The Best Stackable Washers and Dryers to Save Space at Home

Our favorite duo is the LG Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

LG Front Load Washer

The Spruce / Deanna McCormack

To successfully tackle your laundry, you typically need both a washer and dryer, which is why many households shop for a 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. We researched the top models available right now based on features, capacity, ease and use, and the coveted steam function

Our top pick is the LG Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center because it offers everything you need in one purchase—a quality washer and dryer with a central control panel and multiple cycle options.

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.

Our Top Picks

Best Laundry Center, Electric: LG Electronics WKEX200HBA 27 in. Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center

4.7
The LG Electronics WKEX200HBA 27 in. Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center has a central control panel.
What We Like
  • Both units are front-loading

  • Central control panel

  • Doesn't vibrate a lot

What We Don't Like
  • Dryer requires an extra cycle at times

  • Must use app to get large selection of cycles

For an electric laundry center, this LG unit is a very spacious and functional pick. Its washer has 4.5 cubic feet of space and is front-loading, despite being part of a laundry center. Thanks to a central control panel, you can easily select one of 10 wash cycles, even if you're not the tallest member of your household or don't own a step-stool. Once the cycle has begun, you can monitor it using LG's ThinQ app on your smartphone, which also remembers your favorite cycles for future use.

This laundry center, or "tower," doesn't come with a special setting for activewear. However, it does have vibration reduction technology to ensure quiet operation, as well as dispensers for detergent, fabric softener, bleach, and pre-wash detergent. The steam function will gently remove dust, dander, and other allergens from your clothes, while a stainless steel tub will be long-lasting and remain odor-free. The two doors are outfitted with tempered glass that'll resist any scratches, so the unit will also look sleek in your laundry room no matter what.

When it's time to put your clothes in the 7.4-cubic-foot dryer, you can pick from nine drying cycles and a wrinkle care option that'll tumble your clothes for up to three hours after the cycle is complete. The dryer is powered by electricity, but a gas version is also available, as well as two finish options: white and black steel.

Washer Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 10 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.4 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 9Vent Type: Vented

Best Laundry Center, Gas: GE GUD27GESNWW Gas Stacked Laundry Center

GE White Laundry Center

 Courtesy of the Home Depot

What We Like
  • Washer has an impeller plate

  • Washer has a stainless steel tub

  • Controls are easy to reach

What We Don't Like
  • Manual isn't very informative

  • Washer can be very noisy

A laundry center seamlessly combines two appliances into one, so you don't need to pick out and install a separate washer and dryer. This style is especially convenient for anyone who might feel overwhelmed by the shopping process or doesn't see themselves rearranging their laundry room in the future. (You can't separate the washer and dryer, after all.) Despite the unit’s pre-stacked design, there are some decisions you still need to make. For example, do you want a gas or electric dryer?

This GE laundry center is the best gas-powered pick. Its washer has a stainless steel tub that'll be gentle on your clothes and won't chip over time. It also has 11 cycles including delicates, speed wash, and deep fill—which adds water to the tub and is most useful when washing bulky items like a comforter. While the interior is only 3.9 cubic feet, it features an impeller plate. This type of agitator maximizes the drum space and is known for being gentle on clothes, too.

The dryer, which is located on the top of the unit, has only 5.9 cubic feet of interior space. While this isn't competitive with other models, the dryer does feature cycles for air fluffing your clothes and eliminating wrinkles. It's separated from the washer by the control panel, which is easy to reach. The entire laundry center is also Energy Star-certified, but it definitely comes with a learning curve, as the manual isn't very detailed.

Washer Capacity: 3.9 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 11 | Washer Mechanism: Impeller | Dryer Capacity: 5.9 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 4 | Vent Type: Vented

Best Closet-Depth: LG Electronics WM3600HWA Front Load Washer & DLE3600W Electric Dryer

The LG Electronics WM3600HWA Front Load Washer & DLE3600W Electric Dryer are a stackable set and can be installed on pedestals.
What We Like
  • Competitive capacity

  • Washer has a stainless steel drum

  • Washer and dryer can sync

What We Don't Like
  • Dryer requires an extra cycle at times

  • No reversible doors

Every home is built differently, and yours may not have space for an entire laundry room. That's totally fine because closet-depth machines exist. They're typically only 27 inches deep, so you can easily put them in a laundry closet or corner of your kitchen. When it comes to closet-depth models, this LG set is the best in the business, as the washer and dryer don't sacrifice capacity to save space.

The washer of this dynamic duo has a 4.5-cubic-foot drum and 10 cycle settings, including a speed wash setting that cleans your clothes in just 15 minutes. The drum is made of stainless steel, and the unit itself is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for its amazing ability to reduce allergens. It has a cold wash option for when you want to save energy, a steam function, and an automatic sensor that will recognize the size and fabric type of your load and adjust the cycle routine to fit your clothes' needs.

