How to Find the Best Washer-Dryer Combo

In most U.S. residences, you won't find dual-purpose combo washer-dryer machines and unified apartment-style units that meld both functions into a permanently stacked configuration. When U.S. consumers think of laundry combos, most of them envision coordinated appliances that come from the same manufacturer and share feature or design cues. Selecting the best combo for your home means assessing what you need the appliances to provide so you can match the equipment to your requirements.

Matching Style

The easiest way to create a combo look in your laundry room uses color cues to coordinate your appliances. Whether the manufacturer considers the washer and dryer you choose to make up a matched pair or simply offers both of them in the same shade, they can look good together even if their control panels feature differently styled layouts. A truly matched pair uses the same shapes for doors, knobs or switches, trim details, display readouts and built-in storage drawers.

Stackables

Unifying a laundry appliance combo takes on a space-saving twist when you select equipment that can stack a front-loading washer atop a front-loading dryer. Although not all high-efficiency washers offer stackable designs, front-loading machines typically use HE mechanisms, which spray water through clothes instead of immersing them in it. Stackables can pose an access challenge for people who can't reach the washer controls, which may be a consideration in some households. Even if your laundry experience dates back decades, take the time to learn HE equipment's special requirements for maintenance routines and laundry products with low suds. To simplify the task of keeping an HE washer tidy, choose a model with a self-maintaining cycle that cleans the machine itself.

Controls and Wi-Fi Access

Wi-Fi®–accessible laundry equipment takes equipment combination to new heights, enabling you not only to monitor wash and dry cycles from your smartphone or tablet device but also to control appliance operation remotely with an app. You can start, stop and pause a wash or dry cycle without leaving meal preparation to visit your laundry room. With precise displays of cycle-time remaining, you know exactly when your wash load finishes up. For peace of mind and security, the app requires password entry to access its functions or change laundry settings.

Other Considerations

To match the capacity and functions of a washer and dryer so they serve your family's needs thoroughly and efficiently, look at the types of laundry you wash and the items your current equipment stops you from cleaning at home. For example, king-sized bedding poses a challenge for small-capacity equipment, not just because big comforters make a tight squeeze in washer and dryer interiors but also because these machines can't clean effectively when they're overfilled. When accommodating the volume of wash generated by a large family, small-capacity equipment leads to more loads, more laundry time and greater use of water and electricity.

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