The best washer dryers are the ones that make washing your clothes as quick and easy as possible.
Buying a washing machine is one of the most important home decisions you can make, impacting the time management and energy use of your abode. A washer-dryer combo will help you kill two birds with one stone.
It’s important to ensure you get the right product for you, one which will last the battering and bruising life of a washer dryer, while also hitting the mark of not being too loud or too slow.
What to look for in a washer dryer
The first choice to make is between a freestanding or an integrated washer dryer. An integrated dryer fits in with the rest of your white goods and cupboards, while a freestanding model can be front loaded and often features a larger capacity.
You should also check the energy rating of the model you are looking to purchase, rated from A to G. The best washer dryers will have an A rating or A+ or better.
Why a washer dryer?
Washer dryers can be great for space saving and efficiency, squeezing in one white good instead of forking out cash and space for a washing machine and a tumble dryer.
According to the John Lewis washing machine buying guide, when looking for a washer drying you get what you pay for. A higher price means more features and more energy saving settings.
However, it adds: “they’re more limited in their tumble drying function because of the size of the drum, which will usually restrict you to drying a load that’s smaller than the one you’ve just washed.”
Different machines will have a variety of wash programmes available, but generally the more pricey the model the more variety and customisation you will have on offer.
The most recent machines will usually have gentle handwash programmes, quick washes, economy settings and energy saving programmes that you can make the most of.
The best washer dryers
1. Beko washer dryer
This Beko WDR7543121B washer dryer is energy efficient and has a 7kg drum and has a ‘wash and wear’ programme which allows you to wash and dry up to 1kg of clothes in under an hour.
It also has a smart brushless motor which makes this dryer quieter than most when in operation. Beko calls its washer dryer the “ultimate time-saver”, and a full load can be whisked through in just 28 minutes. It also features a super-short programme for 2kg of washing so you can be in and out in just 14 minutes.
This Belling FWD8614 washer dryer has a wash capacity of 8kg and a drying capacity of 6kg. It offers up to 24 hour delay starts and spin speeds of up to 1400 rpm.
Sensiwash technology reduces wash time, while 4 different drying programmes allow you to choose the level of dryness. The manufacturers say it is extra quiet with its SilentDrive Invertor motor. It has a quick wash time of just 15 minutes and a fast wash and dry time for clothes ready in an hour.
3. Indesit washer dryer
This Indesit Innex XWDE 861480X S washer makes use of ‘push and wash dry’ technology, allowing you to simply press one button to wash and dry your clothes straight through. With one push you can ready your wash and dry cycle for 45 minutes, starting a 30 degree cycle for cottons and synthetics.
It has an 8kg maximum washing capacity and a 6kg maximum drying capacity, and a 1400 rpm spin capacity.
4. Miele washer dryer
This Miele machine is one of the most expensive washer dryers on the market, but comes from trusted and reliable German brand Miele. The Miele WTH120WPM uses ‘PowerWash’ technology and condenser drying to wash and dry up to 4kg of laundry in less than three hours.
This Bosch Serie 6 WVG30461GB washer dryer has an extremely quiet motor and can wash and dry up to five outfits in an hour. It has a wash load capacity of 8kg and a drying load capacity of 5kg.
It also has a hygiene setting with a particular emphasis on tacking allergens. It can run a 15-minute cycle for 2kg and comes with a two-year manufacturer guarantee.
6. Samsung freestanding washer dryer
This washer dryer from Samsung offers a powerful washing and drying experience. It uses “speed spray” technology to rinse the closes and accelerate the spinning power to complete washing in under an hour. It also has an intensive stain removal setting which helps to remove stubborn stains.
It has a delayed start option, a hefty 9kg wash capacity and a drying capacity of 6kg. It features a child safety lock for peace of mind. It has a spin speed of 1,500 rpm and a quick wash time of 15 minutes.
This LG FH4U2TDH1N washer dryer has an 8kg wash and a 5kg dryer capacity. Clothes can be refreshed in under 20 minutes and it also features an NFC tagging technology, which features smart diagnosis so you can find out about minor issues with the dryer before they become a problem.
It has 14 programmes and 5 heat settings, plus you can get it with a two-year guarantee through John Lewis.
While all of the brands featured in this review manufacture excellent washer dryers, we nevertheless have a couple of favourites.
The Beko WDR7543121B is energy efficient and a top choice on the cheaper end. On the other end of the price spectrum is the Miele WTH120WPM which, though pricey, comes from one of the most reliable brands in the white goods market.