To tackle your laundry successfully, you typically need both a washer and dryer, which is why many households shop for a space-saving, stackable set. The set could include two front-loading models that are installed vertically and can be separated at any time, or it could have the design of a laundry center that seamlessly connects a top-loading washer to a front-loading dryer.
Just like their side-by-side counterparts, stacked washers and dryers and laundry centers should receive checks and be cleaned thoroughly to maintain their long-term performance. "Make sure to conduct regular maintenance of your machine, including tasks like cleaning your washing machine drum or cleaning the lint drawer of your dryer," advises Jennifer Ahoni, P&G's Fabric Care Principal Scientist and Laundry Expert.
We're not strangers to the regular maintenance required for most large appliances or to the washers and dryers that should be on your radar if you're in the market for a stackable set. To select the top picks for your home, we researched top models available based on features, capacity, ease and use, and coveted automated maintenance cycles. Our top pick is the Maytag MHW5630HW 27 in. Front Load Washer and MED5630HW 27 in. Electric Dryer, because they're compact yet still equipped with larger capacities and competitive features, such as wrinkle-prevention and 12-hour fresh hold cycles.
Here are the best stackable washers and dryers for you, whether you're short on space or simply want a reliable pair in your laundry room.
Best Overall: Maytag MHW5630HW Front Load Washing Machine & MED5630HW Electric Vented Dryer
Wrinkle prevent cycle tumbles clothes for up to 150 minutes
12-hour fresh hold cycle
10-year warranty on both machines
Stacking kit sold separately
Dryer controls are hard to reach when stacked
It’s not every day you find a washer and dryer combo that’s compact, yet still capable of handling bulkier loads of laundry. For this reason—and many others—the Maytag MHW5630HW washing machine and MED5630HW dryer are our picks for a stackable washer and dryer. Aside from being counter-depth and having impressive capacities for their size (4.5 cubic feet in the washer and 7.3 cubic feet in the dryer), this duo also has built-in, stain-fighting boost modes that can be initiated during wash or dry cycles.
An Affresh cycle on the washing machine also helps to keep the drum and liner clean every 30 cycles. Simply pop in an Affresh cleanser tablet or liquid chlorine bleach, and run the cycle to avoid detergent buildup as well as unpleasant odors. If you can’t get to your clothes immediately after washing or drying them, both machines are also equipped with respective cycles to prevent odors and wrinkles. In the washer, you can make use of a 12-hour fresh hold cycle. In the dryer, a wrinkle prevent cycle will tumble clothes for up to 150 minutes to keep them feeling fresh until you get around to unloading and folding them.
Both machines are also Energy Star certified and ADA compliant (when not stacked). Plus, 10-year warranties are included on specific parts, so you can feel good about the investment you’re making. Although you can find these machines sold in a set with the needed stacking kit through online retailers like AJ Madison, most other retailers sell the stacking kit separately. While this is very common among stackable sets, you will need the kit at the time of installation in order to stack your machines, so you'll want to keep this in mind when shopping.
Keep in mind that the controls on the dryer may be difficult to reach for short users when the two machines are stacked. This is also very common among stackable machines, so it isn't a total dealbreaker for us. However, it is something to remember, as it will impact your daily or weekly use of the dryer.
Despite these common flaws, this washer and dryer combo is still a great option for anyone looking for a set that's compact, powerful, and quiet.
Price at time of publish: $866 for washer, $778 for dryer
Best Budget: GE GUD27ESSMWW 3.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer and 5.9 cu. ft. Electric Dryer Laundry Center
Stainless steel wash drum
Automatic temperature control
Wi-Fi capable monitoring
Cycle status lights
Extra purchase necessary for Wi-Fi functionality
Limited number of dry cycles
A laundry center not only combines two appliances into one, but it's also often less expensive than other washer and dryer combinations. This laundry center from GE is a reliable, budget-friendly pick that’s still so capable of handling a decent-sized load of laundry. The washer is equipped with a stainless steel drum that will prevent snags in your clothes and won’t chip over time. The machine has 11 wash cycles, so you are sure to find a setting that’s good for everything from bulky bedding to delicates.
The dryer also has automatic temperature control settings, so you don’t have to worry about your favorite T-shirts overheating in a dry cycle. This cycle also automatically senses the dry time needed for each clothing load. Cycle status lights indicate when wash and dry loads are completed, so you don’t have to do any guesswork. We do wish the dryer portion had a few more cycle options, like a steam function, but the temperature sensing does help with efficiency.