The electric dryer features 7.4 cubic feet of interior space and an additional 10 settings. You can select a setting on your own or make use of the dryer syncing function. This function sends your wash selections over to the dryer, which then decides what drying cycle and temperature is most suitable for your items. You can also pair your machines to your smartphone and check in on your cycle from any other location.

Washer Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 10 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.4 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 10 | Vent Type: Vented

Expert Buying Tip

"The laundry room can be a magnet for clutter, so it’s important to organize and optimize your space. Try creating clear zones—i.e., cleaning, folding, drying, etc. If space is on your side, create a designated area (like a countertop) for folding clothes and another one for hanging items to dry." Shira Gill, Home Organizing Expert and Author of Minimalista

Best High-Capacity: GE GFW850SPNDG Front Load Washing Machine & GFD85ESPNDG Electric Vented Dryer

GE GFW850SPNDG & GFD85ESPNDG

 Courtesy of GE

What We Like
  • Both units are equipped with Wi-Fi

  • Washer and dryer can sync

  • Washer has a venting system

What We Don't Like
  • Both units can be noisy at times

  • Learning curve with smart technology

For larger households, appliance purchases are all about capacity. They need the maximum amount of space, so their chores are rather minimal. This innovative set from GE not only excels in capacity but is also outfitted with smart features that may be worth splurging on. To start, the washer has a whopping 5 cubic feet of space, which is way more than the 4.5-cubic-foot average. After tossing in your items, you can choose one of 12 wash cycles, including a one-step wash and dry cycle that dries smaller loads of laundry. When the cycle is complete, transfer your clothes to the 7.8-cubic-foot electric dryer. Select a setting yourself, or make use of dryer syncing to have the duo select the right setting for you.

As you’d probably expect for a smart set, both machines are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. This feature lets you receive notifications on your phone, check a cycle's status, and even start or stop a load remotely. In addition, you can use this model with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to seamlessly integrate them into your smart home and streamline your laundry routine beyond dryer syncing. On a less dazzling note, the washer also has an in-door venting system that helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which is a common cause of odors in front-loading washers. The gasket, drain, and dispenser system are made with Microban technology, too, to deter the growth of bacteria in areas that are exposed to moisture.

Long story short: This set will have your household's back and make laundry day a breeze. Just know that the machines can be noisier than others on the market but will make up for it with their steam functions.

Washer Capacity: 5.0 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 12 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.8 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 12 | Vent Type: Vented

Best for Quiet Operation: Maytag MHW5630HW Front Load Washing Machine & MED5630HW Electric Vented Dryer

Maytag Front Load Washer

 Courtesy of Designer Appliances

What We Like
  • Dryer keeps clothes tumbling for 150 minutes after cycle

  • Designed to last

  • Modern, digital controls

What We Don't Like
  • Wash cycles can be very long

  • Dryer controls are hard to read

While many stackable washers and dryers promise quiet operation, this set by Maytag actually delivers on this promise. The washer and dryer are built with the brand's commercial technology and together are an amazing, heavy-duty set that's designed to last. The washer has 4.5 cubic feet of interior space, a setting for applying extra power when you need to remove stains, and a steam function. You can choose from 10 wash cycles including speed wash and tub clean, but you must use high-efficiency detergent.

The dryer, on the other hand, has 7.3 cubic feet of space. This is fairly competitive with other models and is plenty of room for a bulky blanket or load of towels. The dryer also has 10 unique cycles to choose from; however, it doesn't have a steam function. It's powered by electricity, and when you forget your clothes in the drum, you'll be happy that a wrinkle prevent spin option keeps your items tumbling for up to 150 extra minutes to prevent wrinkles from forming.

Despite the commercial design, you can find these cycle settings and additional options on the controls that are anything but clunky. Both units have a central dial. Plus, a modern, digital keypad lets you make further selections for each cycle setting. (The dryer's controls are hard to reach when the units are stacked because the control panels are angled.) Most notably, once a cycle is selected and started, this set will stay nice and quiet, which is ideal if your laundry room is next to a bedroom.

Washer Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 10 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.3 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 10 | Vent Type: Vented

Best Compact: Whirlpool WET4024HW Electric Stacked Laundry Center

Whirlpool Electric Stacked Laundry

 Courtesy of Whirlpool

What We Like
  • Good for small living

  • Washer has an impeller plate

  • See-through lid

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't operate quietly

  • Can't handle bulky items

This Whirlpool laundry center is a pro at saving space. Measuring at 74.25 x 23.88 x 26.63 inches, it's the most ideal option for anyone living in an apartment, condo, or small home with minimal room for laundry. If you need to do more with less, you'll love how this apartment washer and dryer fits into small spaces, such as a hallway closet, and includes a see-through lid. You can easily check the status of the load and also make use of automatic bleach and fabric softener dispensers, which can be hard to find in smaller models.

