Energy-efficient washer dryer combo

A washer-dryer combo is a washer and dryer in one which can be very convenient. The appliance is not known for being the most energy efficient choice. In this article, we’ve put everything together so you can choose the best energy-efficient washer-dryer combination.

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Energy consumption of a washer dryer combo

A washer dryer combo is not the most energy-efficient choice.

There are a number of reasons why a washer-dryer combination is not energy efficient: First, a washer-dryer uses more water than a washing machine during washing. Drying uses a heating element that is much less efficient than in a normal dryer, so the energy consumption is much higher. Another factor is that the maximum fill weight of most washer-dryers is very low, so you can use less laundry in one turn and have to wash it more often.

Combined with the high consumption, this will lead to a higher total energy bill. The small capacity of the drum also means that the appliance is less able to get rid of the moisture from drying, so more energy is needed to get your laundry really dry. At the end of the year, this can all lead to your energy bill being significantly higher than if you bought a separate washer and dryer.

 

Can you wash and dry energy efficiently with a washer dryer combo

A combined washer and dryer also has many advantages. Especially if you have limited space it is very convenient to have a washer and dryer in one. Some washer-dryers are also equipped with a non-stop function, so you can wash and dry in one go. This is especially convenient when you are not at home all day. You put your laundry in the machine in the morning and when you come home in the evening you only have to fold it and put it away. Partly because of this, washer-dryers are becoming increasingly popular and manufacturers are investing more and more in making them energy efficient.

In the meantime you can also buy a combined washer-dryer with a heat pump, which uses up to 40% less energy than the normal model. This is classified in energy class a, which is the highest achievable. However, you should take into account that you will pay about €300 more for this model. On an annual basis, this model will save about €100 on your energy costs, so you should count on about 3 years to earn it back.

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The best tested Energy efficient washer dryer combos

Best energy efficient washer dryer combos of 2022

Are you looking for a new washer dryer and is your biggest requirement that it is energy efficient? Then it’s definitely worth taking a look at this selection.

Not only have they been tested on the energy label, but you can also find out what the drum capacity is for both washing and drying, what different drying and washing programs there are and what the water consumption is.

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An energy-saving washer dryer has energy label C or higher and uses less energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient washer dryer, you almost always earn back this investment.
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How energy efficient should the washer dryer combo be

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A silent washer dryer combo makes little noise when spinning the wet laundry. Is your washer dryer combo close to your bedroom or living room? Then consider a silent washer dryer combo.
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How much you are willing to pay for your washer dryer combo is of course entirely up to the budget you have available. A more expensive washer dryer combo almost always has a longer lifespan than a cheaper one.
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A large family requires a larger washer dryer combo, and also a higher fill weight. A smaller family will suffice with a washer dryer combo with a smaller fill weight.
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Energy and water costs

The table below explains total costs by energy class. All data in the table is ‘per year’ data. (Energy label C is the highest energy class for washer dryers)

 
Label
  • Met label C
  • Met label D
  • Met label E
Energieverbruik
  • 490 kWh
  • 652 kWh
  • 869 kWh
Energiekosten
  • $ 114
  • $ 150
  • $ 200
Waterverbruik
  • 10960 liter
  • 13270 Liter
  • 45130 Liter
Waterkosten
  • $ 16
  • $ 19
  • $ 20
Totale kosten
  • $ 130
  • $ 169
  • $ 220

Energy efficiency is advantageous

In the table below we compare the total costs incurred after 4 years per energy class.

Label
  • Met label C
  • Met label D
  • Met label E
Aanschafsprijs
  • $ 900
  • $ 800
  • $ 600
Jaar 1
  • $ 1030
  • $ 969
  • $ 820
Jaar 2
  • $ 1160
  • $ 1138
  • $ 1040
Jaar 3
  • $ 1290
  • $ 1307
  • $ 1260
Jaar 4
  • $ 1420
  • $ 1476
  • $ 1480

This table shows that an energy-efficient combined washer/dryer is already cheaper after 4 years than a non energy-efficient combined washer/dryer. In the short term it may seem that a clothes dryer with a low energy label is cheaper, but when we look at the long term we see that an energy efficient one is cheaper. So after these 4 years you will earn back more and more compared to the lower energy classes.

Energy labels for combined washer-driers explained

If you want to know something about how energy-efficient your washer-dryer is, you should look at its energy label. In this section we have listed for you what information you can find on the energy label and what that information means.

An energy label for your washing machine and tumble dryer

Since March of this year, every washing and drying combination comes with two different energy labels. One label stands for washing and the other for washing and drying.

The energy class of a washer-dryer is classified from energy class A to G, where A is the most efficient and G the least.

What information about your energy efficient washer-dryer can you find on the energy label?

In addition to the energy efficiency class, the energy label of your washer-dryer provides a lot more useful information. We have listed the most important ones here.

Qr-code

If you scan this code with your smartphone, you will immediately be directed to a database of the European Union. Here you will always find the latest technical specifications of your washer-dryer.

Has your washer-dryer been tested recently? Then you can find all the results under the QR code.

