Washer dryer combo
A washer-dryer combo allows you to wash and dry your laundry at the same time, which can be very convenient if you don’t have enough room for a washer and dryer.
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Before you invest in a clothes dryer combo, it’s a good idea to read up on the different features that the appliance has. On this page we have listed the different types of washer-dryer combinations, the features of a washer-dryer combi,
The appliance is designed for use in the home and is not intended to be used as a replacement for a conventional washing machine.
Different types of washer dryer combos
When you want to buy a washer dryer combo, you should first think about the kind of model you are interested in. This is because every clothes dryer combo has its own aspect in which it excels.
Energy-efficient washer dryer combos
Washing-drying combos are generally known for not being very energy efficient. The combination of the functions of a washing machine and a dryer means that the energy consumption of the appliance is considerably higher than for the individual appliances.
By now, that idea is long outdated and there are more than enough energy-efficient washer-dryer combinations. An energy-efficient model, for example, weighs the weight of your laundry and adjusts its water and energy consumption accordingly. Note that washer-dryers always have two energy labels, one for washing and drying and the other for washing only.
It is also possible to choose a combined washer-dryer with a heat pump, which uses about 40% less energy. However, you should take into account that these models also have a significantly higher price.
Quiet washer dryer combos
Each washer/dryer combination is labelled with its noise level in decibels. Quiet washer-dryers have a noise level between 71 db and 73 db. With these models you can be sure that you will put the appliance next to your bedroom without being bothered by the noise.
Please note that the number of decibels indicated always represents the loudest sound that the washer-dryer will produce during the spin cycle, so the noise level during washing will be even lower.
Is the noise level of the washer-dryer above 78 db? Then you can assume that it makes a lot of noise during the spin cycle and it is better to put it in an enclosed space.
Compact washer dryer combos
Many people choose a washer-dryer combination because they do not have enough space for a washer and dryer. The advantage of these models is that they fit into small spaces, such as the hallway or the bathroom.
Please note that less laundry fits in the drum than with non-compact washer-dryers. On average, you can wash and dry between 4 kg and 6 kg of laundry. A non-compact washer-dryer has an average fill weight of 8 kg, which is considerably more.
If you are on your own, a load of between 4 kg and 6 kg is more than sufficient, but with a larger household you will soon need between 7 kg and 9 kg of wash weight.
The best washer-dryers tested
The range of wash-dry combinations is very extensive and therefore it can be difficult to see which is the right choice for you. There are many features to compare and to make things easier we have already tested a number of washer-dryers for you. That way, you can be sure of making the right choice.
What to look for when buying a washer dryer combo
What is the best washer/dryer combination for you depends on your personal preferences and needs. It is not always easy to find out exactly what you need to look for, so we have listed the most important features for you.
Maximum wash and dry weight
The fill weight of a washer-dryer indicates how much laundry you can get clean and dry in one turn. For a one-person household, a 5kg/6kg wash load is more than enough, but for a family with two adults and two children, a 8kg/9kg wash load is quickly required. Do you do a lot of laundry, for example because you exercise? Then take the safe route and go for a washing and drying combination with a 10kg load.
Always remember that the gross weight for washing is always greater than that for drying. For example, a washer-dryer with a maximum wash weight of 8 kg may have a maximum dry weight of 6 kg. This means that you will have to dry some of your laundry in a different way or that you will have to run the combined washing and drying machine again.
Washing and drying energy consumption
If you decide to go for a washer and dryer combination instead of a washing machine and a dryer, it is wise to look at the energy costs. In some cases a washer-dryer combination can use more energy than a separate washer and dryer.
The difference can be as much as a few hundred dollars a year, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to look into that.
The number of wash and dry programs
Which programs your washer-dryer needs depends on what you want to wash. If you have a lot of laundry that requires a special program, such as wool for example, it is important that you pay attention to that before you buy.
When it comes to drying, the number of programs is often indicated as closet dry, iron dry and extra dry. More specialized models also have the function of adjusting the temperature of the drying process, so you can be sure that your laundry will always be dried in the right way.
