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The Best Compact Laundry for 2019 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 23, 2019  |  7 Min. Read

Miele  |  Blomberg  |  Bosch  |  Compact Laundry  |  Samsung

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Compact laundry has changed considerably over the years. It is technically the best you can buy despite its small size.

It's also incredibly versatile and can fit in a small closet or even in your kitchen.

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In this article, you will learn about the 4 best manufacturers and all the innovations like a heat pump, Smart laundry, as well as the difference between ventless and vented dryers.

I will also show you reliability stats of all the major brands as well as the different electrical requirements (so you know whether it can fit).

Reliability is first because we base our top picks from our own reliability standards. However, there is a lot to read in this post. You can skip to whatever interests you.

The Most Reliable Compact Laundry

  1. Bosch 6.62% service
  2. Samsung 8.96%
  3. Miele 10.56%
  4. Blomberg 18.37%

Bosch would be the best, but the numbers may be skewed due to larger builder jobs. Samsung is excellent but new. 

Miele is interesting because they just changed all their dryers from 220-volt condensation to 110-volt heat pump.  I would expect their numbers to improve dramatically in 2019 and beyond.

You can read about our most reliable compact laundry pairs here. 

Best Compact Laundry Pairs for 2019

Miele

Miele is a family-owned German company. Their hallmark has been quality control and over 98% of the parts and components are built in their own factories. For this reason, Miele is one of the least repaired items in the appliance industry.

WWH860

 

Miele TWI180

Miele Washer WWH860 - $1,999

  • Capsule Dispensing – washer will automatically dispense portioned detergent
  • Honeycomb drum for gentle care
  • Quick Intense Wash
  • TwinDos – a two-phase detergent dispensing system
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Stackable

Miele Heat Pump Dryer TWI180 - $1,799

  • Ventless
  • FragranceDos
  • SteamFinish – remove wrinkles and smooth with steam
  • Perfect Dry - Precision drying
  • Stackable

These machines are truly different. Miele now has four washers and three dryers in their line. All, but one are Wi-Fi enabled.

Let's start with the dryer: It is a 110-volt heat pump with a steam cycle. Miele is the first with this technology as every other major compact dryer is 220-volt.

Typically, 110-volt dryers are offered in washer and dryer combinations or niche brands. Simply put, they usually take a long time to dry if they work at all.

Miele is different because the heat pump is far more efficient and faster than heating elements.

Also, the washer has an incredibly fast 1600 RPM spin to pre-dry the clothes.

The washer is also steam. Use steam in the washer to power out stains and steam in the dryer to eliminate creases and freshen up your clothes.

The dispenser is very different as well. You can load up to 40 washes in the dispenser and even turn it on remotely using the app.

Miele WWB020WCS - $1,199         Miele TWB120WP - $1,199

WWB020WCS Pair

This is the new, more basic Miele. Their best revolutionizes dispensing, is Wi-Fi enabled and has any number of customizable wash and dry programs.

However, the two hallmarks of Miele laundry are:

The HoneyComb Drum: Your fine washables glide on water and don’t touch the sides during the wash. It is the best machine for your gentle fabrics.

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Miele HoneyComb Drum

110 Volt Heat Pump: It is the most efficient dryer available by any brand.

These machines at $1,129 each have the drum and heat pump just without all the features, programs, and Wi-Fi for much less.

Both washer and dryer are 110-volt. There is an adapter for your 220-volt outlet.

Miele Compact Laundry

 

Bosch

Bosch, like Miele, is another German company. They have always been the most popular suppliers of compact laundry.

The machines are built solidly, offer better sound insulation, and are reliable for parts and service.

Also, compared to other options, they are the quietest at 52 DB.

You can pick the temperature and not just hot, warm and cold, but 60, 90, 105, and 140 degrees.

You can also choose your cycle based on the stain. Have red wine on your new pants? The machine will pick the right cycle to remove it.

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Bosch Control Panel

Bosch is the only manufacturer with speed cycles in both their washers and dryers at 15 minutes each.

Their compact laundry lineup will have 4 washer and 4 dryer models with different features. The dryers are all condensation only (ventless).

WAT28401UC Bosch WTG640UC

Bosch 500 Series Compact WAT28401UC - $1,129

  • AquaShield® - protection against water damage
  • SpeedPerfect™ - faster washing time
  • EcoSilence™ Motor
  • Stackable

Bosch 500 Compact Dryer WTG86401UC - $1,129

  • Condensation Drying - Doesn't require ducting
  • Anti-vibration Circular Side Walls to reduce vibration and noise
  • Stackable
  • Sensitive Drying System

 

 

 

Samsung

Samsung WW22K6800AW Samsung DV22K6800S-1

 

Samsung WW22K6800AW - $989

  • 2.2 cu. ft. front load washer
  • Steam Wash - Powerful steam eliminates stains without pre-treatment
  • Super Speed - Wash a full load in 40 minutes
  • Self Clean
  • Smart Care
  • Diamond Drum Interior

Samsung DV22K6800EW - $989

  • 4.0 cu. ft. capacity
  • 5 Temperature Settings
  • Smart Care - Troubleshoot straight from your smartphone
  • Sensor Dry - Automatically turns off when your clothes are dry

Samsung has many of the features of their larger machines like steam in the washer. They also have a 40-minute speed cycle for the washer.

They have Wi-Fi as well, but only for diagnostics of problems. It will help us with service but not you with performance.

