Selecting the best washer and dryer combo for a home involves plenty of consideration, including laundry needs, desired features and energy-efficient importance. Stackable washer and dryer sets are among many options that may be best-suited to your laundry needs. But how do you know for sure?
Here are the pros and cons to consider when determining if a stackable washer and dryer is the right choice:
1. Great for small spaces
When there’s plenty of height but minimal width in a designated laundry area, stackable washer and dryer sets make the most sense. Their vertical nature allows you to use smaller floor space in larger laundry rooms or squeeze them into narrow laundry closets. You can buy stackable units that are as wide as most standard, stand-alone units, or choose the compact models to save an additional few inches of space.
2. Easy on your back
When the dryer is stacked on top of the washer, you won't have to bend down to remove your dry clothes from the unit. Plus, with the dryer at eye level, it's easier to see what's inside.
3. Save water and energy
The stackable component of these laundry units means that the washer has to be a front-loading machine. This is a perk when it comes to efficiency, as front-loading models consume far less water, energy and detergent than top loaders. In fact, ENERGY STAR advised using only high efficiency detergent with front-loading clothes washers, as they aren't designed to handle the amount of suds produced by regular detergent.
4. Faster drying times
With less water involved in the wash cycle, clothes don't enter the dryer dripping wet and will dry at a faster rate. According to Consumer Reports, these shorter drying times are also due to the fact that front-loader washers extract more water during cleaning cycles.
1. Higher price tag
Stackable units can be more expensive than other models, especially because front-load washers are often pricier than top-loading alternatives.
2. Designed to be compact
Made to fit small spaces, stackable washer and dryers are limited in size and capacity. While they perform well for individuals or couples, they may not be powerful enough to facilitate efficient laundry for larger families.
3. Out of reach
Homeowners who are shorter than average height may have some difficulty reaching the control panel on the dryer. While a stepping stool could solve the problem, those with limited mobility or people in wheelchairs may need to avoid stackable units altogether. This height also eliminates the option for cabinets above the units.
4. Fewer bells and whistles
There are typically less features available on stackable models, with standard settings being the norm for these units. The compact models are especially designed for the most straightforward - but still acceptable - wash and dry.
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