What is the difference between compact washer and dryer and the full-size models? Do they vent or is there an option to install ventless? Do they need 110 Volt electricity, 220 Volts, or gas? These are just three of the many questions we receive from our customers about the apartment size washer and dryer models.
By definition, compact washer and dryer models are 24 inches wide. Although they take up a smaller footprint in your home, these products are just as effective as their full-size counterparts.
If you have just enough room for a small washer and dryer or want to replace an outdated laundry setup, a stackable solution might be perfect for your needs. Whatever your reasons, compact washer and dryer can be a powerful solution for tight closets.
In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not a compact washer and dryer would be a good addition to your home. We’ll also give you our picks for the four best compact washing machines and dryers on the market.
Compact Washer and Dryer Is Ideal If…
- You have space challenge and cannot fit a standard, 27 inch wide 32+ inch deep washing machine. Because most compact washer and dryer models are ventless, they can be placed directly against the wall.
- You want to place the small washer and dryer under a countertop in your kitchen (this is a popular style choice in Europe and in many metro areas in the U.S.).
- You need to replace an odd shaped, all-in-one laundry center .
- You want an additional laundry solution that doesn’t require a vent (All you need is a water connection and drain!).
- You have used a washer dryer combo before and want faster cycles times.
You Will Not Benefit If…
- You regularly want to wash your bedding without taking a trip to the laundromat (a king size comforter will not fit in a compact washer or dryer).
- You have a big family and need large capacity machines to keep up.
- You prefer the traditional agitator top load washer.
- If you live in an urban apartment, dorm, or an RV you may want to consider getting a portable washing machine. These “mini” washers are versatile and still help with daily chores. Just find a faucet to get water in and drain the wash-water in a sink or a bathtub.
Our Top 4 Compact Washer and Dryer Recommendations
Ready to find out which compact laundry sets we picked as the best of 2021? Let’s get it going.
1) Best Overall: Miele WWH860WCS
Based in Germany with over a century of history behind them, Miele is one of the most trusted manufacturers of high-quality appliances. In fact, their designs and build quality are so precise that the company claims a 20 year lifetime for its products, twice as long as the next best brand.
Pros: Why we like it?
High performance compact washer and dryer designed for optimal fabric care featuring the industry’s most efficient ventless dryer.
- Best in fabric care – Your clothes will look “new” for longer.
- Time savings – 1,600 RPM turning speed extracts maximum amount of moisture leaving less work for the dryer.
- No excess heat or humidity – Heat pump dryer with ventless technology does not make the ambient air uncomfortable. You can even do laundry with closed closet doors.
- No extra cost for an electrician – Uses the 110 Volt standard electric outlet. If you want to use an old 220 Volt receptacle just us an inexpensive NEMA adapter.
- TwinDos automatic dispenser – Killer feature which gives you the ability not to think about loading detergent for up to 3 months.
- Excellent selection for all budgets – Four different washers and three dryers that you can mix and match.
- Ready to Install – Comes with intake and discharge hoses as well as power cords.
Cons: What concerns us?
The Miele laundry is capable and lasts a long time, however, the price range from $1,199 to $1,999 is not accessible for everyone, especially if you are not planning to live in your apartment for a long time.
Miele is not available in home improvement stores. Therefore, finding a Miele dealer near you with a display might be hard. We also noticed that most websites and salespeople are unable to articulate the additional value you are getting when selecting the Miele washer and dryer over other alternatives.
Similar to other appliance companies, the wifi and app support on Miele laundry is not very intuitive.
July 2021 update: Miele is getting ready to release the version of it laundry lineup in Fall. Watch for model WXR860WCS which will feature iPhone like M-touch control panel.
Unique features of the compact Miele Washers
Miele offers a long list of unique features. As a result, we feel confident in saying that Miele’s compact washers are currently the best available on the market. It is the only 1,600 RPM speed washer which drains most amound of water before you start drying – a total time saver.
