Washer and dryer set on each other

By putting your washer and dryer on top of each other, you can save a lot of space. The space above your washer is often unused anyway, so you don't have to give up anything. There are some things you should know before stacking the two appliances, for example always put the dryer on top of the washing machine, it is important that the washing machine is completely level and you can also use a universal spacer. On this page you can read all about how to properly place a dryer on top of your washing machine.

Washer and dryer set on each other



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How to put your washer dryer on the washer

Putting your washer on your dryer is a job you can do yourself, there is no need to hire a handyman to do it. Just keep in mind that you will need enough manpower to safely lift the dryer onto the washer.

Always make sure the washer is level on a solid surface, otherwise you run the risk of it bouncing. The vibration can cause the dryer to slide back and forth, and in the worst case scenario, the dryer may fall off the washer.

When using a washer with adjustable legs, it’s extra important to make sure the washer is level, as there’s a good chance you’ll need to tighten the legs a few more times. It is also an option to place anti-vibration feet under the appliance, so you can be sure that it stands as still as possible.

The advantage of a washer dryer set is that you can always be sure that both appliances can be placed on top of each other.

Never put a washing machine on top of the dryer  

Of the two appliances, the washing machine is much heavier than the dryer. This is because there are concrete elements in the bottom to hold the appliance in place during the spin cycle. If you put the washer on top, the dryer will break down much faster because of all the banging.

Middle piece washer and dryer set  

With a middle piece washer dryer, also called a stack kit, you can put both appliances together very easily and responsibly.

With some brands you can buy a special middle piece, but it is always an option to buy a universal middle piece. These can be used to stack appliances of different brands and are available at any hardware store and otherwise online.

There are also ones with an extendable shelf, so you can put your laundry basket down while loading and unloading your laundry, for example.

Most stacking kits work the same, the smooth side should always be up, but always read the instructions carefully to make sure you assemble everything safely. A stacking kit is not effective if it is not assembled correctly.

Washer and dryer set cabinet as an alternative        

In a cabinet, both appliances are placed in a separate compartment, so they are not directly on top of each other. As an added benefit, you can also close the door, which means the appliances are no longer in sight.

A cupboard also often has extra storage space, where you can store detergent and other laundry supplies. Especially in a small home, this is very handy for creating a tidy look.

You can build a cabinet yourself, but there are also many furniture stores that sell standard cabinets. Most washer and dryer sets will fit easily in those.

There are also cabinets that have the appliances placed side by side. You then keep the top shelf to put things on. If you’re short on space, a washer and dryer combo is always an option, but it won’t allow you to wash and dry at the same time.

Frequently asked questions about a washer and dryer set on top of each other

Finally, we also cover the questions most often asked when it comes to putting a washer and dryer together. That way, we’re sure you have all the information you need:

Why a spacer between washer and dryer?

If your washer dryer is larger and doesn’t exactly fit on top of your washer, a stacking kit is the ideal solution. You can be sure that the appliances are placed on top of each other in a responsible way.

Can you put a dryer on a washing machine without a spacer?

In theory, you can put a dryer on the washing machine without a spacer, but it is strongly advised against. In that case, make sure that you at least use felts or something else that ensures that the clothes dryer is securely fixed and cannot slide off the washing machine. Also pay extra attention to the washer leveling, to make sure the appliances do not slide.

Can you put a dryer on top of the washer?      

The dryer should always be placed on top of the washing machine, because the washing machine is too heavy. If you do it the other way around, you run the risk of damaging the dryer quickly or having the washer fall off.

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