Buying a small washer dryer combo
Would you like to buy a washer/dryer combination? Then you should ask yourself a few questions. For example, think about the size you want and whether there are any other space-saving options. Here are the answers to the two most important questions.
When is a washer-dryer small?
A washer-dryer is small when it is about 55 centimetres wide (including the cabinet). This is around 10cm smaller than a washer/dryer with a load of 10kg for washing and 8kg for drying, which are often around 65cm wide.
Even with a small washer-dryer, you should expect to have at least 50cm of front opening space to be able to open and close the door properly. If the door does not open properly, it will be difficult to load and unload your laundry.
Also at the back, you should expect to need about 15 inches to accommodate all the plugs and hoses.
If you are looking for a small size washer-dryer because you don’t have that much space, you may want to consider a built-in model. This means that you can hide the appliance neatly away in your kitchen or bathroom, without having to take up any extra space.
Mindful of this, however, is that there are far fewer models to choose from when it comes to built-in models. Not every washer-dryer can be built-in, making it much harder to find an energy class A model, for example. You will have to adapt your requirements to what is on offer.
Best small washer dryer combinations of 2023
To make the choice a little easier, we’ve listed the best small washer-dryers of 2023 and their specifications.
The GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo is an all-in-one solution for your laundry needs. Whether you just don’t have the space for a separate washer and dryer, or you just want to do the laundry with less steps using just one machine, this electric front load washer/dryer is one to consider. With a 2.4 cu. ft. capacity, it can fit loads of up to 8 lbs. It weighs just 183 lbs. and the compact measurements of 25.62 inches deep by 33.25 inches tall by 23.43 inches wide is create for homes with less space for laundry. The window door is left swing. This 2-in-1 machine consumes just 108 kWh of power per year, so you can save on your electricity bills. The stainless-steel drum resists rust and corrosion. Turn it into a smart device by adding the optional Wi-Fi connect part (#PBX23W00Y0), sold separately.
Equipped with a 1450 RPM maximum spin speed, the washing and drying actions are enhanced. Your clothes come out cleaner and dryer. With 14 wash cycles and 5 dry cycles, you can customize the way you clean your clothes freely. Wash anything from undergarments with Delicates to stained fabrics with Stain Wash with Steam. With features like Delay Start, you can schedule when to start the cycle according to your schedule for up to 24 hours. Use the Extra Rinse option when you need fabrics to be rid of detergent and fabric softener remnants. The Time Saver option lets you wash smaller loads at a faster rate so your garments will be ready in no time. This washer/dryer comes with 5 heat selections because some soils dissolve better in cooler temperatures, while some others in warmer temperatures. The load sensing adaptive fill automatically fills the drum with the appropriate amount of water depending on the size of the load. Add Time when you feel like your clothes need extra drying care. With convenience features like an adjustable end-of-cycle signal, child lock, cycles status indicators, LED cycle countdown and rack dry, doing the laundry is a little bit less of a hassle.
Fill and load hoses are included.
For all your laundry needs, the GE WM3998HBA is the answer. Wash and dry using the same machine using a washer/dryer combo and save time doing your laundry. The 4.5 cu. ft. capacity is large enough to fit bulky items like blankets or beddings with no issues. Prop it on top of a pedestal (WDP4B) or the LG Sidekick™ Pedestal Washer (WD100CB) to wash even more laundry at once. Weighing 213.8 lbs. and measuring 27 inches wide, 39 inches high and 30.25 inches deep, it will fit in smaller laundry rooms or closets easily. The door swings to the left when opened. It uses just 105 kWh of power per year, so you can save some money on your power bill. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1300 RPM, so your clothes come out cleaner and drier.
Use the power of steam in both washing and drying. With 14 wash programs and 4 dry cycles to handle every type of laundry you throw at it. Special programs like Bright Whites™ (especially designed to give white fabrics great clean and maintain color) and Allergiene™ (specifically intended to give fabrics washing and rinsing to get rid of allergens) help you get the perfect kind of clean for every piece of clothing. It has 5 wash/rinse temperatures and 5 spin speeds so you can customize a cycle freely. Using the same outstanding washing performance that LG customers have come to expect, the LG TurboWash technology efficiently washes huge loads in less time. Enjoy more features like the ColdWash™ Option and the SenseClean™ System at any time. The TrueBalance™ Anti-Vibration System makes this washer/dryer very quiet, so you can do your laundry and answer a phone call in the same room. Powered with the ThinQ® Technoloy, this machine is smart-home ready. Use features like SmartDiagnosis™ (v3.0), Remote Start and Cycle Monitor and Energy Monitoring with your smart device.
The GE WM3998HBA comes in a chic Black Steel color that will look amazing in any laundry space.