Let’s look at the W1 series’ best offerings:
The TwinDos automatic detergent dispensing system is the killer feature of this washer. TwinDos stores three months worth of detergent and bleach in the machine to be automatically released during wash cycles. Needless to say, you can also use your own favorite detergent/bleach and softener instead of TwinDos.
Clean under 1-hour thanks to “QuickIntenseWash”. You can wash an 11-lb full load of moderately soiled laundry under an hour. This program activates a special saturation process along with specialized drum movements to ensure effective clean. In addition, QuickIntenseWash can be used both with hot (140F) or cold (105F) water temperature to accommodate different fabric types.
SoftSteam reduces creasing by releasing steam at the end of the cycle. We found that it works best when you have smaller load sizes of up to 8-lb to give “breathing” room to your shirts.
CapDosing is a unique Miele feature that helps take the guesswork out of caring for special fabric types. Use specially formulated capsules for different types of fabric. There are six categories in total—Sport, Down, Outdoor, WoolCare, SilkCare and Proofing Agent. Miele also offers three unique fabric softener styles.
All of these great features and more make the Miele WWH860WCS the best compact washer on the market.
Width: 23 1/2″ | Height: 33 1/2″ | Depth: 25 5/15″ | Stackable: Yes | Capacity: 2.26 cu. ft./17.6 lb dry laundry | Cycles/Options: 22/6 | RPM: 1,600 | Color: White | Reversible Hinge Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Steam: Yes | Max Water Temp.: 170 F | Energy Star: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
Unique features of the Miele T1 Heat Pump Dryers
Like Miele washers, Miele dryers are the picture of perfection. Miele T1 ventless compact electric dryers use energy efficient Heat-Pump technology. They also offer a steam-finish option for easy ironing, automatic cycle that adjusts cycle time and intensity. The FragranceDos feature allows you to use the specially formulated Miele fragrances to freshen up your laundry. Miele TWi180WP is the best compact dryer on the market, and it can be paired with WWH860WCS.
Miele washer and dryer also offer Wi-Fi connectivity which allows users to monitor detergent level, wash status, etc.
Since Miele is top-rated for energy use, certain states like New Jersey offer up to a $350 energy rebate which brings the price even lower.
How easy is it to install the Miele compact washer and dryer?
110 volt operation means that you can use standard electricty with both the Miele washer and the dryer. Almost all other electric dryers in the US market are 220/240V and require a special outlet and wiring from the electric panel.
Miele thought about all details when it comes to electrical set up. Even if you are replacing a legacy dryer with 220/240V outlet, use the Miele NEMA adapter, a $39 part, instead of an expensive call and new wiring by your electrician.
Intake and drain hoses conveniently comes with each Miele product. Miele even extended the leak protection system into their hoses to detect malfunction.
Finally, both washers & dryers have bidirectional/reversible doors for increased flexibility and use in a wide range of home setups.
With all this customization, higher degree of enginering, it’s easy to see why Miele is so popular worldwide.
2) Most Reliable: Bosch WAW285H2UC 800 Series
Pros: Why we like it?
Reliable performance, fastest cycle time, superior leak protection.
- 15-minute cycle to tackle a small load.
- AquaStop Plus – Industry leading leak protection. Eliminates the need for the drip pan under your washer and dryer.
- Quiet Operation – One of the few manufacturers that stands behind their product with published quietness rating.
- Excellent wash performance – You will get a superb clean with any regular Bosch wash cycle.
- Ventless dryer – Allows for versatile placement.
Cons: What concerns us?
Bosch 800 series dryers use condensation. While this ventless technology is effective, it requires to intake cool ambient air. Therefore, we do not recommend closing closet doors when operating. Otherwise, you will notice drying-time to creep up. Besides, condensation teds to release more heat and humidity in your room compared to the heat pump technology found in Bosch 500 series dryers.
Bosch washers do not have a bleach compartment. Manufacturer does not recommend using blean in washers.
