A compact washer and dryer in a laundry/mud room
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When you’re tight on space and need a compact washer and dryer to fit in a closet or kitchen corner, choosing the right set can prove a challenge. There aren’t many options, prices are high, and the washer and dryer must be a matching set in order to stack. Enter the matchmaker.

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Consumer Reports bought and tested 13 pairs of compact washers and dryers, putting them through the same rigorous testing as the full-sized sets you’ll see highlighted in “The Best Matching Washers and Dryers,” but using smaller loads, of course. Our tests found that performance varies widely in this small group.

Most of the compact washers on the market are front-loaders, and manufacturers make only electric compact dryers at this time—not gas. Each compact machine measures 24 inches wide, and height and depth varies, which you’ll see in our washer and dryer ratings. 

Washers and dryers that perform well but don't hold up over time aren't winners. That's why it's important to consider our latest survey findings—Miele and LG are the most reliable compact washer brands, and Miele also warranted our highest rating, Excellent, for owner satisfaction. Miele is the only compact dryer brand to earn top ratings for both reliability and owner satisfaction. LG merited high ratings in both.

Check out "Most and Least Reliable Washing Machine Brands" and "Most and Least Reliable Clothes Dryer Brands" for more details. And to make it easier for you to make a well-informed buying decision, we now incorporate lab test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall Score.

Washers With Vented Electric Dryers

The matching compact pairs below appear in alphabetical order by brand, not in order of Overall Score. Wash times are based on the normal cycle (or its equivalent) and the most aggressive setting. These dryers require a standard 4-inch duct to carry the moist, hot air outdoors. All sets come in white, unless otherwise noted. Check CR's washer and dryer ratings for all the details. 

Asko compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: ASKO

Asko W6424W washer and Asko T754W dryer 
Price: washer, $900; dryer, $1,050 
CR's take:  The washer earned a Good rating for washing performance, meaning it should clean most loads well—but it might have trouble with heavily stained items (pretreating will help). The dryer rated a Very Good in our drying performance tests, in part because it takes 85 minutes to dry a 6-pound load of mixed cottons. That’s faster than some in this group. Available in white and titanium, which is painted metal meant to look similar to stainless

Both require a 240-volt connection. The washer can plug into the dryer, which then feeds power to the washer—helpful if you have only one outlet.


Asko compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: Asko

Asko XL Series W8844XLW washer and Asko T884XL dryer
Price: washer, $2,300; dryer, $1,700
CR's take:  This Asko rates only a Good in our gentleness tests, telling you that it's tougher on fabrics than most we tested. The dryer scores only Fair in our noise tests, meaning it makes loud, sustained sounds as it's working. 

The detergent dispenser can be divided in two if you want it to dispense bleach. Both machines need a 240-volt connection, but, like the other Askos above, you can plug the washer into the dryer if you only have one outlet.


Blomberg compact washer and dryer set.
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Blomberg WM98400SX washer and Blomberg DV17542 dryer
Price: washer$1,200; dryer, $680 
CR's take: You'll know this washer is working—it earned a Very Good rating in our noise tests—but it shouldn't disturb you. Do check the vibration score in our ratings, and use it to help narrow your selection. The dryer earned a Good rating in our noise tests, making annoying, sustained sounds.

The washer has 16 cycles, the most of the models we tested. Both appliances require a 240-volt connection, and you can plug the washer into the dryer.


GE compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: GE

GE WCVH4800KWW washer and GE DCVH480EKWW dryer
Price:
$900 each
CR's take: All compact front-loaders we tested vibrate. This GE washer earned a Good rating in our vibration tests, the highest score any compact front-loader earned. And since the washer uses less water than some models, and extracts more of it, dryer time is shortened. The dryer rated a Very Good in drying performance; it took 70 minutes to dry our 6-pound load. 

The washer uses a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt connection.


Samsung compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: Samsung

Samsung WW22K6800AW washer and Samsung DV22K6800EW dryer
Price: 
$900 each
CR's take: Earning a Very Good rating in our washing performance test, this Samsung removed many of the tough stains from our test swatches. The dryer rated a Very Good in drying performance, and, clocking in at 68 minutes to dry our 6-pound test load, is the fastest in this group. 

There are 12 wash cycles and a steam feature to boost cleaning. A standard 120-volt outlet works for the washer, but you need a 240-volt outlet for the dryer.

Washers With Ventless Electric Dryers

Ventless dryers are also known as condensing models, and they’re your only choice if you can’t run dryer ductwork to the exterior of your home. Ventless dryers have a condenser that removes humid air from the dryer drum. The condensation flows through a hose that feeds into a sink or drain. Several models in our tests offer an optional reservoir that collects the water, which you should empty after every use.

