Out of all home appliances, clothes washers represent some of the most important ones, without which your life would be more difficult than if you, for example, didn’t have a blender, let’s say.
The thing is, with a washer, you can take care of your laundry fairly easily, but not having one typically means you have to either:
Wash clothes by hand (which is tough and can damage your wrists if you do it for long enough), or,
Carry your clothes to a nearby Laundromat where you will have to pay someone else to do it for you.
Now, if you have the means to do the second option, and you happen to have one of those laundry-washing facilities near to where you live, this can be doable, at least for shorter periods. For example, when you’ve just moved in and you haven’t yet had the chance to unpack all your belongings.
When it comes to settling for a long-term solution, hands-down the best approach would be to get a machine washer. While a bit of a steep investment at first, owning and operating one of these contraptions can save you a lot of trouble when it comes to handling clothes – especially if you’re not living on your own and you have a family with kids.
The kids alone can produce gargantuan amounts of dirty laundry regularly, so carrying their clothes to a Laundromat every time they crawl on the floor, have a ‘mishap’, or create a big food stain on their shirts, can be both financially and physically taxing.
Now, to have a complete cycle of washing and drying at your disposal at home, you would need to get a dryer, too. These useful appliances typically have a similar appearance to their washing-up counterparts, but do the job of drying, instead of washing, hence their name. What’s more, there are even washer-dryer combos that pack the functionality of both appliances in the body of one, so to speak.
Editor’s Picks : 3 Best Stackable Washer-Dryer
In this article, we’ll talk about a special breed of washers and dryers (some of which are combos of the two functions) – stackable washers-dryers. We will present to you the ten best products in this category, so you can have an easier time picking the best model for your needs. (A quick note: Not all the products have a stackable design, but even those that don’t are designed to save space in your house, apartment, or caravan.)
Also, we’ve organized a buyer’s guide, so you can get some idea of what to look for if you’ve never bought one of these contraptions before. Last but not least, there is a section toward the end where we’ve provided an answer to some of the most frequently asked questions about these curious contraptions.
Without further ado, here’s the deal.
10 Best Stackable Washer-Dryer – A list of 10 Product Reviews
1) Giantex – Portable Compact Twin-Tub Washing Machine
Comes with both washing and spinning timers
300-Watt washing power
110-Watt spinner power
11 pounds washer capacity (but only 6.6 pounds dryer capacity)
Comes with a drainage tube
Some users reported problems with leaks
The capacity of the dryer is half that of the washer, which means you can only dry your clothes at half the rate of washing them (not too big of a deal if you don't have too many clothes, to begin with)
Representing a great example of the ‘washer-dryer combo’ types of machine washers and dryers, this contraption from Giantex can be a great solution for a person looking to save space and have the functionality of owning both a washer and a dryer.
The thing about this contraption is this, though – it doesn’t technically fall into the category of ‘stackable’, because it’s top-loading. (That is, unless, of course, you don’t plan to place this thing on top of another home appliance.) Now, even though this model is not a stackable washer-dryer per se, it doesn’t need to be, because it performs both functions.
The washing capacity would be 11 pounds, while the dryer capacity would amount to about 6.6 pounds. Considering the small size of this model, these 11 pounds and 6 pounds are more than enough to tackle most small-to-medium-sized laundry heaps. (You would have to run the dryer twice, of course, to cover the washing load.)
2) SUPER DEAL – Portable Twin-Tub Washing Machine with a Wash-and-Spin Cycle
A washer-dryer combo
Compact design (perfect for people who live alone or with another person)
Comes with a washer and spinner timer
Three modes of functioning – soft, standard, and drain
Built-in Gravity Drain
Smart weight distribution for increased stability
Not suitable for medium-sized or larger families
There is a difference in loading capacity for the dryer and the washer (the washer is bigger at 8 lbs of loading capacity, while the dryer sits at 5lbs)
Another portable twin-tub washing machine and a dryer come in the shape of this SUPER DEAL apparatus, which will both save space and do the laundry for you – and by ‘doing the laundry’, we mean to wash the clothes and dry them afterward. (This doesn’t happen automatically, though. You still have to load the wet clothes in the dryer.)
As the commercial name of this model suggests, it comes with two tubs. One is reserved for the washing part, while the other is for the drying. The washer has a capacity of 8 pounds, while the spin cycle has a capacity of 5 pounds. This could be seen as a bit of a setback, because you can’t wash and dry the same amount of clothes in succession, so to speak. That said, if you don’t have too many clothes to work with, this disparity between the loading capacities can be seen as only a minor setback.
