All-in-one washer and dryer combos condense your chores and take up a smaller footprint in your home. They aren't as reliable or durable as standalone washing machines and dryers, but if you have limited space to do laundry in your home, they can be a saving grace.
All-in-one units are far from efficient, though, and you can't always rely on a combo unit to dry your garments. (Most, if not all, are electricity-powered, and gas is much better, says Richard Epstein, The Spruce's Home Improvement Review Board member.) You may need to hang up items, even after they've been tumbling in the drum for hours, or run a touch-up cycle or two. With this in mind, we researched the best options available based on capacity, efficiency, and helpful features.
Our pick is the GE 2.4 cu. ft. Front Load Washer and Electric Dryer Combo because it's compatible with detergent packs, has a steam function, and works with a 120-volt outlet, so you can install it in a variety of places.
Here are the all-in-one machines to consider if you'd like to go this route.
Best Overall: GE Ventless Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo
Compatible with detergent packs
Requires a 120V outlet
Need to load the machine thoughtfully
Spin cycle can be loud
Who else recommends it? Bob Vila also picked the GE 2.4 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer and Electric Dryer Combo.
What do buyers say? 500+ Home Depot reviewers rated it this product 4 stars or above.
The GE GFQ14ESSNWW is your best bet when it comes to an all-in-one washer dryer. This machine saves space, while also treating you to bells and whistles. It has a standard-sized drum at 2.4 cubic feet (suitable for one or two people to complete their weekly laundry) and a ventless design that makes it a very flexible option. You can easily install it in an RV, tiny apartment, or small laundry room without having to make massive or expensive adjustments, and plug it into a 120V outlet.
On top of a flexible design, this GE combination unit also uses less energy than comparable units you can purchase. The energy guide notes that it uses about 108 kWh of electricity per year, which adds up to $12 per year on your bills when it's used with a natural gas water heater. Since it's a high-efficiency model, it'll also use less water with each cycle. In total, there are 14 cycles for you to choose from, including sanitize and tub clean. There's also a rinse and spin setting and a steam function, in addition to a dispenser that's compatible with detergent packs.
Downsides to this model include long cycle times—which is standard for an all-in-one appliance—and the fact that you need to load the drum thoughtfully so items are treated right. Plan to wash items that need more time together, like jeans or towels. Smaller loads will likely come out completely dry, but you can run a timed dry cycle if your clothes need additional drying time.
Price at time of publish: $1,399
Best Budget: Summit SPWD2203P 24 in. 2.7 cu. ft. Platinum All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo
16 wash and dry cycles
1300 RPM speed for dry cycles
Can easily become unbalanced
No bleach dispenser
If you're looking for an all-in-one machine that can do almost everything two separate machines can do, and at a lower price, then you might want to consider the Summit SPWD2203P 24-inch 2.7-cubic-foot Platinum All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo. With 16 wash and dry cycles, this machine has customized options for everything from workout clothes to wool (suitable for garments labeled "machine wash"). The LCD display screen is easy to read and control, so you know exactly how much time is left in a cycle.
Just like other models in this roundup, this machine doesn't come without faults. Although we love that it's relatively easy to use, we recommend having professional assistance when hooking up this machine, as the basket requires pre-balancing. This machine also does not include a bleach dispenser, so it's not a great option for any heavy-duty washing needs. Lastly, the door is on a left-oriented hinge, so plan to place this machine in a spot where it can easily be accessed and opened. Despite these design flaws, we still recommend this machine for its thorough wash cycle options and its fast, energy-saving drying cycles.
Price at time of publish: $1,359
Best High-Capacity: LG Electronics WM3998HBA Ultra Large Capacity Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo
Cold water setting
Requires a 120V outlet
Lint and debris can collect on gasket
No instructions for the dryer portion
Not compatible with detergent packs
If the small drum size of an all-in-one washer dryer is your major concern, then you may want to splurge on the LG WM3998HBA. Compared to other models on the market, this appliance has a roomy interior at 4.5 cubic feet. This is the average size of a front load washing machine's drum, however, you will need to take the drying capacity into account. You won't be able to toss in as many garments as you would if you had a standalone machine, as it won't be able to tumble your clothes dry. That being said, the capacity is still larger than other all-in-one picks, making it worth the extra pennies.
