Before you can decide on a washer and dryer, you’ll need to make sure it will fit. Although dimensions seem fairly similar, there is actually no standard washer and dryer size. First, make sure when you measure your space you keep in mind that there needs to be enough space around the washer and dryer for them to function properly.
Front: There needs to be roughly 4 feet in front of the pair for easy loading/unloading.
Behind: Approximately 6 inches is needed for hoses and venting space behind your washer and dryer.
Sides: Basically you want to give about an inch on the sides simply to eliminate noise.
Above: Add extra space for easy opening/closing for top-load.
Once you know the sizes you can decide how you want to position them. Do you want side-by-side or stacked? Front load or top load? If going with side-by-side, do you want to add pedestals for a more comfortable load and unload of front loading units as well as additional storage?
Check out this laundry room sizing guide for more tips on finding the perfect fit.
Best Sellers – Top Load
Speed Queen has dominated the market in terms of laundry appliances. Recently they made adjustments to their Top Load line due to government regulations on energy efficiency. This change did not go so well on the first units they launched. They went back to the drawing board and developed a set that mimics their long-loved laundry line called Classic CleanTM. What makes this model different is the absence of a lid switch. It is the only set on the market without this feature and customers love it! This line does not offer a large capacity machine so that does add a limitation for the consumer looking for a bigger washer than 3.2 cu. ft. The dryer capacity is pretty standard although it does not offer a steam feature but that does not seem to deter people from purchasing it.
GE has a nice line in the $450 – $600 price point. You can get 4.2 – 4.6 cu. ft. on their top load washers making customers very happy. They offer two different dryers that will match each unit. They offer a “Flat Back” dryer line that does reduce the capacity from the average 7.0 cu. ft. to 6.2 but they fit into smaller spaces where depth is an issue.
Whirlpool offers a similar “Flat Back” dryer, however some customers find it difficult that the Whirlpool washers and dryers are 2 different widths because it creates a space issue. Whirlpool washers can be 27″ – 27.5″ wide while the dryers are 29″ wide. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you have limited space.
Best Sellers – Front Load
The top recommended brands for front load washers and dryers are GE, Whirlpool and Maytag. All three offer many different features such as steam on both washer and dryer and auto or smart dispense. Auto or smart dispense is a feature that allows you to add a bulk amount of laundry detergent to a reservoir that will automatically dispense for up to 40 loads. Customers may also elect to add a pedestal to these front load machines which adds 10″ – 15″ in height.
Although Speed Queen offers a front load line, they do not offer the capacity the other brands do and are in a much higher price range.
Stackable or All-In-One
GE and Whirlpool are the top recommended brands for stackable or all-in-one units. Both brands offer 24″ – 27″ wide in this line. If you are trying to fit these units into a closet, you may have to stick to 24″ so make sure you measure the space before purchasing.
Speed Queen is another recommended brand for stackable units however they run much larger in size overall than most and are higher in price.