press range from $1 to $18 per item. New customers get a $20 credit good toward any services.
Availability: As of this writing, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston; pickups and deliveries are limited to between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm local time.
Prices: The app lists laundry help among many other tasks you can hire out and rates are set by the taskers — although they’re driven by local supply-and-demand plus ratings by customers. Additionally, you end up paying more if you need the help right away and less if you’re willing to wait. Do a Google search on coupons for new customers and you can find savings of up to 25% on your first order of any kind — so no dice if you’ve already hired a tasker in another area.
Availability: As of this writing, the company operates in 43 metropolitan areas across the U.S. and U.K., although not all of them have laundry yet. The site’s FAQ says that if TaskRabbit isn’t yet in your city, you can request it.
Do These Apps Come and Go?
Although the number of companies in this space has steadily increased over the past half decade, at least one startup in this actually space shut down — namely, Wash.io. Others like Wash Cycle Laundry have curtailed doing business with individuals in order to focus exclusively on companies.
Others that are still in business maintain both consumer and business clientele. Some employers subsidize all or part of the cost of cleaning as an employee benefit.
Although these services may seem like a luxury to those who live on tight budgets, people with busy schedules may appreciate the time savings as well worth the expense.
Readers, if you’ve used any of the laundry delivery experiences above, tell us about your experiences with them in the comments section below.
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