What is a washer dryer combo
You may have heard of a washer-dryer combo before, but actually you have no idea what it is exactly. In addition, you may be familiar with the preconceptions that state that the quality of washing and drying is inferior and that the appliance breaks down very quickly. Many people find it hard to believe that a washer and dryer in one can perform as well as two separate appliances. To help you find your way around the world of washer-dryer combinations, we answer the question, “What is a washer-dryer combination?” on this page.
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Washer and dryer in one
To distinguish the facts and fables surrounding the washer-dryer combo, we must first look at what exactly the appliance is. Very briefly, a washer-dryer combination is a washing machine that has a dryer built into it. You can wash and dry your laundry with the same appliance, sometimes even in one go The big advantage is therefore that you only need one appliance to perform two tasks.
With a washer-dryer combination, it is important to keep in mind that the fill weight for washing and drying is different. You can always wash more laundry than dry, which means you have to wash smaller amounts or take some of your laundry out of the drum each time. If you put more laundry in the drum than the maximum fill weight it will not clean or dry properly.
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Are two separate machines better than a washer and dryer
Many people still think that a separate washer and dryer will make their laundry cleaner and drier, but this is no longer the case. The technology for washer-dryers has evolved in recent years and is no longer inferior to that of the separate appliances.
Because a combined washer-dryer has a smaller drum than a washing machine and dryer, there is less room to dry the laundry. This used to lead to more creased laundry, but now washer-dryers are also equipped with a steam function that makes your laundry wrinkle-free.
Washing and drying combinations are also known to have a higher energy consumption than two separate appliances. This is certainly true, as a washer-dryer combination uses a motor that will lead to high energy costs.
Nowadays, it is also possible to find a washer-dryer combination that uses a heat pump or a brushless motor, which can significantly reduce your energy costs. To find out if this is one of the disadvantages that will affect your choice, it is wise to first calculate the annual energy costs of a combined washer-dryer. This is done using the information on the energy label.
It is no myth that a combined washer and dryer will take considerably longer to wash and dry your laundry. A stand-alone washing machine will take on average 2 hours to wash a full drum at 60 degrees, with a combined washer and dryer it can take twice as long.
Especially the drying program takes a long time. Because of the small drum, the washer-dryer needs more time to get your laundry completely dry, so it can sometimes take up to 5 hours before a load is completely dry.
The duration of the non stop programs vary. There are brands that have a program that takes a total of 4 hours, but there are also washer-dryers that take up to 10 hours.
How does a combined washer and dryer work
A combined washer and dryer looks the same on the outside as a washing machine and dryer, but the inside is slightly different. The difference is mainly in the method used to dry your laundry.
Every dryer has a condenser in which the warm air used to dry your laundry is converted into water. In a normal dryer, this is done through a hose that draws in cool outside air. A washer-dryer, on the other hand, uses water to cool the condenser, which results in higher water consumption.
The differences from a stand-alone washer and dryer
There are many preconceptions about the washer-dryer combination that are not all true, but that does not mean that there are no differences between washer-dryers and a stand-alone washer and dryer.
What is the best choice for you depends on what weighs more heavily for you. For example, if you value the space you can save and don’t care about longer waiting times for washing and drying, then a washer-dryer combination is a good option. If, on the other hand, you do value your energy consumption, it may be a good idea to look at a separate washer and dryer.
To make it easier for you to make an informed choice, we have listed the main differences between a washing machine, dryer and combined washer and dryer.
Washing and drying takes longer
With a combined washer and dryer, you don’t have to do as many things, but it does take longer to wash and dry your laundry. Some washer-dryers have a non-stop program where you do not have to switch to a new drying program in between. Keep in mind that a full drum of cotton laundry can take up to 4 hours to complete a full cycle and that the non stop option cannot be applied to all wash programs.
A separate washer and dryer is more energy efficient
It may sound contradictory, but it can be more energy efficient to purchase two separate appliances. Washing and drying combinations use much more energy and you do not always use the functions for washing and drying. Two separate machines with an energy label A will in some cases result in a lower energy bill at the end of the year. So always calculate for yourself what the costs per appliance are and what the most advantageous choice is for you.
The maximum fill weight
The drum of a combined washer and dryer is also smaller than that of a separate washer and dryer. This means that the maximum fill weight is often considerably lower, so you can do less drying and washing than if you had two separate machines.
The difference in fill weight for washing and drying is also always different. On average, you can dry 40% less laundry than you can wash, which sometimes amounts to as little as 5 kg. This means you always have to dry some of your laundry separately or wash less than the maximum capacity.
A normal dryer has a lint filter from which you can remove the remaining lint after each drying program. With a washer-dryer you do not have a filter, so the lint remains in the rubber section between the door and the drum.
You need to remove these after each cycle, otherwise you have a chance of them getting into your laundry during your next wash. It is a small effort, but it is very annoying if you forget it once.