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May 28th, 2020 | 5 min. read

By Roger Pontes

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Electrical Requirements for Compact Laundry

My friend is a general contractor. He is a creative guy who likes to figure out everything home-related.

He had an old Asko stacked in his closet and needed to replace the washer. He loved the new Miele but didn't want to replace both.

I told him that compact laundry is all different. The Asko was a different voltage, and the dryer fits into the washer.

He bought the Miele anyway.

Weeks later, we talked about him changing the electrical, water, and securing the dryer.

I wondered how long he toiled on the installation and how secure that dryer is.

Compact laundry is not like regular full-size laundry.

There are all different types of electrical configurations and venting options.

In this article, you will be learning all the compact laundry types from the most popular brands, and which ones will work best for your space.

You will also know how to replace a washer or dryer without buying the pair.

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Compact Laundry & Dryer Venting

Miele-Compact-Laundry-with--Heat-Pump-Yale-Appliance-FraminghamMiele Compact Laundry at Yale Appliance in Framingham


Compact laundry is usually 24" wide, 34" tall, and about 23"-25" deep compared to a full-size unit, which can be 27" wide, 39" tall, and 32" deep on average.

Full-size laundry dryers are almost always vented. You can see the steel vent from the dryer to the outside.

yale-appliance-hanover-laundry-displayFull-Size Washers and Dryers at Yale Appliance in Hanover


Most compact laundry is ventless, meaning the heat and steam are recycled back through the machine. You do not need the vent outside.

How Do You Know If Your Dryer Needs To Vent Outside?

Look for the vent or the spot for the vent. If you are on an inside wall, then it's probably ventless.

Ventless Brands: Bosch, LG, Miele, Electrolux, Beko (Heat Pump), Samsung (Heat Pump), Blomberg (Heat Pump)

Vented Brands: Samsung, Beko, Asko, Blomberg

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What Are The Electrical Requirements For Compact Laundry?

Electrical Requirements for Beko Compact Laundry

Beko Compact Laundry Pair

Beko Compact Washer BWM7200X - $849

  • Requires 120 volts,15 amp circuit for the washer
  • Washer plugs into the dryer
  • 15 Wash Cycles
  • 1.95 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 1,200 RPM Spin Speed
  • Internal Water Heater
  • Automatic Wash and Water Control

Beko Vented Dryer BDV7200X - $749

  • Available as Vented, Condensation, or a Heat Pump Model
  • Requires 208-240 Volt Outlet for the dryer, 15 amp circuit for vented, 30 amps for ventless and heat pump
  • 3.7 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 15 Program Settings
  • Automatic Sensor Drying
  • Includes Stacking Kit

Beko is popular, especially as an inexpensive vented solution.

The washer plugs into the dryer and requires a 30-amp circuit or electrical feed from your main panel.

In simplest terms, the circuit is a system that is the whole electrical line and outlet (where you plug into).

Its shallow depth decreases the total capacity by 0.5 cubic feet, but Beko is the easiest to place in a tight closet.

Electrical Requirements for Electrolux Compact Laundry


Electrolux Compact Washer EFLS210TIW - $899

  • Requires a Separate 120 Volt, 10 Amp Electrical Outlet
  • 14 Wash Cycles
  • 2.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Steam Washer
  • 1,400 RPM Spin Speed
  • Fast Wash Cycle
  • Energy Star Rated
  • 10 Year Motor Warranty

Electrolux Compact Condensation Dryer EFDE210TIW - $899

  • Requires a 208-240 Volt, 30 Amp Electrical Outlet
  • 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Ventless Condensation Drying only
  • 7 Dry Cycles
  • Wrinkle Release Option
  • Delay Start
  • Stack Kit Sold Separately

Electrolux has a steam feature for easier stain removal.

This compact Electrolux set requires two separate electrical outlets and 40 total amps. Electrolux is non-vented only.

