The Best Dry Cleaners in Toronto
The best dry cleaners in Toronto are there for all those important life milestones: the pre-job-interview press, the post-wedding gown preservation, and the weekday after your roommate wore your favourite skirt without asking and managed to decorate it with a Crantini (just speculating on that last one). The dry cleaners on this list have not only earned a reputation for great stain elimination, but also combine friendly demeanours, additional services, and (where applicable) eco-friendly aspects to their dry cleaning business, with some offering the undoubtable bonus option of pickup and delivery.
Here is the list of the best dry cleaners in Toronto.
King West Village Cleaners (1000 King Street West)
Those who are faithful to King West Village Cleaners will tell you that it is Wayne et al. who make all the difference. Stop by once, and the staff will surely know your name (and potentially, your marital status, job title, and where you want to go on your next vacation). Results are always reliable, and prices are pretty fair at $4.95 for all types of pants, and $13.95 for both men's and women's suits.
Canadian Dry Cleaners (1597 Queen Street E, 416.465.3534)
With all the cleaning done onsite at its shop at Queen and Coxwell, this Leslieville dry cleaner is somewhat of an old faithful; and "old" in this case, is to be taken literally, as the business has been around since the late 1920's. Proudly boasting its disuse of perchloroethylene, this cleaner will have your blouse good as new for $5.00 all-in, or a dress ready to go for $8.50 and up.
Creeds (390 Dupont Street)
Creeds distinguishes itself from the lot with free pickup and delivery, or better yet, it can all be arranged online (good for those phone-phobic Millennial types). On Dupont east of Bathurst, Creeds has been in the biz for more than two decades, garnering a reputation for knowing how to handle those delicate (and expensive) high-end garments. Handbag restoration is also touted among its specialties.
Kew Beach Cleaners (1830 Queen Street E)
Kew Beach Cleaners is one of those family-run spots with a solid reputation. All of its cleaning it done on location from its laundry on Queen Street East west of Woodbine, with the option of two-hour service for those emergency stain issues (or otherwise, impatient customers). Prices are on the low end of standard, with shirts, for example, priced at $3.50 each.
Bestway Donlands Cleaners (249 Donlands Ave)
This dry cleaner is pretty sizeable as far as Toronto goes, with its own parking lot for extra convenience adjacent to the shop. Needless to say, all the cleaning is done right here at the corner of Donlands and Mortimer, with the option of same-day service or regular cleaning starting at $2.95 per shirt. The shop is definitely a community feature.
Sun Dry Cleaners (673 Lansdowne Avenue)
The people who work at Sun are said to bring a little cheer to Blansdowne (do people still call it that?). Anyway, friendliness is one of the reasons why the area has taken to this relatively new dry cleaning spot, but of course, its wizardry with seemingly impossible stains shouldn't be overlooked. While handling your "dry clean only" garments is Sun's main gig, the owner will also fix your tears and sew the basic hem.
Couture (92 Avenue Road)
You'll pay a little bit more for a Couture clean, but regulars say the extra cost is well worth it. On Avenue Road between Davenport and Bloor (that right there is a clue about its prices), Couture does everything from basic laundering and dry cleaning, to alterations, repair, and leather care. With a couple persuasive testimonials from Toronto's high-end retailers, Couture will still make the drive out to your little humble abode for its pickup and delivery service.
Modern Laundry (282 Dupont Street)
Modern Laundry offer same day service for those early risers. Ironically, this shop is said to do well with fragile vintage finds, which is great for Annex residents or anyone with a Metropass (seeing as Modern is right by Dupont Station). With its list of services narrowed to simply dry cleaning and laundering, this spot will do most garments for around $4.50 each, with dresses and suits generally priced at $9.00 and up.
Eco Cleaners (719 Mount Pleasant Road)
Unsurprisingly, this dry cleaner is all about the green: uh, being green, that is. At Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, Eco Cleaners' process includes a "GreenEarth" cleaning system that doesn't use perchloroethylene or petroleum hydrocarbon. Services here include everything from basic cleaning to gown preservation, alterations and fluff & fold, with valet service offered for free, and a referral reward system for loyal customers.
Boyd Cleaners (727 Dovercourt Road)
Boyd Cleaners is another one to put in the slightly pricier category, with dry cleaning for suits starting at $38.00 and blouses for around $16.50. All the cleaning is done on the premises on Dovercourt just south of Bloor, with Joe Boyd himself usually there and ready to take in your clothes. A business for close to 50 years, this one is for those special, one-of-a-kind pieces you wouldn't trust with just anybody.
Gibson's Cleaners ( 258 Beresford Ave)
Gibson's Cleaners has the type of reputation that can only be accrued by spending 80 years in the industry. With a few locations throughout the GTA and beyond, Gibson's does everything from wet and dry cleaning, to leather repair and restoration, general alterations, and bridal gown preservation. The shops also uses eco-friendly GreenEarth cleaning and offers free pickup and delivery.
Stork Cleaners (3860 Bathurst Street)
Up in Wilson Heights, Stork Cleaners has been around for almost 50 years. The family-owned business offers a two-hour dry cleaning along with its regular roster of services, including cleaning pants, blouses and sweaters for about $6.00 and up, with suits priced at $15.50 and up and blazers at $9.50. Pickup and delivery can also be arranged for a small, additional cost.