At a Glance:
- What Is Compact Laundry?
- Best Compact Laundry
- What Are the Most Reliable
Compact Laundry Brands?
- Everything You Need to Know
About Compact Laundry
- Key Takeaways
Have a spare closet or spot in your kitchen?
You can place compact laundry anywhere without having to vent it outside your house.
Compact laundry is 24 inches in width and 24 inches in depth - the same dimensions as a standard cabinet. It can fit in most cabinets and closets.
It is technically the best laundry machine you can buy for its features despite its small size.
In this article, you will learn about the three best brands to consider.
You will also learn the difference between a ventless, heat pump, and vented dryers.
Most importantly, these machines are available and reliable based on over 2,400 service calls logged by our service department last year.
The best compact washers and dryers for 2021 are:
- Best Ventless Compact Laundry Overall: Miele WWH860 and TWI180WP
- Best Value Compact Ventless Laundry: Miele WWB020WCS and TWB120WP
- Best Compact Laundry for Features and Reliability: Bosch WAW285H2UC and WTG865H2UC
- Best Vented Compact Laundry for Tight Spaces: Beko BWM7200X and BDV7200X
- Best Heat Pump Dryer: Bosch WTW87NH1UC
- Least Expensive Heat Pump Dryer: Beko HPD24412W
Why Only Three Best Compact Laundry Brands?
This article had four brands last year and even more three years ago. I know most "industry experts" you've read recommend every brand.
But that's not the case.
There are two companies you should not buy. One has endless availability problems. The other is a good product, but the installation is complex.
Complicated installations for products that use water are a red flag due to water damage.
You may also notice we sell fewer brands than every other store.
Some stores have over 120 brands. We offer a free one-year warranty service making it impossible to support less reliable brands.
What Is Compact Laundry?
Compact Laundry at Yale Appliance in Boston
There are two main sizes of laundry sets, the full-size 27-inch wide and the compact 24-inch wide sizes. Depth is critical as well with compact being 24 inches and the full size ranging from 30.4 inches to 34.5 inches.
Compact laundry is primarily sold as ventless laundry whereas full-size is vented.
Compact laundry is easier to install with more applications as well.
The downside is capacity. Full-size laundry is rated at 4.5-5 for the most popular models whereas compact is less than half at about 2.4 cubic feet.
If you are reading this, you have a small space to put a washer and dryer.
Compact laundry machines originated from Europe. In Europe, washers and dryers are placed in the kitchen underneath countertops as part of the cabinet design.
Compact laundry has become popular in the US for condominiums with smaller spaces. Many larger homes are now placing compact sets upstairs in closets instead of trudging downstairs as well.Short on time? Get our free Compact Laundry Buying Guide
Best Compact Laundry Pairs for 2021
Best Compact Laundry Overall: Miele
Miele is a family-owned German company known for their quality control.
Miele builds over 98% of their parts and components in their factories. For this reason, Miele is one of the least repaired brands in the appliance industry.
The high-end Miele models have a setting for every type of clothing.
There washer and dryers are genuinely focused on fabric care.
With multiple options for detergent, CapDos, TwinDos, and a regular single-dose tray, you have all the bases covered.
Miele Compact 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
- SteamFinish – remove wrinkles and smooth with steam.
- Perfect Dry - Precision drying
These machines are profoundly different. Miele now has four washers and three dryers in their line. All but one is Wi-Fi enabled.
Let us start with the dryer.
Miele Dryer Features
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.
Pro Tip: Be incredibly careful before buying an all-in-one washer/dryer, the cycle can be more than 4 hours. They also have service problems due to their inability to remove lint consistently.
We have written more extensive articles about heat pumps and the differences between heat pumps and condenser dryers. There is a general section about heat pumps at the end of the article as well.
Heat pumps are compressors, not heating elements. They use existing air and store it, so they are more efficient and do not project heat into the room.
Miele uses a heat pump for more efficient and faster drying even in a 110-volt operation.
Also, the washer has an incredibly fast 1600 RPM spin. Why is this important? The fast spin speed removes more moisture from the clothes resulting in shorter drying times in the dryer. It pre-dry clothes.
