Ask anyone who has lived in an apartment or a tight space accommodation, and a stackable washer and dryer combo is a bit of a godsend. The smaller footprint, combined function and full-size capacity make it highly desirable for anyone living in an urban setting or location where space is a premium. Granted, stacked combinations are not ideal for everyone. For example, those who how can’t reach up high would find stack designed limiting or impractical. That said, most people realize that the design is extremely helpful and just as function as two standard separate units. Further, where a residence doesn’t have a built-in vent for exhaust, many combo packages are extremely useful because come with included condensers, removing moisture internally.
The Practical Benefits of a Combination Washer/Dryer
Size wise, combinations often come in dimension of approximately 24 to 27 inches in width and then 33 to 35 inches in height. They run on electricity, not gas, and as a portable washing machine set are easy to relocate when one has to move them and has the ability to lift, i.e. with a dolly or similar. Interestingly, the pricing of combinations are not much different from buying a washer a dryer traditional set. Because they are far more popular in urban locations and for apartments, they are often sold in bulk to landlords and don’t go on discount very often.
When it comes to reliability, it’s important to remember that combination units often tend to cost more in servicing. They are harder to get into, and typically require more expensive parts with electric motors versus gas powered systems. However, good brands still tend to have a long-standing reputation and performance trend when tested.
Again, the major advantage of a combination is the ability to have the same washing and drying features with a compact assembly versus the wider footprint of traditional machines. And they can be used in places not routed for typical laundry powering designs. That said, they don’t perform necessarily as fast and only a handful really earn a good recommendation to consider as many break down far too quickly. To really see how these units compare, the best approach is go to a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes or a major appliance seller like Sears. These stores and others all have an online website presence as well, but durable appliances really need to be seen and compared in person. A digital representation just doesn’t do a good machine justice.
The Best Washer Dryer Combo
The best choice in a washer-dryer combination belongs to LG. The manufacturer’s WM3477HW model, pricing at approximately $1,600, has been long-favored by condo owners and apartment landlords because of the performance and placement versatility. Again, the ability to use without a vent is a key advantage. Second, the system runs with a notable quietness, a big bonus in a compact living space where noise isn’t so easy to drown out. Many users have found this particular LG system works well enough to wash and dry a load a day without problems.
The WM3477HW is well-equipped. Seven drying cycles, nine wash cycles, five spin rotational speeds, and five wash and rinse temperature settings. And the gravy on top of the package is the delayed initiation feature. This convenience start can be programmed for a delay up to 19 hours after the setting. No surprise, many users just put in a load and it’s ready to shift to the dryer when they return. Then in an hour there’s fresh clothes. Or they do a wash during the day and a drying at night.
On the other hand, the cost-conscious folks may have hesitation dropping $1,500 but with the Midea 20-cu-ft Washer/dryer Combo they are only investing a little over half the price and still obtaining a good wash and dry. Again, the Midea gets points for its small, compact design, and how quiet the unit runs. However, its drying strength leaves something to be desired. Many users run the drying and then let their clothes hang dry for the final effect. It’s a particularly good unit for very small footprint spaces, being able to fit in width as small as 24 inches. That works extremely well for those who may have to share a flat with roommates or who live in a one-bedroom/studio option.
There are other choices, but the two above have proven themselves with continued use and reference by dozens of buyers and consumers. And that’s often the best recommendation over time.