Stackable washer and dryer sets give you more space and flexibility in your laundry room. But shopping for them isn’t always so straightforward. Maybe you’re wondering if stackable washers and dryers are as good as side-by-side ones or what other benefits you’ll get from stacking. You might also want to know if they’re too tall—will you be able to reach the top controls?
We’ll answer those questions and more in this guide. We’ll also share our expert ranking of the seven best pairs in order to give you a head start on your research.
Best Stackable Washer and DryerWatch Our Exclusive Video Review of Stackable Washer and Dryer SetsA Stackable Washer and Dryer Is Ideal If…
There are lots of good reasons to choose a stackable washer and dryer. The most common reason is the fact that a stackable washer and dryer is particularly ideal for small spaces. If you’re asking yourself, "Should I stack my washer and dryer," here are the most compelling reasons to go for it:
- You have a small closet that doubles as a laundry room.
- You’ve only got vertical space to work with. Therefore, a stackable washer and dryer is your ideal choice.
- You want to have functional floor space and create room for storage or other built-ins, like a drying rack.
- You don’t want to bend down to get your clothes out of the dryer.
- You want your laundry space to look more modern and streamlined.
You Won’t Benefit From Stackable Washer and Dryer If…
LG WKE100HWA WashTower
- You prefer a top-load washer. When shopping for new laundry, many people struggle to decide between a front load vs top load washer. Each type has its own benefits; a biggie for front loaders is that they’re stackable. If you love the deep-soaking, more traditional wash action of a top load washer, or even prefer an agitator top load washer, you might not be happy with stackable laundry.
- You’re on the shorter side. The dryer has to sit on top of the washer, so its controls go at the very top—more than six feet in the air. You might find it annoying to have to use a step stool to see the display and start the dryer. Manufacturers are starting to address this with stacking kits and other solutions that let you operate the dryer from the washer’s control panel or that put controls in the center. For example, LG and Samsung washers recently introduced new products with a more visible menu located where the washer meets the dryer.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that modern machines are bulkier than their predecessors. If you’re replacing an old laundry center, you might not be able to fit a new stackable washer and dryer in the same space.
Full size stackable washer and dryerCompact or Full Size?
One question that consistently comes up when shopping for a washer and dryer is, "What’s the difference between compact and full size models?"
Full size washers and dryers are typically 27 inches wide. You’ll find a few 29- and 30-inch models out there, but those aren’t stackable. The interior volume’s at least 4.5 cu. ft. for the washer and 7.0 cu. ft. for the dryer.
Apartment size or compact unit washer and dryer models 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 a compact stackable laundry set is installation versatality. In addition to being smaller, the dryer does not need to be vented to the exterior of your home.
Laundry center vs stackable washer and dryerHow Do I Stack a Washer and Dryer?
You may be wondering if you need to have a stacking kit for your washer and dryer, as well as if is easy to install a stackable washer dryer combo. Although it may seem intimidating, stacking a washer and dryer is pretty straightforward and simple nowadays. In fact, the only parts involved are a front-loading dryer, front load washer, and a separate stacking kit. The stacking kit 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.
It’s also important to remember that the washer always goes on the bottom in a stacked arrangement. The washer is much heavier than the dryer (particularly when filled with water), so it provides a secure base when placed on the bottom. It also tends to vibrate more than the dryer, making the floor a much safer place for it to be.
Avoid common mistakes when shopping for a stacked washer and dryer. Our exclusive video shows you how.These Tips Will Help You Avoid Common Mistakes
You may not love doing laundry, but it’s exciting to get a new stackable washer and dryer for your home. The new finish, improved cleaning technology, and faster wash times will make doing the laundry easier and much more doable. But you don’t necessarily want to buy the first set you lay eyes on.
Expert help can be hard to come by in your local home improvement store or when shopping online. Since it can be difficult to get expert help, many people make mistakes when looking to make a stackable washer and dryer purchase.
So we’ve put together this list to help you save time and money.
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.
Be sure to measure vertical space as well, particularly when you’re going for a stacked arrangement.