Plus, there is a total of 14 wash cycles, including ones for bedding, activewear, and allergens. A tub clean cycle will rid your unit of odors and bacteria without you having to put in any work. When it comes to delivery and installation, this combo unit can also be plugged into a 120-volt outlet, making it a good option if you're shopping for space in a small apartment or RV. Other perks include a cold water option, which is ideal if you are washing colored clothing or looking to save energy, and a steam function. This combo is also a smart model and can be controlled remotely using an app on your phone.
Now, for the downsides: More than other units, you need to be persistent about cleaning this machine. All the lint and debris from your clothes can easily get stuck on the gasket and seals. Your items can also be quite damp after tumbling for hours. This is partly due to the fact that the manual doesn't have any clear instructions on how to use the dryer portion of the unit, which is a major oversight by the brand. And, the dispenser doesn't allow for the use of detergent pods.
Price at time of publish: $2,200
Best Portable: Costway EP24267 14 in. 1.6 cu. ft. Portable Top Load Washing Machine Mini Compact Washer Dryer
Great for small spaces
Easy to use
No auto-fill sensor
Doesn't completely dry clothes
This small but mighty machine from Costway is ideal for small spaces or users looking for a portable washer-dryer option. Its two drums can hold up to 17 pounds of clothing combined, which brings the total capacity to 1.6 cubic feet. The wash cycle only takes 15 minutes to run and the dryer's spin cycle runs on five-minute intervals.
Because this is a portable option, keep in mind that you will need to have space near your sink for this machine. Two water inlet hose connections are on either side of the machine to make it easy to drain from any angle. Be sure to pay attention when filling your machine, as the hose does not have a sensor for auto-fill, like other installed units. Aside from its small capacity, though, we think this washer-dryer combination is a great option for anyone looking to conserve energy, save water, minimize their detergent usage, or simplify their laundry routine. While the dryer will leave your clothes a bit damp, since it just uses a spin cycle, and in need of a clothes-drying rack, it has a lightweight build and is great for tackling a few outfits at a time.
Price at time of publish: $260
Best for RVs: Equator Advanced Appliances EZ 4400 N 1.57 cu. ft. White Ventless All-in-One Washer Dryer
Convertible vent system
Advanced wrinkle care
Very small drum
No smart features
Whether you live in an RV full-time or only while on vacation, it can be helpful to have a reliable washer-dryer on board. However, you have to pick wisely, as an RV can have more limitations than an apartment, condo, or larger home. The Equator Advanced Appliances EZ 4400 N will be the pick for you, since it has lots of RV-friendly features that you can't necessarily find in other units on the market. For example, the combo unit has a winterize mode, so it won't be affected by the elements. The two-minute cycle uses anti-freeze to protect your appliance and keeps your laundry routine efficient and streamlined.
In addition, the Equator Advanced Appliances' model has a convertible vent system. By pressing a button, you can switch the model from a vented dryer to a ventless one, depending on what your setup is. This is a great feature for anyone who thinks they may install the all-in-one machine in a more permanent place in the future. Now, the drum is only 1.6 cubic feet large, which is quite tiny in comparison to other all-in-one models. However, this is also a great choice for RVs, because the compact nature of the unit means it can slip under a counter or into a tight corner. Once you set it up, you can pick from seven wash cycles, as well as a quiet mode which ensures the model runs at 60 dBa or lower.
When a cycle is done, the machine will keep clothes tumbling until you're ready to grab them. This is a big perk if you're out adventuring, or simply feeling lazy. Just remember: the capacity of this unit is definitely its greatest drawback. It also doesn't have smart technology or a CEE rating, so it might add to your bills over time.
Price at time of publish: $1,189
If you’re looking for an all-in-one washer dryer, know this type of machine is most suitable for smaller households and isn't as reliable or efficient as standalone models. The best option on the market is the GE 2.4 cu. ft. Front Load Washer and Electric Dryer Combo because it's compatible with detergent packs, ventless, and has a steam function. Another great option, that's also more affordable, is the Summit SPWD2203P 24 in. 2.7 cu. ft. Platinum All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo, which has quick dry times and a high-capacity drum to fit your bulky items like duvets and sheets.
What to Look for in an All-in-One Washer Dryer
The capacity of an all-in-one washer dryer is much smaller than a separate washer or dryer model. All-in-one washer dryers typically have between 2.3 to 4.5 cubic feet of interior space. In comparison, a full-size washer has an average of 5.0 cubic feet, and a dryer has an average of 7.4 cubic feet. This range is fine if you're living in a smaller household where an all-in-one model is most suitable. With 2.3 cubic feet of drum space, you can expect to wash two to three outfits at a time. A larger, 4.5-cubic-foot drum can tackle up to five outfits, or even a load of towels.
