A washer-dryer does the job of a washing machine and clothes dryer in a single appliance. Is one right for you?
Snapshot: The Electrolux EWW12832 washer-dryer has an 8kg washing capacity and 5kg drying capacity. How well does it clean and dry your clothes?
Snapshot: The LG WD1402CRD6 washer-dryer has a 7.5kg washing capacity and 4kg drying capacity. How well does it clean and dry your clothes?
Snapshot: The Samsung WD856UHSAWQ washer-dryer has a 9kg washing capacity and 6kg drying capacity. How well does it clean and dry your clothes?
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All up, they sound too good to be true – and in many cases they are.
Our tests have found these machines often can’t match the performance of their separate counterparts. While the washing performance can be comparable to front-loading washing machines, a washer-dryer’s drying function is, more often than not, very disappointing.
The dryer component is a condenser dryer, which uses a heat exchanger to remove heat and water from air that has passed through your clothes. The water is collected in a reservoir or funnelled down a drain. The heat exchanger uses water as its coolant, which means water is used for both washing and drying.
If space is an issue or you only use a clothes dryer as a last resort, a small washer-dryer may be the right solution for you. But consider buying a separate washing machine and clothes dryer first. Not only will you be able to wash and dry more quickly, the washing and drying cycles are likely to be more efficient.
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