If you are looking for a washer dryer combo for your summer home, apartment or other places with limited space, the Magic Chef MCSCWD27S5 is a great solution. This ventless unit has a 2.7 cu. ft. capacity that can handle up to 26.4 lbs. of clothes for washing and up to 17.6 lbs. for drying. It weighs just 160 lbs., and measures 23.4 inches deep, 33.5 inches high and 23.4 inches wide. Enjoy some energy savings because this unit only uses an estimated 90 kWh annually. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1300 RPM, assisting in giving you dryer clothes at the end of every cycle, as well as extra cleaning power. The left swing, glass door lets your see the washing and drying action.
This versatile washer dryer combo has a total of 16 wash cycles including Active Wear, Bulky Items, and Delicates. Run the special Tub Clean cycle, designed to help keep your washer fresh while removing residue from your detergent and other laundry chemicals. The De-wrinkle option relaxes the fabrics near the end of the cycle, to help your clothes come out wrinkle-free. Choose from 3 soil levels, depending on how dirty each load is. Some soils clean better in cold temperature settings, some in warmer temperature settings. This unit lets you choose among 5 temperature levels to best suit the type of dirt. When you can't run your laundry right way, Delay Start can be configured to start from one to 24 hours later. This machine is fitted with electronic controls with LED display for intuitive use and operation. Child Lock ensures that the door stays closed when it should. Know exactly when the cycle is finished with the end-of-cycle signal. With the advanced vibration control, your washer dryer runs more quietly than others.
The Magic Chef MCSCWD27S5 comes with hoses and a power cord.
If you are looking for a replacement for your old washer and dryer, or you just simply need to make more space in your home, the Whirlpool WFC8090GX is one you should consider. This washer dryer combo will not only save you some space, but because it is ventless, you can install it virtually anywhere. With a maximum capacity of 2.8 cu. ft., this appliance has the largest capacity of washer dryer combos currently available in the market. It weighs 209 lbs. and measures 24 inches deep, 33.25 inches high and 24 inches wide, a compact dimension that will fit even in the tightest laundry spaces. This appliance uses just 209 kWh of power per year. With a maximum spin speed of 1400 RPM, your clothes come out drier at the end of the cycle. The intuitive, touchscreen controls allow the machine to guide you in choosing the perfect combination of settings for the right type of fabric care. The window-type glass door lets you to peer inside to watch the washing and drying action.
With a total of 28 wash programs and 7 dry cycles, there is a perfect setting for every time of challenge you throw at it. The Wrinkle Shield option helps prevent wrinkles and creases from setting in by tumbling clothes for up to 12 hours after the cycle finishes. The TumbleFresh option does the same, but after the wash cycle, in situations when you can’t run the dry cycle right away. The Sanitize Cycle is designed to eliminate up to 99.9% of known household bacteria by using high temperature levels. When you are in a hurry, the Quick Wash cycle gets your clothes ready in a shorter time. Use the Cold Wash cycle on clothes with vibrant colors to ensure the hues stay bright. The Presoak option lets you skip soaking outside of the washer by adding extra time before the cycle starts. This Whirlpool washer dryer combo
is smart home ready and can be connected to your smartphone or tablet so you can control it remotely.
The Whirlpool WFC8090GX comes with hoses and a power cord.
The modern looking exterior of the LG Signature LUWM101HWA Washer/Dryer combo paired with its feature-packed resume make it a very attractive appliance. With a capacity of up to 2.8 cu. ft., it can hold up to 4-7 full sized bath towels. You can pair it with the LG Sidekick™ Pedestal Washer (model #LUWD1CW) and wash even more laundry at once. Of course, it is also Energy Star Rated (Tier I) and uses just 120 kWh of power per year so you can expect some savings on your electricity bill. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1600 RPM ensuring your clothes come out drier. The drum is illuminated so you can peer into the glass, window door (which swings to the left) and watch the washing or drying action. The NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Drum is designed to last years and years of use as it resists rusting and corrosion. This machine is compactly sized to fit in smaller laundry spaces at 26.5 inches deep, 33.5 inches high and 23.63 inches wide. It weighs around 208 lbs.
Now let’s talk technology. This premiere machine has a trove of great features! With the modern Quick Circle Interface, you can conveniently and easily control two washers (including the SideKick™) at once thanks to its unique circle LCD display in the main washer. It monitors usage trends and displays the cycles you use most frequently. LG’s Auto Dosing System automatically determines the appropriate amount of detergent or fabric softener depending on the type of soil or amount of laundry and delivers it at just the right time for the optimal clean. This machine comes with 17 wash programs including TurboWash®, Prewash, Hygienic Rinse, and FreshCare™ options. With the TurboWash® 2.0 Technology, you can expect to wash loads up to 20 minutes faster without sacrificing the cleaning performance. The FreshCare feature™ will tumble finished loads of wet laundry for up to 19 hours to keep it fresh and prevent wrinkles from setting in. This washer/dryer combo is also smart home ready, equipped with the LG Smart ThinQ® technology, so you can enjoy features like SmartDiagnosis™ using your smart device.
The LG Signature LUWM101HWA comes with hoses.
What to look out for when buying a small washer/dryer combination?
