Stackable vs. Combo

by Jaro on March 5, 2012

Stackable vs. ComboPeople like combinations and sets of appliances that can help and support each other and it’s not any different with washers and dryers. When it comes to washer and dryer sets, you have basically two options to choose from:

  1. Stackable
  2. Combo

What are the differences? Well, this is exactly what I would like to share with you in this article.

Stackable Washer Dryer

As you can tell from the name, this type is not a real combination but rather a set, however still occupying a single spot as they are stacked on top of one another. The main advantage over the combo units is the fact that they you can do your laundry tasks a lot faster.

Not only because you can use both at the same time (washing other clothes while drying the just washed ones), but also the fact that when you want to use the dryer function in the washer dryer combo, in most cases you can’t stuff the washer to the maximum and it’s better to leave some space in there. Another important thing that requires attention is the ventilation system.

The stackable units actually require venting the hot air outside, like a conventional dryer would, which adds to some kind of complexity in comparison to the combos. Stackable washer dryers were usually considered to be the better and preferred option over combos, because they used to perform better. However, thanks to the significant and never-ending technology progress, the performance of combos got to the same and with some models even higher level, which is a great news for people limited by space.

Washer Dryer Combo

This type of washer dryer type is a very practical and highly convenient way to do the laundry. As I mentioned, the quality of the job it does has improved greatly over the past years, and no wonder that the demand for this solution is rapidly increasing.

It’s a nice set and forget system, where you simply put in your dirty clothes and in about 3 hours take out clean and dry. Yes, it takes a bit longer in comparison to the stacked type, but that is usually the only and drawback. It’s venting system is something I really like as it uses the condensation-based ventless drying system.

Basically, the hot air enters the drum and evaporates some of the moisture from the tumbling clothing. This warm, damp air is further drawn through a condensing chamber and cold water is used to cool the air by flowing in the opposite direction and then the moisture is released and pumped out along with the water.

Prices and energy savings

There is not really a different in prices for one type or another. The price ranges are more less the same. However, regarding energy efficiency, the combo units are a little bit better in this area and a lot of them (especially the LG models) come with the EnergyStar seal of approval for their exceptional energy economy.

Conclusion

If you are a large family and need to wash and dry a lot of clothing, don’t mind the need of venting the hot air outside, the stackable dryer washer is probably better for you. However, if you don’t mind the process to be a bit slower and want something very comfortable and practically automatic, the combo type is what you should aim for.

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  • Isha River Rose Wilson

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