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Washer / Dryer - Would you?

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Todaywewilldobetter Wed 28-Oct-20 10:20:26

Washing machine has failed this morning. Even we can see it's irreparable!

I seem to recall there wasnt much love for a washer dryer combo in years gone by. Is that still true?

Would you buy a combo?

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wannabebump Wed 28-Oct-20 10:36:00

I wouldn't. If anything, seperate tumble drier and washing machine.

Not as reliable, lower spec machines for the money (ie spin speed) etc

sunlight81 Wed 28-Oct-20 11:04:39

I have one and love it!! Clothes go in dirty and come out clean and dry!!

A full cycle with dry can take 5h so I tend to do one over night.

We are a fam of 7 and i ensures I got one with a 1800 spin

arewethere Wed 28-Oct-20 11:10:43

I only have room for one machine so I have a washer dryer. It's not as good as separate ones, my mum can wash abs dryer 6 loads in a day where I struggle to do 2/3 but it's better than no dryer

Todaywewilldobetter Wed 28-Oct-20 11:20:02

Yeah, I can't fit in separately due to a spectacularly strange kitchen cupboard design! Or else I would.

I use a pod dryer now but obviously it's no use for towels & bedding.


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user1465146157 Sat 21-Nov-20 08:21:18

@sunlight81 - what make and model do you have? I need one but no idea where to start x

SkepticalCat Sat 21-Nov-20 08:36:39

I've never had a separate washing machine and tumble dryer due to lack of space (well, my current house does have space, but I prioritised a dishwasher).

My current Blomberg washer-dryer works well. I dont use it to dry everything, but its invaluable for towels/bedding. Admittedly, they do need a bit of an 'airing' after drying as they don't come out completely dry, but it's better than not having been tumble dried at all.

I also have a dehumidifier which gets an airer's worth of washing dry in about 5-6 hours.

nosswith Sat 21-Nov-20 08:37:07

Yes, live in a flat, have had one for years.

MassDebate Sat 21-Nov-20 08:41:33

I have a Miele and it’s the worst piece of crap I’ve ever had the misfortune to spend over £1k on. It breaks down at least once per year, and their dreadful repair service usually leaves me with no functioning washing machine for up to 12 weeks (yes really). Don’t bother OP.

Clutterbugsmum Sat 21-Nov-20 08:41:55

I had one (only got it because it was on sale and cheaper then an washing machine) and when it broke I replaced with a washing machine and tumber dryer.

I found it was just wasn't able to keep up with the washing for our family.

clary Sat 21-Nov-20 08:44:16

We inherited one when we moved to this house and I hated it. To be fair I never used the dryer element really, it was a crap washing machine tho, took ages to do any programme. Spin speed was rubbish, just generally didn;t like it. Relieved when it broke and we could reinstate the Bosch we had brought with us.

Just too much to break at once.

AlwaysLatte Sat 21-Nov-20 08:45:01

Following with interest. Thinking of changing my washer and drier for two washer/driers after the washing machine packed up recently. Hated being without it while I waited for the repair man

Shoxfordian Sat 21-Nov-20 08:46:02

We just bought a combo one, seems to work pretty well or so my husband says, he does the washing

anxiouswaiting Sat 21-Nov-20 08:55:02

Hate mine. We are in rental and an old crappy one was here when we moved in. Wash cycle fine, drying took 7-8hrs! Even drying half the load at a time was about 6 hours total.

It recently broke and was replaced, I thought since it is new rather than a 10+ year old model it would be more efficient. Nope!

When it was installed the guy said I
He always advises only a 1/2 load if you are using the dry function. It's awful, takes hours and hours.

Luckily we had a tumble dryer from our last house, annoying as it takes up space we dont really have, but with 3 kids I just cant have it taking so long to dry or I would never get through all the washing.

Flowerblue Sat 21-Nov-20 08:55:46

I’ve just got rid of my washer dryer and replaced it with just a washer. Planning to get a heated airer to go with it. We are a small family though.

chipsandpeas Sat 21-Nov-20 09:04:09

yes if you have get seperates

chipsandpeas Sat 21-Nov-20 09:04:29


yes if you have get seperates

i meant yes if you cant get seperates

PoisoningPigeons Sat 21-Nov-20 09:21:39

We live in the North, where it is dark, cold and damp for a large proportion of the year - I know that many people have no difficulty hanging out and air-drying to crisp perfection vast quantities of laundry in January, I salute you all, but I am mysteriously incompetent at this feat.

Over the years, we have somehow contrived to live in a series of dwellings that didn't have space for two machines. So we have always had washer-dryers.

They're fine. They wash clothes. They dry clothes.

Unlike a dedicated dryer, they usually can't dry as many clothes as they could wash. You could consider this a terrible flaw.

Mostly we find it quite handy, because often in the laundry basket we have a mixture of tumble-dry-able and non-tumble-dry-able items that we want to wash:
> so we chuck the whole load in
> wash it using the wash function
> when the wash finishes we extract the non-tumble-dry-able items
> hang up the non-tumble-dry-able items on drying-rack arrangement of choice (in our case a collapsible rack in the bathroom, with a dehumidifier)
> use the dryer function on the tumble-dry-able items

> whole load laundered
> partial load tumble-dried
> partial load air-dried, meaning (1) requires smaller drying rack arrangement (2) requires less tedious hanging of clothes on drying rack arrangement (3) generally air-dries quicker than a full load because less moisture in the air.

> whole load clean and dry.


anotherboyontheway Sat 21-Nov-20 09:23:33

We live in a flat so we need it as we don't have space for separate washer and dryer, we've only had it a month but i absolutely love it!! Highly recommend it especially if you're short on space x

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 21-Nov-20 09:41:20

I hated ours.

TrySarahTops Sat 21-Nov-20 09:53:37

I used to have separates, and if I had space, I would have two machines again, but I don't. So I have a washer dryer.

Ours is 4 years old now. It's a Bosch but still works really well. I manage to wash and dry all my clothes over the weekend, and then bedding and towels I put on timer- either overnight or when I'm at work, and I come back to perfectly dry bedding or towels. It's great!

So yeah, separate machines are better if you have the space, but otherwise it works well.

A complete cycle is supposed to take 3.5 hours. It's normally more like 4.5 hours!

HillaryWhitney Sat 21-Nov-20 10:11:44

No they are rubbish

user1471538283 Sat 21-Nov-20 11:23:56

I've always had separate apart from the years with no dryer at all. We are now renting an apartment and it has a washer dryer that I hope is good because I need to get rid of the dryer.

TotalBitch Sat 21-Nov-20 11:26:35

We have one. I really wanted two separate, but, like you, I have a strange and small kitchen. The one we have is ok. No, it's nowhere near as good as a tumble drier on it's own, but it's a damn sight better for our family than not having one at all! We have a dc still in reusable nappies and some of those fucking things take days to dry even on a hot summer's day!

BashfulClam Sat 21-Nov-20 11:28:57

I like mine and I reduce the trying time or it does take hours. I can dry sheets etc in 1 hour by just reducing the cycle time. It’s rare that I dry as I don’t like the environmental impact. So line dry when possible (in Scotland so that’s 4 days a year) or in a clothes horse with a dehumidifier... towels dry in about 4 hours.

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