Samsung's compact laundry is also 26.625 deep as opposed to just over 24 inches for the other brands. You will have more capacity with Samsung but be careful where you place the units. They are deeper than a traditional cabinet.

Blomberg

Blomberg is a huge Turkish manufacturer. Samsung and Blomberg are vented because they passed for fire containment unlike every other brand.

They are unique in their depth of 22 inches vs. most compact laundry units, which are usually 24 inches.

In tight spaces, sometimes the depth can make a huge difference. The Blomberg laundry will have automatic and adjustable controls as well.

They can adjust to the wash and dry or can be manually selected for more customization based on your preference and load types.

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Bloomberg Washer WM77120 - $849

  • Energy Star Rated
  • Stainless Steel Drum
  • 400 - 1200 RPM Spin
  • Electronic Control Display
  • 12 Automatic Cycles
  • Internal Water Heater
  • Child Lock

Blomberg Vented Dryer DV17542 - $679

  • Passed UL 2158 Fire Containment Test
  • Stainless Steel Drum
  • Opti-Sense Dryer Sensing 
  • Led Control Display
  • 15 Automatic Cycles 
  • Stacking Kit Included With Dryer
  • Child Lock
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Everything You Need to Know About Compact Laundry

Before you decide on a compact laundry pair, you should know what kind of dryer you may need, what the electrical requirements are, and if Smart laundry (Wi-Fi enabled by connecting to your home network) is right for you.

Below are our top questions from our readers.  

What is Compact Laundry?

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Do Compact Laundry Dryers Need to Be Vented?

If you live in the suburbs (like me in Needham originally), you most likely have a vented dryer. You can immediately identify them by the steel tube exiting out of your house from the dryer.

However, compact laundry dryers do not need to be vented. Ventless dryers work with a condenser which heats the air and helps evaporate water.

Instead of pushing the air outside, it circles back into the condenser where it's cooled.

Still, the evaporated water needs to be removed from the dryer.

Small Tip: You can run a line from the dryer to the drain of the washer to remove excess water.

Ventless dryers have become more popular, especially with builders and homeowners who cannot vent to the outside.

It is also way cheaper for the builder to not cut holes into a building and better for LEED certification for supplying ventless laundry.

Ventless dryers can work in any space with just 220 watts of power and a water line.

As for a vented dryer, it's are like a vacuum because it pulls the air in. To put it simply, it pulls air in from your laundry room, heats it, and then tumbles your clothes in it. Then it pushes the air outside through an exhaust.

Vented dryers usually cost less money to buy and dry faster than ventless versions, but are more expensive to operate.

 

Do Heat Pump Dryers Work?

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Yes, heat pump dryers work by using a compressor instead of elements. The air is then recirculated with no outside air being used.

Heat pumps are more efficient than any type of dryer, but it is not widely sold in the US. Heat pumps are generally ventless as well.

Miele, Whirlpool, and LG are changing that. Many more European companies along with Samsung will be next.

Only Miele has engineered a 110-volt heat pump.

What are the electrical requirements for compact laundry?

Blomberg Vented Laundry

  • Washer WM77120: 208 – 240V, 15amps
  • Dryer DV17542: 208 – 240V, 15amps
  • Washer plugs into the dryer. Dryer plugs into 208 – 240V, 4 prong 30amp outlet.

Miele Heat Pump Laundry

  • Washers: 120V, 15amps
  • Dryers: 120V, 15amps

They can be powered individually but must be on different circuits.

Most common installation, NEMA 4 prong adapter is needed. The adapter plugs into a 4 prong 30-amp outlet. Then the washer and dryer will each plug into this adapter.

Samsung Vented Laundry

  • Washers: 115V, 15amps. Plugs into a 15amp outlet.
  • Dryers: 220 - 240V, 30amps. Plugs into a 3 of 4 prong 30amp outlet.

Bosch Condensation Laundry

  • Washers: 208 – 220/240V, 20amps NEMA 3 or 4 prong plug.
  • Dryer: 208 – 220/240V, 30amp 3 or 4 prong outlet.

Units can be plugged in separately, but this is uncommon due to the NEMA plug. By far the most common installation is dryer plugs into the washer.

You can read more about the electrical requirements for compact laundry by clicking this link. 

Should You Buy Smart Laundry Units?

Laundry would be truly smart if the machines could transfer the clothes from washer to dryer. Of course, that may never happen.

In terms of function, Bosch and Miele have some very good Smart Programs to control your laundry from your phone.

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Bosch Home Connect

Both have cycles and automatic programs, so you can choose by stain type.

Before you buy any Smart appliances, you should know there can be connectivity and security issues. Smart appliances and devices are the future.

However, I would buy based just on features in 2019 until the issues are resolved.

Which Compact Laundry Should You Use?

Remember you should be aware of where your laundry will be situated. Can you vent, or will it be in a ventless location like a closet or kitchen space?

When comparing these brands, the Blomberg will be less expensive. From an installation perspective, Blomberg is great for tight areas and the dryer can be vented outside.

Samsung is an upgrade with a better interface, steam, and a speed cycle.

Miele is the best with an almost revolutionary design of heat pump while using only 110-volts so you don’t have to update your electrical work. That can be a problem in apartments and condos with limited electrical service.

The real comparison for you will be the more feature-oriented Bosch at $1,129 each versus the more technologically advanced Miele at the same price.

Additional Resources

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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