Rigid-mount machines have much harder and more durable shock absorbers and suspension, making them ideal for launderettes. As well as washing normal domestic loads, they can also handle large rugs or duvets. However, they need to be fixed to the floor, ideally bolted to sound concrete.
While cheaper than their high-speed counterparts, they spin at a slower speed. This means reduced water extraction and therefore longer drying times. They can also be more costly to install.