Wouldn't it be great if you could throw your dirty laundry in the wash before work and come home to clean, dry clothes hanging neatly in your wardrobe That dream could be one step closer with a washer dryer combo.
They typically offer all the features, programs and modes of mid- to high-end washers and dryers, so they promise to do everything stand-alone washers and dryers can do, but with half the footprint. And the smaller your living space, the bigger an advantage that becomes.
Washer dryer combos are a great solution for small houses and small households: they have a smaller footprint than standalone appliances, and the dryer capacity is best suited to one- to two-person households.
And if you're on a budget, buying a standalone washing machine and clothes dryer can save a few dollars if you opt for a cheaper vented dryer (or skip the dryer altogether in favour of a clothes horse). You're also hedging your bets if something breaks down, because you only need to replace one appliance, not both at once.
It's also important to know you can use the washing and drying functions independently of each other. In our experience washer dryer combos wash much the same as a conventional washing machine, but don't do a particularly good job in the drying department.
If you don't have the option of line drying, and don't have the space for standalone appliances, then a washer dryer combo is probably the right choice for you. But to get the most out of your washer dryer, make sure you select the highest spin speed available to extract as much water as possible before the drying phase. Even then it will still take up to 6.5 hours to dry.
We've found most washer dryer combos wash exactly the same way as a conventional front-loading washing machine. Water and detergent are added, clothes are picked up and dropped into the wash water to clean them, then they're spun, rinsed, and spun again. So you'll have a comparable wash experience to using a conventional, standalone washing machine.
But washer dryer combos are much more complicated appliances because of the drying aspect. Unlike standalone dryers, there's a whole bunch of plumbing and water inlets in them for the washing side of things, that's also coopted for the drying component.
The heart of any condenser dryer is the heat exchanger. It works like the radiator in your car by passing the hot air through metal fins with a large surface area to facilitate cooling. In a standalone dryer these fins are air cooled, but washer dryer combos use water instead. This makes sense from an engineering point of view because water conducts heat more efficiently, and because it's also a washer it already has the plumbing in place.
Our reliability survey shows that washerdryer combo owners historically have had more issues with theirappliance than owners of conventional washing machines, although comboquality has been steadily improving in recent years.
We're starting to see the emergence of washer dryer combos that use heat pump technology to dry (like an air conditioner). Compared to a water-cooled condenser they're very energy efficient and don't use any water to dry, but they represent another step up in terms of complexity and price.
The energy consumption of a washer dryer is comparable to using a standalone washing machines and condenser dryer. However, if you use a dryer regularly, you're better off using a heat pump dryer as it uses much less energy.
This stackable pair is ideal for laundry rooms where depth can be a challenge. In general, LG makes the shallowest full-size washer-dryer models. At a slim 30-inch depth, this LG stackable washer is definitely one of the best choices if depth is a concern in your laundry room.
Anyone out there who wants to save but doesn't want to skimp on modern features in both the washer and dryer Look no further: This Samsung WF45B6300AW comes in at an unbeatable price compared to its peers.
Bonus: Both the washer and matching dryer are compatible with the Samsung Smart Washer/Dryer app, which allows you to stay connected to your machines and troubleshoot any problems using your smartphone.
This GE washer and dryer has larger capacity than most of the front load washers on the market. Its 5.0 cu. ft. interior can hold king-size bedding with ease. It will allow you to fit more in each wash to prevent neverending laundry sessions.
Apartment dwellers and their landlords love this model, as do those adding second-floor laundry who need to fit a washer and dryer into a closet. Bosch is renowned for its reliability, and we think these machines are small but mighty.
The Miele WXR860WCS washer is the only residential product on the market that offers a whopping 1,600 RPM spinning motor. This feature makes it possible for you to quickly get rid of excess water, leaving less work for the dryer, and shortening the drying time.
The LG WashTower is a shorter, two-in-one unit. It combines a full-sized, fully featured, modern front-load washer with a matching steam dryer in one \"tower\" (thus the name). The controls are in the middle, between the two doors. This innovation not only places the controls at a convenient level, it also helps shave about six inches off the overall height so it can fit in spaces with lower ceilings.
