Since the introduction of the first automatic washing machine built for domestic use in 1937 and the commercial release of the first electrically powered dryer in 1938, both the washer and dryer have continued to be a staple across households in developed countries.
But, in line with the overall household appliances market, the washer and dryer industry did experience a brief dip in sales between 2009 and 2012. However, in the last few years the U.S. market experienced a recovery with an average of over four thousand electric dryers shipped per month in 2015 and sales of automatic washers expected to reach over 10 million units by 2017.
The two general designs for household washing machines in use today are the front-loading and the top-loading washers. Laundromat machines and industrial washers are also available for commercial use. Other types of washing machines used in consumer households include the more expedient compact machines as well as the washer-dryer combo. With the industry for “smart appliances” expected to take off in the coming years, washing machines account for a majority of the global smart homes appliances market with washers and dryers making up a combined 30 percent of the global market.
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