Best Compact Washing Machines

By Staff

Not every home has room for a full-size washing machine. If you live in a small space, you probably end up taking a weekly trip to the local laundromat. If this sounds frustratingly familiar, there’s a way you can reclaim these lost hours—so long as you’re willing to accept a few compromises.

Despite their small size, compact washers sometimes offer performance that matches—or even exceeds—that of their full-size counterparts. You’ll have to wash smaller loads, and they'll take a bit longer than you’re used to, but that's a small price to pay to avoid lugging your laundry down the street.

Keep in mind: None of these solutions are plug and play. You'll still need a water supply, a drain, and (in some cases) a 220-volt electrical hookup. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may also need approval from your landlord or homeowner's association.

Still, if space is at a premium and you’re tired of lugging your laundry around, compact washers can get the job done. Here’s our take on the best compact washing machines you can furnish your home with today.

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Updated February 04, 2016

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Electrolux EIFLS20QSW

The Electrolux EIFLS20QSW (MSRP $1,099) is a brand new entrant in the world of 24-inch compact washing machines. In the past, the market has been dominated by the likes of Bosch and Miele, but this new contender—which debuted earlier this year—is worth a look.

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The LG WM1337HW is a great compact washer for families who have limited space. Featuring an internal water heater, a standard 110-volt plug, and all the cycles parents need, it's a perfect choice for the tough stains that babies can't help but make. This washer may not be for everyone, but for those who fit the bill, it combines a reasonable price, solid cleaning ability, and a delightfully family-centric design.

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Bosch Ascenta WAP24200UC

Bosch may be the best-known manufacturer of small washers in the U.S. With the Ascenta WAP24200UC, you trade capacity and quick cycles for the ability to fit your machine under a countertop or in a laundry closet. But don't let it's small size fool you: With 12 wash cycles ranging from Sanitary to Jeans, the WAP24200UC can still go toe-to-toe with full-size washing machines when it comes to stain removal and fabric wear.

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Danby DWM17WDB

While many other washers are objectively far more capable than this one, the Danby DWM17WDB was designed for a specific niche: homes with limited space and no dedicated washer hookup. With that in mind, all of its downsides are also upsides. It has very low capacity, but it also takes up little space. It's poorly machined, but can be had for $450 or less. Best of all, it can operate hooked up to a standard 3/4" faucet.

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