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to swap my washing machine for a washer drier?

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FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 22:33:59

Went to view a house to rent yesterday. It's lovely, in our price range and they accepted us! Can definitely see us staying here for 4+ years until I've finished uni and can look into buying a property together.

At the moment, I live in a flat with just a washing machine and have to air dry everything. I find airers so ugly and space consuming so I only have one. My washing pile is shameful with a 9 month old refluxy DD and a DP in manual labour who needs clean work clothes every day. Now I'll have a garden, so I can hang things out to dry (heaven), but I still dream of having a tumble drier.

Our house comes with a washing machine. I asked the estate agent if I could take it out, stick it in the loft and buy a washer drier instead. Obviously when I leave I'll take my washer drier and have the original washing machine put back in. He said no hmm he didn't seem too clued up.. Didn't actually know if the loft was boarded up or not. But am IBU to think this is a fair request?

PansyGiraffe Tue 26-Jan-16 22:36:26

I think you're ambitious or incredibly strong if you reckon you can get a washing machine in a loft.

We have a washer dryer and to be honest we barely use it, a lot of line drying and then airer overnight, but it is good for towels for example.

FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 22:38:36

grin didn't really think that through did I? The shed? Or would it go rusty? Why don't you use your tumble drier much? The cost? I've never had one so am intrigued - are they not the magical contraption I imagine?

allegretto Tue 26-Jan-16 22:38:44

We got a washer dryer and it's rubbish - don't bother.

RJnomore1 Tue 26-Jan-16 22:41:00

Couldn't live without my washer drier. But 😁 at the thought of getting a washing machine up a loft do you know how much those mothers weigh?!

SavoyCabbage Tue 26-Jan-16 22:42:44

It would have to be one hell of a loft hatch!

Princesspond Tue 26-Jan-16 22:43:47

They aren't very good. You'd be better off buying a smaller dryer that you could fit somewhere else

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Tue 26-Jan-16 22:44:41

We stored a washing machine in our previous property as we have a washer drier. We kept it in a cupboard - theres no way you could lift into a loft!!

If u do get one my biggest bit of advice is get insurance! Ours has been fixed so many times, I think they are more prone to go wrong. We use ours a fair bit, its not as good at drying as a tumble dryer on its own but better than having 2 airers and washing still waiting to be hung up! smile

Ameliablue Tue 26-Jan-16 22:46:52

If you have a shed could a drier go in there and use an extension cable. We did that for a couple of years as no room inside for a drier but combined washer driers tend not to get good reviews.

canyou Tue 26-Jan-16 22:47:36

We have one, old machine drier part died and it meant end of the machine. DP bought a new ine but tbh only the washing cycle is used due to cost.

Arkwright Tue 26-Jan-16 22:47:38

Everyone I know who has ever had a washer/dryer has regretted it. You would struggle massively to get a washing machine in a loft.

Minisoksmakehardwork Tue 26-Jan-16 22:49:42

You need seperates if you're likely to use it a lot - one load in drier while another washes.

We had a washer dryer with our house when we bought it. Never again. It never really dried properly and eventually packed up. When the washer went on it as well I was only too glad to see the back of it. We've seperates now. And if you've a garden you can line dry, you can even get a canopy so you can dry in the rain.

BrokenVag Tue 26-Jan-16 22:49:54

It took 4 rugby players to lift my old washing machine over my kitchen worktops and the new one to replace it.

We bought a washer dryer last year. Absolutely bloody love it would marry it if I could. Still air dry stuff as well, but absolutely brilliant to be able to put a load in and take it out 4 hours later washed and dried.

BrokenVag Tue 26-Jan-16 22:51:25

And if you've a garden you can line dry, you can even get a canopy so you can dry in the rain.

We had one of those. Till it took off in a gust of wind with the rotary drier and smashed the 3 doors down neighbour's greenhouse. blush

JassyRadlett Tue 26-Jan-16 22:52:13

There are shit washer dryers - the washing never dries - and there are brilliant ones. I had the former with my first baby and the latter with my second, I'd say go for it if you can.

poorpaws Tue 26-Jan-16 22:53:06

I bought a washer dryer and it's the worst thing I've ever bought in my life. Just out of guarantee it broke down and I was told by several companies it was not worth repairing. It ended up at the tip and only then did I realise I'd lost two appliances not just one. This also happened to a friend of mine and her washer dryer also ended up at the tip. Don't buy one!

Birdsgottafly Tue 26-Jan-16 22:53:36

I found with mine, I had to let the washing air dry off over night.

It still cut down on drying time and was a lot cheaper than me going to the laundrette with bedding/towels, like I do now.

FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 22:54:09

Saw a washer drier for a few hundred quid on Argos with about a million 5 star reviews so I was thinking of getting that. There may be a cupboard big enough to put the original in. So you don't think I'm being unreasonable to do this if I can find somewhere to stow the original washer? Surely it's not going to make a difference to the LL's life?

Am intrigued by the idea of the tumble drier in the shed though. There's nowhere else to put one. But do tumble driers not need some form of plumbing/ installation? blush showing my age here. Only moved out of home a year and a half ago so am not quite fully domesticated just yet

FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 22:55:32

I've been doing a launderette trip every few months when the washing pile is bursting out of the bottom of the wardrobe.. Costs about £40 then builds back up again somehow blushblushblush it really is the bane of my life. I dream of no washing pile

NotAWhaleOmeletteInSight Tue 26-Jan-16 22:56:08

We've got a washer dryer but I much prefer to air dry in the garden whenever the weather allows.

It's ok, but because it's a condenser everything comes out creased and never smells lovely and fresh. It can only really cope with half a load too.

Useful for towels, underwear etc, but I still mostly hang things to dry, even indoors.

PrimeDirective Tue 26-Jan-16 22:56:29

Washer dryers are RUBBISH - just don't go there.
Buy a separate dryer instead

FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 22:58:04

Ok.. Tell me more about the tumble drier in the shed ideagrin

NotAWhaleOmeletteInSight Tue 26-Jan-16 22:59:00

We're going to buy a separate dryer. We keep our washing machine in the garage and dh is going to build a huge wooden structure thingy so we can stack them on top of each other.

NotAWhaleOmeletteInSight Tue 26-Jan-16 23:00:23

I think tumble dryer in the shed is a good idea, because you can get one with a pipe going outside, rather than a condenser one.

FedoraTheExplora Tue 26-Jan-16 23:02:09

Googled it. Sounds perfect. Thanks gringrin

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