These are some great options for an apartment size washer and dryer for anyone who wants to do their laundry at home but doesn’t have enough space to dedicate to a full size set. They’re as efficient and reliable as regular models but have a serious focus on saving space.
There are a number of different styles that are best suited including a stackable unit, a combination – or all in one – style, or portable models that can be pulled out from a closet or storage area only when you need them.
Apartment Size Washer and Dryer Combo Machines
Combination models with dual functionality
The trade off is that you can’t wash and dry two different loads at the same time. Capacity and the number of people in the home are important considerations for one of these units. Most of these are 2.7 cubic feet inside which will accommodate 10-15 bath towels.
An alternative is to look at the latest models of separate units which can often be stacked but some of them are so tall that reaching the dryer on top can be difficult for anyone who is short – like me.
Best Value Ventless Combination Washer and Dryer for Apartments
Best of all, it’s ventless so you don’t need to worry about disbursing dryer air to the outside.
I scoured reviews of the EdgeStar 2.0 combo ventless washer and dryer and found it had an average rating of just over 4 stars – a pleasant surprise on a bargain appliance.
Here’s what you need to know before you buy:
LED control panel with lock option and dial control
Delay time option
Dimensions: 23.5″ wide, 33.5″ tall, 20.5″ deep (36″ with the door fully open)
Capacity: Cotton Wash 15 lbs, Cotton Drying 7.5 lbs
Cyclonic drying technology for faster, more efficient drying and fewer wrinkles
Settings for: cotton, heavy duty, permanent press, delicate, hand wash/wool, baby wear, speed wash, self clean, rinse & spin, spin
2 dry-only modes: 50 min preset and cotton/normal
According to several reports, it operates quietly, the controls are easy to use, and the backlit display is helpful if you have low lighting in your laundry area.
Stackable Apartment Sized Washer and Dryer Set
Ventless Dryer for Apartments and Condos
These are also called condenser dryers because they use the hot air that would normally be sent outside to speed up the drying process. They’re more efficient and easier to set up.
Portable Washing Machines for Apartments and Small Homes
I had a dishwasher that was like this and it was so easy to use. Since you probably have at least two faucets available to you – one in the kitchen and one in a bathroom – you won’t be without water just because you’re washing some clothes.
Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer
You can store it in a closet, a spare room, or in an attached garage and just pull it out when you need to do laundry. It connects to your sink and is relatively quiet. For it’s size, it still holds a decent load of laundry.
The video below shows the Haier HPL21N in operation so you can see the hookups and hear how it sounds when it’s running.
Apartment Size Washer
One consideration apartment dwellers may need to consider is sound. Thin walls between rooms, a laundry closet right near your living room, or having your neighbor complain about beeping sounds coming from your dryer can all be annoying. The Speed Queen washer has extra insulation built in for sound-proofing and is whisper quiet during operation.
Many of these also have matching dryers but if you have only room for one – either a washer or a dryer – opt for the washer. You can always hang clothes to dry and let air do the work for you even if you have to hang them in the bathroom but washing clothes by hand is an absolute pain.
Apartment Size Dryer
In that case, it’s important to look for the ones that are narrow enough to fit older floor plans.
My brother owns a town home that, while good sized, still only has a small closet allocated to laundry space. To find dryers sized to fit, I focused on those that don’t have lots of unnecessary cabinet space surrounding the main part of the machine.
These are standard electric dryers that all cost under $600.