Do you know about all the different kinds of washing machines there are out there right now? They make just about every type you could need for what kind of living situation you have. For example, there are top loading machines that neatly fit side by side in a smaller space. These are ideal for those with cabinets overhead for holding all their supplies like detergent (liquid or powder), fabric softener, and bleach. Of course, front loading machines have the luxury of being able to be placed next to one another or even one on top of the other (if they're stackable) in very tiny spots. This is a convenient setup because it leaves room for the hamper right next to it. Usually, this is the setup that most coin operated laundry rooms have.
Many people want to know which company manufactures the best machines. Fortunately, there are a lot of good brands out there that will not steer you wrong. You could get a Maytag, Whirlpool, or Kenmoore and never need to buy another clothes cleaning machine again. Or you could try to make a bold statement by investing in one of the more expensive designer appliances by Samsung or LG. GE, Electrolux, and Danby all make excellent products as well.
As for those of you that would rather not have a drying machine (maybe you've been burned by plugs and cords that aren't right, or maybe you don't have the space), there are some great options for you as well. You can set up a retractable clothes line that dries your clothes when you need it to but quietly waits out of sight when it's not being used. Or you could get a wooden collapsible or foldable rack if you have nothing to hang a line to. These convenient racks allow you to dry your clothes in a very organized fashion and are easy to set up and take down.
Remember, supplies can get expensive and most people don't take that cost into account. Be sure to scour newspapers and websites for coupons, as they can give you huge discounts and help you save a mint in the long run.