Smart features in all-in-one washer dryers include the ability to control and manage your model via an app on your phone, and load-sensing dispensers. The app uses your home's WiFi to connect to your all-in-one model. Once connected, you're able to receive cycle alerts and select settings from a remote location. The load-sensing dispenser reads the amount of soil within your load and uses that reading to add just the right amount of detergent. Although combo units with smart features can be more expensive, they are typically a bit more efficient and streamlined.
A steam function can be helpful if your household commonly deals with stains, gentle fabrics, or wrinkly clothes. Although it can leave your clothes feeling a bit moist at times, it can effectively remove dirt and bacteria by loosening them and pulling them out of your clothes' fabric during a cycle. This feature is quite common in all-in-one models but not every model will have it. When shopping, look for a steam function if you have allergies, children, or outdoorsy family members, or want an affordable "extra" perk that's easy to use.
From leggings to wicking shirts, activewear is often built much differently than the average t-shirt. These items typically require hand-washing, cold water, and gentle agitation. A new activewear cycle in washers is specially designed to meet these needs, and slowly and thoughtfully removes sweat from clothing items that may contain spandex or other synthetic materials.
An allergen cycle specifically targets triggers like dust, pollen, and dander in clothes. It uses steam to gently treat all fabric types, and release the harmful particles before washing them away. Unlike your typical wash cycle, which inactivates pollen with water, the allergen cycle is more thorough. It's very useful if you live in an area with a high pollen count, or have someone in your household who suffers from asthma but does typically come at a higher price point.
What is an all-in-one washer dryer?
An all-in-one washer dryer, otherwise known as a washer dryer combo, is two laundry machines built into one. It has the door design of a front-loading machine, and technology for spinning, soaking, and drying your clothes. It's a suitable option for small households who want to install their appliances in a closet or tiny laundry room, since it takes up less space. All-in-one units typically have the dispensers, settings, and smart features you'd find in a washer and dryer set, too.
How do all-in-one washer dryers work?
All-in-one washer dryers care for your laundry by putting them through the wash cycle of your choice, and then the dry cycle of your choice. As usual, you'll add your dirty clothes to the drum, making sure they have a similar fabric type and are evenly distributed. Then, you'll put detergent into a dispenser—in addition to fabric softener, if your load calls for it. You'll select a wash cycle like normal, delicates, or speed wash, as well as a drying one.
Some models give you the option to set a dryer cycle after a wash one is completed, and will alert you when it's time to make this switch. This is so you can remove some of the clothes from your load, and prepare the drum for drying. The drying capacity of an all-in-one model is half of its washing capacity, since the clothes expand. If you want your machine to automatically start a drying cycle, then be sure to only add half of your typical load to the washer for effective cleaning and drying.
How well do all-in-one washer dryers work?
While all-in-one washer dryers have many of the same settings and technology as their counterparts, they can be less effective, less efficient, and more time-consuming. You may find that your clothes are a bit damp at the end of a cycle, and many machines can take anywhere from three to six hours to complete a load. On a positive note, combo units allow you to drop in your clothes and not worry about switching them. Plus, you can do smaller loads to help the unit wash and dry your clothes more effectively.
How do you install an all-in-one washer dryer?
If you already have the connections you need (hot water, cold water, and a drain) in your laundry area, it's possible to install an all-in-one dryer yourself with a little plumbing knowledge. If you don't have these connections or if you have a gas-powered machine, you will need a plumber to install them for you.
The first thing you will need to do is to remove the transport bolts in the back of the machine that protect it during transit and place the covers to seal the holes. You will then connect the hoses to your water supply and drain and plug the machine into the nearest outlet.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Having tested and researched dozens of laundry machines, we looked at functionality, value, and practicality when recommending the best all-in-one washer dryers on the market. We considered each washer's capacity, cycle options, and smart features, in addition to their efficiency and what issues would impact a consumer in a negative way. For extra insight, we spoke with Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert.
Marisa Casciano is the senior commerce editor for appliances, cleaning, and organization for The Spruce, and has researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, and more in the home space. She's lived in multiple apartments and greatly understands the need to save space, but also to have a reliable machine at your disposal. For this piece, she read through dozens of user manuals, verified customer reviews, and third-party pieces. She also vetted the specifications for usefulness and watched informational videos to understand further how an all-in-one washer dryer works.