Electrical Requirements for Compact Laundry (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Roger Pontes  |  October 19, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

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So you may be in the market for a new compact washer and dryer to fit in a limited space but you may not know where to start looking or what will even work for you.

The problem that some folks run into with compact laundry is that different models will have different electrical requirements. For example, there are no compact dryers available in gas. They are all electric. Some require separate outlets and some require just one outlet.

It may seem a bit daunting, but we are going make it easy as possible to understand in this article so you can find what will work for you.

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What is Compact Laundry?

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Compact laundry is popular in the industry because it can fit anywhere. You can install it in a closet, a bathroom, or even in your kitchen. Most compact dryers are non-vented meaning you can install it anywhere as long as you have water and electricity available to that area.

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.


Some of the well-known brands that offer compact laundry are Bosch, Miele, Electrolux, Asko, Whirlpool, LG, and Blomberg.

Asko and Blomberg would be the only 2 compact units available that can be vented to the outside. They do have ventless dryers, as well.  All other dryers are non-vented and use condensation or a heat pump for drying.

What is a Heat Pump Dryer?

Heat pump dryers use a compressor instead of heated elements to dry your clothes. What this means is that air is first heated, then passed through the drum of your dryer. The hot air absorbs moisture from your clothes and goes through the evaporator as moist air. The evaporator removes that moisture to be collected as condensation in a tank. The now dried air is recirculated to continue the process.

Heat pump dryers are inexpensive to operate and use half the energy of other dryers. Depending on your energy costs, you could save up to $100 a year. Not to mention, for Massachusett residents, there will never be a problem with Make-Up air in a heat pump unit.

Now, let's introduce some of the more popular models of compact laundry and their electrical requirements. 

What are the Electrical Requirements for Compact Laundry?


Washer WM77120 $849Vented Dryer DV17542 $679


Washer Features:

  • 12 Wash Programs
  • 1.95 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 1,200 RPM Spin Speed
  • Internal Water Heater
  • Automatic Wash and Water Control
  • LCD Electronic Display
  • Energy Star
  • 10 Amps Electrical Requirement for Washer
  • Washer plugs into the dryer

Dryer Features:

  • Available as Vented, Condensation, or a Heat Pump Model
  • 3.67 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Requires 220-240 Volt Electrical 30 Amps Circuit
  • 15 Program Settings
  • Automatic Sensor Drying
  • Includes Stacking Kit
  • Heat Pump Dryer require only 5 Amps for Electric

Blomberg 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).


Washer EIFLS20QSW $899 - Condensation Dryer EIED200QSW $899


Washer Features:

  • 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
  • Requires a Separate 120 Volt 10 Amp Electrical Outlet

Dryer Features:   

  • 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Vent-less Condensation Drying
  • 11 Dry Cycles
  • Wrinkle Release Option
  • Reverse Tumble
  • Gentle Dry
  • Delay Start
  • Requires a 208-240 Volt 30 Amp Electrical Outlet
  • Stack Kit Sold Separately

Electrolux has one of the biggest capacities for a compact washer which is 2.4 cu. ft. The washer also has a steam feature which makes it easier for stain removal.

This compact Electrolux set requires 2 separate electrical outlets and 40 total amps. Electrolux is non-vented only.

Bosch 500 Series

Washer WAT28401UC $1,079 - Condensation Dryer WTG86401UC $1,079


500 Series Washer Features:

  • 2.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Active Water Technology – Adjusts water level to your specific load for a more efficient wash
  • 15 Wash Cycles
  • Speed Perfect – Provides up to 40% faster washing time
  • Sanitize Cycle
  • Anti-Vibration Design
  • Energy Star Rated
  • Stainless Steel Drum
  • 1,400 RPM Spin Speed
  • ADA Compliant
  • Washer Requires 10 Amps and Plugs into the Dryer

Dryer Features:

  • Condensation Dryer
  • 15 Dry Cycles
  • 4 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Gentle Drying
  • Low Vibration and Quiet Operation
  • Energy Star
  • Dryer Requires 13 Amps

Bosch is incredibly reliable. The washer has a unique power cord attached to it which plugs into the Bosch dryer. You will need a 30 amp circuit.


Washer W3048 $1,999 - Miele Condensation Dryer T8033C $1,499 


Washer Features:

  • 2.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 7 Wash Programs
  • 11 Master Care Programs – Good for delicate wash, table linens, and dress shirts
  • Stainless Steel Honeycomb Wash Drum – Enhances cleaning performance
  • Large LCD Screen
  • 1,300 RPM Spin Speed
  • Remote Vision Capability – Creates a link between the appliance and Miele's monitoring center
  • Requires a Separate 120 Volt 15 Amp Electrical Outlet

Dryer Features:

  • Condensation Vent-less Drying
  • 8 Dry Programs
  • Anti-Creasing After Program Ends
  • Remote Vision Monitoring
  • Electronic Moisture Sensor
  • Honeycomb Drum
  • Interior Light
  • Requires 208-240 Volt 30 Amps Electrical Outlet
  • Stacking Kit Sold Separately

Miele is the most reliable for compact laundry. However, it's expensive. You would need two outlets and 40 amps for the Miele.

What is the 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 Blomberg heat pump can be installed into a 20-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.

  Vented or Ventless # of Outlets Required Total Amperage (amps)
Blomberg Optional 1 15 amps ventless, 30 amps vented
Electrolux Ventless 2 40 amps
Bosch Ventless 1 30 amps
Miele Ventless 2 40 amps

Our most important piece of advice is to always check what kind of circuits your building or home has and how much amperage you can draw in order for your machine to work correctly. If you live in a condo, apartment complex, or older building, check with your property manager.  

Additional Resources 

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting 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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