Washer dryer combo experiences
Do you want to buy a washer-dryer combination? Then it is a good idea to find out more about the different features of the appliance. Like all white goods, washer-dryers have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you are still unsure whether a washer-dryer combination is right for you, it can be helpful to read about other people’s experiences. On this page you can read about the positive and negative experiences of other consumers with their washer-dryer combination.
Positive washer dryer combo experiences
For some people a washer-dryer combination is ideal. Their experiences are particularly positive.
Non-stop washing and drying
For many consumers it is a big advantage that the non-stop function allows you to wash and dry all your laundry in one go. This not only saves a lot of work, but also a lot of time. In the morning you put all your laundry in the machine and when you come home in the evening it is all washed and dried. All you have to do is put it away.
However, not every washer-dryer has the option of a non stop program and not every program can run non stop. Often only the cotton program can use this feature.
Another positive experience that many people mention is that with a washer-dryer combination you can save a lot of space. Two separate appliances obviously take up much more space than a single appliance, so you save space.
This is especially useful if you don’t have much room and still want to be able to wash and dry.
When you have two separate appliances, you also need twice as many connections. Both the washer and the dryer need to be connected to a power supply and for a dryer you also often need a drain hose to the outside to drain the water.
With a washer-dryer combination, you only need one power supply and the water is drained into a sump, so you don’t have to worry about a drain hose to the outside either.
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Negative experiences with washer dryer combos
Of course, there are also consumers who have purchased a washer-dryer combination and have negative experiences afterwards. Below you will find a summary of the negative features that are most frequently mentioned:
The maximum fill weight for washing is greater than for drying
With a washer-dryer combination you should always consider that you can wash more laundry than you can dry. For example, the maximum fill weight for washing can be 8 kg and for drying only 5 kg. This means that you always have to dry some of your laundry in a different way.
You can choose to dry a portion on a rack, but you can also run an extra drying program on the washer-dryer. It is also possible to wash only 5 kg of laundry, so that everything can be dried immediately, but then you do not use the full capacity, so you waste a lot of water and electricity.
A separate washing machine and dryer is more energy-efficient
Washing and drying combinations are not known for being very energy efficient. Most models have an energy label C or D, because the process of drying uses a lot of energy.
In some cases it can therefore be cheaper to buy a separate washer and dryer. A separate washing machine with energy label A and a dryer with a heat pump can be hundreds of euros cheaper than a combined washer and dryer.
So before you buy, always consider how often you will use the washer-dryer and what energy costs will be associated with it. If you do not use the drying function very often, for example only for bedding and towels, a combined washer-dryer may be more economical.
Not as clean and dry
Some consumers mention in their experiences that the quality of washing and drying is not the same as with a separate washer and dryer. The washing is generally considered fine, but the drying sometimes leaves much to be desired.
According to these experiences, a washer-dryer combination should be seen as a compromise. You can enjoy the benefits, but you have to take for granted that certain functions do not work as well.
Keep in mind that some of these consumers may put more laundry in the drum than the maximum fill weight can handle. There is then not enough room for the hot air to blow through the drum, so the laundry will not get completely dry.
No lint filter
A normal dryer is equipped with a lint filter that collects all the dust from your laundry during the drying process. At the end of a cycle, you remove the filter from the unit and easily remove all the lint.
A washer-dryer does not have a filter, so all the lint gets caught in the rubber between the door and the drum. You have to remove these by hand, otherwise you run the risk of it being washed along with your next wash. This is a small effort, but if you forget it can have unpleasant consequences.
You can't wash and dry at the same time
Especially if you have a large household, it’s nice if you can wash and dry at the same time. Once your first load is washed, you put it in the dryer and then you put a new load in your washing machine. With a washer-dryer combination, you always have to wait for the cycle to finish.
The long duration of programs
When you have a separate washer and dryer, it takes you about 1.5 hours to wash and at most another 2 hours to dry your laundry. A washer-dryer combination takes much longer. On average a program takes about 4 hours, but if you want to wash and dry non stop it can take up to 10 hours.
When to buy a separate washer and dryer
Whether you buy a washer, dryer or a washer-dryer combination depends on your washing and drying needs. Two separate appliances are a better choice if you have a lot of laundry and want to be able to dry more than 5 kg.
Even if you are looking for an energy efficient option, in some cases it is better to buy a separate washer and dryer with heat pump. Together, these two separate appliances use less energy than a single washer-dryer combination.
If, on the other hand, you are more interested in saving space, a washer-dryer combination can be a good solution. You can wash and you can dry with one appliance, without having to free up extra space.
Don’t mind that it takes a bit longer to get all your laundry clean and dry, but do you like the fact that you can do everything in one cycle? Then a combined washer and dryer is also the right choice for you.