In the US and Canada, a full-size washer or dryer is usually 27 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and at least 36 inches tall. They need hot- and cold-water plumbing hookups and some kind of drainage for the washer, plus a 240-volt outlet and ventilation for the dryer.
Compacts like these still need most of the same plumbing and electrical requirements as a standard washer and dryer, including hot- and cold-water hookups, a 240-volt outlet (though one of our picks can be plugged into a 120-volt outlet), and a drain nearby.
Most people who need a 24-inch (European style) compact washer and dryer should be happy with the Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC washer and WTG86400UC dryer. Of the few models that fit our criteria, these in particular have most of the features that matter, including a fast spin speed and a shorter wash cycle. The brand also has a strong reputation for reliability, service, and performance.
The EFLS210TIW washer has some similarities to the latest generation of Electrolux full-size washers (including our full-size runner-up pick), which are also known to have some of the best stain-removal capabilities today. The evidence suggests that when it comes to very stubborn stains, the EFLS210TIW has an advantage over the Bosch 300 Series model (though the real-world results could be swayed by tons of factors, including cycle selection, detergent, and pretreatment).
The Electrolux pair allows more installation flexibility. The washer can plug directly into a standard 120-volt outlet, whereas the Bosch washer needs to plug into either the dryer or its own 240-volt outlet. And the Electrolux dryer can either collect its condensed water in a reservoir or send it directly down a drain. The Bosch has no reservoir, so it needs to be installed near a drain.
The LG WM1388HW washer and DLEC888W dryer were on our short list of finalists. LG makes some of the most reliable washing machines, but the performance reviews from the test labs were just okay for this model (and its predecessor, the WM1377HW), and the user ratings for the dryer are poor (though few have been published).
The most common complaints from owners are that portable washers are noisy; that you need to pay attention to the water level as they fill up; and that they create a lot of lint, leaving it behind on your clothes, and also potentially clogging your drain (a lint roller can help with the clothes, and a stocking rubber-banded to the end of the hose can prevent the clogging).
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Some models give you the option to set a dryer cycle after a wash one is completed, and will alert you when it's time to make this switch. This is so you can remove some of the clothes from your load (if, for example, they need to air dry), and prepare the drum for drying. The drying capacity of an all-in-one model is half of its washing capacity, since the clothes expand. If you want your machine to automatically start a drying cycle, then be sure to only add half of your typical load to the washer for effective cleaning and drying.
According to Gaylen, many combo washer dryers utilize a heat pump, which allows for ventless installation. Instead of requiring an external vent, this type of dryer collects moisture and drains it from the machine, rather than sending hot, moist exhaust through a vent through the wall of your home.
While all-in-one washer dryers have many of the same settings and technology as their counterparts, they can be less effective and more time-consuming. You may find that your clothes are a bit damp at the end of a cycle, and many machines can take anywhere from three to six hours to complete a load. On a positive note, combo units allow you to drop in your clothes and not worry about switching them. Plus, you can do smaller loads to help the unit wash and dry your clothes more effectively.
Washer dryer combos are all in one machines that will wash and dry your laundry. That means no more having to transfer wet clothes from your washer to your dryer. And since these combo units are small and portable, you can use them without hookups.
Convenience is the biggest reason to consider washer dryer combos for apartments. Because these units can replace two separate machines, they're an ideal solution for even a small apartment. The combos are also incredibly convenient for second homes and boats.
Because the dryer side has a heating element, you also get more wrinkle-reduction options than with standard front-load washers/dryers. Most models allow you to control the amount of heat that goes into the dry cycle.
Almost all washer dryer combos are electric. To install the unit, you will need to supply it with a power source and hook up the water supply. The good news is that most units can be set up and installed in less than an hour.
In most cases, a ventless unit is the best choice for apartments, second homes, and boats with limited space. After all, if your apartment doesn't even have hookups, it certainly won't have a venting system. However, if you have an existing venting system in place or need to use one in your new home due to low airflow, you may want to go with a vented washer dryer combo.
If space is limited, you'll have to prioritize features that best support your specific laundry habits. Sorting through all of this can require some research before you make a decision. However, with a little effort and the advice above, you should be able to find washer dryer combos that will meet all of your needs.
\"I am happy with the stackable washer and dryer except for one small problem. When I have to take the laundered clothing out of the washer I have to almost get down on my knees to reach in to take out clothes\"
The major difference between front-loading and top-loading washing machines is capacity, with top-loading washing machines typically having more space available for your loads of laundry. Beyond that, you may want to consider who is using the washing machine. Top-loaders are typically easier on the back and require less bending than front-loading models, but are more difficult for children to access. (Whether you also require your washing machine to entertain kids or pets may be worth thinking about, in which case: front-loader.) Also, you may need to consider whether or not you need to stack a dryer on top of your washer. There are stackable options with both top- and front-loading washing machines, but you have more options with a front-loading model.
On average, washing machines run between $600 and $900. But there are units on either side of that average if you're looking for either a very basic model to get the job done or a tricked-out washer with every available feature. (Remember that the self-loading washing machine does not as of yet exist.) I evaluated several models at various price points, sizes and features, to bring you the best washing machines for 2023.
While many people do buy matching washer/dryer sets, it's almost never a requirement to do so. However, if your available laundry space is narrow and requires a stackable washer/dryer, (because why resort to air drying if you don't have to) this LG washer/dryer tower has extremely favorable reviews, offers 4.5 cubic feet of space in the washer and 7.4 cubic feet in the dryer, and only requires 27 inches of width to accommodate it. Among its 10 wash cycles is Allergiene, which uses steam to help remove excess pet dander and dust.
With full-size washing machines averaging about 27 inches wide, this 24-inch model from GE offers a reliable solution for smaller spaces (or smaller door frames). Offering 2.8 cubic feet of space, this petite unit still offers eight wash cycles, including Speed Wash. Users often remarked in reviews about being the best available for a condominium setting, and how the drum still felt like plenty of space to do even large loads of laundry. A folding lid keeps the vertical space requirement on the low side as well or allows for the possibility of a stacked, compatible dryer. 59ce067264