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Best Overall: LG Electronics WM3488HW White Compact All-in-One Front Load Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer Combo
Turn laundry into a one-step process with the LG WM3488HW. This top all-in-one washer dryer is small but efficient. The drum has a capacity of 2.3 cubic feet, which is about average for combination washer and dryer machines. What sets this model apart is its reliable performance, variety of wash and dry cycles, and relatively speedy cycles.
The LG WM3488HW includes 9 wash cycles with specialty options for handwash garments or an NSF-certified sanitary cycle that heats the water to 158-degrees for eliminating stains, odors, and bacteria. Once the wash cycle is complete, the machine will kick into dryer mode. Like most combination units on the market, this model has a ventless dryer that needs no external ductwork.
Users report that an average wash and dry cycle lasts between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the options selected. Some machines on the market stretch this time to as much as 6 hours, so the LG is a good choice if you want to do multiple loads in a day. It also seems to perform well even when tasked with drying surprising items, like thick, fluffy pillows and dog beds.
A few people complained about the machine shaking or vibrating excessively during the spin cycle, but this is often remedied by using rubber pads under the feet and making sure the machine is leveled properly. Otherwise, this all-in-one washer-dryer does a great job of making your dirty laundry disappear with as little user intervention as possible—but yes, you’ll still need to fold it when the cycle is complete.
If you’re specifically searching for an all-in-one washer with steam, the LG WM3499HVA is a popular option. This machine includes LG’s steam technology and has 7 cycles with the power of steam to eliminate allergens and odors. The Allergiene cycle is LG’s one-touch solution for eliminating up to 95-percent of the household allergens most likely to cause a reaction. Steam also provides an effective yet gentle way to remove stains.
This all-in-one washer with steam is an average size for combination units and gives you 2.3 cubic feet of drum space. While it isn’t as roomy as some large-capacity all-in-one washers, it fits easily into a closet or under your kitchen counter. However, there are mixed opinions on whether or not this unit produces excessive noise and vibration. Overall, reviewers report being satisfied with how well it washes and dries, and it has even exceeded the expectations of a number of users with previous experience using an all-in-one washer dryer.
If you’ve been hesitating on buying an all-in-one washer and dryer because of the small drum size, then spring for the large capacity LG WM3997HWA. The full-size drum is 4.3 cubic feet and means you won't have to compromise (as much) on load size. Keep in mind that to efficiently dry each load, you shouldn’t fill the drum more than about half full. Even still, this LG model is one of the top options available.
The machine includes LG’s steam wash function to remove the majority of common household allergens. It also gives you the option for a ‘speed wash’ setting if you need that load of work clothes sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that the drying times will vary based on the load type and size—and since this is a ventless dryer, it can take significantly longer than conventional dryers.
If you are looking for an all-in-one washer and dryer that is smart enough to keep up with your other smart home gadgets, consider the LG Signature All-in-One Washer and Electric Dryer.
This appliance features a modern aesthetic that will blend into many homes filled with high-tech devices. The control panel is a digital touchpad that blends into the door of the unit. Swipe left and right to access the full control menu. Users report that the touchpad is easy to use—just make sure that your fingers are dry since it’s a capacitive touchpad that won’t recognize wet hands. Even more exciting, fans of home tech will love the unit’s ability to be controlled by a smartphone. Simply download LG’s smartphone app and connect the appliance to WiFi to remotely start and monitor the machine. The LG Signature combo washer and dryer also will automatically dispense detergent based on load size—and alert you when the supply is running low.
The capacity of this particular washer/dryer combo is 2.8 cubic feet—which is on the upper end of the average capacity size for these machines. But even better is the fact that this washer and dryer unit is compatible with the Sidekick Pedestal Washer made by LG. So if you’re looking for additional wash capacity, add on the pedestal and run two wash cycles simultaneously. Note, however, that the Sidekick Pedestal Washer won’t automatically dry your clothes—that’s reserved for the main wash drum only. Overall, this all-in-one washer and dryer from the LG Signature line delivers the latest in smart home technology combined with an easy, thorough washing and drying experience.
The Splendide WD2100XC is especially popular for use in RV’s but also works well in small homes or apartments that won’t accommodate a full-size washer and dryer. Just keep in mind that this is a vented all-in-one washer and dryer, so you’ll need to make sure you can connect the machine to an external vent hose.
The machine measures a little more than 3 feet high and is less than 2 feet wide. The manufacturer reports its washing capacity as 15 pounds, while the drying capacity is a little less at 11 pounds. Keep this in mind if you want the machine to seamlessly transition into its auto-dry function. Reviewers generally find it to be reliable and a great option for keeping small loads of laundry from piling up. However, other users caution that you’ll need to commit to regular maintenance cleaning for the best performance from this machine. Since there’s no lint screen, you’ll want to regularly clean the internal vent line and external vent hose. This isn’t uncommon for all-in-one washers and dryers, but it is something to be aware of.
Fit a washer and dryer just about anywhere with the compact Haier HLC1700AXW. This straight-forward machine doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles found on other models, but it offers dual functionality to take your laundry from dirty to clean (and dry) in a matter of hours. In addition, since this is a non-vented model, you can place it just about anywhere you have a water connection and the clearance for a machine that is just under 3 feet tall and just shy of 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
The Haier HLC1700AXW offers good value at under $1,000 and includes 9 basic wash cycles, along with the option for an automatic dry cycle, timed dry cycle or no heat tumbling. Some people complain about the door failing to open after the dry cycle completes, though the manufacturer points to a safety feature that won’t unlock the door until the drum has cooled to a safe temperature.
The market for a budget all-in-one washer and dryer is slim, but this model from Magic Chef stands out as a top option for under $1,000. We’re impressed with the number of wash cycles and the relatively large 2.6 cubic feet of space. At this price point, you’ll pay yourself back with the money saved from the laundromat in no time.
The Magic Chef MCSCWD27W516 includes at least eight different wash cycles, including specialty cycles for babywear and wool items. You can also choose frequently used wash settings with a one-touch ‘My Wash’ setting. While the 1300 RPM spin speed is a little lower than some other models, it’s still plenty of power to wash a set of king sheets or your typical assortment of shirts and jeans, according to users. Most reviewers say this machine takes a little more than 5 hours to fully wash and dry a load of laundry, which is about on par for most all-in-one washer and dryers.