Blomberg, Best Apartment Size Washer and Dryer? [REVIEW]

Blomberg prides itself for developing energy efficient, apartment size washer and dryers. The company is in the cutting edge of appliance manufacturing. As an example, it produces the only credible vented compact washer and dryer set in the market. More importantly, Blomberg introduced the first "Heat Pump" dryer in the US market which provides faster drying times while trimming energy costs. Blomberg's compact washer and dryer are ideal for small spaces thanks to their shallow depth and stackable design.

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Blomberg is a reliable and trusted brand in Europe with a rich history that spans over 130 years. Arcelik (the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world) acquired Blomberg in 2002 due to its expertise in the metal and appliance industries. As the first manufacturer to produce a washing machine with less than 100 liters of water consumption back in 1947, Blomberg has been at the forefront of technology and innovation. Now it is making its presence known in the U.S. through its washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ranges with a great emphasis on price/performance.

Overview of Blomberg Washer and Dryer Models

  • Stackable Apartment Size Washer with VENTED Electric Dryer: WM77120 and DV17542 Compact design for versatile installation options - 1.95 cu. ft. capacity, Width 23 5/8 inches x Height 33 1/8 inches x Depth 22 3/4 inches.

  • Stackable Apartment Size Washer with Ventless Heat Pump Dryer: WM98400SX2 pairs with Ventless Dryer DHP24412W which uses the most advanced, energy efficient "Heat Pump" technology. Stackable, space-efficient design with a large 2.5 cu. ft. capacity. Width 23 5/8 inches x Height 33 1/8 inches x Depth 25 3/8 inches. NEW in Q2, 2018 - SX2 model incorporates new gasket design

  • All-in-One Compact Washer and Dryer Combo: New for 2019 the WMD24400W combines the best of both worlds - a large capacity yet space efficient washer at 2.5 cu. ft. combined with a speedy heat-pump dryer.

Specialty Laundry

  • Blomberg supplies many housing development projects with stackable apartment size laundry. Dubbed as Builder Version WM98200SX and its matching Ventless Heat Pump Dryer DHP24400W are the stripped down version of the regular product.

What to Expect from a Modern Washer and Dryer

Laundry technology has evolved over the last decade. Therefore, when replacing an old washer and dryer, it is a good idea to consider the following parameters.

1) Cleaning Performance

It is only reasonable to expect that a new washer can do a great job of cleaning our clothes. A modern washing machine should be able to handle all kinds of soil types without damaging fabrics in the process. Blomberg washers will provide you with different programs that cover a range of temperatures, durations, and intensities. When in a rush you will appreciate Blomberg's "express option" to clean your clothes in about 20 to 30 minutes.

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2) Energy Efficiency

Machines that use less water, electricity, and detergent are better for the environment. The Energy Star program rates and regulates products in the US market. All of Blomberg’s washers and dryers meet or exceed Energy Star standards. In particular, the "Heat Pump Dryer" made the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient list for using 50% less energy than conventional dryers. Blomberg also received the "Energy Star 2017 Partner of the Year" award for engineering excellence.

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3) Noise & Vibration

It was common to see the strong vibration in stacked laundry sets some 5 to 10 years ago. Since then, many manufacturers started producing stable washers and dryers. Blomberg's "Unbalance Detection System" protects your laundry by stopping the spinning when an imbalance is detected.

4) Will a Blomberg Washer and Dryer fit in my closet?

Ensuring that you buy the right sized washer for your space is just as important as the other points above. To ensure you have enough space for your machine, measure the area before you start shopping. If you are tight on space, then an excellent option to consider is having a stackable washer with a dryer placed above it. Blomberg includes the stacking kit in its dryers for your convenience.

We covered the pitfalls to avoid when purchasing a stackable washer dryer pair in our earlier article.

Blomberg Jargon Explained

Before we explore our top picks from Blomberg, let’s have a look at the terminology we see in the product catalog and understand what it means in human terms.

