This will be a comparison between an established brand new to the US and a more recognized US brand under completely new ownership. You will see more of Blomberg and Asko, because GE as well as Bosch no longer produce a vented compact dryer. Read: Blomberg Laundry and New UL Dryer Codes.
Condo or city living space is at a premium. Making room for full size washers and dryers difficult if not impossible. Compact laundry generally refers to 24 inch washers and dryers. This size is convenient for stacking in closets or placing side by side in a standard 24 inch kitchen cabinet.
Almost all compact laundry is built and/or engineered in Europe. The Europeans typically have smaller kitchens and living spaces, so compact laundry is a staple. Since these machines are only available in electric models, gas hook-up is not necessary. Compact laundry are also popular in urban areas like Boston and Cambridge.
ASKO was started by a farmer in Sweden who wanted to impress his mother by designing a new washer. ASKO products have been marketed throughout North America by ASKO Appliances, Inc. for over 23 years, but the owners have changed recently from Swedish Asea to the bankrupt Italian Merloni company to the Slovenian Goranje. This has had an impact on the brand.
Asko UltraCare Line Series Classic W6424W - $1369.99
A 24" Front-Load Washer with 2.12 cu. ft. Capacity, 9 wash cycles, LCD Display, No Spin Option, 1200 RPM Max Spin Speed, Internal Water Heater, and is Energy Star Rated.
Blomberg is a quality and trusted name in the European household appliances market. Owned by the Turkish Arcelik, the 3rd largest appliance manufacturer in Europe, Blomberg has gained a sizeable presence in the average European home with a full array of products. Turkey is the home of many appliances, from Blomberg compact laundry to Gaggenau, Bosch and Thermador refrigerators.
Blomberg WM87120 - $849.99
A 24" Front-Load Washer with 2.15 cu. ft. Capacity, 16 wash cycles, 1,200 RPM Spin Speed, Automatic Wash, Internal Heater, LCD Display, Child Lock and is also Energy Star Rated.
Blomberg vs Asko Compact Washing Machines
I was a big Asko fan, but the company has recently been disconnected by being footballed to so many different companies. The product has suffered a bit. Blomberg seems to be a good company.
Another reason for the tentative recommendation is the dearth of products in this segment. I will really like Blomberg when we sell more. Until then, there is not much choice. Btw, we know you are reading this from Istanbul :)
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