Stackable Washer Dryers

A stackable washer and dryer unit is one of two types. The first consists of two machines, a washer and a dryer, that are stacked on top of one another and designed as a single entity. The second type consists of individual washer and dryer units that are designed to be "stacked" and remain two separate units. The latter usually consists of full size washer and dryer machines, whereas the former is usually slightly smaller in size.

What Are Stackable Washer Dryers?

Sometimes these units are referred to simply as stackables or laundry centers, and on occasion as combos; however, this is a misnomer as there are true combination washer and dryer units that are available on the market. Typically in a stackable washer and dryer unit, the dryer is above the washer and the two function entirely separately. This is completely different from a combination unit in which the dryer is part of the washing machine unit. Both the washing machine and the dryer are accessed from the front and the washer unit is a front-loading machine.

The Benefits of Using Stackable Washer Dryers

Because of their inherent space saving characteristics, stackable washer and dryer units are an excellent choice for those living in apartments, lofts, mobile homes, or condominiums where space is at a premium. They are also a popular option for second, vacation, and rental homes. Stackables also save water and reduce energy costs because of their smaller size and the fact that they are front loading washing machines. Front loading washing machines clean clothes more effectively, use less water (typically about 1/3 less), and less soap detergent despite having a larger capacity. Front loading washer machines are gentler on your clothes because there is no agitator as there is with a top loading machine. Front loading washers such as those used in stackable units are also more quiet, a distinct advantage when your washer is in the kitchen or the hallway.

Features of Stackable Washer Dryers

Stackable washer and dryer units have the same features as conventional washers and dryers, including the following:

  • Multiple spin selection
  • Three water temperature controls for the wash and rinse cycles
  • Several wash cycles for different types of fabrics
  • Water level controls
  • Choice of several drying temperatures
  • Lint filter
  • Timers
  • Exhaust hose.

Stackable washer and dryer units weigh about 300 pounds, about the same or less than conventional side-by-side washer and dryer units. The electrical requirements are the same as for conventional washers and dryers, a 30 Amp, 120 volt circuit.