Skip to main content

Washer and dryer sharing? Electrolux suggests an ‘Uber for laundry’ service

washer and dryer sharing electrolux suggests an uber for laundry service eled200qsw side 2
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Shortly after Thanksgiving, Swedish company Electrolux announced they were toying with the idea of an “Uber for laundry” type service. The premise would be for people without a washer and dryer to pay for laundry time from someone who owns the appliances.

Electrolux is a home appliance company looking to expand beyond just making the hardware. They have an oven that takes a photo of the food inside to send to the user’s smartphone so you know when your dinner is ready without having to check it. They’re looking to introduce new technology into their washers and dryers, then potentially give those advances to everyone through laundry sharing.

The new laundry service could be potentially huge news for the 65 percent of Americans who own a washer and dryer but live below the poverty line. Who doesn’t want an easy way to make a little extra money. However, the idea turned out to have many potential challenges. What if the clothes shrunk or were damaged? What if all the left socks went missing?

Other companies have tried to utilize a similar concept. Washio was a company that launched in 2013 which advertised itself as an on-demand laundry service. It shut down operations in August. Prim was another service that picked up, washed, dried, folded, and delivered your clothing for $25 a bag. They only lasted about seven months. There are still several services still in operation like FlyCleaners and Wash Cycle so there would be a lot of competition for a new startup.

In a Financial Time interview, CEO Jonas Samuelson alluded to the idea that Electrolux was developing an Uber for Laundry. When the Daily Mail covered the interview, its headline read: “Electrolux developing ‘smart’ washing machines that will enable neighbours to rent them out.”

However, the Head of Media Relations, Daniel Frykholm, was quick to deny that Electrolux had a product or idea for this sort of service in the works. He stated that the idea of an example of a concept that the company was considering, but not necessarily a promise for a future product or service.

Editors' Recommendations

Anthony Thurston
Anthony is an internationally published photographer based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Specializing primarily in…
Ring Battery Doorbell Pro vs. Nest Doorbell: Which is the better video doorbell?
The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro installed near a door.

The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro is one of the newest video doorbells on the market, offering premium features along with the simplicity of a battery power source. It's a fancy piece of smart home tech -- but how does it stack up to the always-popular Nest Doorbell? The two video doorbells bring many of the same features to your front door, though there are a few key differences you'll want to be aware of before making a purchase.

Here's everything you need to know about the Ring Battery Doorbell Pro and Nest Doorbell -- including a look at their installation process, standout features, and pricing details -- before adding one of them to your smart home.
Design

Read more
Best Presidents’ Day power tool deals: DeWalt, Milwaukee, and more
A man using a 20V DeWalt Jigsaw.

It's better to spend on an arsenal of power tools than to find out that you don't have the proper equipment when you need it, so you should think about taking advantage of this year's Presidents' Day power tool deals. We've rounded up our favorite offers involving the most trustworthy brands in the space, including Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee, with discounts that will stretch how far your budget will go. The holiday is coming to a close, so grab the tools you need before they're back to full price.
Best Bosch Presidents' Day power tool deals

Bosch power tools are reliable and versatile, and they'll have you ready in case you need to make a quick repair of if you come across a DIY project that you want to try. If you want a complete lineup, you better not miss the savings that you can get from Bosch Presidents' Day power tool deals, as costs will pile up if you're just starting out.

Read more
DeWalt Presidents’ Day deals: Save on power tools and accessories
A person using the DeWalt 20V Cordless Circular Saw.

Every family needs to have a complete set of power tools at home, because you never know when you'll need them to make some quick repairs or to work on do-it-yourself-projects. DeWalt is one of the most trusted brands in the space, and you can get its products with huge discounts in the Presidents' Day sales at various retailers. There are all kinds of  DeWalt Presidents' Day deals on power tools and their necessary accessories, but you need to hurry with your purchases because we're in the last few hours of holiday.

Best DeWalt power tool Presidents' Day deals

Read more