What is a heat pump in a washer-dryer?
The heat pump in a washer-dryer is only used while drying your laundry. To properly explain what a heat pump does exactly, it is best compared to its counterpart, the condenser dryer.
A condenser dryer uses a heating element to blow warm air through the drum. This ensures that your laundry dries quickly at a high temperature, but it also consumes a lot of energy. The warm air is then expelled through a hose, and new air is drawn in and heated.
A heat pump, on the other hand, uses the same air all the time. Instead of attracting new air, the used hot air is cooled by a refrigerant and reheated by the energy-efficient heat pump. The washer-dryer therefore uses less energy to draw in new air, and the cooling and reheating of the used air also requires significantly less energy.
The best combined washer-dryers with a heat pump in 2023
If you are looking for an energy efficient washer-dryer, chances are you will end up with a model with a heat pump. It is important that you pay attention to a number of features. For example, pay attention to the number of kg of laundry you can put in the drum for washing and drying, as the difference between the two can be considerable. For example, the maximum fill weight for washing can be 8kg, while for drying it’s only 6kg. When buying a washer/dryer combi, always pay attention to the water consumption as well, as it varies with each program. For example, a cotton program may use much more water than a wool program. The most efficient washer-dryer for you will wash economically on the program you use most.
Best washer dryer combo with heat pump
The GE GFQ14ESSNWW washer dryer combo is an all-in-one solution for your laundry needs. Whether you just don’t have the space for a separate washer and dryer, or you just want to do the laundry with less steps using just one machine, this electric front load washer/dryer is one to consider. With a 2.4 cu. ft. capacity, it can fit loads of up to 8 lbs. It weighs just 183 lbs. and the compact measurements of 25.62 inches deep by 33.25 inches tall by 23.43 inches wide is create for homes with less space for laundry. The window door is left swing. This 2-in-1 machine consumes just 108 kWh of power per year, so you can save on your electricity bills. The stainless-steel drum resists rust and corrosion. Turn it into a smart device by adding the optional Wi-Fi connect part (#PBX23W00Y0), sold separately.
Equipped with a 1450 RPM maximum spin speed, the washing and drying actions are enhanced. Your clothes come out cleaner and dryer. With 14 wash cycles and 5 dry cycles, you can customize the way you clean your clothes freely. Wash anything from undergarments with Delicates to stained fabrics with Stain Wash with Steam. With features like Delay Start, you can schedule when to start the cycle according to your schedule for up to 24 hours. Use the Extra Rinse option when you need fabrics to be rid of detergent and fabric softener remnants. The Time Saver option lets you wash smaller loads at a faster rate so your garments will be ready in no time. This washer/dryer comes with 5 heat selections because some soils dissolve better in cooler temperatures, while some others in warmer temperatures. The load sensing adaptive fill automatically fills the drum with the appropriate amount of water depending on the size of the load. Add Time when you feel like your clothes need extra drying care. With convenience features like an adjustable end-of-cycle signal, child lock, cycles status indicators, LED cycle countdown and rack dry, doing the laundry is a little bit less of a hassle.
Fill and load hoses are included.
For all your laundry needs, the GE WM3998HBA is the answer. Wash and dry using the same machine using a washer/dryer combo and save time doing your laundry. The 4.5 cu. ft. capacity is large enough to fit bulky items like blankets or beddings with no issues. Prop it on top of a pedestal (WDP4B) or the LG Sidekick™ Pedestal Washer (WD100CB) to wash even more laundry at once. Weighing 213.8 lbs. and measuring 27 inches wide, 39 inches high and 30.25 inches deep, it will fit in smaller laundry rooms or closets easily. The door swings to the left when opened. It uses just 105 kWh of power per year, so you can save some money on your power bill. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1300 RPM, so your clothes come out cleaner and drier.
Use the power of steam in both washing and drying. With 14 wash programs and 4 dry cycles to handle every type of laundry you throw at it. Special programs like Bright Whites™ (especially designed to give white fabrics great clean and maintain color) and Allergiene™ (specifically intended to give fabrics washing and rinsing to get rid of allergens) help you get the perfect kind of clean for every piece of clothing. It has 5 wash/rinse temperatures and 5 spin speeds so you can customize a cycle freely. Using the same outstanding washing performance that LG customers have come to expect, the LG TurboWash technology efficiently washes huge loads in less time. Enjoy more features like the ColdWash™ Option and the SenseClean™ System at any time. The TrueBalance™ Anti-Vibration System makes this washer/dryer very quiet, so you can do your laundry and answer a phone call in the same room. Powered with the ThinQ® Technoloy, this machine is smart-home ready. Use features like SmartDiagnosis™ (v3.0), Remote Start and Cycle Monitor and Energy Monitoring with your smart device.
