need help finding stackable dryer for my HE3T

raroApril 4, 2011

We are remodeling the laundry and will have to find a dryer to stack on top of our Kenmore elite HE3T. (even though we love our big regular, reliable dryer). Sears sold me the stacking kit but I could not find a sales person that could tell me which dryer to buy to stack on top. They kept saying that it would be best to buy a new, complete stacking set. (Best for them, that is).

I am so confused by the complexity of the information. How do I figure out what to buy? I want the largest capacity dryer that will fit.

There was a card in the kit that says: Fits these laundry pairs 1) whirlpool duet, 2) whirlpool duet steam; Maytag performance series 3000/4000/5000/9000 7.2 $ 7.5 cu ft capacity dryers.

The face page of the instructions have listed on the front: Maytag, KitchenAid, Superba, HE3, HE3t, HE5, HE5t, Whirlpool Duet, Duet HT, Whirlpool 3RAWZ480E, 3RAWZ481E, 3RAWZ481G, AWM9000.


Or do I just have the carpenters build a sturdy shelf over the washer and stack whatever front loading dryer I buy? BTW the space is limited and I am worried about vibration/movement as the laundry will be on the 2nd floor.

thank you in advance for your help.


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Building a shelf over the washer may be an ideal solution. It would allow any brand/model of dryer to go up there ... and (theoretically) eliminate the need to physically remove the dryer from atop the washer if the washer needs service.

Assuming the washer's plumbing connections will be behind it, you MUST make sure there's access to turn off the faucets, disconnect the power and so forth in case of a problem or flood situation.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 6:36PM
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thanks for your thoughts dadoes and the good points if we do go that route. We may well do that but I would like to know if I have any other options. The cost of building the shelf might outweigh the cost of buying a new washer along with the new dryer.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 10:12PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Just know that with out very good solid structure beneath the dryer you could have some serious vibration, might want to check out vibration mats or pads etc. The high velocity spin really benefits from a very solid structure under it.
Would hate to see it vibrate right off of the shelf, attaching it might be a good idea.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 3:50PM
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ravencajun - I am confused by your advice because it is the washer that is on the floor. The fl washer does have a high velocity spin and vibrates quite a bit. But would a fl dryer also have a high velocity spin and lots of vibration? I currently have a top loading dryer and it doesn't do that. It is the dryer that would be up on the shelf.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 11:11PM
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