Although this machine is pretty simple in form and function, it still has Wi-Fi capabilities, which allows you to remotely monitor your laundry cycles from a smartphone. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase the U+ Connect Module separately to initiate these Wi-Fi capabilities.
Price at time of publish: $1,299
Best Laundry Center: LG Electronics 27 in. Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center
Large capacity for laundry center
Central control panel
AI fabric sensors
Doesn’t allow for extra storage
Setting up the Wi-Fi can be difficult
If your budget is larger and you’re looking for a counter-depth laundry center that doesn’t compromise on top features and capacity, we recommend the LG WKEX200HWA WashTower Laundry Center. This wash tower has larger washer and dryer capacities. However, most notably, a centralized control panel makes it easy to reach and check the status of your laundry loads. (Unlike our best overall pick, you don't need to potentially pull out a step stool if you're a shorter user.) Built-in AI fabric sensors help to select the right wash settings and motions and can also select a compatible drying cycle.
Although we love how space-saving this laundry center is, we recognize that the front-load washer eliminates added storage that a top-load washer offers. However, we don’t completely count that as a negative, as you're still saving space with a stackable set in your home. Just like our budget pick, this laundry center is also Wi-Fi compatible and can be remotely monitored through LG’s ThinQ app, but setting up the Wi-Fi can be a bit tricky. Nonetheless, this Energy Star-certified wash tower earns high marks in our book for its capacity, AI technology, and modern design.
Price at time of publish: $1,798
Best High-Efficiency: LG Electronics WM4200HWA 27 in. 5.0 cu. ft. White Ultra Large Capacity Front Load Washing Machine & DLEX4200W 7.4 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Electric Dryer
Washer and dryer sync for load selection
TurboSteam refreshes clothes in 10 minutes
Tub clean cycle rinses and dries basket
Stacking kit sold separately
Non-reversible door on washer
While high-efficiency picks tend to have longer cycle times and require special detergent, they use less water and deliver amazing energy savings, which allows you to save big on money and space in the long run—if you're also shopping for a stackable set. In addition to having an "HE" marker, there are other labels you can look for to make sure your machine is the most efficient it can possibly be. "The machines providing the greatest benefits to consumers have Energy Star certification, which is the highest standard for water and energy efficiency," says Gary Childers, P&G Fabric Care Scientist and Appliance Expert. "One other focus area from manufacturers is cold water. These energy-efficient cycles or options will change the washing parameters of the machine to work effectively in colder wash temperatures."
This high-efficiency duo from LG puts complete laundry control in your hands through Wi-Fi pairing and remote control on the ThinQ app. Plus, the set is Energy Star certified. The washer and dryer sync to each other, which allows the dryer to suggest cycles that best pair with your current washer load in the ThinQ app. A TurboSteam cycle on the dryer also allows you to refresh any laundry that may have wrinkles or set in odors in 10 minutes.
When you notice that the washer starts to appear less than clean, you can run the tub clean cycle. It cleans and dries the basket, gaskets, and door—a necessity for any long-lasting, front-load washer. We do wish the washer had a reversible door, but with some strategic arranging you can avoid any door bumps and limitations. It's key to also keep in mind that the stacking kit for this set is sold separately. However, thankfully, it’s not too much of an additional cost.
Price at time of publish: $898 for washer, $898 for dryer
Best High-Capacity: LG Electronics WM8100HVA Front Load Washer & LG DLEX8100V Front Load Electric Dryer
TurboWash 2.0 technology
Stacking kit sold separately at some retailers
Sometimes it’s challenging to find a stackable washer and dryer pair that don’t compromise on mega capacity. The LG WM8100HVA washer and DLEX8100V dryer offer 5.2 and 9.0 cubic feet of space, respectively, and can be purchased as a set—stacking kit included—through some retailers, like AJ Madison. This duo boasts quiet operation and TrueBalance technology that guarantees fewer nap times and calls are interrupted. They’re also Energy Star certified, and the washer’s allergen cycle is certified by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America to remove 95 percent of common household allergens.
TrueSteam technology in the dryer means you’ll spend less time at the ironing board and more time tending to more pressing needs. The washer also has TurboWash 2.0 technology, which helps save water and can reduce wash times by up to 30 minutes. If you can stomach the more expensive upfront cost, the energy efficiency—not to mention the time efficiency—make this washer and dryer duo a worthy splurge in our book.