  • Heat Pump Dryer [What's in it for me?]: This technology is the pride and joy of Blomberg. Rightfully so as it is the first company to introduce heat-pump dryers to the US market in 2015. Blomberg's significant investment in the heat pump technology benefits users in the following ways:

Protects your clothes - The heat pump dryer does not require high heat to dry your clothes.

Does not release moisture back to the room as excess moisture is captured and discharged in the drain. If you felt like your old ventless condensing dryer was making your room humid, you will like the Blomberg technology. Also, you will not need louvered closet doors to let air in/out.

Saves you time - A load of laundry (say under 9 lb) will dry in less than one hour. Going back to our earlier point, faster drying and cold temperatures will ensure your clothes last longer and don't lose their vibrant colors.

Saves Energy - 2018 ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient list for using 50% less energy than conventional dryers

  • Automatic Water Adjustment System: This option calculates how much water is needed to clean the amount of laundry in the load. The benefit of this is that there will be less water consumption if you have a smaller load.

  • Automatic Temperature Control: Rather than worrying about if the wash water is too hot or too cold, this smart control system keeps the temperature stable based on the program selected. Helps with fabric care as your clothes will not have to endure excessive heat yet clean effectively.

  • Automatic detergent dispensing system: You’ll find three sections in Blomberg washer dispensers for washing detergent, fabric softener, and liquid bleach. There is no need to put detergent in the tub, and Blomberg washers will dispense each product as needed in the wash program.

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  • Unbalance detection system: This feature detects imbalances due to laundry distribution and will not allow the machine to spin in high speeds. (awkward name but save the smile.)

  • Special Functions: As well as actual wash cycles, you’ll find special functions in Blomberg washers so that you can customize your cycle. These functions are:

    • Quick Wash: Shorter wash cycle duration for quick washing.
    • Super Wash: Washing time is increased for heavily soiled laundry.
    • Extra Rinse: An ideal function for those with sensitive skin, rinsing steps are increased to ensure detergent is removed from fabrics.
    • Time Delay: Delays wash cycle until a later time.
    • Adding/removing laundry in standby mode: Laundry can be added or removed by pausing the wash cycle at a suitable water and temperature levels.
    • Anti-Creasing: Prevents creasing after the cycle has finished.
  • Electronic LCD Control Console: A wide-clean LCD display reveals all required information for the user.

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  • Special Wash Cycles: With more cycles than most other regular washing machines (up to 16), Blomberg has an option for every kind of fabric and laundry type. This means less thinking for you about which is the right cycle for each load since all the options are right in front of you.
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  • Rinse Sensor: No need to worry about detergent residue as the rinse sensor senses the remaining detergent foam in the laundry and adjusts the cycle accordingly.

  • Bi-directional drum action: Blomberg’s washers and dryers have drums that turn both clockwise and counterclockwise, which increases washing and drying action for better results.

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Blomberg Washer and Dryer Models in Detail

Blomberg WM77120 and DV17542 Stackable Washer and Dryer Pair [VENTED]

mapThe WM77120 is a great washer for denim and work-out clothes. Dedicated Jogging Wear and Jeans cycles come as part of the 12 wash cycles. You also get a 35-minute Quick Cycle, Extra Rinse Cycle, and Super Wash Cycle in this 1.95 cu. ft. capacity machine, with the bi-directional drum action for ultimate washing and drying performance.

This washer has the Unbalance Detection System that protects against internal damage, and the anti-creasing feature is useful for fewer crinkles when the laundry comes out. 1200 RPM motor is standard in the industry to extract moisture from your clothes in the final spin. This model measures 33 1/8” x 23 5/8” x 22 ¾” (HxWxD) and can be paired ONLY with the DV17542.

mapThis VENTED front-load vented electric (208/240V) dryer has a 3.7 cu. ft. capacity and comes with 16 drying programs. This dryer needs to have the air outlet connected to outside, which removes the issue of moisture in your laundry room. Vented dryers tend to be faster than condensing dryers. However, you need to make sure there is adequate space behind them to accommodate the vent kit. Anti-Creasing and Automatic Easy Ironing options certainly are useful for those that hate to iron.