Appearing in alphabetical order by brand, these matching sets all have a white finish.

Asko compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: ASKO

Asko W6424W washer and Asko T754CW dryer
Price: washer, $900; dryer, $1,400
CR's take: This washer earned a middle-of-the-road rating, Good, in washing performance, meaning it should clean most loads well, but it might have trouble with heavily stained items (pretreating will help). The dryer rated only Good in drying performance, in part because in our tests it didn't recognize loads that were dry and kept on drying longer than necessary.

Both the washer and dryer need a 240-volt connection, but you can plug the washer into the dryer if you have access to just one outlet.


Bosch compact washer and dryer set.
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Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC washer and Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC dryer
Price: $1,260 each
CR's take: When it comes to noise, this Bosch washer earned an Excellent rating in our test. It's among the quietest in this group (check the vibration score in the ratings, too). Wash time was 60 minutes—faster than most in this group—without sacrificing cleaning. The dryer rated a Very Good in our noise tests, so it shouldn't disturb you. 

There are 15 wash cycles. The manufacturer does not recommend using bleach because it can damage some of the washer parts made of rubber or plastic. Both the washer and dryer need a 240-volt connection. You can plug the washer into the dryer if you only have one outlet.


Electrolux compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: Electrolux

Electrolux EFLS210TlW washer and Electrolux EFDE210TlW dryer
Price: $900 each
CR's take: The washer rated an Excellent in our washing performance tests, removing most tough stains from our fabric swatches. The dryer earned only a Fair rating in our drying performance tests, in part because it takes 113 minutes to dry a 6-pound load. 

This washer has 6 wash cycles, along with a steam option designed to enhance cleaning. The washer plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt. This set comes in white or with stainless front panels.


Fisher & Paykel WH2424P1 washer and Fisher & Paykel DE4024P1 dryer 
Price: 
$950 each
CR's take: Removing many of the tough stains in from our test swatches, this washer from Fisher & Paykel earned a Very Good rating for washing performance. The dryer rated only Fair in our noise tests—you'll hear loud, sustained sounds.

The washer's extra rinse option is a nice perk if your skin is sensitive to detergent residue, or to rinse away pet hair (see Don't Let Pet Hair Ruin Your Washer for tips on reducing the amount of pet hair on bedding and clothing before you put the laundry in your washer).

The washer plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt.

Kenmore compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: Kenmore

Kenmore 41942 washer and Kenmore 81942 dryer
Price: $745 each
CR's take: The Kenmore earned an Excellent rating in washing performance—red wine, cocoa, and other tough stains weren't a problem for this machine. But the dryer rated only Fair in our drying performance tests, making it one of the worst at drying in this group. 

The washer offers 14 wash cycles and a steam option. The washer plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt.


LG compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: LG

LG WM1388HW washer and LG DLEC888W dryer
Price: $900 each
CR's take: The washer rated just Fair in our vibration tests—in general, our tests found that compact front-loaders vibrate more than full-sized front-loaders. (We measure how much vibration the washer transmits to a wood floor because vibration tends to be worse on wood-framed floors than concrete.) As for the dryer, it earned a Very Good rating in drying performance. 

The washer has 14 wash cycles and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt.


Miele compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: MIELE

Miele W3048 washer and Miele T8023C dryer
Price: washer, $2,000; dryer, $1,500
CR's take: This compact Miele earned a middle-of-the-road Good rating in our vibration tests, which means it doesn't vibrate as much as some other washers in this group. The dryer, too, earned only a Good rating in our noise tests. You'll hear its sustained sounds. To evaluate noise, our panelists judge the washer's noise levels during the fill, agitate/tumble, drain, and spin cycles, then they judge the dryer's noise level as it dries an average-size load.

This washer has 12 wash cycles, and the washer plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt.


Whirlpool compact washer and dryer set.
Photo: Whirlpool

Whirlpool WFW5090GW washer and Whirlpool WHD5090GW dryer
Price: 
$900 each
CR's take: This washer earned a Poor rating in our vibration tests, worse than all the models we tested. The dryer rated only Good in drying performance, in part because it takes 157 minutes to dry a 6-pound load, the longest of the models we tested.

The set above is shown with pedestals, which are optional and raise each machine 12 inches. For some, that makes it easier to load and unload the machines—if you’re willing to pay $450 for two pedestals.

The washer plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet; the dryer needs a 240-volt outlet.

Shopping for a Washer and Dryer?

To see how these pairs rank by performance, see our full ratings of washing machines and dryers. Use the compare feature to highlight differences.

And if you think you can squeeze a full-sized set into your space, consider pairs highlighted in Best Matching Washers and Dryers. You’ll find each model's dimensions in the ratings.