Price at time of publish: $1,485 for washer, $1,100 for dryer
Best Smart: GE GFW850SSNWW 5.0 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Steam Washer & GFD85ESSNWW 7.8 cu. ft. Dryer
SmartDispense bulk detergent dispenser
Washer and dryer can sync cycle settings
Venting system to eliminate odor and residue buildup
No way to empty detergent
Believe it or not, there's a stackable washer and dryer that can practically do every step of your laundry routine for you. From selecting matching cycles, providing informative maintenance alerts, and even auto-dispensing detergent, the GE GFW850SSNWW washer and GFD85SSNWW dryer pretty much take all of the stress and to-do lists out of laundry day. A built-in venting system eliminates concerns about front-load washer maintenance—goodbye, unpleasant odors and residue—and the washer can also dry small loads of laundry, so you don’t even have to switch your load to the dryer if you’re in a rush.
The washer’s PowerSteam cycle safely penetrates fabrics to loosen stains, and the sanitize cycle can remove up to 99 percent of common household allergens, according to the manufacturer. While we’re very impressed by this washer’s bulk detergent dispenser, which holds up to 50 ounces, we wish there were a way to empty it, in case we switch to a new detergent or leave home for an extended period of time. However, it's still a useful feature that's worth looking out for. Notably, "most machines in the market today use a mechanical pumping system that can adjust the dispensing of detergent with high precision," says Childers.
This washer’s other smart features make up for this design oversight, too. The dryer is also equipped with an innumerable amount of features, like a static reduction setting and damp alert, which signals when delicates have reached ideal dampness for steaming or ironing. Ultimately, this stackable set may be a bit of a splurge, but it’s certainly worth the cost if you’re looking for a cleaning duo that truly takes the headache out of your laundry routine.
Price at time of publish: $948 for washer, $943 for dryer
Best Compact: Whirlpool WTW200HW 1.5 cu. ft. Portable Impeller Top-Load Washer & LDR3822PQ 3.4 cu. ft. Stackable Portable Electric Dryer
Air dry cycle
Standard, 120V connection
Impeller plate maximizes washer capacity
Stacking kit sold separately
This compact washer and dryer set from Whirlpool may not look like the most impressive pair for heavy-duty and light loads alike, but their reliable, standard features make up for their lack of technology. Both machines are portable and set on caster wheels, so you can roll them out of a closet for easier reach, and even bring the washer to the sink to easily drain it. The stacking kit is sold separately for this pair, but we don’t consider that a major flaw, given that’s a standard across the product category. In addition, these machines can be hooked up into a standard 120V plug, so you don’t have to worry about grounding them to a three- or four-slot plug.
Under the lid of the washer, you’ll find a stainless steel wash basket, which won’t wear down over time, and an impeller plate, which maximizes the otherwise minimal capacity of this washer. The dryer is equipped with an air dry cycle, which is especially useful for fluffing delicate clothing items or quickly refreshing sweaters. While there are plenty of other stackable options on the market, this compact duo is a great choice for small spaces, and features reliable, simple clothes-cleaning potential.
Price at time of publish: $999 for washer, $799 for dryer
Best with Gas Dryer: Electrolux EFLS627UTT 4.4 cu. ft. Stackable Front Load Washer with Steam & EFMG627UTT 8.0 cu. ft. Stackable Front Load Gas Dryer with Steam
Dispenser accepts HE pods, powder, and liquid detergent
15-minute fast wash and dry settings
Activewear cycle on washer and dryer
No smart features
Stacking kit sold separately
A gas dryer is a great option for maximizing energy efficiency, and we love the combination of the Electrolux EFLS627UTT washer and EFMG627UTT dryer. The Electrolux ELFW7537AW front-loading washer has earned one of Energy Star’s "Most Efficient" ratings, and it also carries a CEE Tier II rating. Pair it with the Electrolux ELFG7537AW gas dryer for maximum energy efficiency.
Notably, the adaptive dispenser in the washer allows you to use any format of HE detergent for the ultimate clean: pods, powder, or liquid detergent. You just have to make sure, of course, your detergent is compatible with HE machines. "Because high-efficiency washers are smarter, larger, and more efficient, the role of the detergent has significantly increased," says Ahoni. "Since they use less water, it’s important you use a high-efficiency detergent that is designed to operate in such low-water conditions."