Do you want a small washer/dryer combination instead of a separate washer and dryer? First of all, you should consider that the fill weight of a small washer/dryer is much lower than that of a normal model. So first weigh how much laundry you actually have. In general, a 1 person household will have 5 kg to 6 kg of laundry and a 3 person family will have 8 kg per wash. Don’t forget to take into account how many times you wash. Even on your own, you can easily end up with 10kg of laundry if you only do one load once a week.
And a small washer/dryer is often placed in a small space, so the noise level also becomes an important factor. So always try to choose a model that produces less than 73 db of noise. This way you know for sure that you won’t be bothered by the noise. This level is always measured at its loudest: when the machine is spinning, during washing and drying, the noise level will be even lower.
The different options of the washer-dryer should also play an important role in your choice. For example, if you care about washing your laundry correctly you should look at the different programs that the washer-dryer has. For example, some items can only be dried at a certain temperature or require a special wash cycle for a specific fabric.
And finally, it is also worth checking out the energy class of the wash and dry combination. With a washer and dryer in one, the energy consumption is often a bit higher than you are used to. Energy class A is the most economical and energy class F the least. On an annual basis, this can make a big difference on your energy costs, so it’s wise to calculate for yourself what each model can cost you.
The pros and cons of a small washer-dryer
Many brands offer small washer-dryers, from siemens, miele and whirpool to aeg. All have different advantages and disadvantages, but there are also some that apply to any washer-dryer.
There are some advantages of the washer-dryer that are obvious, but you may not know everything yet. Here we have listed the most frequently mentioned benefits of a washer-dryer for you.
A small washer-dryer replaces two appliances
The biggest benefit is that a washer-dryer is a washer and dryer in one, so you don’t have to buy two separate appliances. However, be aware that a small washer and dryer may not have the same capabilities as a stand-alone washer and dryer. For example, a stand-alone washing machine may have many different programs that better suit the way you want to wash your laundry. Washing and drying in one go
Most washer-dryers have a non stop function that allows you to wash and dry your laundry in one go. This is very handy for example when you don’t have that much time. You turn the appliance on in the morning, you go to work and when you get home you only have to take out your laundry and put it away.
The washer-dryer combination continues to work non stop, so there is no need to set a drying programme after the wash. Please note that the non stop function is not available with all wash programs. If you have a full load of 8 kg, 9 kg or 10 kg, chances are you can only dry between 4 kg and 6 kg. You will not be able to wash and dry non stop, but will have to reduce the weight of your laundry to the maximum dry weight first.
The washer/dryer combo is easy to hide
A small model washer/dryer is easy to fit in with the rest of your home. If you have a spare space in your hallway, utility room or bathroom, a washer/dryer can help fill that space.
Instead of having to install a separate washer and dryer in a different location, you can now have all those features in one place.
Please note that a washer/dryer combination always requires a connection. It needs to be able to supply water and electricity.
The mistake that many people make when buying a washer-dryer is that they focus too much on the benefits. It sounds very appealing to have one appliance that can do the work of two, and they forget that a washer and dryer is not the same as a separate washer and dryer.
You’ll have less choice
Not all brands offer small washer-dryers, so it’s not always possible to get the model of your choice in a small size.
That means you’ll probably end up with a model that doesn’t have all the features you’re looking for. Instead of energy class A, you might end up with energy class C, and the small washer-dryer might not have all the wash programs you’re looking for either.
Some brands do cleverly capitalize on the demand for small washer-dryers. For example, the aeg l7wb86gw is available in multiple sizes. The model comes with a fill weight of 8kg for washing and 6kg for drying, as well as 6kg for washing and 4kg for drying. Note that the smaller model with energy class D is considerably less efficient than the larger version with energy class C.
A different fill weight for the washer and dryer
The drum of a washer-dryer combination has a separate maximum fill weight for washing and drying. This is because you need more space in the drum to dry laundry. On average, the difference is between 2 kg and 4 kg. If you can wash 8 kg in your washer-dryer, you can therefore only dry 6 kg.
A small washer-dryer has a smaller fill weight than a normal washing machine and dryer, so you should take into account that you can sometimes only dry 5 kg or 4 kg at a time. This is not always practical for a large household, as it can mean that you have to dry several kilograms of laundry in a different way.
If you’re wondering how much a 6kg fill weight means exactly, you should consider that a household of one person will have around 6kg of laundry. For 2 people, you should consider 8 kg, and a family of more than 4 will wash around 9 kg.
It’s hard to find a small washer-dryer with energy class A
The technology of washer-dryers is not yet as well developed as that of the washing machine and dryer separately. It is already quite difficult to find a normal washer-dryer with energy class A, and if you are looking for a compact model it doesn’t get any easier.
The combination of the small fill weight of the drum and the heating element that is used to dry your laundry is a real energy guzzler. That’s because, with the same amount of energy, you can dry a 10kg load instead of a 5kg load.
Instead of energy class A, most washer-dryers have energy class C or D. Don’t be alarmed by this, as the rules regarding energy labels have been tightened up considerably in recent years. A washer-dryer in energy class C was probably classified in energy class A or higher before this change.