The washer only has 1.6 cubic feet of space but features an impeller plate for agitation, so the drum is maximized. The impeller plate also adds a lot of functionality to this piece and allows it to handle larger loads of clothes. It should be noted that bulky items like comforters and blankets won't do well in this tiny washer and that the whole unit can be noisy. There's also no steam function, but your items are in good hands with the stainless steel drum.

As for the dryer, you can make use of 3.4 cubic feet of space, an auto-dry sensor that'll completely stop your cycle once the load is dry, and four dry cycles. Yes, this machine doesn't have a lot to it. But it'll be thorough and has more accommodating dimensions than other compact laundry centers on the market.

Washer Capacity: 1.6 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 6 | Washer Mechanism: Impeller | Dryer Capacity: 3.4 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 4 | Vent Type: Vented

Final Verdict

For a laundry center that has it all, choose the LG Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center. It's packed with smart features and offers a speed wash cycle that cleans clothes in just 15 minutes. For a stackable washer and dryer duo that's whisper-quiet, opt for the Maytag 4.5 Cu. Ft. Front-loading Washing Machine and matching dryer. It's Energy Star-certified and its "Fresh Spin" feature prevents your clean clothes from wrinkling.

LG Front Load Washer

The Spruce / Deanna McCormack

What to Look for in Stackable Washers and Dryers

Laundry center vs. standalone models

You can buy a washer and dryer set as standalone models or as an integrated laundry center or tower. 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. In contrast, a laundry center or tower doesn't usually have a large capacity but can offer a central control panel. 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.

Power source

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 should be prepared for a slight increase in their electric bill.

Steam function

A steam function, which can be found in both a washer and dryer, helps to reduce wrinkles in clothes, tackle odors and stains, and quickly freshen items that you don't want to put through an entire cycle. This feature is fairly common in washers and dryers but might not be found in 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.

LG Ultra Large Capacity Electric Dryer

The Spruce / Deanna McCormack

Standout Features

Impeller plate

Top-loading washer units, which can be found in laundry centers, can have a central agitator or an impeller plate. An impeller plate is a newer and more gentle option that's built into the bottom of the washer's drum. It moves so your clothes are thoroughly spun, soaked, and mixed with soap, but it does not have attached fans, which helps it be more gentle on a variety of fabrics. It's a great feature for households that run delicate cycles or wash activewear often.

Dryer syncing

Dryer syncing allows a washer to "speak" to its matching dryer and automatically choose settings for your loads. The two models connect, and then the washer sends over the details of your wash cycles so the dryer can match them. This feature is ideal if you wash activewear, wool, baby wear, or clothes that need special treatment often. It's also most suitable for people who trust their appliances to do the work for them and don't mind a hands-free experience.

FAQ
  • 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 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.

  • How do you install a stackable washer and dryer?

    To install a stackable set that's made of two standalone units, you'll first need to buy the compatible stacking kit. This kit will contain screws, spacers, and brackets for stabilizing the dryer on top of the washer. From there, remove the dryer's legs if it has them, and attach the spacers very securely. You will want to have the dryer carefully leaned on its side for this step. Next, add the correct brackets to the washer, and prepare to lift the dryer on top of the washer and secure these brackets. Ask someone to help you, as large appliances can be heavy and bulky. Once the two models are stacked, you can set up the necessary ducts, lines, and power cords. Each stackable set is a little different, so be sure to follow your user manual for proper installation.

  • 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. Plus, this 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 washer and dryer?

    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 may not be a good choice if you like to do big loads.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Having tested and researched dozens of laundry machines, we vetted for reliability, functionality, and value when recommending the best stackable washers and dryers on the market. We considered each model's capacity, agitator, drum material, and potential lifespan. For additional insight, we spoke with: Marilee Nelson, a certified building biologist and environmental consultant and co-founder of Branch Basics; Shira Gill, a home organizing expert and author of Minimalista; and Brittney Castro, a certified financial planner for Mint.

Marisa Casciano is the large appliance expert for The Spruce and has researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, and more in the home and lifestyle space. She's lived in many apartments and understands the need to conserve space but also have a reliable setup to wash and dry clothes. For this piece, she compared the specifications and features for dozens of sets and laundry centers, read through user manuals, and scoured verified customer reviews on major retailers' websites.

Article Sources
The Spruce uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. Controlling Dust, Dust Mites, and Other Allergens, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. University of Michigan Health.

  2. Janeway, Kimberly. GE Takes on Moldy Front-Loaders With UltraFresh Washing Machines. Consumer Reports.

  3. Ranck, Scott. Big Differentiators Between Natural Gas Dryers and Non-Gas Dryers. Florida Public Utilities.