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Best washer dryer combos 2021

Best washer dryer combos 2021
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The best washer dryer combos will save you space and time. Washing and drying your dirty garments can quickly turn into a big chore, especially when you consider the time and hassle spent hauling wet laundry from one machine to another. This is where a handy washer dryer combo comes in, and there are some beauties on the market right now.

Put simply, washer dryer combers are two-in-one appliances that combines the functions of the best front load washers and the best dryers into one shiny, convenient appliance. If your laundry room is teeny, opt for a compact washer dryer combo to fit into your available space. On the flip side, there are washer dryer combos with large capacities to pack in big laundry loads in busy households. 

In our guide to the best washer dryer combos, we’ve included Wi-Fi models that have smart capabilities such as the ability to control cleaning cycles from your phone. This is a handy feature if you have other chores to get done. There are also washer dryers with features that enable you to pause a cycle and add in another garment, in case you suddenly spot a rogue sock on the floor.

Just remember, the best washer dryers are the ones offering a large range of cleaning cycles, whether you want a steam setting for delicate garments or sanitization cycles to banish germs. These are the ones we'd recommend...


1. Best washer dryer combo overall: GE GFQ14ESSNWW

Best washer dryer combos: GE GFQ14ESSNWW

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GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo

This is the best washer dryer combo overall

Capacity: 2.4 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 5 | Warranty: 1 Year

Steam and sanitize settings
Add-garment function for convenience
Super reasonable price
Smaller than some competitors

The GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo wowed us with its value-for-money. It can be hard to find affordable washer dryer combos with steam and sanitize settings, and the GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo delivers this and 12 other wash cycles for a great array of options. 

Another impressive feature in the GE GFQ14ESSNWW is its add-a-garment function, which allows you to chuck in last-minute additions to your wash cycle, even if it's already in progress. 

With a 2.4 cubic foot capacity, the GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo isn't the largest model we reviewed, but it's compact and will fit into a standard closet or kitchen with ease. What's more, although its warranty is only average, a very satisfied customer following testifies the durability of this washer dryer combo. 


2. Best high-end washer dryer combo: LG Signature LUWM101HWA 

Best washer dryer combos: LG Signature LUWM101HWA

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LG Signature LUWM101HWA washer dryer combo

This is the best washer dryer combo for those with a larger budget

Capacity: 2.8 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 17 | Dry cycles: 6 | Warranty: Lifetime on steel drum, 20 years on motor

Super-smart auto-dosing option
Impressive warranty
Large capacity
Expensive

If you're looking to splash out on the best washer dryer combo on with no expenses spared, the LG Signature LUWM101HWA washer dryer combo is our top choice. It comes with ultra-convenient app and WiFi compatibility, plus a smart and original auto-dosing function which adds detergent to your wash automatically, detecting soil levels and adjusting the dosage accordingly so you never use more detergent than you need. 

The LG Signature LUWM101HWA washer dryer combo also comes with 16 wash cycles, including steam and allergen functions. It's typical of washer dryer combos to have less options for dry cycles, but with 6 options the LG Signature LUWM101HWA still has more than most. What's more, it has a brilliant warranty. There's a year's coverage on the entire machine, with 20 years coverage on the motor and a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel drum, so you can feel confident that the LG Signature LUWM101HWA will be a lasting investment. The one downside? Its sizable price tag! 


3. Best large washer dryer combo: the LG WM3998HBA

Best washer dryer combos: LG WM3998HBA

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LG WM399HBA

This washer-dryer is capable of large wash loads and has excellent smart features.

Capacity : 4.5 cu.ft. | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 6 | Warranty: 10 years on motor, 3 years on the steel drum,1 year for the parts

Largest capacity available
Great warranty
Remote control from app
Pricey

The average capacity of a washer dryer combo is under three cubic feet, which is what makes the LG WM3998HBA such a standout model. With almost double the capacity, homes with less space and plenty of wash loads need to look no further for an answer to their laundry needs. It also has seriously impressive smart features, so that you can get notifications of your laundry’s progress straight to your phone. 

The LG WM3998HBA has a lengthy warranty when it comes to the appliance’s motor and drum, giving you less to worry about after purchase. It also has six different motion types to choose from and is built to be as discreet as possible. 

With all of these features packed in, it’s no surprise that the LG WM3998HBA comes at a high price. If you have a little extra cash to spend on your washer dryer combo, this one will save you time and make your life easier. If you’re on a tighter budget, take a look at the Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5


4. Best quiet washer dryer combo: Equator EZ 4400N

Best washer dryer combos: Equator EZ 4400N

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Equator EZ 4400N

The Equator EZ 4400N is so quiet you can run it at night, and has a child lock feature too.

