Should I Buy A Washer Dryer Combo? A Buyer’s Guide

With property prices skyrocketing, many of us are being forced to find more and more ingenious ways to save space in our increasingly cramped kitchens. One easy way to shave off a few feet is to combine your washing machine and tumble dryer into a combo model. They also tend to save on the upfront cost side.

If you ask anyone about these machines, they are likely to tell you that

However,  there are a couple things you should look out for when purchasing a combo machine. The first is the washing capacity vs drying capacity. The latter will always be smaller, but you want to check there isn’t a huge disparity in size otherwise you will still be hanging loads of clothes from a maiden. Also, keep an eye on the running costs as many models are not very energy efficient.

If you ask anyone about these machines, they are likely to tell you that they don’t perform well as either a washer or a dryer. Despite being much maligned over the years, these machines really have come on a lot over the last few years – but there are still a few duffers out there on the market. So, we’ve reviewed the best washer dryer combos you can buy in the UK in 2017.

Best Washer Dryers 2018

AEG L7WEG851R – The Best Value

Zanussi ZWD91683NW

AEG may not be as big a name as some of the other contenders on our list, but the L7WEG851R is an absolute gem. It has a capacity of 8kg for washing and 5kg for drying, and does a simply excellent job at both.

It’s also really simple to use and has a multitude of preset washes. we particularly like the setting to wash and dry 1kg of clothes in an hour. Drying time across the board is made pretty snappy by this machines powerful spin (a strong 1800 rpm) that leaves your clothes much closer to being dry after washing.

Despite the power and speed, the machine doesn’t make a racket and is the quietest on our list.

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Zanussi ZWD91683NW – Best Cleaner

Zanussi ZWD91683NW

If you are more bothered about cleaning performance, and just view the tumble dryer element as a convenient luxury then the Zanussi ZWD91683NW will be right up your street.

It has a 9kg washing capacity and a 5kg drying capacity. We were incredibly impressed with how well it tackled even the most stubborn of stains. On the drying side though we felt we had to give items about 10 minutes longer than the other models on our list to get them truly dry. This is despite the 1,600 rpm spin giving it a fairly decent start!

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Bosch Serie 6 WVH28422GB – The Most Impressive

 Bosch Serie 6 WVH28422GB

Yes, it might be a bit expensive, but the Bosch WVH28322GB is definitely our top pick and gets The Grade seal of approval. It has a medium sized 7kg drum, which means it is adequate for a medium sized family of three to four people. It’s also pretty powerful with a speedy 1400rpm max spin.

Bosch’s “Active Water” technology is genuinely impressive. It weighs what you put in and estimates the water, time and energy it needs during the cycle. The result is an A grade for washing energy efficiency (though its spin only scores a B), which is pretty rare in combo models.

It’s also pretty quiet, as it uses frictionless magnets rather than noisy brushes to power the motor – so no more annoying the downstairs neighbours.

It has 11 settings, which won’t satisfy those who have washing OCD, but is more than adequate for the rest of us. If you are in a rush, it can wash and dry four outfits in an hour.

Drying it pretty competent too, and it can comfortably handle a 4kg load. It uses sensors to detect if your clothes are dry.  However, some users have complained that it can annoyingly shut off a couple of minutes too early.

That con aside, the Bosch Serie 6 WVH28422GB tops our list.

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Hotpoint WDAL 8640P – The Best Bargain

Hotpoint WDAL 8640P

An 8kg washing capacity and 6kg drying capacity makes this perfect for the larger family – especially if on a budget. It comes in graphite (which, to be honest, is slightly ugly) and white. It has an A grade for energy efficiency and “Ecotech” built in to automatically find the most efficient wash cycle. Despite this, it was a dab hand at removing even the most stubborn marks in our tests (no doubt due to Hotpoint’s anti-strain technology that claims to remove the 20 most stubborn types of stain without pre-soaking).

It has a 1400rpm max spin, that can get a bit noisy. Also, some cycles can take a bit long. Some users have also complained it can be a bit tricky to use – so don’t throw away that instructions booklet!

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Samsung WD80J6410AW

Samsung WD80J6410AW

The ecobubble range has been a triumph for Samsung (for example, check out our review of the WF80F5E5U4X) and this model doesn’t let down its class. As you would expect from the Korean powerhouse, this model is really well designed.

Apart from adding a touch of class to your kitchen, it is really solidly built. Claims of unreliability have damned the washer/dryer combo category for years (and is still a problem with many of the models out there). To counter this, Samsung has put their money where their mouth is though and are offering a ten-year warranty on the WD80J6410AW’s motor.

It’s pretty quiet, due to its direct drive motor. It can fit in 14kg for a wash and 8kg for drying. So given it’s more expensive than the Bosch why does it not top our list? Well, the latter is just quicker to wash and dry – and we often find ourselves wanting a one-hour turnaround.

If that’s not a huge concern to you, then we would not blame you for saving some money and making this your pick.

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