If you're in the market for a new washer dryer, you've probably got a list of the boxes it should tick.
Price and energy-efficiency is sure to be at the top and you might also be wondering if a washer and dryer combination can provide the same quality as buying 2 separate appliances. On the plus side, an "all-in-one" saves a lot of space!
To help you find the best washer dryer combo, we've put together a list of the top 5 available in 2020.
Choosing a Washer and Dryer Combo
Choosing the right washer dryer is an important decision as you could be using it for
So it's worthwhile spending a little bit of time making the right choice. Especially as the price can vary by hundreds of pounds between models and suppliers.
In selecting our short-list, we tried to choose well-known brands for different budgets.
After analysing over 200 washers and dryers, we've identified some key features to look out for.
Washer dryers come with 2 different capacities. One for the amount of clothes you can wash and the other is for the tumble dryer.
For example, if the capacity is given as 8 KG / 4KG then the dryer can only handle 50% of the washing. This means you can use it for those things that take ages to dry like jeans and towels and use an airer or clothes line for the rest.
The percentage is usually around 50% - but the best washer dryers go up to 70% like this Indesit 10KG / 7KG model.
The energy rating reflect how much your appliance costs to run, and it's impact on the environment.
More efficient machines are designed to use less water and to fill and empty at a faster rate. The manufacturer specifications can be quite detailed when it comes to energy ratings, so take the time to make a serious comparison.
The highest energy rating for washing machines is A +++, with most being A+. However, as dryers consume a lot of energy, most combos are rated at just "A".
The best washer and dryers come with a number of programmes or settings.
These usually determine the length of time, heat and other factors that will be involved with your wash cycle, as well as such as spin speed.
If you have children – or other family members – who play sports regularly you may want one with a heavy-duty ‘sports’ cycle. Or you may prefer a machine that has quick spin cycles, so you don’t have to wait around for it to finish.
These are just a couple of the many features you will find when you begin to look these appliances, and we recommend you take the programs available into account when making your decision.
Cleaning & Maintenance
We really rely on our kitchen appliances to work - and if you have kids things are made even more difficult.
Some of the more well-known brands have been in business for more than fifty-years, and it's easy to get spares in case anything goes wrong.
One that comes with a self-cleaning program can also make your life easier, as it keeps everything sanitary and will save you time.
A big drum spinning at up to 1600 revolutions per minute is going to make some noise!
The good news is, the latest machines are much quieter than those from just ten or fifteen years ago. Even so, you can still find a 10 - 15 db difference between brands and models in 2017.
To put things into perspective, 80db is actually twice as loud as 70 db! This could make all the difference if you have an open-plan home, or perhaps a sleeping baby you don't want to wake up!
In our reviews, we tried to find the quietest washing machines and make sense of all the stats and specs for you.
A feature that will really make your life easier is a 24-hour delay timer. This may not sound important, but it can make life a lot easier.
For instance, you could load it up when you have the time and set it to run during the night, so as not to disturb you during the day, or you can program it to run when you are away for a day, and come back to a ready to clean, dry clothes.
Do Washer Dryers Need To Be Vented?
Lastly, many people wonder if washer dryers need to be vented or not?
The good news is that most don't! This is because they are condenser dryers which mean they don't need a vent to remove the hot air.
Washer / Dryer Combo Reviews
The following reviews taking into consideration all of the above and discuss how much each model costs to run.
Zanussi is a much loved brand and this model offers a wash capacity of 8kg. This makes it more than capable of handling a regular load for a family of four.
It has an "A" energy-rating, which is the very best you can buy. There's a number of programs and options, including a 30-minute quick wash and a 24-hour timer.
Energy usage over the year is given at around 1046 kw/h, which makes it one of the better models in this area from our choice of five. The annual cost, at the time of writing, is therefore around £160.
What we really like about this particular model is the sensor that detects how much moisture is left in your clothes after the spin cycle. The machine then automatically selects the most efficient drying time to save time and energy.
It's also one of the quietest combos on the market with a noise level of just 51 db, and a drying level of 56 db. This is largely due to Zanussi's invertor motor design, which has fewer moving parts to make it last longer.
You can learn more in this short video.
Although this machine has a 1600 rpm spin rating, it's worth pointing out that it only reach this speed during the cotton washes. To be honest, this is in common with many models. However, people are still disappointed they can only use full-speed some of the time.
Some users also find this model to be hard to use. Like many new modern appliances, it's (hopefully) something that becomes easier with time.
Perhaps the main drawback on the laundry side is there aren't any sports, anti-allergy or baby programs. But there are programs for anti-crease and mixed loads.
All in all, the Zanussi Lindo Washer/Dryer is a great choice for a mid-sized family.
Beko is another brand with a good range of kitchen and household appliances, including a variety of washer/dryer combos.
This one is a 7kg model, so will handle your family-of-four regular wash.
With an energy rating of A, and a power usage of under 1000kwh – which translates as around £146 per year – this is the cheapest and most energy-efficient of the five we have reviewed.
It's also the only black one, which is sure to please those looking for this particular colour!
There are quite a few features that make this model stand out.
The first is the one hour "Wash and wear" program, which lets you wash up to 1 KG of clothing. Perfect if you or your kids (and it's usually the kids!) need something in an emergency.
There are also some programs that more expensive washer dryer combos don't have, such as a sports program, anti-allergen high temeperature cycle and a cycle especially for white shirts.
An invertor motor helps keep the noise down, and it puts out just 55 db in regular wash mode and 64 db in drying mode. This again is comparable to machines costing much more.
There have been some reports of this machine rocking slightly if the load is imbalanced (a heavy towel with a t-shirt for example), so care needs to be taken when loading this one.
