FLOOR space is at a premium in most homes, so a stacked washer and dryer may sound like a good investment.
But the appliances can actually make doing laundry much more difficult, appliance pros warn.
A stacking washer and dryer saves space but makes doing laundry harder, experts warnCredit: Getty
The space-saving appliances take up more of your time, and you’ll expend extra effort trying to get things clean.
Before you invest in a stacked washer and dryer, consider the downsides, which the experts at House Digest detailed.
First and foremost, stackable washers and dryers just don’t offer as many features as side-by-side models, the experts warned.
If you love the extra cycles on your washer, you may be disappointed when shopping for a stackable model that doesn’t offer them.
But even if extra features don’t matter to you, the appliances’ capacity might.
“They will usually sport a fraction of the load capacity of larger units,” the experts wrote.
You’ll be left lugging large items to your local wash-and-fold if you can’t cram them into the machines.
“This means that some items you are used to washing at home, such as a large comforter, may have to be taken to the laundromat since they may overwhelm your new stackable washer and dryer.”
You’ll end up doing more frequent, smaller loads of laundry. There are other, obvious practical problems.
If you’re short, reaching the dryer to load it will be a challenge. Or, if your tweens or teens help out with laundry, a tall stack might preclude them from helping out.
But there’s a safety risk, too. Before you hit “purchase,” consider how you’ll lift the dryer and secure it, and if any cost-savings are worth delivery and installation cost.
Also remember that repairing the washer or dryer could be tricky when they inevitably run into mechanical difficulties – which can be disastrous in these cases.
“Intense vibrations are known to throw stackable units off-kilter,” the experts wrote.
“A falling dryer can not only cause a ton of costly damage but be a serious risk for permanent injury.”