As many of us live in apartments and houses where laundry space is not as abundant as we’d want it to be, many laundry systems have evolved to reflect and suit the small spaces we live in. Stackable washers and dryers are an example of a laundry solution that is made to be space-saving. They are washers and dryers that are made to be bought together to stack on top of each other, providing a space-efficient laundry system. And with more options on the market for settings, energy consumption, color, and design, it can be difficult to make the decision about which washer/dryer works best for you.

If you’re looking to buy a stackable washer/dryer unit, these are the things you absolutely need to do to make the best decision:

1. Remember that you will need to pay extra for a stacking kit

Before you go ahead and buy that beautiful chrome washer/dryer system, make sure you factor in the cost of a stacking kit to the final cost, which can cost upwards of $30, as well as the installation of both units. Contrary to popular belief, stacking your washer and dryer is not something that you can do on your own, as safety measures will have to be taken and certain electric and plumbing codes need to be followed.

2. Consider the energy usage of your washer/dryer

Many people choose compact and stackable washer/dryers because they are looking to save some money. But if you’re not paying attention, you may end up with a non-energy-saving system that will quickly eat up a significant chunk of your power bill.

Make sure you check Energy Star ratings before you make a decision to make sure you get a laundry system that is cost-effective with low energy consumption.

3. Factor in the price of cleaning 

Many people pay a lot for high-end washer/dryers and expect them to maintain themselves. But if you were hoping for a washer/dryer that is self-sufficient, we have to break the news to you that you will still need to hire professional services to clean your units. 

Dryer cleaning is an important part of maintaining the smooth operations of your machines. But beyond that, the US Fire Administration recommends an annual cleaning of dryers and dryer vents to avoid house fires, which happen to approximately 3,900 homes every year. 

4. Make sure you look over the available settings

If you’re looking to buy a new washer/dryer, remember that you may have to make some compromises when it comes to settings and cycles. While big regular washers and dryers are usually capable of a large variety of settings, stackable dryers usually come in compact sizes, which can usually mean a more limited amount of options. Weigh the pros and cons of each dryer while you take in its settings to arrive at a good decision.