If a 7KG capacity machine is big enough for your needs, it's hard to find a better washer / dryer combo for the money.
Got a family of four or five? Looking for something with a bit more space and capacity? Then check out the 10KG Indesit Innex.
It's got a huige drum and porthole. And if you're currently using a 7KG machine for your family, it'll cut your weekly loads in half.
And not only is this washer and dryer economically priced - it also has some great features, too.
The stand out is "Push, wash and dry" - one programme that makes it dead simple to wash and dry your clothes quickly.
It's also got an "A" rating for energy-efficiency - which is great for it's size and the fast 1600 rpm spin speed.
This energy-efficiency is due to Indesit's "Water Balance Technology". The sensors weigh each load and automatically use just the right amount of electricity and water.
On the washing front, there are 12 different programmes. These include mixed loads, a sports program and a 30-minute quick wash. So a lot of variety here.
Another thing that really stands out is the 7KG drying capacity. That will easily take care of things like jeans and towels which take ages on a line in winter.
At just 54db during regular spin and 63db drying, this is also pretty quiet.
The only downside with this model is the long cycle time. The quick wash is 30-minutes and not 15. And you need to put at least half a load in.
And regular wash and dry time can take up to 3 hours if you're doing jeans and towels. A lot of the newer, more economical models are like this - sacrificing speed for energy-efficiency.
However, there is a 24-hour delay timer which makes it perfect set running during the night.
All in all, if you're looking to upgrade from 7KG to something a bit bigger - consider this Indesit Innex.
Hotpoint has been a popular appliance brand in the UK since they first entered the market in the 1920's.
This Hotpoint RD117JD is a heavy-duty washer dryer, and the only one among our reviews capable of handling an 11kg load.
With it's large drum and porthole, there's definitely enough space for larger families with two or more children. The dryer is a generous 7KG which will help with duvets and blankets, too.
It comes in white, has an "A" energy-efficiency rating, and although it used more energy a year than the others on our list - almost 1500 kw/h - that is due to its much larger size.
On the noise front, this Hotpoint washer dryer is surprisingly quiet at 63db on wash mode, yet at 83db is pretty loud when spinning. This is because it has the fastest 1600 rpm spin speed.
When it comes to features you get 16 full wash programs, with a 30-minute fast wash and special stain-removal programs that may appeal to those with pets and smaller children.
If you're looking for a reasonably cheap washer dryer that can handle the laundry for a larger family, it's hard to find one better.
Bosch appliances are revered all over the world, and this particular washer dryer is one of their better models.
The Bosch Serie 6 offers a 7kg load capacity, which is the average, plus a respectable 1500 rpm spin speed. These specs are pretty ideal for smaller families.
It has an energy-efficiency rating of "A" and uses around 1087 of power annually. This is estimated to cost around £168. That's about the mid-range of the five we have reviewed.
With the Bosch, you would expect to get a fine range of features, and you do; a 24-hr delay timer, a 15-minute quick wash and a "time to end of cycle" readout - which a lot of models don't have.
In all, there are 14 programs which can be selected with a dial and button system. It's one of the quietest on our list, putting out only 49db during normal wash, and 59db during drying.
This model also allows you to choose the temperature and spin speed you'd like. People love this, as it lets them wash mixed loads incredibly fast and their laundry is dry enough to put away.
Another standout feature with the Bosch machines is you get a 10-year manufacturers warranty on the direct drive motor, and a 2-year general warranty. So that's a bit more peace-of-mind there.
In summary, this is a good washer dryer from a quality brand. That is reflected in the higher price tag. But if you're in the market for a quieter machine that can wash and dry your clothes fast - this is an excellent choice.
Samsung are making real inroads into the UK washing machine market, and this 9KG / 6KG washer dryer is a fine model to finish our list.
If you look to the right you can see what makes this model unique - the "Addwash" feature.
This is essentially a hole in the porthole which allows you to add forgotten clothes (like socks!) during the cycle.
It also means you can just add clothes in to the dryer cycle without having to wash them again.
Addwash aside, there's much more to admire about this Samsung machine.
For starters, it has smart sensor drying technology. This means it automatically weighs the laundry and determines a suitable drying time.
It also measures how much moisture is present and stops at the right time. This means it doesn't waste energy and you won't need a pair of tongs to remove your clothes!
Another great feature is Samsung's "Bubble Soak" technology which soaks stained clothes in foam for 30 minutes. Perfect if you've got a grass (or mud in winter!) stained PE kit or baby clothes to wash.
Something else I love about this one is there is an Eco drum cleaning option. This is something a lot of cheaper models don't have.
This is also a very quiet washer dryer at just 54db during washing and 59db when drying. That's thanks to the digital invertor motor which Samsung guarantee for 10 years.
Speaking of guarantees - there's also a 5 year warranty of parts and labour which is outstanding. Other manufacturers who only provide a single year should take note.
The 9KG / 6KG capacity with 1400 rpm spin makes it ideal for a medium-sized family. But you do need to know that Addwash makes the door stick out a bit. So check the depth measurement if you're pushed for space.
All-in-all, the Samsung Ecobubble washer dryer might not be the cheapest on our list, but we feel the features (and guarantees) are worth the extra money.
It's surprising how few of these machines there are on the market.
That said, it's clear to see that some are better than others in terms of energy efficiency, wash quality, quietness and price.
While the Bosch Serie 6 is an excellent choice, it is a bit pricey. We also love the 5-year parts and labour guarantee you get with the Samsung washer dryer.
But for all round performance and value for money, we'd choose the Beko model.
We love how it can wash a full load in just 28 minutes, it's got a wide range of washing and drying programs, and it's actually more energy-efficient than the Bosch.