FragranceDos: You have the ability of adding fragrances to your clothes with Mieles unique fragrance dispenser. All imported from France.
Steam: Steam in a dryer refreshes the fabrics and removes the wrinkles. Need your favorite shirt for a night out. Place it in a steam setting on the dryer and its ready to go.
Miele Washer Features
Miele HoneyComb Drum In Compact Washer
Your fine washables glide on the water and do not touch the sides during the wash. You will notice less stretching and tearing. It is the best machine for your gentle fabrics.
The washer has steam to power out tough stains like red wine, grass, and blood.
Part of the reason the 110 heat pump works is the fast spin speed on the washer. A faster spin will wring the clothes of excess water. Miele's will almost spin the clothes dry.
The average spin on a front load washer is 1200 RPM. Miele is 1600 RPM.
Miele Compact Laundry TwinDos Dispenser
The TwinDos dispenser is quite different, as well. You can load up to 40 washes in the dispenser and even turn it on remotely using the app.
The machine will calculate the number of clothes in the drum and dispense the optimal amount of detergent.
Miele Compact Laundry Controls at Yale Appliance in Boston
Miele has special application detergents as well.
Many brands in full size like GE, Whirlpool, and LG now have auto dispensers. It is a clever idea. You only need a capful, yet most people use way more.
That excess detergent will eventually cause a problem in the machine for an expensive service call.
Miele's Compact Laundry CapDosing Dispenser
The intensive wash cycle imports the water from top and bottom for the maximum saturation of clothes with even distribution of detergents and bleach.
Pros: There's a cycle for every type of fabric. Miele also offers several ways to provide the machine with detergent.
Use the TwinDos system and let the machine do all the thinking. You can also put in your favorite detergent brand using the single-dose tray.
Have a specific load like sportswear that just needs a little to clean? Miele offers specially formulated detergent through the CapDos system.
If you have delicate or just want to make your clothes last if possible, this is the model to consider.
Cons: It is the most expensive at $4,000.
Miele Compact Laundry Review [VIDEO]
Best Value: Miele WWB020WCS and TWB120WP
These machines at $1,129 each have the drum, same number of cycles and heat pump dryers. They don't have the automatic dispenser, steam, Intense Wash and Wi-Fi for much less.
Both washer and dryer can run on 110-volt each. However, if you have a 220v outlet, there is an adapter enabling both machines to run on a single outlet.
Miele Compact Washer WWB020WCS - $1,199
- Stainless Steel HoneyComb Drum
- 12 Wash Cycles, 4 wash options
- Maximum Spin Speed: 1400
- 120 Volts
- 5 Temperature Settings
- DirectSensor Interface
- Outerwear Wash Cycle
- Sanitize Wash Cycle
- Heat Pump
- HoneyComb Drum
- 12 Dry Cycles
- Express Cycle
- 4 Temperature Settings
- Reversible Door
- Stainless Steel Drum
Best for Features and Reliability: Bosch Compact Laundry
Bosch WAW285H2UC Compact Washer | Bosch WTG865H2UC Condensation Dryer
Bosch, like Miele, is another German company. They have always been the most popular suppliers of compact laundry.
Unlike Miele, Bosch is a huge conglomerate.
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.
Bosch is the only manufacturer with speed cycles in both their washers and dryers at 15 minutes each in the highest-end 800 Series models.
Their compact laundry lineup will have three washer and three dryer models with unique features. The dryers are all condensation only (ventless).
Bosch 800 Series Compact Washer WAW285H2UC - $1,549
- Home Connect Features an Easy Start Option for your Wash Cycle.
- Wash 5 Men's Dress Shirts in just 15 Minutes.
- Stains Program Treats Oil, Food Based, Red Wine and Grass Based Stains
- SpeedPerfect™ Provides Up to 40% Faster Washing Time*
- Wash up to 18 Towels in One Load
Bosch 800 Compact Dryer WTG865H2UC - $1,399
- Quietest Dryer in the Market
- One of the Few ENERGY STAR® Qualified Dryer in 24" Compact Laundry Market
- Wrinkle Block Program Reduces Creasing or Wrinkle Build Up
- Dry 5 Men's Dress Shirts in just 15 Minutes.
