Does anyone make smaller Washer & Dryers ?

johnnytoobadFebruary 20, 2013

I am remodeling a tiny cottage kitchen, this place is like a studio apartment with very limited space. I'd like to install a washer & dryer, and the only place it can go is hidden in the kitchen cabinets. I have heard mixed reviews of the "combo" or "all-in-one" washer & dryers, loved by Europeans, but disliked by many Americans. But for now, I really don't want to consider the all-in-ones.

The smallest washer & dryer unit I have been able to find are by Miele, about 23" wide x 23 deep x 33" high. These will probably work, but if I can find something a bit smaller, all the better. This is a guest house with limited use, so there won't be a lot of wash being done, nor will the loads be big loads. And because of the kitchen design/layout, I cannot install a stacked unit, they have to be separate units, that will be a few feet apart. Venting the dryer is not a problem.

Are there any European models or other out there smaller than the Miele and of exccellent quality ?

Thanks, cheers, John

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Ariston is marginally smaller but no where near as good as Miele both in performance and service. You loose quite a bit of capacity.

Asko gets higher temps for whites and to disinfect but not as good in terms of service or reliability. It is a bit shorter but deeper.

It seems your perfect washer would be V-Zug but unfortunately they don't sell them in North America.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 3:31PM
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Bosch also makes compact washers and driers. These look like the models they sell in Europe. The European models are considered good (we had one for years; it was excellent). ~24" is the standard size in Europe.

Here is a link that might be useful: Boch compact washers and dryers

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 5:01PM
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For your application Miele or Asko are the only good bets.

The Bosch has quality issues especially long term, I've had two pair over the years and all have needed service and parts, and one pair was scrapped entirely. My miele is still going strong.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:52PM
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There are a whole bunch of tiny Asian top-load washers sold by the likes of Haier and Avanti that have a 16" to 21" square footprint, along with (usually 120 volt, ventless) dryers that are only about 15" deep. The latter are not condensation dryers, rather they just run their exhaust through a filter and into your room, which tends to get warm, damp, and dusty.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 7:34PM
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a top loader doesn't make much sense in kitchen cabinets , underneath a countertop.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 8:42PM
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