Prices ranging from $1,099 to $1,549 Bosch small washer and dryer are not for every budget. However, compared to other brands Bosch excels in price vs performance.
Most people know Bosch from their industry leading ultra-quiet dishwashers. Bosch washer and dryers are excellent quality and have price-points for all budget levels. Their product selection hits a sweet spot in the market offering excellent features at an attractive price point.
Overall, the best Bosch compact washer comes from their 800 series. The WAT28402UC offers excellent washing performance at 170F, along with 15 different cycles including a 15 minute quick-cycle for urgent needs. It is one of the quietest washers available on the market, guaranteed to not disturb you while operating. It also boasts Bosch’s AquaStop® Plus feature that detects any water leakage, and will automatically pump out water in order to protect your floor. The leak protection feature extends to the specialized hoses Bosch uses on the 800 Series washer.
Thanks to it European heritage the 800 Series Bosch washer is also extremely energy efficient, where ActiveWater automatically calculates the necessary electricity and water levels for each load.
The WAW285H2UC can be stacked with the WTG865H4UC 24-inch 800 Series Compact Ventless Electric Dryer. Using condensation drying technology is as quiet and efficient as its washer counterpart. Keep in mind, this washer & dryer pair only needs one 220V plug since the washer plugs into dryer.
Our quick tip, when using the ventless Bosch condenser dryers, is to keep the closet door open during operation. Condenser dryers are known to release some humidity and heat. Keeping the laundry area ventilated substantially cuts down the drying time.
Bosch 300 Series vs 800 Series Washers
While researching, we could not help but notice that most review sites rated the 300 series Bosch WAT28400UC as their top pick. While you are guaranteed to have terrific performance with any Bosch washer, we do not rank this model as our main choice. The reason is that water temperature in the 300 Series reaches a maximum of only 140F degrees (as opposed to the 500 or the 800 Series at 170 F). As an example, if you run cycles to sanitize laundry, the 300 series will not reach an ideal temperature. Also the interior drum capacity is smaller than that of 500 and 800 series washers.
The only downside to Bosch washer and dryer models is that they don’t allow for liquid bleach. If this is an absolute dealbreaker for you, you might want to consider another brand. Otherwise, Bosch is an excellent, industry-leading company that is worth your consideration.
Width: 23 1/2-inch | Height: 33 1/4-inch | Depth: 25-inch | Capacity: 2.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 15/6 | RPM: 1,400 | Color: White | Hinge Location Washer/Dryer: Left/Right | Reversible Hinge Washer/Dryer: No/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Max Water Temp.: 170 F | Energy Star: Yes | Quietness Wash/Spin: 50/71db |
3) Best w/Vented Dryer: Samsung WW22k6800AW
Why we like it:
Great option if you are looking for a compact set but prefer the performance of a vented dryer.
- Pairs with a vented dryer with faster drying time compared to its ventless counterparts.
- Super Speed Wash – Cleans a full load under 40 minutes.
- Steam Wash – Samsung uses steam to fight stubborn stains and heavy soiling without the need to pre-treat. (Please note the dryer does not come with steam at this time.)
- Self-Clean+ – Reminds you when you need to clean your washer and runs a special cycle to remove dirt and bacteria.
- Wi-fi – Samsung is known for technology. You can easily troubleshoot from your smartphone.
One of the most famous of all companies worldwide, Samsung brings a track record of proven success in the home appliances market and consistently produces stylish, reliable products.
Samsung currently offers one of the best compact washers when it comes to the value/price ratio. The Samsung WW22K6800AW uses steam power to get rid of stubborn stains without damaging any of your fabric, and boasts 12 wash cycles and 8 selectable options for a wide range of washing power. Samsung washer even has its own VRT Plus™ Technology for reduced vibration and noise. With self clean options, your washer can wash itself and remove dirt and bacteria for better cleaning results on your laundry. Finally, as we all have come to expect, Samsung brings smart features to each of their appliances. The Smart Care smart phone feature detects issues with the washer and offers you quick solutions.