Full-size washers and dryers are typically 27 inches wide. You'll find a few 29- and 30-inch models out there, but those aren't stackable. The interior volume's at least 4.5 cu. ft. for the washer and 7.0 cu. ft. for the dryer.
Apartment size or compact unit washer and dryer models are 24 inches wide and ventless. The standard interior volume is 2.2 cu. ft. for the washer and 4.2 cu. ft. for the dryer. The main benefit of a compact stackable laundry set is installation versatality. In addition to being smaller, the dryer doesn't need to be vented to the exterior of your home.
You may be wondering if you need a stacking kit for your washer and dryer, and how difficult it is to do on your own. Although it may seem intimidating, stacking a washer and dryer is pretty straightforward and simple. In fact, the only parts involved are a front load dryer, front load washer, and a separate stacking kit. The stacking kit secures the two machines together safely and solidly.
You should never try to stack your washer and dryer without a stacking kit. Even minimal vibrations could cause them to shift, resulting in the top machine falling off. This could damage your home or injure a family member. Please be safe.
There may only be a handful of Martha Stewarts out there who actually enjoy doing laundry, but it's still exciting to get a new stackable washer and dryer for your home. The new finish, better cleaning technology, and faster wash times will make the chore easier and much more doable. But you don't necessarily want to buy the first set you lay eyes on.
Expert help can be hard to come by in your local home improvement store or when shopping online. Since it can be difficult to get good advice, many people make mistakes when buying a stackable washer and dryer.
Take note of which direction your washer and dryer doors should swing open. Some models have reversible hinges to swing in either direction based on your space's needs, but many don't. Make sure your space will allow you to open your washer and dryer doors fully, put clothes in, and pull them out. Sometimes cabinet doors, closet doors, and even attic pull-down ladders can get in the way.
Some side-by-side laundry arrangements place the washer and dryer on pedestals in order to add storage space underneath. You won't need pedestals if you're switching to a stacked configuration. Pedestals aren't practical because they raise the dryer so high that just about anyone would have a tough time reaching the controls.
Are stackable washers and dryers full-sizeYes, many are. Most manufacturers make full-size (27-inch width) stackable washer and dryer models. A handful of manufacturers like Bosch and Miele offer only compact stackable models, which measure 24 inches wide.
Which stackable washer and dryer brands are the most reliableAll of our top picks are some of the most reliable washer and dryers on the market. Generally, the top brands for reliabilty include Samsung, Bosch, Electrolux, LG, and Miele, among other brands. We recommend that you do some research to determine which of the most reliable picks fit your needs best.
Are stackable washer and dryers as good as side-by-side onesYes. We find that, in general, front load machines perform better all around than top load machines do, whether or not you stack them. Top load machines, of course, can only sit side by side. Ultimately, when you're dealing with a smaller laundry room, a stackable washer and dryer is a necessity.
What are stackable washer and dryer dimensionsThe dimensions of a full-size stackable washer and dryer are as follows: approximately 27 inches wide, 76 inches tall, and 32 inches deep.
If your washer and dryer are suddenly on the fritz, it's easy to fall down the shopping rabbit hole of endless options, price points, and flashy features. The varieties of washers and dryers are pretty extensive: front or top-loading, high-efficiency or standard-efficiency, gas or electric.
Here's a quick note on washer-dryer combos: While these compact models can save space in small apartments, remember that you won't have the option to replace them separately if half of the system breaks down.
The size of your washer and dryer is one of the most important factors in your decision. Review the measurements of the units and measure the space in your home. Consumer Reports recommends including at least 6 inches behind both your washer and dryer for the water and venting hookups.
A washer and dryer's capacity indicates if you can toss that large comforter or a pile of towels in the machine without risking damage or an incomplete cleaning. Washers range from 2.5 all the way up to 6.2 cubic feet of capacity, while dryers go from 3.4 to 9.2. The smaller ends of this range refers to compact washers and dryers, while the higher numbers are best for bigger loads of clothing. 59ce067264