The maximum fill weight

Every washing machine offers different wash programs. Because of the composition of your household, you may need a specific wash program. So you can wash as efficiently as possible. There are special programs for delicate fabrics, stains, sportswear, baby clothes and shirts, among others. Which wash cycle should your new washing machine necessarily have?

The noise level

Wil je weten of je je was- droogcombinatie in de buurt van je slaapkamer kan zetten? Ook dan kan je terecht op het energielabel. Het volume wordt altijd aangegeven in decibel en wordt gemeten op het moment dat je wasgoed wordt gecentrifugeerd.

Over het algemeen wordt een was- droogcombinatie met een geluidsniveau onder de 73 beschouwd als stil. Een geluidsniveau tussen de 74 en 77 wordt gezien als normaal en een geluidsniveau boven de 78 decibel wordt gezien als erg luid.

The duration of a full program

Every washer-dryer has different programs, each of which has its own function. Your energy label will indicate how long it takes for a full load of laundry to get clean.

There are also two times indicated for this: one for washing only and one for washing and drying. The times indicated are always for the eco wash programs at 40 and 60 degrees. These times are usually quite long, but you should not be put off by that, there will be plenty of other laundry programs that need less time.

Water consumption

Every washer-dryer has different programs, each of which has its own function. Your energy label will indicate how long it takes for a full load of laundry to get clean.

Old energy labels

The energy label as described above is made according to the new regulations of the European Union, but chances are you already have a washer-dryer with an old energy label. In that case the classes run from energy label A+++, A++ and A+ to F. For the new energy labels the rules have become considerably stricter, which can mean that a washer-dryer with energy label A++ now suddenly has energy label D. This does not mean that your washer-dryer is suddenly much less efficient.

By making the requirements for the energy label A more stringent, manufacturers are motivated to invest more in making their washing and drying machines more energy efficient. More and more people are choosing their white goods consciously and a washer-dryer with energy label A will sell much better than a model that is not energy efficient.

Tips for efficient use of your washer dryer combo

Even if you have a washer-dryer that does not have energy label A, there are still a number of things you can do to wash and dry your laundry in a responsible way. We have listed a number of different tips for you here:

  1. Do not use too much detergent: On the packaging of your detergent you can always find exactly how much you need for a full drum, but many people still use too much. The result is that your washing machine has to rinse longer to get all your laundry clean, which can sometimes take up to half an hour. This causes you to use much more water than necessary, but also energy.
  2. Always wash at the right temperature: Many people are still used to washing their laundry at 40 degrees, because they think that at 30 degrees or less it won’t get clean. Nowadays, that wisdom is long outdated and you can get your laundry clean at low temperatures too. Setting your washing machine to 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees can save a lot of energy. It depends on which machine you have, but in some cases the energy consumption can be halved.
  3. Always fill your drum to capacity: With both washing and drying, it is always important to make the best use of the capacity of your washing and drying combination. Is the total load for washing 8 kg and for drying 5 kg? Then always make sure you save your laundry until you have enough. It may seem like a lot, but 8 kg of laundry is easy to put together. For a one-person household, that’s about a week’s worth of clothes.
  4. Dry your laundry naturally: The disadvantage of a wash-dry combination as a washer and dryer in one is that the capacity of the drum for washing is higher than for drying. Therefore, choose to let some of your laundry dry naturally and not run the dryer twice. For bedding and towels, it is nice to get them dry quickly, but certain delicate garments in particular are better off drying on a rack. So with this tip you will not only save a lot of energy, but you will also be more economical with your clothes.
  5. Choose the eco-setting: Almost every washing and drying machine has an eco-setting for washing and drying. One of the misconceptions is often that people think the eco-mode is not economical, because it often lasts much longer. The opposite is true, an eco program takes longer because it uses a low temperature. With a normal program, most of the energy is used to heat the water, not by the time the appliance is on. So don’t be fooled by the duration of an eco-program. Always choose liquid detergent for an eco-program. An eco-program rinses considerably less and with washing powder there is a chance that it will not be rinsed out properly.

Is it better to buy an energy-efficient washer dryer combo or a separate washer and dryer

Every household has different laundry needs, so if you want to keep your energy consumption as low as possible you should think carefully about your situation. If you need a large drum capacity for both washing and drying, it is better to choose two separate appliances. This way you will avoid increasing your energy costs because you always have to run extra programs for drying.

Don't dry a lot of your clothes?

Then a washer and dryer in one appliance can be a godsend for you. You use your washer/dryer combination mainly for washing and you only run the drying program when really necessary. You will use less energy than if you were to buy two separate appliances.

Different variants

Also note that some models are available in different variants. The aeg l7wb86gw, for example, has a model with a wash weight of 8 kg and a drying weight of 4 kg with energy label E, but the same model with a wash weight of 10 kg and a drying weight of 6 kg has energy label C. The latter model is suitable, for example, if you only want to use one appliance in a large household.

How do I save money?

Usually you will spend less money on a washer and dryer combination than when you buy a separate washer and dryer.

But a washer and dryer combination is often much less efficient than a separate washer and dryer. We compared the most efficient combined washer and dryer with the most efficient single washer and dryer and found out which one is more economical. Are you curious about the results? Click here for a comparison of the washer dryer and separate washer and dryer.

Energy efficient washer dryer combo assortment

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