The WW22K6800AW’s dryer counterpart features a wide range of drying options, including automatic Sensor Dry. The Samsung DV22K6800EW is a vented electric dryer which is quite rare among compact dryers, as most of them are ventless.
Width: 23 5/8-inch | Height: 35 1/16-inch | Depth: 27 1/8-inch | Capacity: 2.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12/8 | RPM: 1,400 | Color: White, Inox Gray | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes, CEE Tier 1
4) Best Budget: LG WM1388HW
Korean technology giant LG is known for its unique designs and innovative technologies. They certainly keep this trend going strong with their appliances line. Currently they have only one compact washer model available, but it’s no surprise that it is a hugely successful one.
Besides its solid and durable construction and great washing performance, the LG WM1388HW brings along a bunch of smart features that we should mention. NFC Tag-On technology allows users to download new wash cycles from the internet and transfer them to their washer with a tap of the phone via wireless NFC technology. What it means is that you’ll of access to a ton of washing programs for every type of fabric and soiling. You’ll also enjoy the SmartDiagnosis™ feature, which allows any problems to be diagnosed directly through the smartphone. We should also mention other great features, including the TubClean Cycle that cleans and sanitizes inside of the washer, plus 6Motion™ which offers alternative tub motion options for increased washing performance.
Like all other washers in this article, LG washer WM1388HW features a stackable dryer partner, the LG DLEC888W Compact Ventless Condensing Dryer. It comes with all the smart features of the washer, plus a Sensor Dry option that recognizes whether the laundry is dried completely. It prevents over-drying and protects fabrics from unnecessary wear.
NOTE: LG models do not ship with hoses or electric cords, so you’ll need to purchase these accessories separately.
There are only a handful of manufacturers that focus on compact washer and dryers. Below we evaluated Blomberg, Electrolux, Fisher Paykel, GE, Asko, and Whirlpool.
Blomberg WM98400SX2 w/Heat Pump Ventless Dryer
Blomberg washer is a high-quality product. The company focuses exclusively on compact sizes for its product line. Fun fact, Blomberg is actually owned by a Turkish company called Arçelik, the 3rd biggest appliance manufacturer in the world.
Blomberg uses vented drying technology, and they’re an industry leader in heat pump dryers in the US.
The Blomberg WM98400SX2 is the best compact washer they offer. But if you’re going to consider purchasing a Blomberg, it’s important to understand that they don’t conform to the ‘fancy-named functions’ that other apartment washer and dryer sets market. They pride themselves on operating, washing, and drying flawlessly without unnecessary bells and whistles. Their machines feature Automatic Temperature Control that adjusts the temperature to keep it steady during wash cycles, protecting your clothes from overly cold or hot temperatures. The Automatic Water Adjustment system fills the washer with enough water for current loading so that no water is wasted. All Blomberg compact washers can be stacked with dryer pairs, and thanks to the Unbalance Detection System, if the laundry causes over-vibration, the washer won’t allow the fast spinning process in order to protect the washer & dryer. Last but not least, this Blomberg model boasts 16 wash cycles with special functions to cover all the soil types & fabrics.
The Blomberg DHP24412W is Heat Pump Ventless Electric dryer and can be stacked with the WM98400SX. Since it is a Heat Pump dryer, it is 50% more efficient than standard electric condenser dryers. It offers 11 drying cycles and enough volume to fit up to 13 towels in its 4.1 cu. ft. capacity.
Electrolux Compact Washer and Dryer: Electrolux ELFW4222AW
Based in Sweden, the multinational technology company, Electrolux, is well known for producing appliances with a very high value/cost ratio. They’re the dependable budget alternative to higher-end brands like Miele. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that this compact washer from Electrolux, the ELFW4222AW, is a huge success and rated very highly by various evaluators.
