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Most Reliable Compact Washers 2017-2018 (Reviews / Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 07, 2018  |  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.

Compact laundry is designed and manufactured in different places than regular full-size laundry.

It was originated in Europe because they tend to have smaller living spaces. Even after their introduction in the US 30 years ago, the most popular products are still manufactured in Europe versus the United States or Mexico for regular laundry.

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

LG and Samsung are both Korean but are not huge producers…yet.

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 Laundry at a Glance (#1 being the most reliable):

  1. Electrolux
  2. Bosch
  3. Blomberg
  4. Miele
  5. Samsung

What is Compact Laundry?

Compact laundry is 34 inches high by 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep.  It can be placed under a counter in your kitchen in a standard cabinet or in a closet.

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.

The Reliability Methodology

To be exact, we had 30,761 service calls booked in 2017.We have 27 service techs on 8-10 service calls per day, 5 days a week with 110 on the weekend.

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

Yale Appliance Service Team


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.

These numbers also do not include people who do not call us in the first year. Most do because we fix the unit for free within the first year.

Most Reliable Compact Laundry


Units Sold

Units Serviced

Service Ratio

























Bosch Appliances







7.61 %

LG Electronics




The average rate for compact washers is 10.55% service within the first year.

This is interesting.  If you have read our full-size laundry article, Electrolux and Frigidaire is amongst the most serviced.

Yet in compact, Electrolux is the most reliable.  As I said before, Electrolux has been in the compact business far longer than they have been producing laundry.

Their regular laundry is also manufactured in Mexico whereas their compact washers are currently produced in Italy to a very different specification.

Bosch and Blomberg are under the repair average for washers making them a part of the reliable conversation. Blomberg is one of the only companies producing vented laundry.

At the other side of the spectrum, Maytag is one of the most reliable full-size washers, yet requires the most service in compact.

Their full-size machines are made in the US. Their compact washers are outsourced elsewhere.

Should You buy an Extended Warranty on a Washer?

I am asked this all the time. 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.


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 for many repair companies.  It is not the same as regular laundry.

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.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons to buy one brand of compact laundry.  You may require ventless or heat pump style dryers.  You may want a steam feature or a machine to wash silks and fine washables.

You should look at price because it varies from $1,499 to $3,699.

However, for reliability, Electrolux, Bosch, Blomberg, and Miele would be the best to consider.

Note:  These numbers can fluctuate because companies can change factories of production. 

Additional Resources

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Steve Sheinkopf

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