3) Giantex – Portable Compact Full-Automatic Washer/Spinner
Compact, 2-in-1 design
8lbs weight capacity
Inbuilt drain pump
5 different washing programs
Honeycomb-shaped inner tub
The lid doesn’t latch (it only closes under its weight)
Non-standard thread cup for the hookup hose
Thanks to the fact that this thing has pre-programmed options, all you need to do to wash your clothes quickly and efficiently using this contraption would be to press one of the buttons on the control board, and the smart microchip inside this thing will do its magic. This is why this model carries the mark full-automatic – because all you need to do is push a button, and then the thing will turn itself off after the inbuilt timer has run out.
As far as washing, spinning, and rinsing operations are concerned with this model, so to speak, you have several different modes of function to work with: 1) wash-rinse-spin, 2) soak-wash-rinse-spin, 3) wash, 4) wash, 5) wash-rinse, 6) rinse-spin, and 7) spin. As you can see all of these different modes are simply revolving around the four basic functions of soaking, washing, rinsing, and spinning.
When it comes to the drainage of this unit, the thing has an automatic drain, so you won’t have to worry about having to do this yourself.
4) Giantex – Full-Automatic Washing Machine and Spin Dryer
Large capacity of 10lbs
Comes with a special UV light that’s inside the barrel itself
Features an embedded lid handle
Filter for cotton fibers
6 washing programs
An indicator light on the control panel
Some users may not like the color pattern of this unit
Some users complained that the instruction booklet could have been clearer
Boasting a stylish design that will fit right in a wide variety of home décor settings, this Giantex full-automatic washing machine, and spin dryer represent a great clothes-washing contraption both for indoor and outdoor use. For example, if you’re going camping and you expect you will get quite a dirt while you’re out there, so to speak, bringing one of these contraptions over with you can be a great solution.
The folks at Giantex made sure to make this model fairly thin and tall (and slightly tubular, if you look from afar) so that it takes as little space as possible. Thanks to this design choice, this seemingly small and thin washing machine + dryer can take in as much as 10lbs of dirty laundry. Also, the inner shape and design of this unit resemble a honeycomb pattern, so that maximum space is saved for the laundry.
Since one of the most common problems with washing machines, in general, would be the jumping around when the barrel starts spinning wildly, the folks at Giantex made sure to include a special sort of supporting feet. You can adjust the height at which these rest, so even if the surface you place this thing on is uneven, you can set up the feet to compensate for it. (This can especially come in handy if you’re taking this thing outdoors.)
5) LG – Washer-Dryer Combo
‘Ventless’ drying feature
6 washing motions (rolling, stepping, scrubbing, swinging, tumbling, and filtration)
Intuitively-built control panel
Smart Diagnosis app feature available
10-year limited warranty
Vibration can be an issue (you may need to buy some padded feet separately)
Some users complained about a strange rubbery smell to this unit when you set it to high heat
Coming from one of the best-known home appliance manufacturers in the world – the South Korean LG, this washer-dryer combo employs ‘ventless’ drying, a type of drying process where a heating element condenses the moisture from the clothes and leads it away from the clothes drum. This moisture is then taken away through a drain, so there are no trays to empty or anything with this model.
As far as washing is concerned, the folks at LG made sure that this washer-dryer combo machine can treat your clothes in 6 different ways. These 6 washing motions are there to ensure your clothes will be thoroughly tumbled and that every inch of their surface will be cleaned. The motions include rolling, stepping, scrubbing, tumbling, swinging, and last but not least – filtration.
In case your LG washer starts acting up and you can’t for the life of you figure out what it is, you can use the Smart Diagnosis feature that you can install on your phone to determine what’s wrong with your washer-dryer. This can help you reduce the repair costs in case it’s nothing serious and you can take care of it yourself, whereas you would have had to call in a professional to help you out.
6) GE – Unitized Space-Maker Washer with Stainless Steel Basket
11 wash cycles
Washer sensor automatically detects the size of the load
Temperature control knob
Comes with several sorts of drying cycles (including cotton, easy-care, a ‘delicates’ mode, and timed drying)
Made out of stainless steel
Some users may not like the rather curious design of this unit
Shorter folks may find it difficult to take the clothes out of the dryer
If you like home appliances with plenty of buttons to push and options to choose from, this model from GE can be just the thing for you. Since this apparatus is a washer-dryer combo sort of deal, you can rest assured that you can use any of its 11 washing cycles to tackle any sort of clothes-washing task. Some of these cycles include drain & spin sessions, a speed wash mode, as well as two multiple-point scales for washing white clothes only and the colored clothes.