The Electrolux washer ELFW4222AW boasts excellent cleaning performance. It cleans perfectly using 14 different wash cycles. It also offers a deep clean sanitization cycle that removes 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens! Meanwhile, the Perfect Steam™ Wash System releases steam from the bottom of the machine. Steam rises up automatically, penetrates into fabrics and removes hard stains without damaging the clothing. The 2.4 cu. ft. capacity is more than the so-called ‘standard’ 2.2 cu. ft. capacity for most compact washer and dryer sets. Overall, it’s a very very good washer that you can confidently choose without hesitation.
This compact washer’s stackable dryer counterpart is the ventless electric dryer known as the Electrolux ELFE4222AW. It has 7 dry cycles including a fast dry option when you are in a hurry. Tumble can turn both ways, so your clothes come out with a minimum of wrinkles. Be sure to note that it’s a condenser dryer, not a heat pump dryer. Finally, both washer and dryer offer reversible doors, giving you flexibility for wherever you place the machine.
NOTE: Electrolux models do not ship with hoses or electric cords, so you’ll need to purchase these separately.
Fisher & Paykel Compact Washer: Fisher Paykel WH2424F1
Fisher & Paykel, like GE Appliances, is found under the umbrella of Haier. You may not have heard about Fisher Paykel’s compact washers, and we must acknowledge that we would give them a ‘good’ rating but stop short of calling them ‘great.’
The Fisher & Paykel WH2424F1 is one of two compact washers available from the brand, and offers more features than its cheaper sibling the WH2424P1. The WH2424F1 has FabricSmart™ technology to better protect your fabrics, and uses steam to get rid of stubborn soils. A special Woolmark™ cycle provide safe cleaning for your valuable wool laundry. The WH2424F1 is also powered with SmartDrive™ technology which reduces vibration and noise. Overall, it may not reach the same level of quality as Miele or Bosch, but Fisher Paykel has done a solid job in constructing a dependable washer.
The WH2424F1’s stackable dryer partner is the ventless DE4024P1. It’s a condenser dryer with an auto drying option that prevents energy waste. Fisher & Paykel also included a drying rack for sensitive fabrics that are too valuable for tumbling inside the machine.
GE Compact Washer and Dryer: GE GFW148SSMWW
GE Appliances were once owned by General Electric. Its headquarters are still in the US, but recently Chinese manufacturer, Haier, bought GE Appliances. GE is constantly developing innovative technologies, and besides their relatively budget-friendly apartment size washer and dryer sets they also offer full-size washers and dryers.
Currently GE features two compact size front-load washers and one compact size top load washer in its washer line.
The GE GFW148SSMWW is a 2.4 cu ft capacity compact size washer and has the largest capacity among all GE Compact washers.
It comes standard with 14 wash cycles, which is more than enough to cover all types of soiling. This compact washer also features a Steam function which penetrates deep into the fabric and softens the hard soils without damaging your laundry. Like most of the GE washer models, GFW148SSMWW features a custom cycle known as My Cycle. My Cycle allows customers to save their own cycle parameters (adjusted time, temperature and intensity) and use it later with one touch.
GE GFT14ESSMWW is the compact, ventless, electric dryer from GE and can be paired with the washer. It features 4 cu. ft. of capacity and an HE Sensor Dry feature which prevents clothes from over-drying. GE Compact Dryers are condenser dryers, which means they are less efficient than Heat Pump dryers.
Asko Compact Washer and Dryer: Asko W2084W
Asko is a Scandinavian company known for bringing together dependable functionality, efficiency and eco-friendly design, and a visual aesthetic that involves clean lines and modern inspiration. Their belief is that great appliances and products are all about making lives easier and better, and they bring a distinctly Scandinavian approach to their craftsmanship and the use of gorgeous natural materials whenever possible.
The W2084W is a titanium-finished, brand-new design from Asko for 2018. It features a program for every unique need as well as three different modes—Normal, Green, and Intensive. These modes are all easily and quickly adjustable, letting you choose between more intense washing power and environmentally friendly efficiency.
