Is a Washer/Dryer Combo Right for You?

A Washer/Dryercombo unit is still new to many people. Picture this, you take your clothes, put them in one machine, and they come out clean and dry. No more taking clothes out of the washer and placing them in the dryer. The wash and dry function exist in the same appliance. It’s amazing, but the process definitely has its kinks.

For many living in urban settings, where access to laundry facilities means heading down to the dark, and dank basement, or to the sweaty Laundromat, a Washer/Dryer combo is ideal. Washer/Dryer combos are usually not much bigger than a small-dishwasher, and often come on wheels. This makes storage simple, and typically set up requires access to a faucet with cold water and a drain. No more dryer vents since many Washer/Dryer combos are ventless. Users will also be glad to know that most Washer/Dryer combos are Energy Star rated since they use less water and electricity than most standard washers and dryers.

However, despite all the advantages there are a few issues to consider before buying one. Washer/Dryer combos tend to be more useful for people without a lot of laundry to do (students, singles, or two-person households). This is because drying times do take longer than with standard machines, and clothes may even still be damp when loads are finished. Additionally, load sizes will need to be smaller than with standard machines. There has to be room in the tub for the clothes to move so that wrinkles are less likely. Stuffing it full leads to one long day of ironing (I speak from experience).

Washer/Dryer combos work properly under a very specific set circumstances. The drain must be at a certain height to prevent leaking, and a cement surface is best so that the spin cycle runs smoothly. So it is advised to measure the height of your drain before purchase. And what about repairs? Well, since these machines are so new, and not made by most leading Washer and Dryer manufactures finding a repairman or parts dealer in your areas can be difficult. Check the manufacturers Website before purchase to ensure there will be someone to help if the machine breaks. For example, there is only one dealer in my city. Lastly, they aren’t cheap. Expect to pay around $1,000.

I don’t regret buying my Washer/Dryer combo. Energy efficiency is important to me, and the machine’s convenience (clothes in dirty and out clean in one step) is great. When I hear it shaking, I’m a little annoyed, but when you live in an urban setting you learn to get used to irritating noises

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