Also, there are two knobs on the middle left side of the control panel. The left-most one you can use to set up the temperature, while the one to the right lets you set up the load size. On the right side of the control panel, there is a large knob dedicated entirely to the drying up process. Some of the functions you will find there include easy care modes, time-dry modes where you get to set up timers, as well as separate options for cotton and certain clothes the manufacturers of this model decided to classify ‘delicates’.
7) Safeplus – Portable Washer and Dryer
A powerful, 1,300 RPM motor
5 different timer settings
3 washing modes (standard/drain/soft)
UL-certified power cord
Comes with a drainage tube
Some users complained that the spinning process can be quite loud at times
The dryer is half the size of the washer
Featuring several interesting properties such as elaborate filtration and a UV light for killing off even more germs than the detergent can, this model from Safeplus represents a great example of a well-made portable washer and dryer you can use for all of your washing and drying tasks.
The design of this unit is such that it’s fairly wide but quite thin, too, which makes it a perfect object to place next to a wall, where it won’t take up much space. You can also fit this thing in between different objects so that it takes up even less space.
As far as the way this thing opens is concerned, it’s top-loaded, so you will be taking the clothes in and out of the washing machine and the dryer from the top. The control knobs on this model are located behind these lids. The washer capacity is 8lbs, while the spinning capacity is about 4.5lbs.
8) Pyle – Portable Washer & Spin Dryer
250-Watt motor for the washer
Portable and easy to set up
Comes with rotary knobs for choosing the washing or spin-drying parameters
120-Watt spin-drying motor
Some users have complained about the quality of the hose
Made out of mostly plastic parts (for the body)
Rocking a curious design with colorful lids and other parts, this washer & spin dryer model can be an interesting solution for improving both your bathroom décor and the rate at which you can wash and dry your clothes.
Due to the small size of this thing, it may not be the best idea for large families to get one of these, because washing and drying the clothes for a medium-to-larger family will take ages with this model. On the other hand, this thing is designed to be easily portable, so it can be an interesting solution for a camping trip.
Of course, if you mean to stay camping for an extended period, this model may not be the best solution, but if it’s just a couple of days and you need to ensure you and your family always has a fresh pair of socks every day, this thing can be fairly useful.
9) Equator – 24-Inch Combo Washer-Dryer
Easy-to-read color LED screen
1,200 RPM motor speed
Dual venting fan
Noise levels below 60dB
1-year warranty on parts
1-year warranty on labor
13-lbs load capacity
May not be the best solution for families due to the small size
Some users may not like the design of this unit
If you’re on a lookout for a washer-dryer combo sort of contraption you can use for a wide variety of washing tasks, this Equator model can be just the thing you were looking for. Thanks to its powerful motor that can make the drum spin at 1,200 RPM, you can rest assured that the clothes you chuck in this thing will come out of it close to 100% dry every time.
To set the various parameters of the washing or drying process, the folks at the Equator decided to add a large and easy-to-read LED screen. There, you can see the values for the settings you’ve chosen and typed in or set on the rotating knob to the right. Some of the washing ‘n’ drying parameters displayed on this screen would include the degree of dampness of the clothes, the number of rinses, as well as the minutes and seconds for the timer.
10) Equator – Stackable Set
Comes with a child safety lock
Automatically-adjusted water level
Easy-to-read LED screen
1-year limited residential warranty
Some users have complained about the quality of the customer service on this model
The washer and dryer are two separate units, which can be a problem when it comes to installation
Designed to look like two small cubes with an opening in the middle (front part), this stackable set from the Equator would be a perfect solution for a person with not that much living space to work with, but with a need to wash & dry their clothes with easy at all times.
The control panel is fairly easy to use, especially since it comes with a large LED screen you can turn to see what sort of options you have chosen for the washing task at hand. Also, the fact that this display is there makes it easy for a person who has not set the washing or drying parameters to know how much time is left until the ongoing process is over. (For example, if you set this thing to run for a cycle and your roommate or partner comes home and wants to know when it will be ready.)
This display will turn itself off automatically, too, after 5 minutes, so that some energy can be conserved when you aren’t using this. Other handy features on this model include a child safety lock, as well as an automated water level adjustment.
Washing ‘n’ Drying Capacity
One of the most important parameters for a washing machine, no matter how technologically-advanced or obsolete its other features are, would certainly be the washer capacity. (Of course, since we are talking about washer-dryer combos here, the drying capacity also needs to be taken into consideration.)
The thing about stackable washer-dryer combos is this – you can’t stack large and chunky objects on top of one another and expect them not to take up too much space. What’s more, additional problems such as vibrations during the washing or spin-drying cycles can create problems for overly chunky objects like that.