The W2084W also features a 1400 RPM motor, left hinge door and up to 17.6 pounds of wash load in its 2.1 cubic feet of drum space. The ActiveDrum Technology provides advanced care and gentleness thanks to a distinctive drum shape and design. Other features include the Quattro construction that allows the door to be sealed directly onto the drum without protruding into the washing space.
Other features of the W2084W include an easy-ready LCD display, 15 wash programs and a stainless steel drums. As far as downsides, this model doesn’t feature a bleach dispenser and can be known for longer-than-average wash times.
As for its counterpart, the T208VW vented compact dryer, you can expect short drying times and energy saving auto programs, as well as one specifically designed for bedding. A special drum design with six ball bearings allows for ultra-smooth drum operation with reduced noise and long lasting durability. Other features include an easy-to-use lint trap and a Front Filter that helps protect the condenser and tumble dryer from lint. And with the unique Anti-Crease Mode, you can tumble clothes after the drying cycle is complete to avoid creases and wrinkles.
Whirlpool Compact Washer and Dryer: Whirlpool WFW5090JW
Whirlpool is a leading manufacturer of world class full size washing machines. The brand makes both top loaders as well as modern front load products. Unfortunately, Whirlpool does not have too many options when it comes to their compact washer and dryer lineup.
This Whirlpool washing machine WFW5090JW comes with a feature “Detergent Dosing Aid” which is not to be confused with Miele’s dosing system which provides the convenience of forgetting about filling up detergent on each load. Whirlpool’s detergent dosing aid just tells you how tall the heap of detergent should be in the dispenser.
The only interesting element of Whirlpool compact laundry selection is the energy efficient heat pump dryer WHD5090GW.
10 Factors to Consider Before Buying an Apartment Size Washer and dryer:
This list highlights the ten most important things you’ll need to consider before you dive in and buy a compact washer and dryer.
1. Depth – “Underdog” of Dimensions
This is a crucial but often overlooked part of measuring for your new compact washer and dryer set (as most of us put away the measuring tape after we verify the width alone). Many old washers were much more shallow than newer models, even the compact ones. It’s important to measure your space for width, height and depth and compare those measurements to any apartment size washer and dryer you’re considering. If the measurements line up, then you’ll be good to go. If your space is too small, you might need to find another solution.
Many brands have switched to ventless electric dryers nowadays, which feature 208/240V (we often just denote this as 220V in our articles as 208V is usually observed in industrial settings and 220V is a more common residential term). The majority of compact dryers require 220 volts in order to operate. In the US, 110V electricity is the standard in most homes. So why do electric dryers need 220V power? To put it briefly, the dryers require a higher power level and manufacturers want to ensure that their machines can operate effectively and efficiently.
Make sure that the location where you want to hook up your machines has the proper power lines for this requirement. Otherwise you’ll find yourself with a brand new washer and dryer and no way of powering it. If you don’t already have a 220V electric line installed, you’ll need to have one installed by a professional electrician before you can begin using your compact dryer.
Two notes—Miele is the only brand whose dryers don’t require 220V power. Meanwhile, Bosch and Blomberg washers plug directly into the dryer, and then receive power through the dryer’s plug in the wall. As a result, Bosch and Blomberg products must be used in a set—they cannot be interchanged with other brands.
Finally, you may be able to find older models that use 110V power if you’re adamant about not wanting to have a new line installed in your laundry room or closet. Having said that, the cost of having an electrician install a 220V line is relatively inexpensive and may be worth it so you can upgrade to advanced, modern features.
3. Replacing Individual Compact Washer Dryer
You might be wondering whether it’s possible to replace just one machine in your washer and dryer set for a newer model? For example, if you’re happy with your current washer but the dryer isn’t getting the job done, can you keep the washer and swap in a new dryer?
