Chances are if you have limited space in your laundry area you have considered buying unitized or stackable laundry machines.
Recently, your choices have increased a bunch! While measurements used to be the determining factor between which one you choose, there are now very similar measurements with the two models.
1. Unitized Laundry Centers
The unitized laundry or laundry center is a single piece system where a dryer is attached to a top load washing machine.
They are available in 24” and 27” widths so it is easy to fit into a smaller closet or even under stairwells. These units can also be purchased as both electric or gas models and need to be vented outside.
The biggest drawback to unitized laundry is capacity and variety. These machines have not changed much and only 3 brands manufacture unitized laundry.
The smaller machines are only 24-inch. The sizing rules out being able to do larger items like comforters because the capacity is so small.
Typically these machines are very basic in terms of features like steam. Many of the advances you have probably become familiar with, like steam and other special cycles are lacking in a one-piece configuration.
2. Stackable Laundry
Front loading washers have made two piece stackable set ups very popular. Because of the design, the dryer could be mounted to the washer in ways top loads could not. Front loads are also evolving with features like steam, 2 pump designs, and even larger capacity.
Unlike unitized, there is a lot of selection at both full size 27-inch and 24-inch compact in many different brands.
3. Compact Laundry
Two piece 24-inch units have some advantages for smaller homes and apartments. Compacts have better capacity, more cycles, and better spin speed, so the clothes are much drier out of the washer. They are also more water and energy efficient.
You can also buy compact washers with condenser dryers, so you do not have to vent outside. You can place laundry in any closet with power, a drain, and water without having to worry about venting.
Vented models are actually harder to find and only available in a couple models.
4. Full Size
Full-size laundry is some of the most price competitive products in the industry. Prices have decreased while features have been added. They have bigger capacity, better features, and less water and energy consumption than any unitized unit.
Almost any two piece stacks can be purchased with more features and capacity than a unitized piece for less money.
In the end, there are many units to choose from and features and capacity will probably be the determining factor for your choice. Give us a call to see what we have available and see the different options for yourself.