Capacity : 1.6 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 2 | Warranty : 1 year

Winterize feature for RV users
Extremely quiet 
Small capacity

The Equator EZ 4400N is a compact, yet capable washer dryer, which claims to run as quietly as a conversation. Perfect for family homes, it’s also a standout favorite with RV owners. Those who need a washer dryer for their motor home can benefit from the ‘Winterize’ function on the Equator EZ 4400N, which can shut down your washer dryer for the season in the space of two minutes.

The other handy features of the Equator EZ 4400N include a color-coded interface and smart sensors, which detect exactly how much water your clothes need to be washed. The Equator EZ 4400N also has a 180-degree swing door and a child lock to make your life easier.

Despite its handy features, there’s no denying that the capacity of the Equator EZ 4400N is very small. Whilst this makes it perfect for installation in apartments or camper vans, it won’t be suitable for large families who need to wash a lot of things very often. The Equator EZ 4400N is more suited to one or two-person households, so if you need something with a little more space, check out the LG WM3998HBA, which has a 4.5 cubic feet capacity. 


5. Best ventless washer dryer combo: LG WM3499HVA

Best washer dryer combos: LG WM3499HVA

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LG WM3499HVA

If you don’t have access to an external vent, the LG WM3499HVA is an ideal choice for your home, as it uses a ventless condensing system to dry clothes.

Capacity : 2.3. cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 3 | Warranty: 20 years on the motor, three years on the steel drum, all other parts and repairs one year

Does not require external ventilation
Smart features
Small load sizes

The LG WM3499HVA is a smart-enabled washer dryer, which means you can set it to begin a wash with just one simple command, if you connect it to your home’s smart speaker. It’s also fitted with six different wash motions depending on which cycle you select, so your clothes get a deeper clean. The LG WM3499HVA is also fitted with an anti-vibration system, to make it as quiet as possible in your home.

Another handy feature is a sensor that detects exactly how much water you need to run your wash, which is bound to save you time and money. And if you’re prone to forgetting about your laundry in the drum, then the LG WM3499HVA’s ‘FreshCare’ cycle will make your life a lot easier, as it carries on tumbling your clothes every few minutes after completion, to avoid any nasty dampness.

One downside of the LG WM3499HVA is its smaller capacity, which is usual for washer dryers, but would cause inconvenience in a busy family home. 


6. Best washer dryer combo warranty: LG WM3488HW

Best washer dryer combos: LG WM3488HW

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LG WM3488HW washer dryer combo

This washer dryer combo has the best warranty we've seen

Capacity: 2.3 cu. ft | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 4 | Warranty: Lifetime on steel drum, 20 years on motor

Superior warranty coverage means you can invest with confidence.
This is larger than most, so it might not fit in your allotted space.

In most cases you will spend over $1,000 on a washer dryer combo, so it is worth researching warranty coverage for these products. Otherwise one repair could lead to a pretty big impact on your budget.

We noticed the excellent LG WM3488HW coverage as we compared some of the best washer dryer combos on the market. It has 10 times the warranty on its motor when compared with some of the others. It also has lifetime coverage on the wash drum. So both of the most expensive parts are covered for much longer than average. Parts and labor are covered for just one year, but that is standard. 

The LG WM3488HW is not the best in every way –  it has a smaller-than-average capacity and no steam setting. However, you do get a lot for the price, including a TrueBalance anti-vibration system and compact design. 


7. Best washer dryer combo for RVs: Splendide WD2100XC

Best washer dryer combos: Splendide WD2100XC

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Splendide WD2100XC

Small, quiet and efficient, the Splendide WD2100XC makes an excellent choice for RVs.

Capacity : 2.1 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 10 | Dry cycles: 3 | Warranty : 1 year

Extremely small in size
Simple to use controls
Great washing results
Plain, basic design

The Splendide WD2100XC is a favorite with RV owners looking for a washer dryer that can travel with them. This is down to its super small size, as it measures only 24 inches across, and therefore likely to fit into any designated machine space. It also has a wide opening door, making maneuvering washing loads in and out of your machine very easy. And the bi-directional drum of the Splendide WD2100XC also prevents wrinkling and creasing.

The Splendide WD2100XC is also designed to be super quiet, which makes it a perfect travel companion if you need to wash clothes while you sleep. What’s more, it also has a self-cleaning lint filter, which gives you one less job to do when it comes to the laundry. The Splendide WD2100XC would make a great companion for an RV, but it might be best to place it in a cupboard or alcove, as its aesthetic value is not great. The warranty of the Splendide WD2100XC is also not overly impressive, so if this is a major concern to you, you may want to consider a machine with more peace of mind guaranteed. 


