When it comes to outfitting your home laundry room with a washer and dryer combination, you need to figure out what best suits your needs. There will always be a debate about which is the best laundry appliance combination, but every house and every owner is different. Here is what you need to know to figure out where you stand in the stackable vs. side-by-side debate.



Side-by-side laundry appliance options offer a much wider variety to choose from than stackables. Among those options are both front-load and top-load washers and dryers. Since both units are on the floor, you’ll have room for cabinet space or shelving above the units. 

The tops can also double as counter space for sorting and folding laundry. Side-by-sides offer a more opulent inventory, which means you have more energy-efficient options to choose from than you do with stackable units.


Side-by-sides require a considerably larger footprint than stackables, with two units roughly the same size, typically set up against a single wall. The high-end, high-capacity units are also naturally larger than the compact stackables. 

Where stackable units are designed to be economy class, side-by-side units are designed to be luxury oriented. With more features and higher capacities, side-by-sides are usually more expensive.



laundry appliancesStackable units are a great, compact option if you have limited horizontal space. They are also more cost-efficient than their side-by-side counterparts. Since most stackable combos are electric, you won’t have to worry about installing pipelines to run a gas-heated dryer. 


There are a few downsides to this laundry appliance combination. If you prefer top-load units, you may not like stackables, as they are usually only front-loadable, which also equates to running slightly smaller load sizes.

The top unit of a stackable system can be hard to reach. If you are particularly short or use a wheelchair, it might be challenging to maneuver to, and add or remove clothes from, the top dryer unit.

Regardless of which side you choose, make sure it fits your home and covers your needs. If you’re in the market for a laundry appliance upgrade, look no further than the appliance experts at Boyd Appliance Center in Creston, IA. They have more than 70 years of experience, offering top-tier brands and excellent customer service staff to help you find what you need. Call them today at (641) 782-2163 or visit their website to browse stock.