- Dry Up to 18 Towels in One Load
Pros: Proven brand with a long history of manufacturing compact washer and dryers. Bosch offers a lot of excellent features such as fast wash, stain selector and quietness. It is also the most reliable.
Cons: Miele offers more than the 500 series at $1129 with their better drum and heat pump. Condensation drying does emit heat and moisture in the room.
Bosch 800 Series Compact Laundry Review [VIDEO]
Best Heat Pump Dryer: Bosch Compact Dryer WTW87NH1UC - $1,399
- A Reversible Door Allows You to Access Laundry from the Right or Left
- 14 Dry Cycles: Permanent Press, Jeans, Delicates, Outdoor/Sport, Quick 40 Min, Time Dry, Air Fluff, Cotton, Mix, AntiShrink, Sanitize, Hand Wash/Wool, Bulky/Large Items, Quick Dry Auto
- 9 Options: Low Heat, Time Dry, Remote Start, Start/Pause, Finish in, Level Adjust, Dryness Level, End Signal, Wrinkle Block
You do not have to buy a “series” to coordinate your washer and dryer. The middle model in the Bosch is the best with a 220-volt heat pump, so it will be faster on the dry than the Miele.
This unit has 14 programs and 8 options as well.
They advertise their unit as self-cleaning. This claim is an obvious knock-on Whirlpool’s heat pump compact dryer.
Whirlpool's dryer needs to be professionally cleaned by a service tech a couple times a year. (This is why Whirlpool is not on this list and should not be on yours either).
Miele vs. Bosch Compact Laundry
They are the best ventless laundry on the market. Which is better? That really depends on what you value.
You can also find out in this 7 minute 44 second video.
Miele Vs. Bosch Compact Laundry [VIDEO]
Best For Tight Spaces: Beko BWM7200X and BDV7200X
Beko is a huge Turkish manufacturer also manufacturing under the name Beko and Blomberg. Samsung and Beko are vented because they passed the UL requirements for fire containment, unlike most every vented other brand.
Beko has a unique depth of 22 inches vs. most 24-inch depth compact laundry units.
In tight spaces, sometimes the depth can make an enormous difference. The Beko 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.
Beko Compact Washer BWM7200X - $849
- 1.95 cu. ft.
- 1,200 rpm Maximum Spin Speed
- White with Silver Door
Beko Vented Dryer BDV7200X - $749
- Electric Vented Dryer 3.7 cu. ft.
- Stack kit included.
- White with Chrome Door
Beko Compact Laundry Review [VIDEO]
Least Expensive Heat Pump Dryer: Beko Heat Pump Dryer HPD24412W - $1,049
- 4.1 cu. ft.
- Stack Kit Included
- 16 Programs
- Interior Lighting
- ENERGY STAR Most Efficient
- White with Chrome Door Pairs with the WMY10148C2 and WMY10148WO compact washers.
I admit I like Beko as a company. They are committed to Green technology and even have a manifesto on their website.
They also have been marketing heat pump technology longer than any other company. The brand made it on our most reliable list. This dryer also has a 2-year warranty.
What Are the Most Reliable Compact Laundry Brands?
Compact Washer Reliability for December 2019 to November 2020
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These figures above are based on a minimum of 10 compact washers sold per brand and over 2200 total units.
The average rate for compact washers is 5.3% service within the first year down from 7.5% from the year before.
Bosch is the most reliable brand of 2.5%. It is more than three times more reliable than the average appliance service rate.
The average appliance repair rate is about 10% so both the washer and dryer are better than average.
Read More: Most Reliable Compact Washers for 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Compact Laundry Based on Customer Questions
Before you decide on a compact laundry pair, you should know the following:
- What kind of dryer you may need
- What the electrical requirements are
- If Smart laundry (Wi-Fi-enabled by connecting to your home network) is right for you
Below are our top questions from our readers.
How to Vent Compact Laundry
As we said before, compact laundry has the most variation between brands.
Some have vented dryers, some have ventless condensation, and some have a ventless heat pump.