So, generally speaking, washer and dryer combos are typically a small breed of contraptions, precisely because it’s easier to stack them on top of each other if they’re not that big, to begin with. That said, this space-saving theme also does come with a setback – they have smaller washing drums and other drying drums than regular models.
Typically, the washer drum capacity is twice the size of the dryer, which means you will have to run the dryer at least two times to dry the clothes you washed with the washer. As far as the figures related to the size of washer and dryer drums with 2-in-1 models, the washer capacity usually goes from about 7lbs to 15-ish pounds, while the dryer capacity spans the spectrum from 3lbs to 7 or 8lbs.
With stackable washers and dryers that are two separate units, however, the capacity can be larger and it is usually the same because, in this setup, space-saving is achieved by stacking rather than merging the two machines.
Both washing and drying processes tend to take a certain amount of time to finish and even with the quickest modes of function, so to speak, these cycles aren’t short enough that you can just stand in front of the machine and wait for the cycle to be over. (This may work with microwaves ovens and food-making appliances, but it doesn’t make much sense for washers and dryers.)
This is why being able to set up timers in these contraptions is so important.
The thing is if you can set up a timer and the machine will turn itself off after the period you designated has elapsed, this means you can go away and do something else smart and productive with your time.
Also, timing the washing as well as drying cycles can massively improve the quality of both washing and drying. If the washing process is too short, your clothes may still come out dirty, and if the process is too long, they may get damaged. A similar rule applies to the drying process, too.
If you don’t give your dryer the necessary time to dry the clothes, they will still come out damp. If you, on the other hand, leave them in for too long, the clothes may get damaged due to heat or too much physical contact with each other and the drum. (This depends on whether the dryer is a spin-dryer or a heat-dryer, so to speak.)
While the small ‘plasticky’ or rubber feet may seem like a not-that-important feature for a washer-dryer combo, these small parts on these contraptions are a fairly important part of the contraption at hand – mostly because of the stability of the thing.
When you are first setting up the washer-dryer model you’ve bought, you will have to make sure that it sits evenly on the floor and that there’s no tilt or any other sort of mismatch between the heights of one side, for example.
The thing is, if the machine isn’t perfectly level when you set it up, even small mismatches in the height will be amplified manifold when you turn the washer or the dryer on. Both washers and dryers tend to have large and heavy drums that spin at high speeds, which means that proper balance and strength of the build are the only parameters that can ensure the machine will make it past a couple of washing or drying cycles.
Of course, a washer-dryer won’t just fall apart completely when you turn it on if they’re not 100% perfectly balanced, but they can get damaged over time and produce a lot of noise. So, to prevent this, look for a model with supportive feet (preferably coated with rubber) and that has the option to adjust the feet to compensate for any irregularities of the floor below, too.
When it comes to loudness levels of various home appliances, washing machines are well-known for their noisy operation and violent shaking cycles, so to speak.
The thing is, any sort of domestic appliance that employs centripetal force will have to shake to an extent, because of the weight of the items that are placed in the drum that rotates. The heavier this load is, the more shaking the machine is going to produce. Now, when washing machines are in question, the manufacturers will go out of their way to make sure this occurrence is reduced to a minimum, but there is always at least a little bit of it present throughout washing cycles.
Dryers are typically the same as washing machines in this regard.
Even though they don’t use water to wash the clothes, they still use the aforementioned centripetal force to wick the moisture out of clothes by smashing them against the inner layer of the rotary drum.
So, if you want to get a washer-dryer combo, you can expect the noise levels to be somewhat high. Generally speaking, the smaller the contraption, the less violent the shakes are going to be, which means less noise.
At the same time, there are many models nowadays that have special inbuilt noise-suppression systems that can significantly reduce the effects of centripetal force. So, if noise levels are a big factor for you, you may want to look for models that have these special systems built-in, as these are likely to be way less noisy than their competitors without this system in place.
While the inclusion of an easy-to-read LED screen may not be the most important part of a washing machine, it can still be a huge factor when it comes to how easy it is to use it.
Since washer-dryer combos have more features than either washing machines or dryers on their own, so to speak, ensuring that you will be able to set the parameters of the washing or drying cycle easily, so you can get the results you desire is a must.
Most washer-dryer combo models come with a combination of rotary dial and a screen on which the different digits and other values related to your washing ‘n’ drying task of choice are displayed. Some models even have a touch-screen function, so the number of buttons on the control panel is further reduced – both for ease of use and increased aesthetic appeal.
Typically, higher-end models will have these control panels with an LED thing strapped to it, while the lower-end ones have regular rotary dials and buttons you can push to choose different settings.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Are stackable washers-and-dryers any good?