8. Best budget washer dryer combo: Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5

Best washer dryer combos: Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5

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Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5 washer dryer combo

This is the best low-cost washer dryer combo on the market

Capacity: 2.7 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 16 | Dry cycles: 4 | Warranty: 1 Year

Low cost
Delay wash option
Good capacity
None of the extra features you'll find on more expensive models 

In addition to being the most affordable washer dryer combo we reviewed, the Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5 washer dryer combo has a nice feature set that includes all the essentials plus extras such as a self-cleaning cycle. It also includes a delayed-start feature you can set up to 24 hours in advance. As such, you can set it to start a load of clothes when you are away so it finishes close to when you get home. That way, clothes don’t sit in the drum long enough to wrinkle, although it also includes a de-wrinkle cycle. 

The Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5 washer dryer combo has a standard capacity of 2.7 cubic feet and holds about 10 pounds of clothing. The tub clean cycle removes residue inside the machine to keep it fresh and reduce maintenance. The machine’s settings dial is clearly marked and easy to read. Using its LCD screen, you fine-tune the settings by adjusting the temperature or soil level. Overall, the Magic Chef MCSCWD27W5 is a great deal for the money, and it has most of the features people look for in a washer dryer combo machine.


9. Best quick washer dryer combo: Kenmore Elite 41003 

Best washer dryer combos: Kenmore Elite 41003

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Kenmore Elite 41003

The Kenmore Elite 41003 is an extremely efficient washer dryer, with an option to add forgotten items to your cycle too.

Capacity : 4.5 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 14 | Dry cycles: 9 | Warranty : 1 year

Quick, efficient washing cycles
Large capacity 
Pricey
Short warranty 

The Kenmore Elite 41003 has an ultra-large capacity and can wash a full load of clothes in under 30 minutes. It uses the ‘Accela Wash’ program, which combines nozzles to disperse detergent, as well as high spin speeds to ensure your clothes are thoroughly washed. The Kenmore Elite 41003 also has a good amount of wash and drying cycles, making it suitable for different fabrics and requirements. The dedicated cold cycle function can also wash clothes just as effectively as using hot water, which is great for your wallet and the environment. 

A machine with an extra-large capacity is a winner with larger families, as it means that more can fit into the drum at once. The machine is fractionally larger than other washer dryer combos as a result, but should still fit nicely into any laundry room. The warranty on this model is not so great, only covering one year from the date of purchase. So if you want an appliance that gives you more peace of mind when it comes to the warranty, check out the LG WM3488HW

Some users found the long drying cycles of the Kenmore Elite 41003 frustrating, so if you need to do laundry with a quick turnaround, this might not be the machine for you. Given that the Kenmore Elite 41003 is so pricey, it’s surprising that it comes without any smart home features, especially in comparison to models like the Whirlpool WFC8090GX


10. Best smart washer dryer combo: Whirlpool WFC8090GX

Best washer dryer combos: Whirlpool WFC8090GX

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Whirlpool WFC8090GX washer dryer combo

This washer dryer combo has a huge range of cycles and smart features

Capacity: 2.8 cu. ft. | Wash cycles: 28 | Dry cycles: 5 | Warranty: 1 Year

Low price for features on offer
TumbleFresh function
Huge selection of cycles
Reports of issues such as long wash times 

The Whirlpool WFC8090GX packs in a lot of features for the price, including a unique TumbleFresh function which keeps laundry wrinkle-free for 12 hours after your cycle finishes. You can also connect the Whirlpool WFC8090GX to your phone or WiFi and manage it from an app or using Alexa or the Google Assistant. We were also impressed by the Whirlpool WFC8090GX's large capacity - 2.8 cubic feet, which is the largest you can get for a washer dryer combo of this size. 

There are a few drawbacks to the Whirlpool WFC8090GX, though. The washer dryer combo has an unimpressive warranty and users have reported wash times of up to six hours! Of course, there are also many happy users of the Whirlpool WFC8090GX, but this is worth taking into account when the machine is only covered by a one year warranty. 


Key features to look for when buying a washer dryer combo

We researched for more than 120 hours to find and compare the best washer dryer combos out there. We looked at specs pages to compare features and determined which are most important for consumers. In each of our reviews, we highlight the washer dryer’s strengths and weaknesses.

Functionality

In general, washer dryer combos have capacities of around 2.5 cubic feet. That’s enough space to wash and dry about 10 pounds of laundry. We looked for machines with bigger drums, since they allow you to wash fewer loads and use less energy over time.

