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Laundry Centers vs. All-In-One Washers & 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 designSingle-unit compact design

Effort required


Ease of access

May be difficult for shorter peopleSome bending required

Vent required


Gas or Electric dryer

Both availableElectric only






Less than standalone modelsLess than standalone models

Laundry Center

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 simple and clean.

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.



All-In-One Washer and Dryers

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.