Are you wondering if any washer and dryer is stackable? What benefits can stacking offer? Are they too tall? Can I reach top controls? We’ll answer these questions and more in this helpful guide. In addition, we ranked the 7 best products to give you a head start in your research.
If you are ready to select a reliable stackable washing machine and its matching dryer for your home let’s dive in.
Stackable Washer and Dryer Is Ideal If…
There are a few different reasons why you might decide to choose a stackable washer and dryer. The most common reasons revolve around laundry room organization. If you are asking yourself “should I stack my washer and dryer”, below you will find the most copelling reasons to do so:
- You have a small closet that doubles as a laundry room. If this is the case, you’ll only have vertical space available. Therefore, a stackable washer and dryer will be your ideal choice.
- You want to open up functional floor space and create for room for storage.
- You don’t want to bend down to get your clothes.
- You want your laundry space to look streamlined without clutter.
You Will Not Benefit From Stackable Washer and Dryer If…
When shopping for new laundry many people face the dilemma of choosing between a front load vs top load washer. If you select a top load washer, even an agitator top load washer you will not be able to take advantage of stackable configuration.
Since the dryer sits on top of the washer, the controls for the dryer reside at the top. Therefore, shorter people find it inconvenient to reach at the upper buttons. Most recently, LG and Samsung washers introduced new products where the menu is easily visible where the washer meets the dryer.
Please keep in mind that the modern machines are bulkier than their predecessors. If you are replacing an old laundry center you might not be able to fit a new stackable washer dryer in the space.
Compact or Full Size?
One question that consistently comes up when shopping for a washer and dryer is the difference between compact and full size models.
Full size washers and dryers are typically 27 inches in width. (Although there are a few 29 and 30-inch models available, these washers and dryers are not stackable.) The interior volume is at least 4.5 cu. ft. for the washer and 7.0 cu. ft. for the dryer.
Apartment size, compact washer and dryer are 24-inches wide. The interior volume is 2.2 cu. ft. for the washer and 4.2 cu. ft. for the dryer. The main benefit of the compact stacable laundry is installation versatality. These dryers do not need to be vented.
How Do I Stack a Washer and Dryer?
Although it may seem intimidating, stacking a washer and dryer is simple. In fact, the only parts involved are a front-loading dryer, front-loading washer, and a stacking kit. This kit, generally sold separately, 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 and damaging itself, your home, and potentially, you or a family member.
It’s also important to remember that the washer always goes at the bottom in a stacked arrangement. The washer is much heavier than the dryer (particularly when filled with water) and provides a secure base. It also tends to vibrate more than the dryer, making the floor the safest place for it to be.
These Tips Will Help You Avoid Common Mistakes
It is exciting to get a new stackable washer and dryer for your home. The new fit and finish, better cleaning technology makes shopping for a new pair very attractive. We’ve observed that many people make a mistake when they make an online purchase or go to an home improvement store where help is elusive.
We’ve put together this list of tips to help you avoid the common mistakes that will cost you time and money.
- Measure Your Space: You’d be surprised by how many people forget about this step and simply assume every washer and dryer will fit their space. Make sure to break out the tape measure and find out how much room you’re working with, then compare those measurements against the new washer and dryer.
Don’t forget to measure space vertically as well, particularly if you’re going with a vertical arrangement. As for width, modern machines generally come in sizes of 24, 27 or 29 inches. And don’t forget about depth—modern machines are about three to four inches deeper than older models.
Check the Height: Remember that in a stacked configuration, you’ll have to reach the controls at the top of your dryer. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the model you choose has accessible buttons that aren’t located along the dryer’s back ridge. This will make it easier to reach the controls and operate the dryer.
Know Your Dryer: There are various types of dryers available based on how they’re powered and how they vent off heat.
Gas dryers use gas to power their functions, while electric dryers use a 220V electrical connection (the only exceptions to this rule are the Miele dryers, which use a 110V connection with their heat pump dryer technology). You can learn more about pros and cons of gas vs electric dryer in our earlier article.
Vented dryers connect via a hose. Hot, moist air is vented from your laundry space to the outdoors, away from your home.
Ventless dryers use a condenser to eliminate excess moisture and do not require a vent or connection hose. Ideally, you’ll want to go with a vented dryer because they’re easier to find and do a better job of quickly and effectively drying your clothes.
- Get Prepped: The last thing you want is to bring home your new appliances and have to run back out to the hardware store for additional parts. Save yourself the trouble by purchasing all the parts you’ll need ahead of time.
