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5 Mistakes to avoid when buying a small space washer dryer

Compact washers and dryers are 24’’ wide, which is actually the industry-standard in Europe. Here in the US, we tend to love our cars, meals, and even appliances with extra-large capacity. As much as we might want to buy the biggest possible washer and dryer, it’s not always practical for all homes. Fortunately, you don’t need to compromise to enjoy all the latest and greatest features.

If you’re shopping for laundry to fit your small space here are 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them.
You might be thinking, what’s the big deal? My washer is on the fritz and my dryer is fine! I don't want to pay for two new appliances if I don't have to.

If your dryer is stacked on your washer they are fused together by a stacking kit. If you try to stack an old appliance with a new appliance you could encounter problems with the stacking kit. Stacking kits and meant to marry a specific model washer to a specific model dryer. If you only want to replace one appliance the stacking kit will not be compatible with the new machine, especially if you opt for a different brand.
If your washer is across the room from your dryer, be careful when buying compact machines! Most dryers will be fine, however, some washers come equipped with a European plug and are not compatible with American outlets. Why do they do this? In most cases, a compact washer and dryer will be installed side-by-side or stacked so the washer will plug into the dryer which will plug into the wall. Now don’t panic yet. This isn’t the case for every brand. If your washer and dryer are in separate areas, it’s important to tell your salesperson because this configuration will most certainly narrow down your choices.
If you currently have a gas dryer, your options will be limited. All stackable front loading 24’’ dryers on the market are electric. To have the most options and selection, consider running a 220V plug to that space. If that’s impossible, you have two options. If you’re on a tight budget, consider a 24’’ gas laundry center.

If you are looking for more luxurious features and better fabric care consider the Miele stackable front-loading washers and dryers as their new collection runs on two 110V plugs.
Up until a few years ago, most dryers sold in the US were vented, meaning they were connected to a duct pipe through the wall. Last time you bought a dryer, it was probably vented. Ductless or ventless 24’’ washers and dryers are standard in Europe. Many of the brands that make small front loaders are European brands. It makes sense that most of the selection in the small space category is ventless. Although your current dryer might be vented, that doesn’t mean that your new dryer needs to be.
Traditionally, electirc washer dryer sets call for a 1 x 110V plug, 1 x 220V plug, vent pipe, and a water connection. Traditionally gas washer dryer sets call for 1x110V plug, gas line, vent pipe, and a water connection. However, those rules are totally out the window for compact machines.

Small washers and dryers are notoriously tricky, and the requirements vary from brand to brand. To install your new washer and dryer, it’s possible that you might need to hire an electrician to get the appropriate outlets in place. Always check the install specs. When in doubt, take a picture of the plugs and hoses behind your existing washer and dryer and leave it to the experts at AJ Madison to help you!
Walk into your home and take the most logical path a delivery person would need to take to deliver your new washer and dryer. Be mindful of any tight entryways, railings, corners, small elevator, or slanted ceilings. Make sure to take measurements of potential problem areas as you might need to account for them when selecting your new washer and dryer.

If your home has an existing washer and dryer, make sure that the existing machines can be safely removed from your home. Before delivery, it’s a good idea to have your old appliances disconnected.

Next, measure the space where your new washer and dryer will be installed. Measuring your existing washer and dryer is somewhat helpful, but does not give you all the information you need. Measuring the height, width, and depth of the existing space is always better because it will give you more information as to which new washers and dryers will fit.