Washer dryer combos are one of the most efficient household appliances available today. When choosing between a washer dryer combo and a separate washing machine and tumble dryer, there are definitely some advantages and disadvantages of each that should be considered, depending on your living situation.
Advantages of Washer Dryer Combos:
Energy efficient – combo machines use less electricity than separates.
Easy to use – what draws most people to buy a washer dryer is that they’re incredibly easy to use. Many are equipped with timers, allowing you to start a washing cycle whenever you choose. Another added benefit is there is no changeover from washer to dryer, meaning you can set it once and have a full load of washing complete from start to finish, in one go.
Range of options – despite being just one device, combo units come in many varieties and load capacities. Specific functions may vary depending on the model, which is why it’s important to consider your needs before purchasing one.
Saves space – since there’s only one unit, they take up half the space of separate washer dryers.
Common Washer Dryer Misconceptions:
Washer dryer technology has come a long way since the machines were first launched in the early 1950s. A lot of problems that the units originally faced have disappeared since, but some misconceptions from this time remain.
Time consuming – while it’s great that you can wash and dry your clothes in the same unit, when the combos were first introduced they notoriously took hours to dry a single load. Now, more modern units benefit from technology that allows them to dry laundry in as little as 45 minutes, depending on their capacity.
Uses up more energy – people assume that because there are typically more features on a washer dryer combo, they require more energy to run, but in fact the opposite is usually true.
Disadvantages of Washer Dryer Combos
Although there are many benefits to washer dryers, there are also some drawbacks that you should bear in mind before you make the decision to switch:
Wait time – if you’re looking to do more than one load of washing, you’ll have to wait for the first load to completely wash and dry before you wash another. This could lead to a longer wash time than your traditional washer and dryer system.
Small dry load – washer dryers have a smaller load capacity for drying than washing. It’s worth bearing this in mind since you’ll need to either remove some laundry before using the drying function, or wash a smaller load in the first place.
Water Usage – some models use more water for drying than for washing the clothes (up to 60 litres of water in a single wash). Some dryers don’t use any water in their drying function, but they come at a premium.
Should You Buy a Washer Dryer?
If you want a simple, cost effective and efficient away to do your laundry, a washer dryer combo might be ideal – especially if you have a smaller home, or are looking to downsize. They can also be considered for holiday homes, where you’ll be less likely to worry about multiple loads of washing, and more worried about convenience.
Alternatively, find out more about washer dryers in our other article: Washer Dryer or Separate Washing Machine and Dryer?