This article is a pros and cons summary for my more in depth article asking – washer-dryer or separate washing machine and dryer – which is the best? The contents of this article were originally squeezed into the side bar of the first article because it was too big to fit in the main section, but I’ve now moved it here to make it more prominent and easier to read.
The main advantages of using a combined washer dryer are –
- Cheaper than buying separates
- Takes up half the space
The main disadvantages of using a combined washer dryer are –
- You have to remove laundry before allowing to tumble dry because they need different drum sizes for each task (see previous article washer-dryer or separate washing machine and dryer – which is the best? for details). Commonly washer dryers can only dry less than half what they can wash
- They aren’t as efficient at tumble drying than a separate dryer plus they can’t dry as much on a cycle so drying takes longer. This may be better than nothing, but it will add a lot of wear and tear to the machine
- The dryer may not be as energy efficient as a separate dryer
- The dryer is unlikely to be as sophisticated as a dedicated dryer
- You have to wait until a load has dried before being able to wash another load. Combine this with extra long wash times on modern washing machines and you could have your washer dryer running for 8 hours washing and drying a full load of sheets or towels
The main advantages of using separate washing machine and tumble dryer
- Each appliance is a specialist in the task its required to do. Washing laundry and tumble drying laundry are very different jobs (see previous article for details)
- The dryer section is likely to be more energy efficient and more sophisticated, as well as quicker
- You can tumble dry and wash two separate loads at the same time
The main disadvantages of using separate washing machine and tumble dryer –
- Costs more to buy two appliances
- You may not have room for separates
If separates are so much better why bother with a washer-dryer?
If you don't have any room for a separate dryer, then a washer-dryer is far better than nothing at all. Many people are quite happy with their washer dryer. As long as you accept their limitations they are OK, but always buy a separate washing machine and tumble dryer if you can afford to – and you have the space of course.
A more in depth look
To see a more in depth look at this topic including whether a washer dryer is more, or less reliable than separates read my main article here – washer-dryer or separate washing machine and dryer – which is the best?