Tired of having to carry your clothes to and from the laundromat? Sick of having to lug your baskets and detergent bottles to the laundry room in your apartment building?
Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the pleasure of doing your laundry on site. With just a little bit of extra room, you might be able to fit a washer and dryer right in your apartment.
From stacked units to stackable washers and dryers to all-in-one combos, here are the 4 best washer/dryer units for small spaces.
Measure Before You Buy
Before you buy any washer or dryer, take the time to measure your space – twice.
Measure it once, then double-check your measurements again before you buy. There’s no point in buying a new unit and paying for installation only to find out that it doesn’t fit!
When measuring for a washer/dryer, subtract one inch from each side to determine how much room you really have. It’s important to have a little bit of space on each side of the unit for proper circulation. For example, if the width of your empty space is 30 inches, you should not buy a unit wider than 28 inches.
When you measure the depth, subtract six inches to see how deep a unit you can fit. You’ll need those six inches to account for hook-ups and vents that are usually on the back of the machine. So if the depth of your empty space is 36 inches, look for a machine that’s 30 inches deep (or less).
If you’re considering a front loading unit, make sure there is enough room in front of the unit to fully open the door. If you’re thinking about buying a top-loading unit, make sure there is enough height above it so that you can open the lid.
What makes this washer/dryer set even better is that it’s stackable. You can position them side by side or stack them vertically, depending on the configuration of your space.
The Bosch 500 Series washer has a cool, modern look with a front-loading door. It also includes an LED display panel that shows you how much time remains in the cycle and an EcoSilence motor so it runs quietly. It has 15 different wash cycles to clean everything from small loads that need hand washing to large loads that are heavily soiled.
The coordinating dryer is also loaded with features, such as various temperature settings, 15 different drying cycles, and an electronic control panel for easy operation.
If you’re really limited on space, the LG Compact All-in-One Front Load Washer and Dryer Combo offer a unique option. This machine is designed to clean AND dry your clothes all in the same unit.
Unlike other dryers, this unit does not require an external venting source. That makes it a good choice for people who live in extremely tight spaces.
This LG combo unit has a variety of features, such as multiple wash cycles, automatic fabric softener and detergent dispensers, and seven different drying cycles. It’s quiet, it’s efficient and the ventless design allows you to use it in places where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to have a dryer.
While a combo machine may be the ultimate space saver, we only recommend buying one as a last resort. Many users complain that combo machines don’t get their clothes fully dry and that items tend to feel slightly damp even after they’ve been dried.
If your option is to buy a combo unit or none at all, this one is worth considering. But if you have the space for a stacked or stackable unit, those are better choices.
Do you have a tall, narrow space that you want to turn into a laundry room? The GE Spacemaker Laundry Center is a fantastic option if you live in a small condo or apartment. Measuring just 24 inches wide, this unit is sized to fit in tight spaces and can even fit in most closets.
This laundry center features eleven wash cycles, four dryer cycles and bleach and fabric softener dispensers. It’s compact, easy to use and perfect for anyone who’s tired of making trips to and from the laundromat.
This unit has a 2.3 cu ft. washer and a 4.4 cu ft. dryer that can handle everything from delicate garments to heavy towels.
The Whirpool Stacked Laundry Center is one of the best stacked laundry units available on the market. It has a clean, modern look, measures just 24 inches wide and features a 1.5 cu ft. washer and a 3.4 cu ft. dryer. The wash basket and dryer bin are on the small side, but it has one really cool feature that we love:
A clear glass lid.
The see-through lid adds a unique layer of function, and it contributes to the sleek, modern design of the unit itself.
This Whirlpool laundry center also features a fabric softener dispenser and an auto bleach dispenser. You'll never have to open the lid to add bleach during the wash cycle.
What Are the Best Washer/Dryer Units for Small Spaces?
If you live in a small space, your best option is to look for a stacked laundry center or a stackable set that you can display vertically or side by side. An all-in-one unit is another option, but ventless combo units don’t offer the drying power that traditional vented machines do.
Before you buy a washer/dryer unit, measure your space! Allow for space on either side for circulation and in the back to account for hook-ups and venting. And, perhaps most importantly, make sure that you have the power and capacity required to run the machine.
Every home is different, so check to make sure that your building provides the power and water supply needed to run the machine properly. It’s super convenient to have a laundry unit in your apartment, but the most important thing of all is that it’s safe!
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