If you live in a cramped space but still want to do laundry in the comfort of your own home, a washer/dryer combo may be a good investment for you. That’s right- you read it correctly. There is a single appliance that washes AND dries your clothes, saving not only space but also the cost of a second appliance. Tech giants Samsung and LG each have several models of washer/dryer combos on the market, and on the surface this appliance seems to be the greatest innovation since the chocolate-covered peanut butter cup. But how does this washer/dryer combo stack up against the traditional washers and clothes dryers that come separately? Let’s look at some pros and cons:
The washing and drying performance of the combo roughly match that of separate washers and dryers. You likely won’t be disappointed by the quality of clean you are experiencing with a combo.
You can use the wash and dry functions separately; they don’t have to be combined. In other words, if you are washing something that should be hung to dry, you can just do a wash cycle, which makes it just as efficient as a typical washer and dryer.
The purchase price and costs to run loads in the combo washer/dryer are virtually equivalent to owning and using a separate front-load washer and condenser dryer, so you’re not spending any extra money.
Though the drying capacity is limited, it mostly matches the average load size people use in their regular washers and dryers.
A combined wash/dry cycle can last from over 3 hours to over 6 hours, which is more than double the average wash/dry cycle of a normal load of laundry in a standard washer and dryer.
The dryer component of the combo washer/dryer can only dry around half the capacity of the washer. This means that for a full load, the whole thing will not likely get dry in one cycle.
Though they are touted for their space-saving features, some combos are still too large to fit under a bench, so you will need to check their exact dimensions prior to purchasing a combo for a specific location in your home.
In the future, washer/dryer combos may be the ideal solution for small homes with no room for both a washer and a dryer, as well as for individuals with mobility issues who have trouble transferring clothes from washer to dryer. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for the washer/dryer combo as technology continues to improve. Who knows? Maybe one day our grandchildren will laugh at our stories of the “olden days” with our separate appliances for washing and drying laundry!