It is easy to connect the washer/dryer to the pedestals (we're in our fifties, and managed the weight of the appliances, but that might be a problem for some so ask for help). The added height of the appliance door keep you from constantly bending over- sure helps out your back- and the drawer in the pedestal is an organizational boon.
I have these pedestals for the Affinity W&D. The are very strong. The appliance mounts to the pedestal with brackets, nice & sturdy. The drawer glides open, and has lots of storage room. Having the appliance elevated 15" makes things a lot easier. High quality items, highly recommended!
We wish our old washer and dryer would have broken sooner, so we could have gotten this set sooner. The Sears yearly coverage for our Sears items finally paid off! It has all the options we wanted. The "deep clean sanitary" mode on the washer is wonderful for cleaning towels and stuff for our disabled son. We also highly recommend the pedestal drawers to keep from bending over too much. It's depth is smaller than the other front loaders and it fits perfectly.