Your current electrical and venting profile determines the compact laundry set.
Most compact laundry is ventless whereas most full size is vented.
Do Compact Laundry Dryers Need to be Vented?
If you live in the suburbs (like me in Needham originally), you 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 is 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 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 is 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.
What is a Heat Pump Dryer?
Heat pump drying is the future. It is more efficient than the elements of condenser drying, so you will save money.
Heat pumps have other added benefits. They do not emit heat back into the room and are gentler on your clothes.
Instead of elements, they use a compressor to store and recycle heat. For the technical definition, I will copy from Beko as they originally taught me years ago.
“A heat pump tumble dryer uses hot air to absorb moisture from your clothes in order to get them dry after a wash. After this air passes through the drum, it goes through the evaporator which removes the moisture, which is collected as condensation and stored into a tank. The remaining air is re-heated and sent back to the drum to start the cycle again and continue drying your clothes.”
Miele went heat pump only in their drying 2 years ago. You will learn about Bosch and Beko as well in this article.
Do Heat Pump Dryers Work?
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 ventless as well.
Miele, Beko, and Bosch 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?
Beko Vented Laundry Requirements
- Washer WM77120: 208 – 240V, 15amps
- Dryer DV17542: 208 – 240V, 15amps
Washer plugs into the dryer. Dryer plugs into 208 – 240V, four-prong 30amp outlet.
Miele Heat Pump Laundry Requirements
- Washers: 120V, 15amps
- Dryers: 120V, 15amps
They can be powered individually but must be on different circuits.
The most common installation, NEMA 4 prong adapter, is needed. The adapter plugs into a four-prong 30-amp outlet. Then the washer and dryer will need each plug into this adapter.
Bosch Condensation Laundry Requirements
- Washers: 208 – 220/240V, 20amps NEMA 3 or 4 prong plug
- Dryer: 208 – 220/240V, 30amp 3, or 4 prong outlets
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.
Can You Stack Compact Laundry?
Yes, every compact washer and dryer from every brand is designed to be stacked with a separate stacking kit.
What Is the Average Cost of Compact Laundry?
The average cost of a compact washer and dryer set is about $2,000. This is about 10% more when compared to the average price of a full set.
You can find more expensive models with better features, but it will be tough to find any reliable options priced less.
Should You Buy Smart Laundry Units?
Bosch Home Connect
Laundry would be truly smart if the machines could transfer the clothes from washer to dryer. Of course, that may never happen.
There are all in one machine that washes and dries, but they are unreliable.
In terms of function, Bosch and Miele have some particularly good Smart Programs to control your laundry from your phone.
Smart works for laundry. You can see how much time is remaining in all machines. This way, you do not have to trudge to the basement or upstairs in your closet to find you have 4 minutes left in a cycle.
The Miele app enables you to control the machine and track the amount of detergent left in the TwinDos system.
However, unlike Bosch, Miele does not seem to work with virtual assistants like Alexa or systems such as Nest.
Before you buy any Smart appliances, you should know there can be connectivity and security issues.
Smart appliances and devices are the future. You just want to make sure they work today.
Compact Laundry Sets You Should Not Buy
I know I will get a lot of dissension internally and externally for this. However, Whirlpool does not manufacturer a competitive compact set currently.
As I said before, having a service tech clean out the filter on a heat pump dryer is wrong on many levels.
How long should you wait? That is assuming there are any service techs out there willing to do the work.
Samsung Compact Laundry
Love their product. Their vented has steam and is deeper for more capacity. However, their availability is awful with no product in the future as well.
Finding service if your dealer does not have it is another issue as so many people have said.
Best Compact Laundry: Key Takeaways
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, Beko will be less expensive. From an installation perspective, they are also great for tight areas, and the dryer can be vented outside.
Their heat pump was worth considering as well.
Miele is the best with an almost revolutionary design of heat pump technology at 110-volts, so you do not have to update your electrical work.
Less amperage can be beneficial in apartments and condominiums with limited electrical service.
The real comparison for you will be to compare the more feature-oriented, reliable Bosch compact set versus the more advanced, energy-efficient Miele compact set.
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