Depending on your appliances, you may want to pick up:
- a stacking kit (specific to the model)
- intake hoses (we recommend staintless steel braided hoses)
- a dryer vent kit
- a 220V electric cord (for electric dryers)
- a flex hose for gas connection (for gas dryers)
- a Y-adapter (if your dryer has a steam function and needs access to a water pipeline)
Don’t Forget the Hinges: Take note of which direction your washer and dryer doors swing open. Some have reversible hinges to swing in either direction based on your space’s needs, but others do not. Make sure that your space will allow you to open your washer and dryer doors and put clothes in or pull them out.
Lose the Pedestals: Some side-by-side laundry arrangements place the washer and dryer on pedestals in order to add storage space underneath. These simply aren’t practical to use in a stacked configuration for one simple reason—you’re probably not seven feet tall. Placing your washer and dryer on a pedestal will raise the dryer’s height so high that just about anyone would have difficulty reaching the top.
Make a Connection – Water, Gas/Electric & Vent: Connections for stackable washer and dryer sets are the same as they are for traditional arrangements. You’ll need a 110V connection for the washer, plus a water intake and drain. The dryer will either use gas or a 220V electric connection. Some dryers offer a steam feature, though these units generally come with a Y-adapter that will allow them to share a water supply line with the washer.
7 Best Stackable Washer and Dryer Sets
We’ve ranked the 7 picks below based on a combination of product testing and research. Although we weren’t able to personally test every model, we conducted thorough research to make sure we recommended only the very best models.
In fact, we’ll never recommend a product to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our family members – because we want you to be thrilled with your selections.
P.S. – Our articles are crafted by our team of both appliance experts and expert fact-checkers. We’re not a news outlet, but we take great pride in providing our users with the most accurate and in-depth guides on the internet.
It’s also worth noting that as a whole, washing machines are much more advanced than dryers. That’s why the following reviews focus mainly on the washer. But not to worry – we’ll also give you some suggestions on which washers and dryers pair best.
That being said, let’s dive into our top picks!
1) Best for Budget from LG: WM3400CW
This is the entry stackable washer and dryer from LG washer. Low price point and excellent overall reliability makes it a great pick. The dryer does not have the steam feature.
This stackable pair is ideal for laundry rooms where depth is a challenge. In general, LG makes the most shallow full size washer dryer models at 30-inch depth.
LG Spacious 27 inch wide 4.5 cu. ft. washer stacks with 7.4 cu. ft. matching dryer without Steam. Both appliances are wi-fi enabled.
Width: 27-inch | Height: 39-inch | Depth: 30 1/4-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles: 8 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
2) Best Samsung for Budget w/Steam: WF45R6100AW
Looking for a washer with a steam feature? You’re in luck! This innovative Samsung stackable washer utilizes a steam feature and also pairs with a steam dryer. This is a huge benefit, as steam cleaning technology helps to remove stains without pre-treating the fabric.
The washer also includes ten wash cycles, seven options, and five temperature settings – giving you plenty of options for just about any type of fabric or level of soiling.
Both the washer and matching dryer are compatible with the Samsung Smart Washer/Dryer app, which allows you to troubleshoot your machines directly through your smartphone.
Width: 27-inch | Height: 38 3/4-inch | Depth: 31 3/8-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 10/7 | RPM: 1,200 | Color: White, Champagne | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Enhanced Level, CEE Tier 2
3) Best Compact w/Steam from Electrolux: ELFW4222AW
This compact, 2.4 cu. ft. washer packs a ton of impressive features into a small package. In fact, this washer features 14 specialized cycles for all of your cleaning needs, including fast wash, eco-friendly, and delicate cycles. If you suffer from allergies, the deep clean sanitize cycle is a must. Not only does it remove 99% of bacteria, but it also eliminates 95% of allergens.
The ELFW4222AW is one of the only compact washers on the market with steam. Please keep in mind that the matching dryer does not feature steam.
Have you ever removed your clothes from the washing machine, only to find holes throughout the fabric? This is often caused by holes in the drum. To avoid this problem, Electrolux employed a smooth, rustproof, stainless steel drum.
Width: 24-inch | Height: 33 1/2-inch | Depth: 25-inch | Capacity: 2.4 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 6/8 | RPM: 1,400 | Color: White or Stainless Steel | Ventless Dryer/Steam: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
4) Most Reliable Compact Stackable Washer and Dryer: Bosch WAT28400UC
Width: 23 1/2-inch | Height: 33 1/4-inch | Depth: 24 1/4-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/No | Stackable: Yes | Max Water Temp.: 145 F | Energy Star: Yes |
If you’re looking to find a budget-friendly compact washer and dryer, this pair from Bosch offers powerful features in a compact and budget-friendly package.