At $1,528 this WM77120 and DV17542 pair comes with a great value. You will not need to purchase an extra stacking kit as the dryer comes with a stacking kit (model UST).

Blomberg WM98400SX2 and DHP24412W Stackable Washer and Dryer Pair [HEAT PUMP]

mapThe WM98400SX2 steps things up a notch and provides a more premium look with its Chrome Door Trim and Chrome Cycle Selector Knob. It has 28% larger interior at 2.5 cu. ft. (due to 25 3/8 inch depth) compared to WM77120. There are also more wash cycles (16 in total). One of these cycles is a 20-minute Quick Cycle which is ideal for people on the go, plus there is also a Rinse Sensor to ensure there is no nasty detergent residue left behind and clothes are super clean. 1,400 RPM motor is powerful and extracts moisture efficiently leaving less work to the dryer (i.e., saves you time).

mapA great partner to the washer mentioned above, the DHP24412W is a 4.1 cu. ft. capacity ventless electric dryer which measures 33 5/16" x 23 3/8" x 26 9/16" (HxWxD). Important to note the dimensions to make adequate space in your closet. It uses a condensation drying system to condensate moisture and turn it into water. A built-in sensor ensures that the water is drained when the water level reaches the limit in the water tank. This is a great feature that means you no longer have to check and empty the water tank manually. The DHP24412W is a plug in and go dryer, with no need for an air outlet due to the closed-loop system. There are 16 drying programs to choose from as well as a 30-minute Quick Dry option. Normally ventless dryers are around 15% less efficient than vented dryers, but with the addition of Heat Pump Technology, this changes and makes them around 50% more efficient than conventional dryers.

This WM98400SX and the DHP24412W pair is priced at $2,478.

Blomberg WMD24400W All-in-One Combo Washer and Dryer

This combination washer incorporates the dryer in the same body. LG has been the market leader in this category for the past 10 years. While the all-in-one combination washer and dryer design makes a lot of sense when saving space, users have been complaining due to long cycle times of 3 to 3 1/2 hours until they can get to their second load of laundry. Blomberg answers this challenge with the WMD24400W. First, the 208/240V electrical set up makes this unit more efficient than its 110/120V counterparts. Second, the version of the heat-pump technology used makes Blomberg WMD2440W a faster dryer. As a bonus, you can place this combination washer and dryer anywhere in your apartment as long as you have a water connection.

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Space and layout configurations should be considered when shopping for a stackable washer and dryer unit. Homes with limited space, such as apartments and condos, can benefit from the small footprint of a compact washer and dryer. Consider these factors when choosing the best compact washer and dryer for your home.


Conclusion

While Blomberg still makes its mark in the U.S., we can see why it is a much-loved brand in Europe. It is a company that is "obsessed" with high quality, space saving, apartment size compact washers and dryers.

The WM77120 / DV17542 might be too small for a family with kids, but the WM98400SX2 / DHP24412W is definitely able to handle larger loads. Either laundry pair will get you fast turnaround time compared to other compact laundry brands. The WMD24400W all-in-one combo is new to the market, but we are excited about its potential to help many urban customers solve their laundry needs. (We will update this article as we get more real-life use data on WMD2440W.)

Blomberg washers and dryers are reliable and efficient and come with great features and cycle options. If you’re looking for a machine with optimal washing performance and quick to dry your clothes, then this brand is a great choice.


FAQs

Where are Blomberg washing machines manufactured?

Blomberg was acquired by Arçelik in 2002, one of the largest appliance manufacturers in Europe. Arçelik has several production plants, but many consumer appliances, including Blomberg washers, are manufactured in Turkey.

Do I need a special electric connection for the ventless heat pump dryer?

Blomberg washer and dryers need the following electric set up. The washer will come with a cord that plugs into its matching dryer. You will not be able to plug the washer independently to a wall outlet. The dryer will plug into the wall outlet that is wired for 208/240V. Your outlet will look like this (according to the user manual of the Blomberg dryers):

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