Depending on what your needs are for cleaning your clothes are, stackable washers-and-dryers can either be a great option for you, or a not-so-good one.
The thing is, if you don’t have too many clothes to work with, washers + dryers can be an excellent solution because they save space and can do both functions simultaneously.
At the same time, you have a large family, for example, and you have enough space for both a washing machine and a dryer, getting these two contraptions separately may be a better overall option – mostly because of the loading capacity.
Also, if you need a clothes-cleaning appliance you can take with you on the road, a washer-dryer combo can be a perfect thing while hauling a massive washing machine and a dryer on top of that can be too much of a hassle. (Not to mention the energy they use and the awkwardness of plugging using these often large appliances in the middle of nowhere.)
2) How do I choose a stackable washer-and-dryer?
As we’ve displayed above, stackable washers-and-dryers come in all shapes and sizes, so choosing the one that will suit your needs the best means you will have to do a bit of homework.
Generally speaking, however, if you don’t have too much laundry to go through regularly, then getting a simple 2-in-1 washer + dryer contraption can be a great idea.
For larger quantities of laundry, you may want to opt for a larger, stackable model. These will take more space, but will also allow you to wash and dry considerably more laundry. (This option may work great for larger families.)
3) Are there full-sized stackable washers-and-dryers?
Yes, there are.
Although many manufacturers of stackable washers-and-dryers prefer to downside their models, for obvious reasons of saving space and making them travel-friendly, there are quite a few full-sized stackable washing machines-and-dryers out there to choose from.
Some of these are merged, so they can get quite tall, while others are separate but can be fitted on top of each other if you want to arrange them so. (The rule is that the washing machine is down, while the dryer if above.)
4) Can you run a stackable washer-and-dryer at the same time?
Yes, you can.
Since the main idea of stackable washers and dryers is time efficiency, other than saving space, most washer-and-dryer combos can be set to run at the same time.
This can come in handy if you have multiple loads of laundry to take care of and you first wait for the first washing cycle to be over, take the clothes out and put them in the dryer, and then load the washing machine with the second pile of laundry and turn both machines on simultaneously. This can save you a lot of time + you clothes that are almost completely dry when they get out of the dryer and that you can use right away.
5) Do stackable washers-and-dryers need a vent?
When it comes to ventilation and washer-dryer combos, it is the dryers that need it, not the washing machines.
That said, not all dryers that are a part of a washer ‘n’ dryer combo need a vent, as most feature a ‘ventless’ drying system instead of the conventional vented on. Instead of using ventilation to get rid of moisture, the ‘ventless’ models use condensation to collect the moisture.
This moisture than either exit through a drain or is collected in a special container that you need to empty occasionally. (The frequency depends on how often you use the dryer.)
6) Is a washer-dryer combo worth it?
If you want to save space, have dry clothes fairly quickly after washing them, or you need a washing and drying contraption to take on the road with you, the answer would be – yes, they are worth it.
On the other hand, if you typically deal with large quantities of laundry and you have plenty of space to work with, then buying a washer and a dryer separately may be a better idea.
Overall, washer-dryer combos work as well as their ‘separated’ counterparts, so the important questions you may need to ask yourself before you make a purchase would be those related to space, price, and how many clothes piles you have to clean regularly.
7) Are ‘ventless’ dryers worth it?
This depends on what your needs are when it comes to drying clothes.
If you need a smaller drying contraption that doesn’t need an extra ventilation system, getting a ‘ventless’ model may be a perfect thing for you.
On the flipside, ‘ventless’ dryers tend to generate quite a bit of heat, most of them are smaller than regular dryers, and they take a bit longer to dry your clothes.
So, if you’re happy with the smaller builds and you don’t mind waiting for them for a little longer, getting a ‘ventless’ dryer should work fine for you.
All in all, whether it’s because you don’t have too much space to spare in your bathroom or your basement, or you just want to have the convenience of being able to wash and dry your clothes in rapid succession (and at the same time, if you have multiple loads of laundry), getting a stackable washer-dryer combo can be an excellent solution for you. We hope this article helped you learn more about these useful contraptions and we wish you a merry and hassle-free purchase.
8) Are stackable washer-and-dryers any good?
While retaining roughly the same functions as regular washing machines and dryers, these contraptions are made in such a way that they can be stacked on top of each other.
The goal here is to save space because if you can stack a dryer on top of your washing machine, you get two clothes-cleaning machines for the horizontal space of one. Of course, certain design solutions must be adhered to for this to work, as both of the contraptions need to be front-loading, for obvious reasons.
So, if you’re looking to save space and want to have the same functionality you have with regular washing machines and dryers, placing two of these on top of each other would certainly be a smart idea.