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Most Reliable Compact Washers 2019 (Reviews / Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  January 30, 2019  |  5 Min. Read

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Compact laundry is different than regular laundry. In fact, the most reliable brands for compact washers are almost opposite from a regular top load or front load.

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Compact laundry, unlike more conventional, washers and dryers,  originated from Europe because they tend to have smaller living spaces. Even after their introduction in the U.S. 30 years ago, the most popular products are still manufactured in Europe versus the U.S. or Mexico for regular laundry.

For example, Bosch and Miele are German. Electrolux and Asko are Swedish but are now produced in Italy and Slovenia respectively. Blomberg is Turkish (which still could be European depending on what side of Turkey).

LG and Samsung are different as both are Korean.

In this article, we will review what compact laundry is, our methodology for reliability and then the most reliable brands by actual percentage.

Most Reliable Compact Laundry at a Glance

  1. Bosch 6.62% service
  2. Samsung 8.96%
  3. Miele 10.56%
  4. Blomberg 18.37%

What is Compact Laundry?

Compact laundry is 34 inches high by 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep. It is designed to be placed in a tighter space, like a closet, either side-by-side or stacked.

It also has the same dimensions as a dishwasher, so you can also place them in your kitchen.

Houzz Compact Laundry - Photo by Insynk Design

You can also place compact laundry in most closets or upstairs.  Most dryers are ventless, so all you need is water and electricity.

Houzz Compact Laundry- Photo by Inaki Caperochipi Photography

Most condos and apartments in Boston have compact laundry.

How We Calculate Appliance Reliability

To be exact, we had 34,687 service calls logged in 2018. We have 30 service techs on 8-10 service calls per day, 5 days a week with another 10 working on the weekend.

In the chart below, you will see sales in the right column and service calls on the left for 2019. The percentage is calculated by service calls divided by sales over that period.

Yale Appliance Service Team

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It is the fairest measure of initial quality. However, we do not distinguish between a major or minor call. If you need us to send a technician, it counts.

Customer education phone calls and damage are not applied.

There are homeowners who may unknowingly call the manufacturer. Sometimes a builder will buy and the homeowner will not know to call us.

Most Reliable Compact Laundry

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
LG Electronics 0 1 0.00 %
Bosch Appliances 47 710 6.62 %
Whirlpool 2 29 6.90 %
Samsung 18 201 8.96 %
Miele 19 180 10.56 %
Fisher & Paykel 1 6 16.67 %
Blomberg 36 196 18.37 %
Asko 13 29 44.83 %
Maytag 2 1 200.00 %
Grand Total 141 1378 10.23 %

The average rate for compact washers is 10.23% service within the first year.

Bosch in 2018 and looking ahead to 2019 is the most reliable by almost 3.4%. It’s almost twice more reliable than the average appliance service rate at 13.6%.

Samsung would be next at 8.96% and then Miele at 10.56, but service rates may be tied to the types of compact laundry.

Three Types of Compact Laundry Dryers

We cover this extensively in other posts, but it's important to understand how it affects reliability especially with dryers, not washers.

Vented: Vented is similar to almost every full-size laundry on the market. You vent it outside.  Samsung and Blomberg are the most common.

Most manufacturers don't qualify, because of UL qualifications of containing fire in the dryer for 7 hours.

Ventless or condenser dry drying is the most common type. It doesn't have to be vented to the outside, because the steam is condensed to water.

You can place ventless anywhere since you do not have to run a vent to the outside. Ventless dryers do emit more heat to your room.

A heat pump is a form of ventless drying. It is common in Europe and is by far the most efficient dryer on the market.

Instead of elements, it uses a compressor to cool and convert the heated air. Most brands are 220 volts, but Miele actually has the most innovative using just 110 volts.

Brands

We have arranged this in order of features. Added features can affect service. Again we cover this in greater detail in other “Best” posts.

Miele

Miele has revolutionized compact laundry. The washer has an automatic dispenser for detergents and pods, steam, two pumps for better distribution of water and detergent as well as the honeycomb drum designed to wash gentle fabrics.

The dryer may be better.  It is the most efficient 110 volt on the market.  You can order different scents for your clothes to be added to the dry cycle. Along with Bosch, Miele is the only Smart laundry, you can control through an app on your phone.

Miele is new, so we would expect their service rate to drop in 2019.

Bosch

Their service rate is incredible. Bosch has three sets of laundry. You can wash by stain type as well as the more traditional settings on their best 800 series

Samsung

This brand doesn’t have any reliability issues in any of their products (other than the agitator-free top load washers, we don't sell in any brand). Their laundry features steam in a vented set. They will have a heat pump model later in the year.

Samsung’s issue, as well as most premium brands, is the lack of service techs to repair. Their problem may be worse, because of their explosive growth in the last few years.

Blomberg

They used to be the only vented dryers on the before Samsung. Now they are the least expensive.

Should You buy an Extended Warranty on a Washer?

You will be asked and sometimes pushed by your appliance store.

First, you should never buy a warranty from a company who does not offer their own service. These warranties are not designed to fix anything promptly.

Seriously.

If you are buying this for a peace of mind, then you will get exactly opposite with the repair or lack thereof.

Compact laundry is a very different repair. It is not the same as regular laundry and requires a more technically skilled technician.

I would be hesitant unless you are certain the repair company has actual experience, including the manufacturers themselves.

You may want to take your chances if you cannot find someone competent.

How Should You Buy Compact Laundry

First, it depends on how you are venting your dryer. If so then, Samsung would be the best with Blomberg being less expensive.

Ventless laundry is all good. Miele is the best, but also the priciest at over $3700. For reliability, Bosch is excellent.

Remember: Most of these machines are more intricate than regular, full-size laundry. You should inquire about service before you purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best compact washing machine?

It depends on if you are venting to the outside or not on the dryer. The best ventless machine is the Miele, but it is $3700. The washer has automatic dispensing, steam, a high RPM spin, two pumps for better distribution of water and detergent and a honeycomb drum designed to handle gentle fabrics.  Bosch would be a good reliable alternative. They have three models. For vented Samsung would be better than Blomberg and Asko.

Can you run a washer and dryer at the same time?

Yes.

Can you stack any front load washer and dryer?

You can stack any Miele on a Miele of the same year. You should not stack a another brand on a different brand, because they have different kits to keep the dryer in place.

What is the best stackable washer and dryer? It depends on price and venting specs. Miele is the best with incredible washer features and a revolutionary 110 heat pump dryer.  Bosch is the most reliable at a far less price.  For vented, Samsung is the second most reliable to Bosch and has steam.

Are ventless dryers better than vented dryers?

They are more convenient, because they can be placed anywhere with water and power. They do not dry as fast and emit heat into the room. Heat pumps, a form of ventless dryer, are more efficient and do not emit heat.

Additional Resources

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

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

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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