Doing laundry is one of the most tiresome and dreaded chores in any home. It can be particularly stressful if you have a large family. That’s where a washer comes in. All you have to do is drop all your laundry in the wash and let it do the hard work for you. When it comes to choosing a washer, you can opt for a standalone washing machine and a separate dryer or a 2-in-1 machine that combines both the washer and dryer in one compact unit. How convenient are washing machines with dryer combos? We sought to find out and prepared this post to help you make a wise choice.
Understanding the Washer Dryer Combo
As the name suggests, washer dryer combos combine a front loading washing machine and a condenser clothes dryer into a single unit that’s usually the same size as a conventional standalone washer. Typically, these machines offer most of the features and modes that standard washers and dryers do, but with half the footprint.
They are especially ideal if you have a small space that can't accommodate two separate machines.
Washer dryer combos work the same way like the standalone front loading washing machine. You add water and detergent, drop the clothes into the wash, where they are spun, rinsed, and spun again. However, unlike the standalone counterpart, they have a dryer system that works by pushing warm dry air through your damp clothes, extracting the moisture.
It then cools the now humid air in a heat exchanger, condensing the moisture, which is then collected in a tank or pumped down the drain. The dry air is reheated, and the cycle repeats.
Pros of All-in-one Washer and Dryer
As noted earlier, washer dryer combos can work as effectively as a standalone front loading washing machine, but at 50 percent the footprint. Natural laundry pods will work perfectly on these machines as well, as will most of the liquid or powder detergents.
The most noticeable advantage of using a combo washer-dryer is the space-saving aspect. Since the unit combines the washer and dryer in one, it will obviously occupy a smaller space compared to two separate bulky machines.
For a family living in a small home or apartment, this combo allows you to perform all the essential household chores. Even for a big house, it's always a great idea to downsize your appliances whenever possible.
Ease of Use
The fact that the two systems are combined into a single unit makes them easier to use without manual intervention. The machine can wash and dry the clothes, or you can choose to wash or dry independently. That is, you can set the machine to run the wash cycle only for those items you want to air dry, or you can select the wrinkle-release cycle if you don’t have the time to iron your office wear.
If you have a busy life, the washer-dryer combo can be extremely convenient since it washes and dries your clothes at the same time, without requiring you to manually take the clothes out and dry them separately.
So, you can drop your clothes in the wash in the morning and come back to dry and warm clothes in the evening.
They Don’t Necessarily Cost More
In most cases, you’ll pay almost the same amount for the washer dryer combo as you would when buying a washer and dryer separately.
Cons of All-in-One Washer and Dryer
Combining the two systems in one unit and still maintain the compact size means some things have been compromised, usually the size. This can lead to come reliability issues. Some machines can use plenty of water to dry, which is way over what you’d use in a standalone dryer.
However, the more technology advances, the more reliable the units become, and modern ones can operate quite reliably.
There’s so much technology packed into a combo appliance and this can lead to costly maintenance and repair issues. While the heat-pump combos are energy efficient, they can be quite expensive to replace if they get damaged.
Drying Results Are Not as Efficient
The drying capacity of a washer-dryer combo is half that of a standard dryer. With the washing machine and dryer fitted into a single unit, the appliance won't be able to handle the kind of load an independent dryer can.
The thing is, washer-dryer combos are in part condenser dryers. This means they capture moisture from the clothes, push warm, dry air to extract moisture, and cool down the humid air in a heat exchanger to condense the moisture. A standalone dryer, on the other hand, pumps hot air directly onto your laundry. The drying process in the washer-dryer combo ends up taking longer to complete.
Undeniably, the combo appliance can be beneficial in several ways, such as convenience and space-saving. However, it comes with some disadvantages like using up lots of water and taking longer to dry your wash.
In the end, opting to buy two separate standalone machines or a washer-dryer combo will boil down to which one will suit your laundry needs the most.
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