The Best Compact Washer and Dryer

The Best Compact Washer and Dryer

Our pick

Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC

Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC

The best compact washer

A solid 24-inch washer with a reputation for reliability and helpful customer service, plus a shorter wash time, and a fast spin cycle to dry clothes more quickly.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
$990 from Abt
Bosch 300 Series WTG86400UC

Bosch 300 Series WTG86400UC

The matching compact Bosch dryer

This ventless condenser dryer matches our favorite compact washer, and also lets it piggyback off the power supply, so you’ll need only one 240-volt outlet.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
$990 from Abt

Bosch is a laundry heavyweight in Europe, where this style is the norm, and the company has a reputation for making sturdy, effective, efficient machines backed by helpful customer service. The Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC washer is one of the more affordable compact models with an accelerated wash cycle, significantly cutting cycle times. It also has a very fast spin cycle, which pre-dries clothes so they don’t need to spend so much time drying. The WTG86400UC dryer is a ventless condenser model, and the washer can piggyback off its power supply, so you need only one outlet for the pair.

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Runner-up

Electrolux EFLS210TIW

Electrolux EFLS210TIW

A slightly larger washer

This washer gets excellent reviews for cleaning and can plug into a regular outlet, but it seems to have more reliability problems.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Home Depot
$800 from Abt
Electrolux EFDE210TIW

Electrolux EFDE210TIW

The matching Electrolux compact dryer

This ventless condenser dryer can run off of its own power supply—no need to hook up to the washer.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Home Depot
$1,050 from Abt

The Bosch set has a couple of quirks that may not work for everyone, and in that case we think the Electrolux EFLS210TIW washer and EFDE210TIW dryer make the next-best pair. Though the company’s reputation for reliability and service aren’t as great as Bosch’s, both the washer and dryer have a slightly larger capacity, the washer may be better at removing the toughest stains, and the installation options are more flexible.

Upgrade pick

Miele W1

Miele W1

Built to last

This compact washer is effective at lifting stains while still being gentle on fabrics, and Miele makes some of the most durable appliances around.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection
Miele T1

Miele T1

The matching Miele dryer

This ventless heat-pump model can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet and is more efficient than even condenser models.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection

We were so impressed by the Miele W1 when we tested it against full-size washers that we’d recommend it to anyone who’s willing to spend extra for a long-lasting washer, whether or not they need a compact machine. The W1 performed as well as our favorite full-size washer, the LG WM3900H, at stain removal and fabric care. And unlike the Bosch and Electrolux dryers, the T1 dryer uses a heat pump instead of a condenser, which makes it more energy-efficient and allows it to work well in all temperature and humidity conditions. We think the extra cost of these models is worth it: Miele is known for making well-built and long-lasting appliances. And unlike our other picks, both the washer and dryer can be plugged into standard 120-volt outlets.

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Our pick

Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC

Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC

The best compact washer

A solid 24-inch washer with a reputation for reliability and helpful customer service, plus a shorter wash time, and a fast spin cycle to dry clothes more quickly.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
$990 from Abt
Bosch 300 Series WTG86400UC

Bosch 300 Series WTG86400UC

The matching compact Bosch dryer

This ventless condenser dryer matches our favorite compact washer, and also lets it piggyback off the power supply, so you’ll need only one 240-volt outlet.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
$990 from Abt

Runner-up

Electrolux EFLS210TIW

Electrolux EFLS210TIW

A slightly larger washer

This washer gets excellent reviews for cleaning and can plug into a regular outlet, but it seems to have more reliability problems.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Home Depot
$800 from Abt
Electrolux EFDE210TIW

Electrolux EFDE210TIW

The matching Electrolux compact dryer

This ventless condenser dryer can run off of its own power supply—no need to hook up to the washer.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Home Depot
$1,050 from Abt

Upgrade pick

Miele W1

Miele W1

Built to last

This compact washer is effective at lifting stains while still being gentle on fabrics, and Miele makes some of the most durable appliances around.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection
Miele T1

Miele T1

The matching Miele dryer

This ventless heat-pump model can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet and is more efficient than even condenser models.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection

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