Best Matching Compact Washers and Dryers

Small, expensive—and your only option when space is limited

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When space is tight and you have to squeeze in a washer and dryer, you'll need compact machines. There aren't a ton of choices—and they aren't cheap—but they all come in a standard width of 24 inches.

You'll find more than a dozen pairs of compact washers and their matching dryers in CR's washing machine ratings. The sets are from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, GE, LG, Miele, and Samsung.

These appliances go through the same rigorous testing as the full-sized laundry machines in our ratings, though our testers use smaller loads. That includes using an imaging machine called a spectrocolorimeter to analyze precise differences in fabric swatches stained with red wine, cocoa, and carbon before and after washing.

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Our tests find that performance varies widely among compact washers and dryers, and all of the washers vibrate more than most full-sized machines. Most compact washers sold are front-loaders.

As for dryers, most require 240 volts, which may be an upgrade in some households (there are no gas versions). If your home has the ductwork, you'll want to choose a vented dryer. That's because ventless models, also called condenser dryers, take longer to dry a load—up to 2 1⁄2 hours, according to our tests.

And though width is 24 inches standard, height and depth vary. You can find all the specifications in our ratings of compact washers and compact dryers

Think a compact washer and dryer might be right for you? CR members can read on for detailed reviews of four impressive sets from our tests. The pairs are broken into two groups—compact washers with vented electric dryers and compact washers with ventless electric dryers. And you'll see all of the compact sets in our washing machine ratings, and our dryer ratings, too.

Laundry Sets With Vented Electric Dryers

The washers in these pairs all deliver top-notch water and energy efficiency. Wash times are based on the normal cycle (or its equivalent) and the most aggressive setting. The dryers require a standard 4-inch duct. Prices are for the pair.

Samsung compact washer and dryer set.
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