The short answer? It depends. For stacking sets, each apartment size washer and dryer has a specific partner and stacking kit. Your safest bet is to contact either the manufacturer or salesperson directly to find out which pieces are compatible with your set. That way you won’t be caught by surprise when you bring home a new dryer only to find it’s not compatible for stacking or hook up with your current washer.
4. Stacking Kits
A stacking kit is a set of hardware that allows a dryer to be stacked on top of a washer safely and securely. You might think that you can just stick a dryer on top of a washer if it fits, but that is an unsafe and unwise choice. Both washers and dryers feature rotating drums, which means that leaving them unsecured can result in a catastrophe if one falls off the other or comes loose.
Your best bet is to choose a stackable apartment size washer and dryer set based on manufacturer recommendations, and use their recommended stacking kit to get the job done. Some stacking kits even feature drawers where you can store cleaning supplies. That being said, their main purpose is to reduce vibration, distribute weight evenly and allow you to operate your washer and dryer safely.
5. Door Swing Direction
This might seem simple, but you’d be surprised by how many of us overlook the direction that their compact washer and dryer doors swing open. These items are designed for small spaces where space is at a premium. If your apartment size washer and dryer set features doors that open the wrong direction, you might be left sliding your clothing through a two-inch gap into the machines.
While some brands offer bi-directional doors that can be reversed to open from either side, many don’t. Be sure to check the specifications before you buy so that you’re not caught with the wrong arrangement.
6. Room Condition and Ventilation Needs
Dryers that use condensers require good air circulation. Without it, rooms can become damp and hot or even overheat. These dryers require an ambient humidity level that’s less than 95%.
When it comes to heat pump dryers, this is less of a concern. Take the time to research and understand which type of model your favorite dryer is and what its ventilation needs will be before you buy.
7. Drying Time
Want to decrease your overall drying time when completing loads of laundry? It’s all about the spin rate. That’s right—how fast your dryer spins is one of the leading factors that determines how quickly the clothes inside will dry. A washer at 1600RPM (rotations per minute) or above will significantly shorten drying time. When it comes to apartment size washer and dryer sets, only Miele offers dryers with 1600 RPM capabilities. The rest range between 1200 and 1400 RPM. If you want to minimize dry times as much as possible, consider going for a Miele model. We’ll talk more about the brand later on in this guide.
8. Vented vs Ventless Dryers
Almost all compact dryers are ventless, but there are some exceptions. Blomberg, Samsung, and Asko, for example, make some dryer models that feature vents.
But what exactly does ‘vented’ mean, and how does it differ from a ventless model? Does one method have advantages over the other?
A vented dryer takes in ambient air from the room, heats it up, and then sends that heated air through the laundry before releasing it outside the home. An air outlet must be connected to a vent that leads outside—otherwise you’ll experience hot, moist air pouring into your home. Vented dryers often come with cheaper price tags but relatively high operating costs. One drawback to vented dryers is that they need to be maintained at least annually by cleaning the lint in the ductwork (a major source of home fires in the US).
Ventless dryers are supported by two competing technologies, the legacy condenser models vs. the state of the art Heat Pump technology. Generally, ventless dryers are less efficient than vented dryers, using a heat exchanger to cool off hot air after a cycle. But with new Heat Pump technology, ventless dryers become dramatically more efficient—as much as 50% more than conventional condenser ventless models.
The major benefit of Heat Pump technology is that it is far more gentle on fabric compared to vented or condenser venteless models. Condenser models tend to release heat and humidity in the room, therefore, we don’t recommend closing the door of your laundry closet during operation. Proper ambient ventilation helps speed up the drying process. Heat-pump models do not have this issue as they do not release heat or humidity inside the room.
Ventless models are easy to install, vitually maintenance-free, and very versatile. They can be plugged in and immediately used safely.
9. Mobile Connectivity
Nowadays, everything that can be connected to the internet will be connected to the internet. That includes apartment size washer and dryer sets. It’s no wonder, either—connectivity has become a huge part of making our daily lives more convenient.