As you compare machines, look for one with multiple water temperature, soil level, wash cycle and dry cycle setting options. 

Washer & Dryer Cycles

The best washer dryer combos have many cycle settings and clean your clothes without damaging them. For example, they have settings for delicate fabrics and for washing colors that run.

Machines should also fully dry items of all kinds, even jeans and bulky towels. Some washer dryer combos only have one or two dryer settings, while others let you set the temperature, which is useful when you need to dry delicate fabrics.

Additional Features

All the washer dryer combos we compared have automatic dispensers that release detergent at the right time during the wash cycle. Most also include a lock that protects your children and the machine during a cycle. In addition, they usually have a digital display that shows what is happening during a cycle.

Features like an automatic load sensor, which fills the drum with the right amount of water based on load size, are less common.


How does a washer dryer combo work?

Although washer dryer combos may look like regular washers or dryers, these machines work rather differently. First, washer dryer combos do not need a dryer vent, because they use condensation drying. This means that, instead of expelling heat through a vent, they use heat to filter through the load before it passes through a heat exchanger that helps to cool the air and collects any vapor in a tank. 

Unlike regular washers and dryers, the combo units use the standard 110-volt power, so you don’t need to plug them into a special outlet. Washer dryer combos are typically much smaller than regular washers and dryers, are relatively lightweight and often have wheels so that you can push them around your home. 

Best washer dryer combo: An image of a washer dryer with clean, colorful laundry hanging out

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This portability is one of the reasons these combo units are so popular in apartments and other small living spaces. Although they often take longer to complete the washing-and-drying process, they’re great for people who have limited space.

The washer dryer combo doesn’t overcomplicate things. Once you’ve whacked on a load and added detergent, the washer dryer will send your dirty laundry through the same cycle you’d get with a traditional washer. The difference is that rather than needing to move wet clothes into a separate dryer, the dryer cycle commences straight afterwards, saving you the labour.

Unlike a regular dryer, which channels hot air into your laundry before pumping it out into the room, this design’s drying system is typically sealed. This means that it extracts moisture from your garments before cooling things down with a heat exchanger, so that you won’t need to fret over air vents so much.


Are washer dryer combos worth it?

If you’re wondering whether a washer dryer combo is the appliance for you, then you’ll want to consider your space and the size of your typical loads. If you live in an apartment in a big city, then the washer dryer combo may be a good pick, as it’s far easier to squeeze into a tight space than two separate appliances. 

One of the biggest downsides to the washer dryer combo is that it gets tricky if you want to process back-to-back loads. As you can expect, getting one load finished can take up to a few hours, as the washer dryer combo sends your clothes through both cycles. Therefore, if you’re a big household wanting to get several loads out of the way in one day, you may be disappointed or you’ll at least miss out on a lie-in to get an early start on laundry day.

Another qualm users have about investing in a washer dryer combo is their potential to be pretty noisy. However, you’ll find that most modern models are fairly quiet, as they often have built-in anti-vibration systems. Plus, with other extra features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll be well-sorted to track your laundry directly from your phone. 


How much does a washer dryer combo cost?

The average price of the most popular washer dryer combos on the market is right around $1,400. The ones we reviewed ranged between $900 and $3,000. That sounds like a lot until you realize you get two appliances in one, and if you are limited on laundry space that investment can still make a lot of sense. 


Are washer dryer combos efficient? 

Washer dryer combos are an excellent choice for saving space, but does the same apply to saving valuable energy in your home, seeing as you now have both functions in one machine? The answer is likely to be yes, as these handy appliances tend to use less hot water and less energy when it comes to washing rotations. Plus, they need to work faster to rid the drum of water in time for drying to begin.

As with most large appliances, the thing that you’re looking for if this is a central concern is an Energy Star Certification. You can also check out the Energy Guide for each model on retailer’s websites, which gives you an indication of the monthly and yearly running costs, so you can see your outgoings before you make a decision. 


Are washer dryer combos suitable for RVs? 

If you’re thinking of investing in an RV and hitting the road, you might be concerned about laundry amenities. If you’d like to avoid seeking out laundromats at every point on your journey, then a washer dryer combo is definitely a suitable option to install in your van. That’s down to a couple of factors. The first is that the days of tiny washer dryers are long gone, meaning you don’t need to worry about capacity even if there’s a family-sized mountain of laundry to get through. Plus, lots of machines have specific features to make installation in an RV easier, including a winterize option so that you can shut down your machine for the season. Ventless washer dryer combos also offer a solution for those without access to external ventilation in their RV.