Do two-for-one combination washer dryers really clean your clothes all that well? At their most basic level, washer-dryer combinations combine a front loading washing machine and a condenser clothes dryer into a single piece of equipment that is the same size as an identical stand-alone washer.
The majority of them provide all the features, programs, and modes that mid-to-high-end washing machines and dryers have. They advertise to do everything stand-alone washers and dryers can do but with a quarter of the footprint. And the greater your living area is, the more significant this becomes.
One needs to wait for the machine to complete washing and drying before they can do another load. So, for those who need to do multiple loads of laundry, it will take much longer than if they were using a standalone washer and dryer together.
Who should buy a washer dryer combo?
Washing machines and dryers are an excellent choice for cramped living areas, as they take up less space than separate appliances. The dryer capacity is ideal for one- to two-person households. Because one may wash and dry clothes without moving them between appliances, combi washer-dryer combinations are also a fantastic choice for anyone with mobility problems.
However, if you use your dryer on a daily basis and have a large family or just a lot of laundry, then standalone appliances are probably the better option for you. If you’re on tank water or concerned about the environment, some combinations have very high water requirements when drying – it can be a clear suggestion that one should avoid them.
If you’re on a budget, a standalone washing machine and clothes dryer may be more affordable with a vented dryer. Also, if something goes wrong, one just have to replace one device instead of both at once.
How can washer dryer combos be used?
Combi washer dryers are also an easy way to handle laundry day, since they can wash and dry without your input – so yes, you may put dirty clothes in before heading to work, knowing that you’ll return home to clean, dried clothing and don’t have to worry about moving it between appliances or hanging it on the line. Washing machines and dryers may seem the same, but they have several differences. Washing machine-dryer combinations operate in a similar way to a regular washing machine, however they don’t do as well at drying. It’s also vital to know that you can utilize the washing and drying cycles independently of one another.
If you don’t have the space for separate washing equipment and don’t want to line dry, a washer/dryer combination is most likely the best option. To utilize the full potential of a washer dryer, choose the highest spin speed available on it to drain as much water from it as possible before the drying begins. Even so, it will take up to 6.5 hours to air-dry completely, which is often long enough to line dry your clothes well, especially in this region.
Washer dryer combos versus a combination of standalone appliances
Although they dry at about the same rate as a comparable condenser dryer, they take twice as long to do so. And drying in a washer-dryer combination consumes a significant amount of water – sometimes more than they’ll use for washing. If you run your dryer on a regular basis, you’ll most likely be happier with a standalone machine.
They’re also more complicated than their standalone counterparts, and with complexity comes price. You should expect to pay considerably more for the combination machine than you would for a stand-alone one. If you already own a washer and dryer, buying a combo appliance may save you money over purchasing separate appliances; however, poor drying performance might make this an ill-advised spending.
Increased complexity also implies a higher chance of something going wrong. There’s a greater possibility that things will go sour after the warranty expires, so you’ll have to pay a larger repair cost if they do.
Water consumption and requirements of washer dryer combos – washing + drying
Although it varies by model, the washer-dryers in our test used an average of 35L of water to dry a 3.5kg load. Furthermore, it is important to remember that the star rating does not include the amount of water required for drying, but the amount of water used must be mentioned on the label as a number. So, don’t just count the stars on the label; read it thoroughly. We’re starting to see some new washer dryer combos that use heat pump technology to dry and they’re very energy efficient and don’t use any water to dry compared to a water-cooled condenser, but they aren’t a piece of cake when it comes to complexity and price.
Are washer dryer combos energy efficient as compared to standalone appliances?
If, like most people, one washes their clothes in cold water, a washer dryer combo might end up using roughly 10 times as much energy to dry the clothes as it will to wash them. The energy consumption of a washer-dryer, however, is quite comparable to that of using a standalone washing machine and a condenser dryer. So, for those who wish to use the dryer regularly, they are much better off considering purchasing a heat pump dryer because it uses significantly less energy. They may be expensive compared to the other, but are worth it in more ways than one.
How washer dryer combos fare when it comes to capacity:
One quirk of these washer-dryer combos is that their washing and drying capacities are not the same. Clothes can be compressed in a smaller space for washing, but they need a lot of space for air to circulate in order to dry effectively. So, if you anyway wash fewer clothes, that’s not even an issue, but if you wash full loads (like a lot of families do), you’ll need to dry them in two batches with these machines.
Pros of washer-dryer combos
- Washing performance is very similar to an equivalent stand-alone washing machine.
- Takes half the footprint compared to keeping two separate appliances.
- Clothes can be washed and dried without manual intervention.
- Users can wash or dry independently as well.
- Purchasing as well as running costs are roughly equivalent to a combination of a standalone front-loading washer and a condenser dryer.
Cons of washer dryer combos
- Users can only dry half the capacity on a full load.
- For doing multiple loads, it takes much longer than using a standalone washer and dryer. simultaneously because one can always put a fresh load in when the previous one dries.