Detergent aside, both machines in this set feature 15-minute fast cycles, so you can squeeze 30 minutes of laundry into your day, and finish both the washing and drying in a timely manner. If you’re frustrated by hand-washing and air-drying your activewear, you can set your frustrations aside because this washer and dryer set also feature activewear cycles, which are specifically designed to delicately wash and dry exercise materials. All in all, although this duo doesn’t have any smart features or Wi-Fi capabilities, they make up for it with their innovative cycles and stain-fighting power. Plus, their energy efficiency is very noteworthy.
Price at time of publish: $800 for washer, $880 for dryer
For a stackable washer and dryer that have all the features you could need, choose the Maytag MHW5630HW 27 in. Front Load Washer and MED5630HW 27 in. Electric Dryer. They're packed with different cycle options that do everything, from tumbling clothes for up to 150 minutes after a dry cycle, to cleaning the wash basket to prevent odors and residue buildup. For a budget-friendly pick, consider the GE GUD27ESSMWW 3.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer and 5.9 cu. ft. Electric Dryer Laundry Center. This laundry center frees up your much-needed closet space, without compromising on performance or capacity.
What to Look for in a Stackable Washer and Dryer
Laundry Center vs. Standalone Models
You can buy a washer and dryer set as standalone models, or as an integrated laundry center or tower—such as our "best budget" pick, the GE GUD27ESSMWW 3.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer and 5.9 cu. ft. Electric Dryer Laundry Center, and "best laundry center" pick, the LG WKEX200HWA WashTower Laundry Center. Standalone models offer more spacious drums, so you can tackle more laundry at once, as well as the flexibility to separate the two units at any time. However, their control panels can be difficult to reach if they're not located in a central location. (Notably, our "best laundry center" pick does have a central control panel to remediate this issue.) You'll also typically need to purchase a stacking kit separately, in order to stack the washer and dryer at the time of installation.
In contrast, a laundry center or tower doesn't usually have a large capacity, but it can offer a central control panel and be a streamlined option for those looking for a set for their laundry closet, RV, or apartment. A laundry center features a top-load washer and a front-load dryer, most commonly. If you prefer to have two front-loading models, there are additional options on the market, including the LG WashTower.
A dryer, whether it's a part of a laundry center or a standalone model, can be powered by electricity or gas. When shopping, you'll need to pick which power source suits your home and budget best. Usually, a gas-powered model is a bit more expensive upfront, as it requires professional installation. However, once it's installed, a gas model will be cheaper to operate and will be more gentle on your clothes. Any home with a 240-volt outlet can opt for an electric model, but you should be prepared for a slight increase in your electric bill.
Cleaning and Steam Functions
As Jennifer Ahoni, P&G's Fabric Care Principal Scientist and Laundry Expert, noted, taking care of your machines by performing regular maintenance is key to extending their lifespan. Any cleaning functions that your set can provide are a major help, especially if you opt for a front-loading washer. In most cases, front-load washers are harder to maintain because they're more prone to odors, mold growth, and residue buildup. Some machines feature a self-cleaning cycle, though, to clean up the drum and dry it, the gaskets, and the seals. Our "best overall" set features a washer with a cleaning cycle that sparkles up the interior of the machine every 30 cycles: the Maytag MHW5630HW 27 in. Front Load Washer.
A steam function, which can be found in both a washer and dryer, helps reduce wrinkles in clothes, tackle odors and stains, and quickly freshen items you don't want to put through an entire cycle. In the pursuit of clean clothes, in addition to a clean set of machines, this function can be very helpful to have. This feature is fairly common in washers and dryers but may not be found in your laundry centers or more budget-friendly picks. Although it's not an absolute necessity, it definitely makes your routine easier and more thorough, which is why it's worth considering when shopping.
Efficiency and Cycle Options
It's quite possible that saving space isn't the only thing on your mind when you're shopping for your stackable washer and dryer set. You may also be looking to save energy, water, electricity, and time. In the case of saving natural resources, you'll want to look for a high-efficiency machine with Energy Star and CEE Tier ratings. While these machines may have longer cycle times and require special HE detergent, they conserve energy and water during their routines, so they're a more budget-friendly, eco-friendly option.
In the case of saving time, you may want to look for a machine with a large selection of cycles. Some picks—including our "best with gas dryer" pick, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT washer and EFMG627UTT dryer—feature quick cycles that last for only 15 minutes. Other picks have cycles for targeting all of the common allergens, washing your activewear with care, or tumbling your items until you can collect them. All of these could potentially be beneficial to your laundry day routine—it is key to think about your lifestyle and needs before splurging on anything, though.
