If you’re in need of a new washing machine and a tumble dryer and space is a concern, you may want to consider a washer dryer and get the best of both worlds in one unit.
This jargon free guide will help you to understand what questions you need to be thinking about when looking at washer dryers.
Will it fit? That’s the first question that should be on your mind when choosing a new washer dryer. You know where you want it to go, but if the appliance is too big you’ve then got the hassle of arranging for it to be returned as well as being without a washer dryer in the meantime.
All of our washer dryers are labelled with full dimensions of height, width and depth so you can be sure your washer dryer will fit where you need it to.
When it comes to fitting a washer dryer, it is important to remember that it must be placed within reach of a water supply and a waste water pipe, which can usually be found under your sink.
Freestanding or Integrated?
Washer dryers are available as either freestanding or integrated models with each having their own benefits.
Freestanding models are ideal if you are happy to have your appliance on display and on top of that, they are fairly easy to install.
Integrated models (also known as built in models) are designed with a flat front so they can be placed behind kitchen unit doors and not on display in your kitchen.
While commonly available in white, some models of washing dryer are also available in silver, stainless steel, graphite and black.
Washer dryers can be used three ways; washing only, drying only and washing and drying as a whole cycle without a break in-between.
The amount of laundry you can do in one load depends on the drum size of your washer dryer, the larger the drum size the more laundry the machine will be able to handle effectively.
Drum size is measured by the weight it can handle, for example a 5kg drum can handle 5kg of washing.
Please bear in mind though that wash load capacity is different to drying load capacity.
Why are Wash Loads Different to Drying Loads?
When it comes to washer dryers the total load capacity for washing and drying is different as washer dryers can wash more clothes at once than they can dry.
To get the best drying results the load size must be reduced, this is because to best wash clothes they should be close together but to best dry clothes they need room to allow them to move through the warm air, which can help reduce creases.
Drying capacity is always smaller than a machine's wash capacity, typically ranging from 2.5kg to 8kg. That means that if you’ve filled the drum when washing, you should take out clothes before the drying starts, or the clothes may not dry very well.
Just because two washer dryers can wash the same amount of clothes does not mean they’ll be rated to dry the same amount of clothes. For example, a washer dryer that can wash 7kg of wet clothes may be able to dry 5kg of laundry, or 4kg. So make sure you check the drying capacity before you buy.
The guides below give a rough estimation as to how much washing and drying typical models can do.
After the wash and before the drying comes the rinse and spin. The rinse should remove excess detergent from your clothes, and the spin should wring out water. A good spin can remove the majority of moisture from your clothes, which will reduce the amount of time the drying programs need to finish drying your laundry.
Spin speeds range from 1000rpm, 1200rpm, 1300rpm, 1400rpm and 1600rpm. RPM means revolutions per minute and the faster the RPM, the more water will be extracted from your washing at the end of a cycle, which can save time when drying.
Most washer dryers have variable spin speeds which can help determine how damp your laundry is before the drying function starts.
Just remember, a higher spin speed may sound appealing if you’re in a rush, but some spin speeds aren’t suitable for certain fabrics. For example, wool could be damaged by the highest spin speed, so always be careful when selecting a spin speed.
Sensor drying technology is a great feature as the washer dryer will detect when your clothes are dry and will stop the drying cycle so the clothes will be nice and soft when they come out of the machine.
Some available models also have an incredibly useful quick wash cycle which does exactly what it says on the tin and is great for handling lightly soiled clothes.
Existing Water, Waste Water and Electrical Supplies
Please check that your current water, waste water and electric supplies are within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.
If we are installing your appliance for you we will, if required, provide a stop cap for your hot water supply. Please be aware that we do not supply any additional plumbing materials - we will only use what is supplied with your washing machine.