Appliance manufacturers are following this trend and developing dedicated mobile applications for controlling and monitoring their machines. For washers, users can now monitor the wash cycle as it happens. They can even get alerts about potential problems with the machine, how much detergent is remaining in the tank, and with certain brands like LG, they can even download new wash cycles.
This technology is certain to be improved even more as connected washer and dryer sets become more popular and technology advances along with them.
10. New Dispensing Technology
One interesting development in washer and dryer technology has been the introduction of automatic dispensing. Miele allows you to insert a detergent cartridge into your machine, running three months of laundry cycles before you need to add more detergent. This “set it and forget it” feature is taking the washing and drying industry by storm.
In the ‘olden days,’ we’d scoop a cup of detergent into the washer tub along with the clothes. Then came the creation of small automatic detergent pods that you could snap into the washer’s dispenser before each load of laundry.
Miele has taken this technology a step further, allowing for a large reservoir of detergent that automatically releases the perfect amount of detergent for each load.
Apartment Washer and Dryer vs Full-Size Laundry
So what exactly is the distinction between a full-size laundry set and an apartment washer and dryer? A full-size washer or dryer is generally 27” wide, though some specialty options are available that stretch to a massive 29” or even 30”. Talk about mega-sized appliances.
Apartment size washer and dryer sets, on the other hand, can be much more compact. They generally tend to feature a width of approximately 24”. However, their washing capacity usually isn’t dramatically lower than their full-size counterparts. While full-size options generally offer 4.5 cubic feet of space, compact units can fit as much as 2.5 cubic feet.
Compact washer and dryer sets are most commonly selected for their small profile, perfect for spaces and homes where there’s limited space. But don’t mistake their compact size for being short on features—most are every bit as feature-rich as their bigger siblings. You can even get stackable pairs in compact sizes.
Let’s take a quick look at the approximate dimensions of each major brand’s compact washer and dryer.
|Brand||Height x Width x Depth|
|Asko – XL Series||34″x24″x28″|
|Blomberg – 9800 Series||34″x24″x26″|
Products get frequent updates. Always check manufacturers’ specifications document for the most up-to-date dimension information.
If you choose a small washer and dryer, it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on quality, features, or durability.
As apartment size washer and dryer sets come into ever greater demand, more and more companies are producing world-class compact machines that rival their larger counterparts in every metric.
By doing your research, and knowing what you want out of your compact washer and dryer, you’re guaranteed to end up with an advanced, powerfully effective product that fits in whatever compact space you have in mind.
With such a wide range of apartment washer and dryer options at your disposal, tell us what you think in the comments below.
How big is an apartment size washer and dryer?
Standard size compact apartment washer and dryers are 24 inches wide, 24 to 26-inches deep, and 33 to 36-inches high. When stacked, these products are 66 to 72-inches tall. Most apartment size washers will also fit under a standard counter. We highly recommend that you measure your laundry closet before making a purchase. It is also a good idea to check the specifications document of each product to verify the dimensions as well as allowance needed for electric cable, hoses, and ventilation.
What is the standard size of a washer and dryer in cubic feet?
Most washer and dryers are 27-inches wide, 38 to 39-inches high, and 30 to 34-inches deep. This equates to about 4.5 cubic feet in washer drum and about 7 to 7.5 cubic feet in a dryer. Mind you that dryer drum sizes are larger, so your clothes have more room to tumble. You can easily tackle cleaning king size bedding in a standard washer and dryer. Compact or apartment size washer and dryers are smaller in volume. A typical compact washer is 2.2 cubic feet and pairs with a dryer that has some 4.5 cubic feet dryer space. Most compact washers can handle 12-15 pound of laundry in each load.
Are there any gas compact size dryers?
At this time, all compact dryers in the US are electric. The good news is you are no longer limited to 220 Volt special power products. As an example, Miele makes the most reliable electric heat-pump dryer in the market that runs on regular 110 Volt electricity.
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on September 14, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.