Superimposing a washing machine and a dryer : what precautions to take ?

Can you put your dryer on your washing machine without any problem? Have you ever asked yourself the question – especially if you are looking to save space in your home? It’s an attractive idea: move the freshly washed laundry so that it is dried in a single and simple gesture. What should you pay attention to if you do? What are the simplest and safest solutions?

Putting your dryer on top of your washing machine: pros and cons


  • You save space! The side-by-side tumble dryer and washing machine require at least 1.20 meters of space under your kitchen worktop or in the bathroom.
  • If you place the two appliances in one and the same vertical cabinet, you have space both in this piece of furniture but also next to it to store detergent, stain remover, fabric softener, etc.


Place your dryer on top of your washing machine to make it easy and safe

Before you start, there are a few things you need to take into account to ensure that your project runs smoothly and also that there is no problem in the event of damage – especially if you refer it to your insurance company. Because some refuse to take charge of the damage when minimum safety conditions have not been respected. Of course, it is not possible to simply stack your dryer directly on your washing machine. Because then both devices could fail very quickly. In the event of a claim, there is a high probability that you will be financially harmed or even left behind, as your insurance would not have to pay out due to inadequate security measures. So, invest some time and properly install your dryer on your washing machine. What do you need to put your dryer on top of your washing machine?

Rubber shock absorber pads

Often included in the delivery, rubber dampers are glued to the washing machine, in which the dryer feet usually fit exactly – provided, of course, that you have measured the dampers and the dryer feet – laundry in advance.

A stacking kit in tablet form

A connection frame or intermediate frame is usually screwed directly to the top of the washing machine so that your dryer can then be inserted using rails. Although there are universal frames for all models, you can use a special manufacturer frame so that everything fits exactly.

An anti-vibration mat

Perhaps you already have an anti-slip mat under your washing machine so that it cannot move due to vibrations during the spin cycle? This mat can also be used optimally to hold the dryer stable on your washing machine. Of course, the dryer is not protected from a possible lateral tipping.

Do all tumble dryers fit all washing machines?

Overlapping devices are those that can support each other’s weight and have matching dimensions. If your dryer is wider than your washing machine, then you can’t stack them because the rack isn’t secure. Also check that your washing machine is placed on an even floor. You can easily do this with a spirit level. Because the washing machine must of course be placed flat so that on the one hand it cannot move and on the other hand you can place a dryer on it safely. Obviously, make sure your washing machine has a front loader, i.e. it can be filled from the front. If you have a top-loading machine, of course, no other devices can be placed on it. It is generally advisable to stack two devices of the same brand on top of each other. Because these are usually the same size and often include mounting hardware. It’s also convenient that you don’t have to contact multiple manufacturers if you have questions or issues.

Can I also put a washing machine on top of a dryer?

Due to the strong vibrations caused by a washing machine when spinning, this should not be placed on a dryer.

How do you know if your washing machine can hold weight?

Manufacturers usually indicate in the instructions for a washing machine whether it can withstand the weight of a second device or whether the device is suitable for placing a dryer on it. So find out in advance whether your washing machine is suitable and how much weight of the dryer you can place on it.

In short, how do you properly place your dryer above your washing machine?

Once you have checked the size and weight of your dryer and your washing machine is on a flat surface, nothing stands in the way of your project. Probably the most suitable method of placing the dryer on top of your washing machine is with a stacking kit – preferably obtained direct from the manufacturer. Because this variant is particularly safe and stable thanks to the rail system and prevents unintentional tipping.

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