At a Glance
- What You Need To Know About Compact Dryers
- Most Reliable Compact Dryers For 2019
- Why Are Compact Dryers More Reliable
Than Full-Size Dryers?
- Most Reliable Compact Laundry Pairs
- How Do You Pick The Best Compact
- Best Compact Dryer Brands
- Which Compact Dryer Should You Buy?
- Frequently Asked Questions About
You won't see your familiar brand names like Maytag, Whirlpool, and GE while you shop for a compact washer or dryer. Historically, compact laundry is manufactured in Europe rather than the US and Mexico like full-size units.
Europeans typically live in smaller spaces, so compact laundry fits their smaller kitchens and closets. We, on the other hand, usually have ample space in our laundry rooms.
LG and Samsung may be changing this trend. They have recently started manufacturing compact laundry with highly technical, yet affordable products imported from Korea.
It will be interesting to see if they can compete as successfully in the compact as regular laundry.
In terms of reliability and features, compact laundry brands, like Miele and Bosch, are much better than any of the full-size units.
In this article, you will see the service ratings for compact dryers based on actual service calls. We logged 34,000+ last year and should break 40,000 this year.
You will learn about the most reliable dryers, washers, and pairs to consider. Then I will show you the different drying types, vented, condensation and heat pump and how it impacts your laundry room.
Then you will look a few features to consider. We will also answer a few questions you may have at the end.
What You Need To Know About Compact Dryers
Over 85% of compact dryers sold are ventless whereas full-size, regular dryers are almost exclusively vented outdoors.
You can place compact laundry anywhere such as in a small closet of at least 24 wide and deep. It's roughly the size of a dishwasher. Unlike full-size laundry, you could place your compact washer and dryer in your kitchen.
With a compact set, you do not have to run to your basement to do laundry. You probably have room, water, and adequate power upstairs in your house.
Let's look at the ratings.
Most Reliable Compact Clothes Dryers
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|LG Electronics||0||4||0.00 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||0||5||0.00 %|
|Bosch Appliances||77||1023||7.50 %|
|Grand Total||220||2269||12.44 %|
The most reliable compact dryers are Miele, Electrolux, Samsung, and Bosch. All are excellent when you look at the service rate for appliances in general at 13.4%
Miele is pretty incredible when you consider it as a completely new product type. A 110-volt heat pump dryer did not exist before they marketed it (at least in the US).
We will describe each dryer type at the end of the article.
How We Calculate Appliance Reliability
We look at service calls and divide by sales in 12 months. The lowest percentage is considered the most reliable.
We try to solve customer education and installation issues by phone. However, a service call is anytime we dispatch a truck to your home.
Why Are Compact Dryers Better Than Full-Size Dryers?
Compact dryers are typically engineered, built, and manufactured in one place, usually in Europe. Full-size dryers are seldom designed and manufactured in the same place. Parts are always from a different origin as well.
You probably are not just buying the dryer. Following are the washers stats.
Most Reliable Compact Washers for 2019
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|LG Electronics||0||1||0.00 %|
|Bosch Appliances||47||710||6.62 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||1||6||16.67 %|
|Grand Total||186||1520||12.24 %|
The most reliable compact washers are Bosch, Samsung, and Miele.
Electrolux has a huge drop-off because their washers are manufactured in Italy and the dryers are produced in Poland.
We don't sell Electrolux any more, so that may have changed.
Most Reliable Washer And Dryer Pairs
Bosch, Miele, and Samsung are well below the average repair of an appliance of 13.4%
Bosch, Miele, and Electrolux are all non vented. Bosch and Electrolux are a condenser, while Miele is heat pump (I will explain in a bit).
Samsung is vented like your regular full-size unit.
How Do You Pick A Compact Washer And Dryer Set?
Unlike most of your laundry purchases, for compact dryers, you start with the dryer, because of venting.
Most compact dryers do not vent to the outside so that you can place your set anywhere you have water and electricity (I know I have said that quite a bit in this article).
Three Types Of Clothes Dryers
Vented: Vented dryers are similar to regular dryers. The heat and moist air are expelled to the outside using a vent and wall cap. Most popular vented brands are Samsung and Blomberg.
Condensation: Using regular heating elements and turns the heated air into the water. Most popular: Bosch, Electrolux, Asko and Fisher Paykel (Pro Tip Have the installer run a water line from the dryer to the washer. You will not have to empty the dryer after each use)
Heat Pump: We have articles on this, but a heat pump dryer uses a compressor to recycle the air. It is ventless, but far more efficient than condensation.
It reuses existing air, rather than pulling air from your room and does not project heat into like other straight condenser models.
Blomberg, Whirlpool, and Miele all have heat pump dryers. Samsung will have a heat pump dryer in the near future.
Miele is 110 volts, whereas the others are 220 volts. So the electrical requirements for your compact laundry is far less. Installation should be more comfortable with 110 volts if you are placing this in a new space.
Best Compact Dryer Brands
Best Heat Pump Dryer: Miele
- SteamFinish – remove wrinkles and smooth with steam
- Perfect Dry - Precision drying
Miele is considered the best by anyone. Their best model has automatic dispensing for 30 loads as well as pod dispensing — the fastest RPM to pre-dry your clothes, and the ability to wash fine washables.
Their dryer is the best as well with the most efficient 110 Volt heat pump. It's more efficient, better on your clothes and uses less electricity.
Their best units cost almost $4,000.
However, their most economical costs $2,299 and includes the heat pump and the pod dispensing. It is still a great unit.
Best Condenser Dryer: Bosch
- Condensation Drying - Doesn't require ducting
- Anti-vibration Circular Side Walls to reduce vibration and noise
- Sensitive Drying System
Bosch's 800 series includes programs to wash by stain as well as cycle and temperature, but its $2800+. Their 500 series (featured above) has decent, but less descriptive cycles at $2,299.
Best Vented Dryer: Samsung
- 4.0 cu. ft. capacity
- 5 Temperature Settings
- Smart Care - Troubleshoot straight from your smartphone
- Sensor Dry - Automatically turns off when your clothes are dry
Samsung dominates this niche. Its reliability is far better, and they offer more cycles and steam functionality. It can also replace a full-size vented dryer in terms of installation.
Blomberg is decent, but a bit less reliable and does not provide steam functionality in their vented models.
Which Compact Dryer Should You Buy?
Miele, Bosch, and Samsung are the most reliable compact clothes dryer brands.
However, how you buy depends on other factors, especially the venting. Then you can look at features in a very different purchase decision.
Frequently Asked Questions About Compact Laundry
Can you stack any washer and dryer?
Yes, all washers and dryers designed to be stacked.
What are brands of washers and dryers the best?
It depends, but Miele, Bosch, and Samsung are the most reliable and among the best brands for washers and dryers.
What is the smallest full-size washer and dryer?
The smallest full-size washer and dryers are from LG because their models have less depth. Compact dryers will be shallower than the shallowest LG by about 6 inches.
Can you mix washer and dryer brands?
It depends on the installation. If the washer and dryer are tied together, then probably not. I would not recommend mixing the brands while stacking. They all fit differently and have different stacking kits.
What compact washers and dryers have Wi-Fi?
Bosch and Miele offer Wi-Fi for basic functions like turning on and off and see the time remaining.
Are ventless dryers good?
Most ventless dryers are decent. Look at Bosch, Electrolux, and Asko.
Do ventless washers cause mold?
You do not hear this complaint from compacts as much. The gasket is narrow, and water does not pool and becomes stagnant like a regular front load.
Are washer and dryer combos any good?
No, one-piece washer and dryer combos are not good. They take way too long to complete a cycle and are repair prone.
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