The 24-inch Bosch washer allows for up to 15 pounds per load – which is the equivalent of up to 16 towels. And if you only need to wash a small load? You can do it in just under 30 minutes.
Another highlight is the allergen cycle, which heats water to 145° to eliminate allergy triggers and germs. The matching dryer is a condensation drying product without an external duct, which is a great option if you live in an apartment without a venting hookup in your unit.
5) Best for Apartments: Miele WWH860WCS
This compact Miele washer and dryer set is a powerhouse. It offers 25 specialized wash settings and Miele’s patented “Honeycomb Drum” designed to be gentle on even the most delicate clothing and fabric.
The large control screen makes it super easy to choose your cycle. You’ll also love the TwinDos automatic detergent dispenser, which allows you to go up to three months without having to refill the detergent.
Additionally, the Miele WWH860WCS washer is the only residential product on the market that offers a whopping 1600 RPM spinning motor. This feature makes it possible for you to get rid of excess water in the washing machine, shortening the drying time and leaving less work for the dryer.
Miele also offers the most shallow depth of any laundry set, at approximately 25 inches. This ensures these machines will fit in even the tightest closets.
As for the dryer, the Miele T1 heat pump dryers are the only 110V ventless models on the market. Heat pump technology is fast, energy-efficient, and gentle on your clothes. If you are replacing an old 220V model, Miele even offers a NEMA adapter so you save on your electrical bills. The Miele T1 TWi180WP also features a steam cycle to help sanitize clothes.
6) Most Innovative: LG Wash Tower WKEX200HBA
The LG Wash Tower solves a major issue for most households, as stackable washer and dryer models have always been problematic for shorter people. This is because the dryer controls are usually too high and a slight angle on the panel for a design accent only makes matters worse. Traditional laundry centers do not alleviate this problem – unless you want a 1970s looking device in your home with a tiny washer and dryer.
The LG Wash Tower incorporates a full size, fully featured, modern washer with a matching steam dryer. The controls are in the middle for easy reach. This innovation not only places the controls at a convenient level, but also helps shave about six inches from the overall height for more versatile placement.
The dryer on the LG Wash Tower is vented. This washer comes with a gas or electric dryer in Black Steel or White.
7) Best Overall Stackable Washer and Dryer: Electrolux ELFW7637AW
This Electrolux washer is our top pick for a full-size stackable solution because of its extensive feature set. This sleek, 27-inch front-loader includes a steam function and also boasts nine wash cycles, including the ultra-fast 15-minute wash cycle. The 4.5 cubic foot capacity Electrolux ELFW7637AW is large enough to clean your king size comforter, saving you from having to make a trip to the laundromat.
In addition to being Energy Star certified, this washer also has an automatic water adjustment feature, which detects how much water is needed to clean each specific load. This prevents wasted water, making it even more eco-friendly.
The matching dryer offers a number of different cycles and options, including an instant refresh cycle, an 15-minute fast dry cycle, perfect steam function, and even a sanitize option to kill 99% of bacteria. Electrolux is the only manufacturer that was able to fit this large of a drum in a 32-inch depth, making it ideal for most closets.
Width: 27-inch | Height: 38-inch | Depth: 32-inch | Capacity: 4.3 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 9/over 10 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Titanium | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
You will be pleasantly surprised with the cleaning performance of a modern stackable washer and dryer. Advanced vibration controls, along with efficient motors, make these laundry machines extra quiet.
Since there are hundreds of different products in the market, selecting a washer can be challenging. We hope that our curated selections above will give you a great starting point on your hunt for a new stackable washer and dryer.
Are stackable washer and dryers full size?
Yes. Most manufacturers make full-sized (27-inch width), stackable, washer, and dryer models. A handful of manufacturers like Bosch and Miele offer only compact stackable models, which come in at 24-inches in width.
What are stackable washer and dryer dimensions?
The dimensions of a full-size stackable washer and dryer are as follows: approximately 27-inches in width, 76-inches in height, and 32-inches in depth. Stackable compact washers and dryers are approximately 24-inches wide, 67-inches high, and 25-inches deep. Keep in mind that sizes may vary from brand to brand. If you have a tight space, please make sure to check out the product specs before making a purchase.
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