Electrical Requirements for the Bosch 500 Series Compact Laundry 

Bosch Compact Laundry Pair

Bosch 500 Series Compact Washer WAT28401UC  - $1,129

  • Washer Requires 208-240 volts and a 20 amp circuit if you're not plugging into the dryer
  • 2.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 15 Wash Cycles
  • SpeedPerfect
  • Sanitize Cycle
  • 1,400 RPM Spin Speed
  • ADA Compliant

Bosch 500 Series Compact Condensation Dryer WTG86401UC - $1,129

  • Condensation Dryer Only
  • Dryer Requires 208-240 volts and a 30 amp circuit
  • 15 Dry Cycles
  • 4 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Gentle Drying
  • Low Vibration and Quiet Operation
  • Energy Star

Bosch is incredibly reliable. The washer has a different power cord plugging into the Bosch dryer. You will need a 30 amp circuit.

Electrical Requirements for Miele Compact Laundry

Miele Compact Laundry Pair

Miele Compact Washer WWB020WCS - $1,199

  • Requires a Separate 120 Volt 15 amp Electrical Outlet
  • 2.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • Stainless Steel Honeycomb Wash Drum – Enhances cleaning performance
  • Large LCD Screen
  • 1,400 RPM Spin Speed

Miele Compact Heat Pump Ventless Dryer TWB120WP - $1,199 

  • 120 Volt Required or a 4-Prong 208-240 Volt 30 amps Electrical Outlet with 220V electrical adapter
  • 8 Drying Cycles
  • Anti-Creasing After Program Ends
  • Electronic Moisture Sensor
  • Honeycomb Drum
  • Stacking kit sold separately

Miele is the best compact laundry with a revolutionary 110-volt heat pump dryer. The washer has a high spin speed for pre-drying clothes and also can dispense pods as well as a ton of other features.

Miele-adaptor-for-compact-laundryMiele Adapter for Compact Laundry


You would need two separate 120-volt outlets or one 220-volt outlet with an adapter for two 110-volt outlets.

Electrical Requirements for Samsung Compact Laundry


Samsung Compact Washer WW22K6800AW - $799

  • Requires 15 amp 120v Electrical Outlet
  • 2.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Steam Wash Cycle
  • 1400 RPM Spin Speed
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • VRT - Vibration Reduction Technology
  • Smart Care Diagnostic

Samsung Compact Dryer DV22K6800EW - $799

  • Vented Dryer Only
  • Requires 240v Electrical Outlet 30 amps
  • 4.0 cu. ft. capacity
  • 12 Drying Cycles
  • Wrinkle Prevent
  • Smart Care Diagnostic
  • 5 Temperature Settings

What Type Of Compact Washer And Dryer Is Easiest To Install?

Condensation dryers are easier to install than vented dryers because you do not have to run a vent to the outside.

In many cases, venting a dryer is impossible inside closets or kitchens.

From an electrical standpoint and ease of installation, the Beko heat pump can be installed into a 30-amp outlet with only one electric line.

Bosch would be the next easiest with one outlet at 30 amps. Miele and Electrolux need two outlets for both your dryer and washer to plug into and 40 amps.

Miele can also be plugged into one 220v outlet using the Miele adapter.

  Vented or Ventless Number of Outlets  Total Amperage (Amps)
Beko Optional 1  30 Amps Ventless
Electrolux Ventless 2 40 Amps
Bosch Ventless 1 30 Amps
Miele Ventless (2) 120v or (1) 240v 30 Amps
Samsung Vented 1 30 Amps

Our most important advice is always to check what kind of circuits your building or home has and how much amperage you can draw for your machine to work correctly.

If you live in a condo, apartment complex, or older building, check with your property manager.

How Do You Replace An Existing Washer Or Dryer?

Compact-Laundry-Display-2018Compact Washers and Dryers at Yale Appliance in Boston


As my friend in the opening experience, it's hard replacing one unit, especially when it's stacked.

Placing your washer and dryer side-by-side is more manageable, especially if the units require two outlets like Miele, Electrolux, and Samsung.

When stacking, you also have to make sure there is a current stacking kit available, so the dryer doesn't fall forward off the washer during the spin.

Technically, you would have to stay with the same manufacturer and hope the kit exists.

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Key Takeaways

First, understand if the laundry is vented or ventless. You can tell by checking for metal venting. It's ventless on an inside wall.

Then you want to check the electrical by plug type and amperage.

If you are replacing a washer or dryer and want to keep the other unit, stay within the same brand. It's your best bet to secure the dryer and not have to change the electrical components.

Additional Resources 

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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