The intelligent controls provide customers the flexibility to pick wash and dry cycles based on their needs. However, the capacity is a bit smaller than other stacked options. Overall, the combination of the lower cost, extensive features, multiple certifications, and the 5-year limited warranty on parts makes this our recommended stacked laundry set.
The most cost-effective option of all that we reviewed. As expected, you get fewer features with lower quality materials and spin speed. The washer capacity is the smallest of all offered. The whirlpool warranty isn’t the worst offered, but it’s pretty close. If you don’t care about certifications or modern features, it’s a good low-cost option. It comes with a water heater, the washer has 4 cycles and 5 temperatures, and the dryer has a large capacity and door opening.
The most expensive side by side laundry center we reviewed. It has all of the features you could need with Quantum Control system, 1200 rpm spin speed, 4 cycle wash with 4 compartment dispenser, large washer opening with 180-degree door swing, very large dryer door opening, 5 temperature settings for the dryer, limited 3-year warranty and more. We reduced the score a bit as given its price, it doesn’t have any energy certifications, no stainless steel drum for the dryer, and requires you to purchase a coin box separately.
For those with a max budget of $3,000 who really value efficiency and spin speed, this is a decent option. You get a bit less than other options in wash options, capacity, warranty, and quality of material. The multiple energy efficiency certifications are a nice bonus.
With this option you sacrifice a bit on spin speed and efficiency vs. option #4 and you have to purchase a coin box separately. The higher quality setup (stainless steel and galvanized steel drums, larger dryer door opening), quantum controls, and extra year on the warranty (3 vs. 2) make up for it.
This brand provides the largest capacity washer and dryer of all that we reviewed. Washer has 4 cycles, a high spin speed, and multiple dispenser options and energy certifications. Both washer and dryer drums are stainless steel and have large door openings. It also has a 3 year warranty on all parts.
All the same benefits and negatives of option #3, except this stacked laundry center is also more expensive. It’s worth noting that this brand requires two power chords on their stacked version. Other brands don’t have that issue. If you love option #3 and don’t have as much space, this could be a good fit.
The same features, benefits and negatives as option #6, but a bit more expensive. For both this and option #6, this price level should have some sort of online control/management system. This stacked version also is not listed as ADA compliant though still has the multiple energy certifications.
This is the gas version of option #7. Interestingly, it has one less wash cycle and one more certification (Energy Star Rated). If choosing between the two, it comes down to how you feel about energy efficiency vs number of wash cycles. We give this a slightly higher rating as the Energy Star rating holds more weight than the lost cycle for us.
At nearly $4,000, this combination is light on features and has only a 1 year limited warranty on all parts. We don’t recommend this option.
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At this price level, there are better options. Kenmore’s 1 year limited warranty on all parts is the shortest of all brands we reviewed.
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A solid side-by-side option that’s a great value. It only gets a lower rating because of the lack of energy star rating and a smaller capacity washer. This very reasonably priced laundry center provides the longest limited warranty on all parts of the brands we reviewed (5 years).
Commercial laundry machines aren’t often reviewed online and brands tend to promote their strongest features, so you need to pay attention to the specifications. Sometimes even the specs can leave out certain comparable details. However, you can start narrowing down with some online research. Before you buy, you should talk to an appliance seller or expert about your specific setup and usage scenario. There are multiple available online like AJ Madison and Appliances Connection.
Finding the right product can be tricky based on your budget and what features are important. Many focus on the material of the drum/tub for durability, wash settings for user flexibility, and higher spin cycle rpm for drying the heavier items as well as the delicates. Warranty is also important to consider as what each brand offers can vary. For example, Maytag offers a 5-year limited warranty on all parts while other brands offer 3 or 1-year warranties.
We took a look at 12 different sets of washer and dryers to help you get started on your online research. Some higher-end brands offer products that are $4,000 and up for each washer or dryer. We focused on the low to reasonably priced models that are keeping your total cost for both under $4,500.