I've actually been using the pedestal for about a week and I'm really pleased. It was WAY chepaer than buying the pedestals from the appliance store and has been WAY more functional.
At the old house, we had the metal pedestals that matched the washer and dryer and they're pretty useless. Nobody wants to bend and lift detergent from under there, so we ended up using ours to store old towels.
This new pedestal was built to hold laundry baskets. I can fit 3 full size rubbermaid hip-hugger laundry baskets under there which has been infinitely more useful.