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The 4 Best Laundry Solutions for Small Spaces

by Isabelle

Whirpool Laundry Centre for small spaces

Trying to get the most out of your laundry room shouldn’t leave you feeling hung out to dry. Just because you have a small space, that doesn’t mean you have to hit the laundromat. There are a number of space-saving solutions for any laundry set up guaranteed to maximize your space and get your laundry done as quickly and hassle-free as possible.

Laundry Centres

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Laundry Centres are a popular answer to a small laundry room problem. A stacked washer and dryer in a single unit, laundry centres are perfect for tight, taller spaces like closets, apartments or galley laundry rooms. Available in both compact and standard widths, laundry centres are amongst the most economical options on the market, and the only top load washer option you’ll find in the smaller class.


  • More affordable
  • Available in a variety of sizes


  • If one machine breaks you need to replace the entire unit.
  • Only available in vented options.

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Small Capacity Washer and Dryer

Compact washer and dryer by Whirlpool

Small capacity washer and dryers are the most versatile option going. With independent units, you can install them side by side for a more traditional look, or use a stacking kit to stack them like a laundry centre.

Unlike traditional laundry machines, small capacity units measure in at a reasonable 24" wide, with washer capacities ranging from 1.9 to 2.6 cubic feet and dryer capacities from 3.4 - 4.0 cubic feet.

Available in gas, or electric, at either 220V or 110V, and with both vented and ventless dryer options, small capacity machines can be installed almost anywhere.


  • Best performance in the compact class.
  • Versatile installation.


  • Buying two independent machines can cost more than combination options.

All-in-One Washer & Dryer

Whirlpool All-in-One WasherDryer (Large)

If space is your number one concern, then an all-in-one laundry centre is going to be your best option. Looking like a standard front load washer or dryer, all-in-one machines perform the wash and dry cycles within a single drum. With one machine, you only need half the space compared to other options, and in really tight spaces, this may be your one and only solution. Keep in mind that with a single drum, it may take twice as long to get through your laundry, but with a ventless installation you’ll have a lot of flexibility with your installation.


  • Best space-saving option.
  • Ventless design can be installed anywhere.


  • Smaller capacity and slower workflows than other options.
  • Not available in gas.

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Portable Washers & Dryers

Portable Washer by GE

Portable laundry solutions are perfect for places like apartment kitchens, cottages, RVs, and other small spaces that don’t have room for a permanent set up.

Typically, portable washers need to be rolled out and connected to a faucet to manual fill the drum before the wash cycle can begin. Portable dryers are less common, but are available and come as part of a portable laundry set or a stand-alone unit. With tub capacities from 1.7 - 2.1 cubic feet, expect lower capacities than you’d get in most other laundry setups, but save for bedding it’s still more than enough for a small families’ needs.


  • Can be stowed away when not in use.
  • A good option for renters who want to take their laundry with them when they move.


  • Can be a hassle to set up and put away every time you want to wash your clothes.

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Our appliance experts can help you find the answers to all your laundry concerns. And with the right solutions, you don’t have to make sacrifices in small spaces. Check out our helpful Buying Guide for all laundry solutions.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert