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Advantages and Disadvantages of Washer/Dryer Combos & Stackable Sets


There are two main options to consider when you are in the market for a new washer and dryer but don’t have a ton of space. A stackable washer and dryer unit or an all-in-one washer and dryer (combo) both give you the most function while saving your precious floor space. So how do you decide which one is right for you? Consider the pros and cons of each of these laundry solutions and decide which unit best fits your needs.

Stackable Washer and Dryer

As the name suggests, this option is not actually a real combination unit, but rather, it is a set. Even so, the separate components of this unit stack on top of one another to only occupy one vertical space.

The most notable benefit with this option is that it allows you to complete your laundry much faster. Stackable options allow you to wash and dry at the same time and typically have a greater load capacity, so you can put more clothing into one load.

One potential drawback of this type of unit is that is that like a traditional dryer, the dryer in a stacked unit requires outside ventilation. This creates some level of complexity when compared to an all-in-one unit.

All-In-One Washer and Dryer

The all-in-one washer & dryer combo option is also highly practical and convenient. With this solution, the unit is one piece and washes and dries your clothes all in one unit.

The functionality of this solution further simplifies the laundry task because you can literally put your dirty clothes in and in several hours, take out clean and dry clothes. Also making it an easier solution for some, the all-in-one system uses the condensation based ventless drying system, so you won’t have to worry about ventilation.

Time is one drawback with this solution, though. Completing a load of laundry takes longer with this type of unit because the capacity is smaller and you can’t do double duty (wash and dry separate loads at the same time) with the all-in-one.