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Electrolux vs. Bosch Compact Laundry (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 23, 2018  |  7 Min. Read

Bosch  |  Electrolux  |  Laundry  |  Compact Laundry

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Compact laundry has become very popular in Boston. You can now place laundry anywhere including in a tight closet or kitchen due to its 24-inch width and depth. All you need is water and electricity.

This niche is dominated by the European manufacturers unlike full-size laundry. Instead of Maytag, Whirlpool, and LG, Bosch, Miele, Asko, and Electrolux are the most popular brands in this market. These machines can be stacked or placed side-by-side.

In this article, we will look at the electrical requirements, vented and ventless drying, both Bosch and Electrolux, and then compare the two at the end. 

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Electrical Requirements

If you are looking to replace your compact washer and dryer, pay close attention to the electrical outlets behind your machine.

You will still need a 220-volt outlet, and in some cases, a 110 volt as well. In most closet installations, you will probably need to add the 220-volt line.

Condensation Drying

Condensation drying turns the heat and steam into water. The water either drains out the back of the dryer or is drained into a removable reservoir.

These dryers are popular with builders in Boston who do not want the added costs of drilling holes for vents. 

You can now place a washer / dryer anywhere there is water and electricity without worrying about venting to the outside

So, laundry can be moved effectively from your basement to your bedroom with water, electricity, and a condenser dryer. 

Combination Washer / Dryer

Some manufacturers make an all-in-one condensation dryer unit. It is in your best interest to buy the washer and dryer separate. The dryer is more powerful at 220 volts compared to 110 volts (except for the newer heat pump Miele) for the combination unit.

We also see far less service on the separate pieces than the combination units. 

These units should only be considered in an extreme situation like a boat or other small spaces.

Electrolux

new electrolux compact laundry eifls20qsw and eied200qsw

Based in Sweden, Electrolux is one of the largest appliance companies worldwide. In the U.S. market, Electrolux is well-known for full-size laundry. 

They have recently entered the U.S. compact laundry market. So far, their machines have been very popular in terms of features and aesthetics. 

However, the machines are built in separate factories with the washers made in Italy and the dryers produced in Poland.

To be transparent, we no longer sell Electrolux products.

Electrolux EIFLS20QSW $999 + EIED200QSW $999

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Required Cutout Dimensions

Stacked

  • Height: 68.5’’
  • Width: 24’’
  • Depth: 26’’

Side-By-Side

  • Height: 33.5’’ (pedestal accessories add 12’’)
  • Width: 48’’
  • Depth: 25’’

Electrical Requirements

You must have both 220-volt plug for the dryer and 110-volt plug for the washer.

Features

  • 2.4 cubic ft. washer
  • Washer Cycles: normal, deep clean sanitize, heavy duty, delicates, rinse & spin, casual, steam refresh, normal with steam, casual with steam, fast wash, whites, wool, jeans, clean washer
  • 5 temperature selections
  • Steam in washer helps you power out stains
  • 5 spin speed selections (1400 RPM max)
  • 5 soil level selections
  • 2nd floor guarantee – Electrolux stands behind machines perfect balance system ensuring quiet operation near bedrooms and common areas
  • Dryer Cycles: normal, heavy-duty, delicates, casual, mixed load, touch up, towels, jeans, fast dry, wool, timed dry
  • 4 cubic ft. stainless dryer drum
  • Gentle dry uses lower heat temperatures to be more gentle on clothes and protects them from over-drying, shrinking, or wrinkling
  • Delay start
  • 3 temperature levels
  • 4 dryness levels
  • End of cycle chime on/off
  • Steam Cycle in the washer

Bosch

bosch compact laundry wap24201uc and wtb86201uc

Bosch is a well-known appliance brand in the U.S. and international markets. Although Bosch is well-known for manufacturing dishwashers, they have been manufacturing compact laundry for many years.

They make 3 models: Ascenta, Axxis, and Axxis Plus. The Axxis and Axxis Plus are the most widely sold.

Bosch WAT28401UC $1,079 + WTG86401UC $1,079

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Required Cutout Dimensions

Stacked

  • Height: 68’’
  • Width: 24’’
  • Depth: 27.5’’

Side-By-Side

  • Height: 33.5’’ (pedestal accessories add 15’’)
  • Width: 48’’
  • Depth: 27.5’’

Electrical Requirements

Bosch washers plug into the dryer which plug into the wall. You need a 220V plug.

Features

  • 2 cubic ft. washer with stainless steel drum
  • Washer Cycles: cotton normal, perm press, sanitary, jeans, quick wash 30 min, delicates, active wear, heavy duty, whitest whites, towels, anti shrink, wollens/handwash, maintenance, rinse, drain/spin
  • 4 spin speed settings (1400 RPM max)
  • Anti-vibration cicular sidewalls reduce vibration
  • Raindrop drum pattern for powerful and gentle cleaning
  • Sanitary cycle heats water to 145 degrees F to reduce bacteria
  • Internal water heater heats water quickly and efficiently
  • Dryer Cycles: cotton extra dry, cot tom dry, perm press extra dry, perm press dry, jeans, quick dry, delicates, active wear, anti shrink, iron dry, towels, timed program 40 hot, time dry, woolens, air fluff (no heat)
  • 4 cubic ft. stainless dryer drum
  • Delay start
  • 4 temperature levels
  • 3 hours of timed dry programs

Bosch WAW285H2UC $1379 + Bosch WTG865H2UC $1379

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Required Cutout Dimensions

Stacked

  • Height: 67.75"
  • Width: 23.5’’
  • Depth: 25’’

Side-By-Side

  • Height: 33.25"
  • Width: 47"
  • Depth: 25"

Electrical Requirements

Bosch washers plug into the dryer which plug into the wall. You need a 240V plug.

Features

  • Home Connect
  • 2.2 cubic ft. washer with stainless steel drum
  • 14 Wash Cycles: permanent press, permanent press heavy soil, delicates, quick 30 minute, rinse, hand wash/wool, dran/spin, cotton, normal, whitest whites, towels, sanitize, super quick 15 minute, bulky large items, drum clean
  • 4 spin speed settings (1400 RPM max)
  • AquaStop
  • EcoSilence Motor
  • Wave-shaped structured drum for a powerful yet gentle wash
  • Sanitary cycle heats water to 170 degrees F to reduce bacteria
  • Internal water heater heats water quickly and efficiently
  • Dryer Cycles: cotton extra dry, cot tom dry, perm press extra dry, perm press dry, jeans, quick dry, delicates, active wear, anti shrink, iron dry, towels, timed program 40 hot, time dry, woolens, air fluff (no heat)
  • 4 cubic ft. stainless dryer drum
  • Delay start
  • 4 temperature settings
  • 14 dry cycles

Which Should you Buy?

They are both good choices and similar in many ways with condenser dryers. 

Bosch is on our most reliable appliance brands list

Electrolux is the only compact washer with steam in a ventless application. Miele and Samsung now have steam in different types of their compact washers. 

Steam can be used to smooth wrinkles, refresh clothes or power out stains. 

Bosch has the speed cycle and a pedigree of manufacturing compact laundry in one place 

Their better (and more expensive) Axxis Plus has Wi-Fi connectivity so you can set your laundry from an app on your phone. 

You can also wash and dry a small load in 30 minutes and set the actual degrees instead of the default temperatures of Hot, Warm, or Cold. 

These machines allow you to wash by stain type like oil, wine, or grass. The machine will then initiate the right was cycle. 

Electrolux has the steam and a better price. Bosch is faster with more intuitive cycles. 

So, it depends on what you value. 

Additional Resources

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

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Steve Sheinkopf

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