Most washer-dryers have a speed of 1400 rpm, which indicates how many times the drum spins per minute. The higher the number of rotations per minute, the drier your laundry will be. There are washer-dryers with a 1600 rpm, but that can often only be used for programs where you wash cotton. For most types of laundry, 1400 rpm will be more than enough.
There are wash-dry combinations that are equipped with a load sensor that weighs how much laundry you have put in the drum. Based on that, it calculates how much water is needed to get everything clean. This way you don’t use too much water, which is better for the environment and your wallet.
In addition, there are also a number of washer-dryers that have a special clothes-protecting drum that ensures that your clothes wrinkle less.
Some brands have their own features, such as LG’s energy-efficient direct drive, where you need less energy to get your laundry dry. Bosch has a drying program with a steam function where your clothes come out of the drum as good as ironed.
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Washer dryer combo vs individual washer and dryer
As we mentioned, washer-dryers are not always energy efficient. The highest energy class for a washer dryer is energy class C. But at the end of the day, what is more economical? With a washer and dryer combination or a separate washer and dryer? We have found out for you!
In the table below we compare the total energy and water costs (per year) of the most energy-efficient combined washer and dryer with the most energy-efficient washing machine and dryer.
Wasdroogcombi label C
Wasmachine met label A
Wasdroger met label A+++
A washing machine and dryer together consume a total of € 79 in energy and water costs per year. The energy and water costs of a washer-dryer combination are thus 51 euros more expensive per year. That you save on energy and water costs with a separate washer and dryer is clear, but are you also cheaper when you include the purchase price? We have calculated this for you in the following table:
Wasdroogcombi label C
Wasmachine met label A
Wasdroger met label A+++
This table shows the total costs over a period of 3 years. After 3 years you will make a total of 1290 euros in costs with an “energy efficient” washer-dryer combination. With a separate energy efficient washer and dryer you will lose 1280 euros after 3 years.
With a separate (energy efficient) washer and dryer you are already after 3 years cheaper than with an energy efficient washer and dryer! The years after you save even more. Do you have room for a separate washer and dryer than it might be useful to see if you can invest in this. Don’t have room for one? Then make sure you buy an energy-efficient washer-dryer combination. Would you like to know how much you can save with an energy-efficient combined washer-dryer compared to a non energy-efficient combined washer-dryer? Click here to see the comparison between washer-dryers of different energy classes.
Frequently asked questions
The washer-dryer combination is not yet well known among the general public and therefore there are still many questions that not everyone knows the answers to. On the following pages we address the most frequently asked questions about washer-dryers.
A washer and dryer combination or a washing machine and dryer?
The advantage of a washer and dryer combination is that you can save a lot of space. Instead of having to store two appliances, you have enough space for one machine.
On the other hand, in a washer-dryer combination you often have a lower fill weight, especially when drying, so you can get rid of less laundry at a time. If you have a lot of laundry, that’s not always convenient.
Also, not all washer-dryers are energy efficient. In most cases, a washer and dryer in one will use more energy than two separate appliances. This is because the separate appliances are better developed and have a better energy label.
What function does a washer-dryer combination have?
Basically, with a washer-dryer combination you can do everything you can with a washer and dryer. Some models are equipped with a non-stop program where washing and drying follow each other without interruption. Such a non-stop program is very useful if you don’t have time to set a new program in between. In this way you can easily leave the appliance running for a whole night without having to look after it.
Please note, however, that the non stop program often only works if you want to wash and dry a small amount of laundry with weights of 5 kg/6 kg at the most. For heavier loads of 8kg/9kg, you may need to remove some of your laundry from the drum before the machine will dry it.
Is drying your laundry bad for your clothes?
When you buy a good quality washer-dryer, it is not necessarily bad for your clothes. Before drying always read carefully what is written on the care label of your clothes. For example, some garments can only be dried at a low temperature or only for a short time.