The GE WM3998HBA comes in a chic Black Steel color that will look amazing in any laundry space.
If you are looking for a washer dryer combo for your summer home, apartment or other places with limited space, the Magic Chef MCSCWD27S5 is a great solution. This ventless unit has a 2.7 cu. ft. capacity that can handle up to 26.4 lbs. of clothes for washing and up to 17.6 lbs. for drying. It weighs just 160 lbs., and measures 23.4 inches deep, 33.5 inches high and 23.4 inches wide. Enjoy some energy savings because this unit only uses an estimated 90 kWh annually. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1300 RPM, assisting in giving you dryer clothes at the end of every cycle, as well as extra cleaning power. The left swing, glass door lets your see the washing and drying action.
This versatile washer dryer combo has a total of 16 wash cycles including Active Wear, Bulky Items, and Delicates. Run the special Tub Clean cycle, designed to help keep your washer fresh while removing residue from your detergent and other laundry chemicals. The De-wrinkle option relaxes the fabrics near the end of the cycle, to help your clothes come out wrinkle-free. Choose from 3 soil levels, depending on how dirty each load is. Some soils clean better in cold temperature settings, some in warmer temperature settings. This unit lets you choose among 5 temperature levels to best suit the type of dirt. When you can't run your laundry right way, Delay Start can be configured to start from one to 24 hours later. This machine is fitted with electronic controls with LED display for intuitive use and operation. Child Lock ensures that the door stays closed when it should. Know exactly when the cycle is finished with the end-of-cycle signal. With the advanced vibration control, your washer dryer runs more quietly than others.
The Magic Chef MCSCWD27S5 comes with hoses and a power cord.
If you are looking for a replacement for your old washer and dryer, or you just simply need to make more space in your home, the Whirlpool WFC8090GX is one you should consider. This washer dryer combo will not only save you some space, but because it is ventless, you can install it virtually anywhere. With a maximum capacity of 2.8 cu. ft., this appliance has the largest capacity of washer dryer combos currently available in the market. It weighs 209 lbs. and measures 24 inches deep, 33.25 inches high and 24 inches wide, a compact dimension that will fit even in the tightest laundry spaces. This appliance uses just 209 kWh of power per year. With a maximum spin speed of 1400 RPM, your clothes come out drier at the end of the cycle. The intuitive, touchscreen controls allow the machine to guide you in choosing the perfect combination of settings for the right type of fabric care. The window-type glass door lets you to peer inside to watch the washing and drying action.
With a total of 28 wash programs and 7 dry cycles, there is a perfect setting for every time of challenge you throw at it. The Wrinkle Shield option helps prevent wrinkles and creases from setting in by tumbling clothes for up to 12 hours after the cycle finishes. The TumbleFresh option does the same, but after the wash cycle, in situations when you can’t run the dry cycle right away. The Sanitize Cycle is designed to eliminate up to 99.9% of known household bacteria by using high temperature levels. When you are in a hurry, the Quick Wash cycle gets your clothes ready in a shorter time. Use the Cold Wash cycle on clothes with vibrant colors to ensure the hues stay bright. The Presoak option lets you skip soaking outside of the washer by adding extra time before the cycle starts. This Whirlpool washer dryer combo
is smart home ready and can be connected to your smartphone or tablet so you can control it remotely.
The Whirlpool WFC8090GX comes with hoses and a power cord.
The modern looking exterior of the LG Signature LUWM101HWA Washer/Dryer combo paired with its feature-packed resume make it a very attractive appliance. With a capacity of up to 2.8 cu. ft., it can hold up to 4-7 full sized bath towels. You can pair it with the LG Sidekick™ Pedestal Washer (model #LUWD1CW) and wash even more laundry at once. Of course, it is also Energy Star Rated (Tier I) and uses just 120 kWh of power per year so you can expect some savings on your electricity bill. The maximum spin speed is clocked at 1600 RPM ensuring your clothes come out drier. The drum is illuminated so you can peer into the glass, window door (which swings to the left) and watch the washing or drying action. The NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Drum is designed to last years and years of use as it resists rusting and corrosion. This machine is compactly sized to fit in smaller laundry spaces at 26.5 inches deep, 33.5 inches high and 23.63 inches wide. It weighs around 208 lbs.
