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Laundry Centers vs. All-in-One Washer and Dryers

If you're looking for a new washer and dryer but don't have a lot of space, two options that might work for your home are a laundry center and an all-in-one washer and dryer. Both of these laundry units combine a washer and dryer in one space-saving design, allowing you to fit them in small spaces such as closets. Laundry centers feature a dryer mounted on top of a washer, while all-in-one models wash and dry your clothes in a single unit. If saving space is an important concern for you, read on to learn more about the pros and cons of these two compact laundry solutions.


  Laundry Centers All-in-One Washer and Dryers

Vertically stacked compact design

Single-unit compact design

Effort required Normal Easier
Ease of access
May be difficult for shorter people Some bending required
Vent required Yes No
Gas or Electric dryer Both available Electric only
Appearance Classic Modern
Cost* Comparable Comparable
Capacity* Less than standalone models Less than standalone models

*Refer to the Washers Buying Guide for more specific dimension, capacity and cost ranges.

Advantages of Laundry Centers

  • Compact design – Laundry centers feature a compact vertically stacked design, making them great for small apartments.
  • Gas and electric available – Laundry centers can have either an electric or gas dryer.
  • Classic appearance – Laundry centers have a classic appearance that's white, clean and simple.

Limitations of Laundry Centers

  • Fewer bells and whistles – Laundry centers tend to be simpler than standalone and all-in-one models, with fewer special features and wash cycles.
  • Too tall to reach – Shorter people may need to stand on their tiptoes or use a stepladder to reach inside the dryer.
  • Vent required – Laundry centers require a vent to the outside.
  • Reduced capacity – Because of their compact design, laundry centers can't hold as much laundry as most standalone machines.

Advantages of All-in-One Washer and Dryers

  • Convenient – One of the best features of these models is that they wash and dry your laundry in one long cycle, so you don't have to transfer your clothes between machines or start the dryer.
  • Compact – All-in-one washer and dryers require just half the space of having two separate machines.
  • Modern appearance – These washers have a more sophisticated appearance than traditional top-load washers.
  • No vent required – All-in-one models do not need to be vented to the outside.

Limitations of All-in-One Washer and Dryers

  • Slower – The drying cycle on these models tends to take longer than standalone dryers.
  • More difficult to access – Like all front-load washers, all-in-one models may require you to bend or stoop down to reach inside the wash basket. Placing your washer on a laundry pedestal can help with this by raising it by a foot or more.
  • Electric only – All-in-one washer and dryers feature electric dryers only.
  • Smaller capacity – Like laundry centers, all-in-one washer and dryers have a smaller capacity than standalone washer and dryers.

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