If you want to stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine you need a stacking frame or stacking kit. If your washing machine and tumble dryer are the same make, the manufacturer should have designed a frame specifically for them. There could be details of such a kit in the instruction book of the dryer.
Universal tumble dryer stacking kits
There are universal stacking kits available that are supposed to connect any tumble dryer to any front loading washing machine, which may be cheaper than the manufacturer’s although they might not be as snug a fit. You may prefer to try a universal stacking kit if your washing machine and tumble dryer are different makes or if you find the manufacturers kit too expensive.
As with all “universal fit” products there is the potential for it to not be a “perfect” fit but if the makers say they connect all tumble dryers to any front loaders then they should do so satisfactorily or you will be entitled to your money back. Pay close attention to the sizes of appliance they quote to make sure yours will fit.
Can you stack a dryer on a washing machine without a stacking kit?
Many people stack their tumble dryer on top of the washing machine without using a proper frame. This is not a good idea. There are two reasons why you need a stacking kit. The first is because the tumble dryer could potentially get thrown off the washing machine or merely vibrate off during a particularly boisterous spin. Although these days washing machines are much better at controlling out of balance spins (many tend to refuse to spin a load that it detects is not well balanced) nevertheless it is still possible for a particularly awkward or unbalanced load to cause the washing machine to leap about or jump up. In this scenario a tumble dryer freely standing on top could be thrown off damaging the dryer, surrounding objects or even people.
The second reason is that a person could potentially pull a dryer on top of themselves if they pulled down on its open door. This scenario is less likely though. The concern is aimed more at children, but it’s possible to imagine someone stumbling near by and grabbing hold of the dryer door only to have it fall on them.
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