Check the Height: Remember that in a stacked configuration, you’ll have to reach the controls at the top of the 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 Type: There are various types of dryers available based on how they’re powered and 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 Miele dryers, which use a 110V connection with their heat pump dryer technology.) We put together a guide to explain the pros and cons of gas vs electric dryer models.
Vented dryers connect via a hose. Hot, moist air is piped out of your dryer and laundry space to the outdoors, away from your home.
Ventless dryers use a condenser to eliminate excess moisture and don’t 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.
Watch our exclusive video review of ventless dryers.
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)
- A Miele NEMA adapter (if you’re replacing an old dryer with a Miele dryer)
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 many don’t. Make sure your space will allow you to open your washer and dryer doors fully, put clothes in, and 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. You won’t need pedestals if you’re switching to a stacked configuration. Pedestals are not practical because they 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 recommend 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 completely thrilled with your selections.
P.S.: Our articles are crafted by our team of appliance experts and expert fact checkers. 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 washers. 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.
Our exclusive review of LG stackable washer and dryer models1. Best Budget Stackable Washer: LG WM3400CW
Width: 27 inches | Height: 39 inches | Depth: 30 1/4 inches | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles: 8 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
This is the entry-level top loader, and it’s the best budget LG washer out there. Its low price point and excellent overall reliability make it a great pick. There is only one disadvantage: The 7.4 cu. ft. matching dryer doesn’t have steam. However, both units do have Wi-Fi.
This stackable pair is ideal for laundry rooms where depth can be a challenge. In general, LG makes the shallowest full size washer dryer models. At a slim 30-inch depth, this LG stackable washer is definitely one of the best choices if depth is a concern in your laundry room. Nevertheless, despite the slim depth, it’s still spacious at 27 inches wide and 4.5 cu. ft. capacity.
Samsung washer dryer models are the most popular choice in the U.S. Here’s our exclusive video review.2. Best Budget Stackable Washer with Steam: Samsung WF45R6100AW
Samsung Washer WF45R6100AW
Width: 27 inches | Height: 38 3/4 inches | Depth: 31 3/8 inches | 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
Looking for an affordable washer with a steam feature? You’re in luck! This innovative Samsung stackable washer has a steam feature and pairs with a steam dryer. That’s a huge benefit, since steam cleaning technology helps remove stains without pre-treating the fabric. We think it’s Samsung’s best budget washer.
The washer is also equipped with ten wash cycles, seven options, and five temperature settings, giving you plenty of options for just about any type of fabric or dirt level.
Both the washer and matching dryer are compatible with the Samsung Smart Washer/Dryer app, which allows you to stay connected to and troubleshoot your machines directly through your smartphone.
3. Best Compact Stackable Washer with Steam: Electrolux ELFW4222AW
electrolux washer ELFW4222AW
Width: 24 inches | Height: 33 1/2 inches | Depth: 25 inches | 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
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 percent of bacteria, but it also eliminates 95 percent of allergens.
While the matching dryer does not feature steam, the ELFW4222AW washer is one of the only compact washers on the market with steam.
It can be incredibly frustrating to pull clothes out of the washing machine only to find holes in the fabric, which are mainly caused by holes in the drum. That will no longer be a problem with this Electrolux washer because it features a smooth, rustproof stainless steel drum. You can rest easy knowing that your clothes will be safe and sound while being washed.
Watch our exclusive video review of Bosch washers4. Most Reliable Compact Stackable Washer and Dryer: Bosch WAT28400UC
Width: 23 1/2 inches | Height: 33 1/4 inches | Depth: 24 1/4 inches | 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 for a compact washer and dryer that is budget-friendly, this pair from Bosch offers powerful features in a small and relatively affordable package.
The 24-inch Bosch washer holds up to 15 pounds per load, which is the equivalent of about 16 towels. 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 degrees F to eliminate allergy triggers such as mold and mildew, as well as germs and bacteria.
The matching dryer is a ventless condensation dryer without an external duct, so it’s a great option if you live in an apartment without venting hookup.
