Roomy all-in-one unit combines washing and drying in single drum. WiFi-enabled and smart home ready. Uses 6 different laundry motions for thorough cleaning. Adjusts water according to load weight. Offers steam cleaning. Allows adding garments while operating. Needs no venting.
Dryer controls seem lacking. Drying seems to take more time than with separate machine.
Tower design minimizes footprint to conserve space. Offers 11 wash cycles with 6 wash/rinse temperatures for custom fabric care. Simple rotary knob controls for both washer and dryer. Auto-senses load to use just enough water. Status lights indicate progress.
May drain water even if you're trying to soak items. No end-of-cycle signal.
Compact combination unit washes and dries in a single front-loading drum. Needs no vent to operate; can be installed in a closet. Auto-selects dryer cycle based on wash cycle. Also can select dry cycle manually. Offers steam cleaning. Allows adding garments during operation.
Smaller capacity. Supplied hose is a bit short. Door not reversible.
Space-saving stacked tower with front-loading washer. Large-capacity washer and dryer. Intelligent controls optimize wash and dry motions and can auto-select dryer cycle based on wash. Periodically tumbles complete loads. Offers 15-minute speed wash for light loads.
The doors are not reversible.
Stacked tower design minimizes footprint. Features 10 wash cycles and 6 dry cycles, including 4 timed cycles for precise scheduling. This 3.9-cubic-foot agitator washer offers maximum water levels per cycle. End-of-cycle signal lets you know when the load is done.
Some don't like the washer's locking lid and lack of spin-only cycle.
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If you live in a small apartment or home and you’re interested in optimizing your space, then you may want to consider buying a washer/dryer combo. These compact, convenient units combine a washer and dryer in one machine.
Washer/dryer combos also eliminate the extra step of transferring laundry from one machine to another. Because the cycles are back-to-back, you can simply load up and forget about your wash until you hear a chime. Besides being genuine time- and space-savers, washer/dryer combos are energy-efficient as well. Not only do they require less energy to operate given their voltage, they’re often equipped with smart cycle features to use only a necessary amount of water.
Our buying guide covers everything you need to know before you invest in a washer/dryer combo, including how much you should pay. For our five favorite washer/dryer combos on the market, see the matrix above.
Washer/dryer combos are space-efficient and easy to install since they’re ventless. That means they don’t require a heat pipe as they rely on either condensation or a heat pump. Both methods pull air from the room to heat up and dry clothing. The downside to a ventless dryer is that drying takes longer than a traditional dryer with a vent.
The compact design means that washer/dryer combos are masterful space-savers. They’re ideal for people who live in apartments. For those who don’t want to go up and down flights of stairs with laundry, washer/dryer combos can be tucked away on an upper floor of a house, closer to the bedrooms. Compact models are also popular additions to RVs and boats for doing laundry on the go.
Washer/dryer combos feature at least a dozen wash and dry cycles. There are usually more wash cycles available, though there’s a matching dry cycle for each one. For the most part, cycles are designated by load size, soil level, and material type.
Washer/dryer combos range in capacity from 1.6 cu. ft. to 4.7 cu. ft. They can handle between six pounds and 20 pounds of laundry per load. While all washer/dryer combos are considered space-saving, compact models usually have a capacity of 2 cu. ft. or less. As far as how much real estate washer/dryer combos take up, they average about 24 inches in depth and about three feet in height, so they’re around the size of an average dishwasher.
Washer/dryer combos are electric and require access to an outlet. Many models only require a 115-volt plug as opposed to the traditional 230-volt plug required by full-size units. As a result, washer/dryer combos are more energy-efficient.
You’ll also need access to your home’s water line to hook up a washer/dryer combo, so there’s a bit of plumbing involved with setup. Some manufacturers have dedicated tutorials with step-by-step installation videos. Before you begin installation, though, make sure you have all the tools and accessories you need on hand. You may prefer to hire a professional to make sure the washer/dryer combo is hooked up correctly.
Some washer/dryer combos feature advanced cycles for combating wrinkles, removing pet hair and dander, or deep cleaning to remove heavy stains. There are also cycles for specific materials, such as wool garments and feather-filled duvets. Many washer/dryer combos have smart modes that add additional drying time to clothing that is still damp and adjust water levels as needed.
High-end washer/dryer combos are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to track cycles via an app. Some models are also compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can initiate a cycle or inquire about status. These ultra-convenient features always come with a higher price tag, however.
Popular colors for washer/dryer combos are white, black, and silver. For the most part, white units are the least expensive. Some high-end washer/dryer combos are also available in red, graphite, or even rose gold. Pick a color that goes well with the other appliances in your home or laundry room.
Expect to spend between $800 and $3,000 on a washer/dryer combo. The price might seem steep, but don’t forget you’re getting two machines in one.
Affordable models are priced between $800 and $1,000 and feature over a dozen wash and dry settings. They perform decently for small loads or households.
Mid-range washer/dryer combos cost between $1,000 and $2,000. They have advanced convenience features, including delay timers, and sometimes have compatibility with apps for easy monitoring.
High-end models run between $2,000 and $3,000 and have all the bells and whistles of a high-tech and high-efficiency unit. Almost all of these combos are compatible with apps and smart home assistants, and they have advanced features that optimize cycles. For the most part, these washer/dryer combos operate as powerfully and reliably as individual washer and dryer units.
We like the Deco 1.57 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer/Combo. Available in merlot, black, and white, this washer/dryer combo is as good-looking as it is effective. It can hold 13 pounds of laundry, and with 14 programmable wash/dry functions, your weekly laundry routine will be effortless. In addition to being energy-efficient, it features eight wash cycles, a quiet function, automatic wrinkle guard, and child safety locks. RV users will appreciate how easy it is to winterize this model. Another unit that impresses us is the LG 2.3 cu. ft. All-in-One Electric Washer and Ventless Dryer Combo. On the smaller end of LG’s washer/dryer combo machines, it utilizes steam technology to clean even heavily soiled materials. It’s easy to track your laundry as this model is compatible with the LG SmartThinQ app as well as Google Assistant and Alexa. If you’re concerned about energy and water consumption, you’ll appreciate the SenseClean System, which automatically adjusts water levels to match your load size. Pet owners will love the Allergiene Cycle, which removes stubborn pet hair and dander.
Q. Will I save more space with a washer/dryer combo or a stacked washer/dryer set?
A. While your washer/dryer combo might be wider, you’ll still have valuable wall space above it. With stacked sets, you lose a place where you can install shelving to keep your laundry area organized. With a washer/dryer combo, you’ll also have plenty of surface area to fold clothes on top of the unit.
Q. Can I install a washer/dryer combo on the second floor of my home?
A. Yes, since you only need a water and electrical hook-up for a washer/dryer combo. For the same reason, washer/dryer combos are a favorite among apartment dwellers who have limited space. Since washer/dryer combos require far less space than two appliances, you can install yours in a kitchen or bathroom. Some people opt to turn upstairs hallway closets into washer/dryer spaces.
Q. What are the main differences between front-loading and top-loading washing machines?
A. For one, if you have difficulty reaching or pulling clothes from the machine, a front-loading washing machine takes a load off your body compared to a top-loading machine. It’s easier to transfer clothes to the machine from a laundry basket as well. Some consumers are not fans of front-loading machines, though, since they can be susceptible to mildew smells due to the way water drains after a load.