The Best Compact Washer and Dryer for a Small Apartment

Living in New York City, I never thought I’d have a washer dryer in my apartment.


StephanieMay 7, 2018 - 2:20 pm

This is SO helpful! I’ll be getting married soon, and on our income we won’t be able to afford more than a tiny apartment. Knowing which washer and dryer to get is super necessary. Thanks for sharing!

SherMay 7, 2018 - 2:26 pm

No problem! So glad it’s helpful, I couldn’t find anyone’s personal experience when we were installing ours!

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John HineMarch 27, 2019 - 11:55 pm

I’m hoping that you can recommend a stackable Washer and Dryer to fit into a Parisian apartment. There is adequate space where they will eventually sit, but to get there, they must pass through two doorways with a maximum width of 22-3/4 inches if I take the doors off their hinges.
Any suggestions would be most greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
J M Hine

SherMarch 28, 2019 - 1:13 am

Hi John, Ooh a Paris apartment sounds like a dream. I’m sorry, I don’t know any smaller washer dryers but if you’re in Europe you probably have access to more European brands and small size appliances than we do in the US.

You might have to just widen the doorways, and then re-patch (we did this in the kitchen to match a half wall to the counter depth), or perhaps you can air lift the appliance in through the windows?

PreetiMarch 30, 2019 - 7:34 pm

I am looking at the Samsung 24 inch washer/vented dryer. But I could modify my closet to fit a 27 inch LG washer/dryer. It would stick out a couple inches. I am worried about the reliability of the compact units since there are not as many of them sold. I used to have a 3.1 cu ft washer and it worked great. I think the 2.2 cu ft unit may be too small. Any thoughts?

margieJuly 20, 2019 - 1:14 pm

I bought the Bosch Stackable Washer and dryer and it was the worst purchase of my life. The washer leaked water after less than twenty loads and caused water damage. Needless to say, the washer went to the landfill. The Bosch customer service is a waste of time.

SherJuly 20, 2019 - 11:29 pm

Hi Margie – Hm, who did you purchase it from and did they do the install? It sounds like the washer may have been set up incorrectly. I can see why you’d be upset – leaking water is my worst nightmare since I live in an apartment building. I don’t know what I’d do if there was water damage! I used Bosch’s repair service and found it OK, but appreciate the you sharing your experience.

AmyJanuary 10, 2020 - 10:38 am

This article is FANTASTIC! Very thorough and insightful, helpful for anyone looking to purchase a washer & dryer for apartment usage.

JulieJanuary 11, 2020 - 10:11 am

I’m wondering if you installed the set backward? The washer and dryer are set with hinges to open outward. So if the washer is on the left and the dryer on the right it should work fine.

SherJanuary 11, 2020 - 10:19 am

Hi Julie – due to the placement of the water line in the apartment, we had to install the washer on the right, and the dryer on the left. The sink is on the far right. i guess traditional American households have the washer on the left but if the door hinges were interchangeable, like I think the newer models are, then it would have been a little nicer!

SherJanuary 11, 2020 - 10:22 am

I think placement preference also depends if you are right or left handed ;)

EnriqueNovember 17, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Hi there!
My wife, our 1-yr. old daughter,and I live here in NYC as well.

The super told us that in order to install a washing machine, we’ll need a plumber to cut a pipe and weld together some other part to include cold water for the washer.

I remember when I was growing up, my mother would ask me to hook up the washing machine, but that was to the faucet, not under the sink.

Any insight regarding the difference?
Not sure if they still make washing machines that I can simply hook up to the faucet when we’ll wash or if the washers that are made today require hooking up under the sink only.

Thanks a bunch, New Yorker :)


SherNovember 17, 2020 - 3:08 pm

Hi! Hm it sounds like you’re talking about a portable washer, like this?

these hook up to just a faucet and you can move them around. they’re much cheaper too.

check with your landlord if it’s ok.. most leases in the city forbid them (nyc buildings have very old pipes that can burst or get clogged and oof that potential water damage would terrify me). but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

KevinDecember 1, 2020 - 6:19 pm

Hey there!

We have constraints on the depth of our washer and dryer, but no restraints on the width. Did you happen across any washers or dryers that are 25″ deep, but that still fit large loads? The one we need to replace is 35″h x 25″d x 27″w

SherDecember 5, 2020 - 3:35 pm

Hi Kevin – the easiest way to find is to go on AJ Madison > washers and then in the sidebar enter the dimensions you need. Then you can see all the available brands.