Now let’s talk technology. This premiere machine has a trove of great features! With the modern Quick Circle Interface, you can conveniently and easily control two washers (including the SideKick™) at once thanks to its unique circle LCD display in the main washer. It monitors usage trends and displays the cycles you use most frequently. LG’s Auto Dosing System automatically determines the appropriate amount of detergent or fabric softener depending on the type of soil or amount of laundry and delivers it at just the right time for the optimal clean. This machine comes with 17 wash programs including TurboWash®, Prewash, Hygienic Rinse, and FreshCare™ options. With the TurboWash® 2.0 Technology, you can expect to wash loads up to 20 minutes faster without sacrificing the cleaning performance. The FreshCare feature™ will tumble finished loads of wet laundry for up to 19 hours to keep it fresh and prevent wrinkles from setting in. This washer/dryer combo is also smart home ready, equipped with the LG Smart ThinQ® technology, so you can enjoy features like SmartDiagnosis™ using your smart device.
The LG Signature LUWM101HWA comes with hoses.
Advantages of a heat pump washer/dryer
One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump washer/dryer is that you can wash and dry with one appliance.
Less energy than a separate washer and dryer
Better than a condenser dryer, a washer-dryer combination with heat pump uses much less energy. The energy consumption is about 40% lower, which can save you around 100 per year.
Please always check the weight of the load indicated on the washer/dryer combination. For example, if you have a large household with 8kg, 9kg or even 10kg of laundry, you should consider that you will only be able to dry 5kg, 6kg or 7kg of it in the machine.
If you want to dry all your laundry in the combi, in some cases you will have to dry some of it afterwards in a separate program. If this is the case, you should consider reducing your energy consumption by purchasing a separate washer and dryer with a load capacity of at least 8kg.
Non Stop Washing and Drying
A heat pump washer/dryer dries at much lower temperatures than a condenser dryer, so you can dry all your laundry that normally needs to be dried separately, just together.
This allows you to run your washer/dryer combination non stop. You turn it on in the morning and after washing it automatically goes on to drying. This means that you can wash and dry your laundry non-stop, saving you time and money. However, please note that not every washer-dryer with heat pump has a non stop function suitable for all wash programs. In some cases, for example, you can only wash and dry your cotton laundry in one cycle.
Your clothes will last longer
Drying your clothes in a conventional condenser dryer exposes the fabric to high temperatures.
A heat pump dryer, on the other hand, uses much lower temperatures, which protects your clothes better.
Disadvantages of a Combination Heat Pump Dryer
There are two disadvantages to a heat pump dryer that you should be aware of. If you are not prepared to invest a little more or if you value speed during the wash and dry process, a washer-dryer with heat pump is not the right choice for you.
More expensive to buy
A washer-dryer with heat pump is about 300 more expensive than a normal washer-dryer. But you have to take into account that your energy costs will be about 100 lower every year. So it will take 3 years to earn back your investment.
In the long run, you will save money, but you have to be prepared to invest first.
Longer drying time
A full cycle of washing and drying in a washer-dryer combination takes on average much longer than if you put your laundry first in the washing machine and then in the dryer. This is because a heat pump uses a much lower temperature to dry.
How long is a longer drying time? For a full drum of aeg brand washer-dryers with 8 kg fill weight you should consider that the washer-dryers with a heat pump will take 2.5 to 3 hours to dry your laundry, compared to 1.5 to 2 hours for a condenser dryer. With a 5kg drum, the total drying time of the washer-dryer will not be much shorter, you should still expect to need at least 2 hours to dry everything.
Is it better to buy a washer-dryer combination or a separate washer and heat pump dryer?
If you want to buy a washer-dryer combi with heat pump dryer because you want to save energy, in some cases it can be a better choice to get an energy-efficient washing machine and a separate heat pump dryer.
You’ll use as little energy as possible, because you’ll avoid drying some of your laundry in a separate drying programme, as the washer-dryer combination has a larger capacity for washing than for drying.
For large households, it’s a better idea to buy a separate washing machine and heat pump dryer, both of which have a 10kg drum. For smaller households, it doesn’t really matter that a washer-dryer can wash 6kg and dry only 4kg.
The question: “Washer, dryer or a washer-dryer with heat pump? So always consider whether you are more interested in saving energy or whether the benefits of a washer-dryer are more important to you.