Smart washers and dryers often can connect to your home's Wi-Fi and offer a more customizable laundry routine through automation and more cycle options. Wi-Fi compatibility also allows you to sync your washer and dryer to each other, which allows for cycle predictions and remote monitoring via your smartphone. Some washer and dryer brands even offer the ability to delay your wash or dry cycle for a scheduled time, all through an app. Of course, these features can come at a higher price point, so it's key to consider what's actually going to be helpful for you before splurging.
Washer and Dryer Syncing
As mentioned, if you have a smart washer and dryer with Wi-Fi capabilities, you can often sync your washer and dryer loads. The two appliances connect, and then the washer shares the details of your wash cycles so the dryer can match them with an appropriate dry cycle. This feature is ideal if you wash activewear, wool, baby wear, or delicates. It's also the most suitable for people who trust their appliances to do the work for them and don't mind a hands-free experience.
Allergy and Asthma-Friendly Cycles
Many washer and dryer brands are now focusing on ensuring that the process of completing laundry does not irritate allergies caused by household dust, dirt, dander, and other particles. If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, it might be worth investing in a washer and dryer duo that have a cycle specifically designed to eliminate household allergens from clothing. This is especially helpful if you have pets that sleep in bed with you, or if they have blankets and bedding of their own that become soiled more easily, too. Notably, our "best high-capacity" pick, the LG WM8100HVA washer and DLEX8100V dryer, is certified by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America to remove 95 percent of common household allergens.
How big is a stackable washer and dryer?
A standalone, stackable washer or dryer is typically about 40 inches tall and 28 inches wide. When it's stacked with its counterpart, the set is then 80 inches tall, but it remains 28 inches wide.
Most units will require you to purchase a separate stacking kit, which helps to stabilize the two appliances and might add an inch or so to the overall height of your laundry machines. You can make up for this by adjusting the legs of your machine, so it sits lower. In contrast, a laundry center measures a bit smaller at just 75 inches tall and 25 inches wide and will save you the most space.
Are all front-loading washers and dryers stackable?
Most but not all standalone, front-loading washers and dryers are stackable. For that reason, it's key to read the specifications for an appliance before purchasing it, if you'd like to have the flexibility of stacking your models. In addition, plan to purchase a washer and dryer at the same time, as certain standalone models are made to be a stackable set. Certain retailers may bundle them, so you can save money. That will make installing and using the features much easier.
Do stackable washers and dryers have to be stacked?
If you purchase a standalone washer and dryer that's stackable, you have the option to stack the two models or install them separately. This is convenient if you're hoping to renovate your laundry room or see yourself taking the machines to another space. Laundry centers don't have this flexibility and will have to remain stacked, because the washer and dryer are completely attached.
Is there a downside to stacking washers and dryers?
There are a few downsides to consider before you commit. Even with the best stackable washers and dryers, you may find it awkward to switch clothes between machines with two front-loaders and for shorter people, the top machine may also be harder to reach. Stackable machines also tend to have smaller capacities, so it might not be a good choice if you like to do big loads.
Do stacked washer-dryers need to be vented?
Do you need special hookups for a stackable washer and dryer?
Most stackable washers and dryers need the same hookups as independent appliances, including their own plugs. Many stackable dryers require a dedicated, 220-volt outlet. However, some compact and gas units can share a 110-volt outlet with a washer.
How long do stackable washers and dryers last?
The life expectancy of stackable washers and dryers is similar to standalone models. Most washers last for about 11 years, and dryers, approximately 15 years. With regular maintenance, individual appliances may last longer than these averages.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Emma Phelps is an updates writer for The Spruce who has completed hundreds of hours of research on large appliances. She not only knows the ins and outs of all the major large appliance brands, but also stays up to date on new product releases and innovations. For this roundup, she considered each model's capacity, agitator, drum material, and potential lifespan. She also considered smart features offered and innovative time-saving designs. Emma currently lives in a small apartment and understands the need to save space when washing and drying clothes. She currently has a Whirlpool laundry center and appreciates its efficiency and ease of operation.
Emma also reached out to two specialists at P&G: Gary Childers, Fabric Care Scientist and Appliance Expert, and Jennifer Ahoni, Fabric Care Principal Scientist and Laundry Expert. They offered insights for purchasing washer and dryer sets, and the best practices for maintaining them.