At first, I wasn't going to purchase the pedestals for my new set. I am so glad I did. The pedestals were not delivered until 2 weeks after I purchased my set, so I could definitely see the difference when they arrived. The pedestals save your back. This means that you don't have to bend down to retrieve your items out of the washer and vise versa. There is also a very handy storage drawer that you can use to store your detergents, softeners, dryer sheets, etc. Wonderful idea!! When I finally got the pedestals and the washer and dryer were set upon them, they looked so much better. But when I used the washer and dryer afterward, I was like, WOW. I am so glad I purchased these!! If you're going to purchase a front loading washer and matching dryer, just get the pedestals. Your back will love you for it.