What do you do if you want to have a laundry set up in your home, apartment, or RV but just don’t have a ton of space to fit a traditional “side-by-side” set of appliances?
Well, with the help of the best stackable washer and dryer setups on the market today, you can have almost all of the laundry capabilities you would have with full-size appliances (with slightly diminished capacities) all in a ridiculously compact “one on top of another” footprint.
Below we break down our favorite stackable washer and dryer as well as a solid budget option you want to consider, too.
Best Overall – LG Electronics WashTower Laundry Center
Far and away our favorite of all the stackable washer and dryer units, this LG set up – the “WashTower” – gives you pretty decent capacity (close to your average washing and drying setups) in a very small, stable, and efficient package.
Central controls right on the units themselves give you the ability to program six different wash cycles and nine different dryer programs, too.
You won’t have to give up a lot of your laundry settings by making the switch to these stackable options.
Built-in vibration technology practically guarantees a near silent operation every time you fire either of these two appliances up.
Combine that with a built-in steamer, automatic dry capabilities, and the option to power these appliances by gas or electricity and this LG becomes a bit of a no-brainer.
- Measures 27” x 30” x 74”
- 55 inches deep (with door open)
- 4.5 ft.³ capacity (washer) and 7.4 ft.³ capacity (dryer)
- Runs off both 220v and 110v outlets
- Tempered glass doors
- TurboSteam technology
- ThinQ technology
- 6 wash programs, 9 dryer programs
- 10 Year LG warranty
What We Like Most
For starters, we really like the fact that both of these appliances in the WashTower are frontloading units.
That makes it a whole lot easier to get your laundry into and out of each appliance, something that other stackable options would do well to copy.
The washing machine and its 4.5 ft.³ of usable space is one of the biggest washing drums in the stackable segment.
It’s more than enough room to handle your average size load of laundry, that’s for sure. The same can be said about the 7.4 ft.³ of dryer space you’ll have to work with.
Centralized controls for both appliances guarantee that you have total control over how your laundry gets done.
The controls are well-organized come easy to use and easy to understand. You can also use a companion application with this smart appliance set up.
What We Didn’t Like
Of course, there are some downsides to using this LG stackable WashTower.
For one thing, customers online have remarked that they’ve needed to go through a second dryer cycle when loading particularly large loads of laundry. It seems like the dryer unit just might not have enough “oomph” to get the job done every time.
Secondly, to really get the most out of this stackable washer and dryer you have to download the mobile app to your phone, link it with your appliance, and then control it there.
Some people are going to find that frustrating.
Pros and Cons
- Fantastic capacity for a stackable set up
- Easy use on board controls
- Very well done vibration dampening
- Smart appliance integrations
- Dryer will sometimes need to be run a second time
- Custom and advanced settings are unlocked only through the mobile app
The Best Budget Stackable Washer and Dryer – Whirlpool Electric Stacked Laundry Center
If space savings is a huge priority with your new stackable washer and dryer it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this Whirlpool combination.
Folks living in apartments, condos, or even just smaller homes are going to appreciate just how slimline this setup is.
It really can tuck away into a closet almost and still provide you with full laundry capabilities.
The fact that this unit takes advantage of an impeller-style agitation system allows it to make the most of its admittedly smaller 1.6 ft.³ of space. The 3.4 ft.³ of dryer space is a little larger, too.
- Measures 74.25” x 24” x 26.5”
- 36 inches deep (with door open)
- 1.6 ft.³ capacity (washer) and 3.4 ft.³ capacity (dryer)
- Impeller style wash agitator
- Three-way venting system
- Cold wash cycle
- Four wash presets, automatic dry sensor
What We Like Most
The space-saving properties of this Whirlpool really make it one of the best stackable washer and dryer combinations you can buy on the market today.
We’re not just talking about a 3% to 5% reduction in space savings here compared to traditional sized appliances, either.
It’s more like 10% to 15% space savings from just one washer or dryer – and then since these are stacked on one another you save even more space!
The impeller plate agitation system guarantees that your clothes are well washed and deeply cleaned without having to take a too much space, too.
A see-through lid on the washing machine lets you monitor progress.
What We Didn’t Like
The fact that only the dryer is a front loader (the washer is a top loader) can sometimes make moving your laundry a little bit inconvenient
You’re also going to hear quite a bit of noise and vibration whether the washing machine is running or the dryer is rocking and rolling.
The space savings of these units don’t allow for a lot of noise-dampening technology.
Finally, you’ll have a nightmare of a time trying to wash or dry large loads of towels, lots of bedclothes at once, or bigger and bulkier comforters and the like.
Pros and Cons
- Very well optimized for maximum space savings
- Impeller plate still produces great results
- See-through lid lets you track your wash progress
- Whirlpool has a great reputation for building quality equipment
- Not at all silent operations that can get a little annoying at times
- Big and bulky items will need to be laundered somewhere else
As far as the best stackable washer and dryer combo unit goes, the LG WashTower really gives you the most bang for your buck but also the most impressive performance (and capacity) across the board.
It’s a solid machine through and through and one that will give you as close to a traditional experience as it gets.
If you really need to maximize your space savings, though, the Whirlpool we reviewed deserves a closer look.
It’s a well-made combination unit that makes up for its capacity shortcomings with impeccable design and fantastic reliability.
All in all, either of these two stackable units are solid purchases!