Combination Washer/Dryers - Are they any good?

@urbangirl (1461)
Australia
July 8, 2007 4:35am CST
Hi all - I was thinking of getting a new front loader washer and wondered if it was better to get a combination washer/dryer (ie a washer and dryer all in the one unit). Does anyone have one which works well? I was thinking of the Miele brand but any others you could recommend would be great.
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@derek_a (10902)
8 Jul 07
We have a washer/dryer that we bought in 1987 and it is still going - that's 20 years on. 3 years ago, I fitted new motor brushes myself (which was easy & cost 75p - less than dollar) - I did this with the help of a Haynes washing-machine repair manual and then there's a little valve inside the machine (accessible from the back) that needs cleaning about once every other year. This is to make sure the dryer doesn't come on if there is water in the machine and if it gets blocked, the dryer won't work. Ours is a Hoover (but they have had financial problems in Europe recently, and I don't know if you get them in the U.S.) It has 1100 spin speed, but I think more modern ones are faster. Being a washer-dryer is also saves a lot of space, but ours is vented through the wall. I would think that all makes have similar set-up and if you have somebody who is handy, then that would help - they don't seem to need much maintenance and you don't have to lug laundry from washer to dryer machine. Hopes this helps :-)
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@drannhh (15206)
• United States
20 Jul 07
This really does help, as I've had the same question that UrbanGirl asked. We have a nice new side-by-side washer/dryer inside our home, but the set in the garage is getting old and when it breaks I want to replace it with something smaller in order to make room for a few other appliances such as a small freezer and portable A/C. It would also be nice to have room for a little sink in the garage next to the laundry stuff. Not having to lug laundry from the washer to the dryer also sounds like a plus!
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
Hi drannhh - did you decide to buy one after all? I have the room in my laundry, so I guess I'll stick to separate dryer/washer for now.
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@derek_a (10902)
24 Jul 07
There is a benefit to having separate washer and dryer and that is, if one breaks down, the other can still be used. If there is a problem with the washer on a combined unit and there is water trapped inside, the dryer cannot be used.
@flpoolbum (2469)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I've had washer/dryer combo's before and they have been fine. The only bad part is that if the washer breaks either, you lose a perfectly good dryer or you have the combo unit and a new washer. If you have the space, get the separate washer and dryer. Combo's are more expensive than the separate units. If you buy one new, get it from a well known store and buy the extended warrenty with it. Some people say the extended warrenties aren't worth it but I have had good experiences with them. I buy the extended warrenties along with all of the appliances and electronics that I buy.
@flpoolbum (2469)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I forgot to mention that the dryers are easy to fix. Either the belt breaks or the heating unit burns out. I have replaced them both and I am not very handy, so if I can do it, anyone can!!! lol
@Lifeless (2638)
• India
11 Dec 07
I have an IFB unit in my household.. I bought it almost 5 yrs ago, and its working very fine still.. Till now, there was never a need when I needed to call the customer care guys at IFB.. It almost requires Zero maintainence.. So, i think u go for IFB...
@wilynn (753)
• Singapore
9 Jul 07
I think separate is better. My family has 1 dryer and 1 washer separately and its better. Someone told me all in one is not that good although it can be convenient and I kind of think maybe. hehehe...
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
8 Jul 07
I dont know anyone that has one, but I think that they are a brilliant idea....I would like to have one if I could...Miele is a good brand also..I think that if you want one, there is really nothing to lose as long as you get the warranty with it.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Never heard of a combo . We have stacked washer dryers or the side by side ones but no combo . I just wonder how well that would work,but then they come up with all kids of different things to work with it would save time and you wouldnt forget to put them in dryer after wash just have to remeber that they are done so you can take them out. and would it save on energy?
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
8 Jul 07
In my opinion you'll never do any better than a Miele. We have Miele here in Canada. I bought a vacuumm cleaner, it cost me a thousand dollars but it's a one time purchase. I used to have a combination washer/dryer but it was made by Sears (Kenmore) I used it for years I loved it but when I sold my house the washer/dryer stayed.