Watch our exclusive video review of Miele washers5. Best Apartment Size Stackable Washer: Miele WWH860WCS
Miele Washer WWH860WCS
Width: 23 1/2 inches | Height: 33 1/2 inches | Depth: 25 5/16 inches | Capacity: 2.26 cu. ft. | Cycles: 22 | RPM: 1,600 | Color: White | Hinge Location Washer/Dryer: Left/Right | Reversible Hinge Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes |
This compact Miele washer and dryer set is a powerhouse. It offers 25 specialized wash settings and Miele’s patented Honeycomb Drum, which is designed to be gentle on even the most delicate clothing and fabrics.
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 1,600 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 shallowest depth of any laundry set at approximately 25 inches. This ensures these machines will fit into 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.
Short on time? Watch our exclusive video review of the LG WashTower6. Most Innovative Stackable Washer and Dryer: LG Wash Tower WKEX200HBA
LG WKEX200HBA WashTower
Width: 27 inches | Height: 74 3/8 inches | Depth: 30 3/8 inches | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. (washer)/7.4 cu. ft. (dryer) | Cycles/Options: 6/6; 10/9 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Black Steel | Hinge Location Washer/Dryer: Left/Left | Reversible Hinge Washer/Dryer: No/Yes | Stackable: N/A | Energy Star: Yes Tier 2 |
Stackable washer and dryer sets have always been tricky for shorter people to use, but not anymore. The LG Wash Tower solves this major problem. With previous stackable sets, the dryer controls are usually too high, and an angled control panel, which looks nice at eye level, only makes matters worse. You can be confident that this will never be a problem anymore when using the incredibly innovative LG WashTower.
It combines a full size, fully featured, modern front-load washer with a matching steam dryer into a single unit. The controls are in the middle, between the two. This innovation not only places the controls at a convenient level, but it also helps shave about six inches off the overall height so it can fit in smaller spaces.
The first LG WashTowers came with either a vented gas or electric dryer. We thought it was a drawback that a ventless dryer wasn’t an option, since that would give people even more installation flexibility. Recently, LG listened to demand and released a ventless version with a dual heat pump dryer. Now it can go pretty much anywhere you want to do laundry—mudroom, bedroom, closet, you name it.
Watch our exclusive video review of Electrolux washer dryer with great visuals7. Best Overall Stackable Washer and Dryer: Electrolux ELFW7637AW
Electrolux Washer ELFW7637AW
Width: 27 inches | Height: 38 inches | Depth: 32 inches | 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
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 a trip to the laundromat.
In addition to being Energy Star certified, this washer also has an automatic water adjustment feature that detects how much water is needed to clean each load and tweaks it to avoid wasting water.
The matching dryer offers a number of notable 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 percent 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.
The cleaning performance of a modern stackable washer and dryer will leave you pleasantly surprised. Advanced vibration controls, along with efficient motors, make these laundry machines extra quiet too.
Since there are hundreds of different products on the market, selecting a washer can be challenging. Our thoroughly researched guide introduces you to some of the best stackable washers and dryers available on the market today. No longer will you have to dread laundry day. These sleek and streamlined stackable washers and dryers will revamp your washing and drying routine. We hope that our edited selection will provide you with a great starting point in your search 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 measure 24 inches wide.
Which stackable washer and dryer brands are the most reliable?
All of our top picks are some of the most reliable washer and dryers on the market. Generally, the top brands for reliabilty include Samsung, Bosch, Electrolux, LG, and Miele, amongst other brands. We recommend that you do some research to determine which of the most reliable picks fit your needs best.
Are stackable washer and dryers as good as side-by-side ones?
Yes. Ultimately, when dealing with a smaller laundry room, a stackable washer and dryer is a necessity. In terms of performance, a significant majority of stackable washer and dryers on the market today are just as good as side-by-side ones, if not better. Looking at all the new features and technology that stackable washer and dryers have, it is obvious that they are not compromising on quality. Furthermore, stackable washer and dryers provide you with flexibilty that is unheard of in standard side-by-side models.
What are stackable washer and dryer dimensions?
The dimensions of a full-size stackable washer and dryer are as follows: approximately 27 inches wide, 76 inches tall, and 32 inches deep.
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.