If you want to save space in the laundry room, you may want to invest in a stackable washer and dryer. These appliances take up quite a bit of room when placed side by side, but when you stack them one on top of the other, you can essentially cut the floor space used in half.
There are two main choices when it comes to stackable washers and dryers. First, you can buy two separate stackable appliances and install them one on top of the other. The downside of this is that some models require an additional “stacking kit” to hold the appliances in place. The second option is to buy a pre-stacked washer and dryer set. These are usually smaller and cannot be separated.
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Best Overall: GE Electric Stacked Laundry Center
If you want a unit that performs just as well as a standard washer and dryer this is the appliance for you. The 3.2 cubic foot electric washer can handle your daily loads of laundry while the 5.9 cubic foot dryer can dry towels and more, efficiently. This unit has 11 wash cycles which can clean all types of fabrics effectively. It also has six different water temperature settings so you can ensure your whites stay white and colors won't bleed together.
When it comes time to dry, you'll easily be able to fit a set of sheets in here and if you forgot clothes in the dryer you can set it to quick fluff and dewrinkle which will eliminate the need to iron.
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Best High Capacity: Whirlpool 3.5 cu. ft. Electric Stacked Laundry Center
One of the top names in washer and dryers, Whirlpool, makes an efficient and reliable electric laundry center. Most laundry centers don't have a lot of bells and whistles due to their small size, but this unit has some cool features like a DrySense monitor that ensures your clothes get dried to the perfect level. It has a 3.5 cubic foot washer and the dryer can handle 5.9 cubic feet, making it one of the largest sized laundry centers on the market
Reviewers rave that this unit handles everything from muddy towels to sandy beach clothes with ease. Although it is a small size it can easily accommodate a family. Setup is also very easy and convenient. Another plus for families with small kids is all of the controls are way up top which prevent little fingers from starting the wash cycle. Though some shorter people might find this a problem.
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Best Budget Set: Frigidaire 3.8 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Washer and 5.5 Cu. Ft.
If you’re furnishing your first home, you may be looking for an inexpensive stacked washer and dryer set, and in that case, the Frigidaire Electric Laundry Center may be the perfect option for you. This all-in-one appliance features a surprisingly spacious washer and dryer with ample settings, all for less than $1,000.
The Frigidaire Electric Laundry Center is 27” wide and 76” tall, and it combines a 3.8 cubic foot washer and a 5.5 cubic foot dryer. The stacked washer and dryer has eight wash cycles and four dry cycles, giving you plenty of options when it comes to washing your clothes. Further, the appliance has DrySense technology, which uses a moisture sensor to more efficiently dry your clothes, as well as wrinkle release technology.
This stacked washer and dryer laundry center gets top marks from reviewers, who say it’s spacious and surprisingly quiet. Many note that this all-in-one unit is ideal for small apartments and the price can’t be beat if you’re on a budget.
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Best High-Quality: Maytag High-Efficiency Front Load Washer and Electric Dryer
For a high-quality, top-rated washing machine that you can stack, the Maytag High-Efficiency Front Load Washer is a worthwhile investment. This Energy Star-certified appliance comes with a host of helpful features, and with the help of a stacking kit, you can place a compatible dryer on top of it to save space.
This front-load Maytag washing machine measures 27” wide and 40” tall. It has a 4.3 cubic foot capacity, which it claims can accommodate up to 29 towels at once! There are eight wash cycles, including cold wash, drain and spin, powerwash, rapid wash and more, as well as a sanitize cycle that claims to removes 99.9% of household bacteria with hot water. Additionally, the washing machine has automatic load sensing technology, a delayed wash option, and advanced vibration control to stabilize loads.
This Maytag washing machine can be stacked, thanks to its front-load design and front-mounted controls. However, you do need a stacking kit to stabilize the washer and dryer. This kit is sold separately and costs around $40.
You’ll also want the Maytag 7.4 cu. ft. Electric Dryer to pair with the Maytag washing machine mentioned above. This top-rated dryer can be stacked on top of the compatible washer to save space in your laundry room, and it’s sure to impress with its efficient performance.
This sleek electric Maytag dryer measures 27” wide and 39” high and has a 7.4 cubic foot capacity to accommodate even the largest loads of laundry. It has six dryer cycles and four temperature settings, and the appliance uses moisture sensing to save you money by evenly drying loads without over-drying. There’s also a sanitize setting that removes 99.9% of three common household germs without having to wash the items.
One of the best features of this Maytag Electric Dryer is that it can be stacked on top of compatible Maytag washers to save space. You will need a stacking kit to arrange your appliances on top of one another, but it’s a small one-time expense that will be valuable in the long run.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Best Stackable: Samsung High-Efficiency Washer and Electric Dryer
For a low-cost stackable washer, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung High-Efficiency Stackable Front-Load Washer. This spacious washing machine gets top marks from reviewers, and compatible dryers can be stacked on top of it using the Samsung Stacking Kit.
This Samsung washing machine measures 27” wide and 38” tall and has a 4.2 cubic foot capacity. It has a diamond drum design that treats fabrics gently in order to extend clothing life. It has 11 cycles to choose from including a bedding option, as well as an EZ Drawer Dispenser where you put detergent. The appliance’s VRT Plus technology reduces vibrations by 40% for a quieter cycle, and the 800-RPM spin speed ensures your clothes are ready faster.
Reviewers are generally happy with this affordable front-load washing machine, saying that it does an efficient job cleaning clothes and is surprisingly quiet. One reviewer does note that if you stack the washer and dryer, it can be hard for shorter people to reach the controls at the top, so keep that in mind if you plan on stacking these appliances.
You’ll want to pair the Samsung washer with the Samsung Stackable Electric Dryer, which comes at an equally affordable price. This appliance’s large drum and easy-to-use controls will make it a welcome addition to your household.
The Samsung dryer has a 7.5 cubic foot capacity and measures 27” wide by 38” tall. Note that when stacked, these two units will be over 6 feet high, so shorter people may have trouble reaching the controls on the dryer. The appliance comes with four temperature options and nine cycles, including quick dry and wrinkle release. The Samsung dryer uses Sensor Dry technology to detect moisture levels and stop the cycle, and it also has a lint indicator light that lets you know when the lint trap needs to be cleaned.
Though most users have good things to say about this machine’s performance, several do note that the appliance has a problem with forming cracks in the dryer drum after a few years. For this reason, you may want to look into an extended warranty to protect your investment.