Best Washer Dryer 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

A good washer-dryer combo is one of the best 2-in-1 appliances designed to make your life that little bit easier. They combine a washing machine with in-built tumblers so that you can pop dry clothes in and get dry, clean clothes out – ready to iron, fold and put away.

We’ve written reviews of some of the best all-in-one washer dryers around and rated them for their performance, price and efficiency, so that you can make the right decision for your lifestyle when choosing your new appliance.

Our Top Picks

Most Efficient: Samsung Ecobubble
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Samsung Ecobubble WD90J6410AX/EU
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  • Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 65 cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 9 kg and 6 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 54-73 dB
Best Budget: Indesit XWDE861480XS
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Indesit Innex XWDE861480XS
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  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 60.5 cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 8 kg and 6 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 54-81 dB
Top Integrated: Hotpoint BHWD149
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Hotpoint BHWD149 Integrated
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  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 59.5 x 54 cm
  • Energy rating: B
  • Wash and dry capacity: 7 kg and 5 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 48-74 dB

Best Washer Dryers

Samsung Ecobubble WD90J6410AX/EU

Roomy and aesthetically pleasing.

Looking for something smart and roomy that will tackle big loads? This sophisticated graphite offering from Samsung looks a lot more expensive than it is, has a lot of great functions and will wash and dry up to 6 kg. However, it’s quite a big machine, so make sure you have the space for it.

It uses ‘ecobubble’ technology, which is their jazzed up way of saying it gets really foamy and bubbly in there, and this surfeit of bubbles helps to better penetrate and remove stains. This actually has quite good results, and means you can use a lower heat setting to save energy.

It has a range of different functions, including a quick wash, a super eco wash and – our favourite – an air refresh function. For when your clothes don’t need a full wash but you just want to freshen them up, this feature uses hot air to get rid of smells and make your clothes feel nice and fresh again. There is also a delay-start option, which is super useful if you are out for the day and want to come home to nice, freshly washed clothes. It has one quirk, and that is that it plays music at the end of a wash cycle. Annoying, potentially.

We like

  • EcoBubble cleaning technology
  • Wash up to 2kg in 15 minutes
  • Air refresh function to remove odors
  • Inverter motor for super silent running
  • Delay up to 19 hours

We disike

  • Deeper than standard machines
  • Socks and other small items can get stuck in the large door seals

Final Verdict

One of the highest quality machines in terms of both build and wash quality. The only snag is that this machine is bigger than other standard machines, buyers must be aware of the larger dimensions.

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  • Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 65 cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 9 kg and 6 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 54-73 dB

Indesit Innex XWDE861480XS

With its sleek, silver appearance, it looks a lot more expensive that it is. You don’t have to get flash with your cash to get a good machine that will do the job well, and this is the case in point. This Indesit model offers a lot of useful wash programmes and even a one-touch wash-dry option, which we really like as it makes things simple and saves you fiddling around with the settings. It comes with a one year guarantee – not as long as some, but still.

It is fairly quiet – not the quietest, but by no means aggressively loud. You can vary the temperature and spin to whatever level you prefer. One tip is not to try and dry on a quick cycle, as it tends not to be as effective. Supposedly you can have an entire load washed and dried in as little as 45 minutes, but we found that not everything was completely dried in that time.

It is very energy-efficient and will automatically calculate the level of power and water needed for your wash, saving energy and money. The Indesit Innex was our favourite budget appliance in this category.

We like

  • 8kg wash load capacity
  • A* Energy rating
  • Innex push-and-go wash
  • Variable temperature and spin
  • Water saving technology

We disike

  • Some cycles are quite long

Final Verdict

A good machine with great build quality and features for the money. Very quiet machine and very energy effecient. A good all-rounder.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 60.5 cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 8 kg and 6 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 54-81 dB

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Indesit Innex XWDE861480XS User Manual

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BOSCH WVH28424GB

Hotshot top-of-the-range washer dryer.

If you’re looking for something towards the top-end, then you really can’t go wrong with this fabulous high-performance offering from Bosch. This lovely, quiet machine comes with a two-year warranty and its brushless motor is guaranteed for 10 years.

What makes this so energy efficient is that it only ever uses the exact right amount of water and energy needed per cycle. There is no half-load function because you actually don’t need one, the machine works it all out for you, so whatever you load, it will be washed perfectly. That’s a lot of water and energy saved over time.

You can also delay the wash for up to 24 hours, to coincide with electricity off-peak times. Water comes from three areas of the drum, for faster and more efficient cleaning.

AutoDry will dry the clothes to the exact degree you want, whether you are after that crisp extra dry shirt or want to dry your towels naturally for a while to regain softness. With VarioPerfect technology, you can adjust the speed of the wash for those last-minute needs.

With this new model, there is also anti-vibration technology, so even on the fastest of spins the machine won’t be disruptive. Forgotten to put something in the wash? Just stop the cycle and you can pop it in.

We like

  • Add or remove laundry mid-cycle
  • VarioPerfect smartwash technology
  • 6kg wash capacity
  • A Energy rating

We disike

  • 4kg drying load capacity

Final Verdict

Great build quality, lots of clever wash technology but slightly lower wash and dry capacity than other machines. Overall a great machine.

+ Specifications

  • Energy rating: A
  • Dimensions: 84.8 x 59.8 x 59 cm
  • Wash and dry capacity: 7 kg and 4 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 48-74 dB

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BOSCH WVH28424GB product manual

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Hotpoint RG864S

Freestanding A-rated ‘super silent’

Looking for a washer that is super quiet to avoid being disturbed? Not a fan of the entire house shaking as the spin cycle takes off? Then this super quiet solution – Hotpoint again – could be the best one for you. It’s freestanding, so this one isn’t built into your kitchen, it’s a traditional machine. The reason it’s so quiet is that it has a ‘brushless’ motor and additional sound insulation panels, so it really keeps the noise down.

Like it’s integrated sibling, this freestanding alternative has 16 different wash functions for lots of fabric versatility. A unique feature of this washer is its so-called ‘direct injection’ tech, which is where it uses a premixture of water and detergent at lower temperatures, supposedly resulting in 60 percent more cleaning power than without. That’s hard to measure, but it certainly seems to get the job done.

This is a great washer for allergy sufferers because it actually has a designated anti-allergy cycle that is supposed to remove 99.9% percent of allergens from clothes and fabrics. Great for removing dust, pollens and pet hairs! It’s also a stackable appliance, so if you get hold of the appropriate stacking kit you can actually quite easily stack another appliance on top or underneath it.

We like

  • A Energy rating
  • 8kg wash load capacity
  • 6kg dry capacity
  • Super silent when in use
  • Anti-allergen technology

We disike

  • Operation can seem complex at first

Final Verdict

Fantastic washer with hardly any faults, quite expensive but worth the money if you are looking for high-end machines.

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  • Dimensions: 89 x 59.5 x 54 cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 8 kg and 6 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 56-82 dB

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Hotpoint RG864S product manual

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Hotpoint BHWD149 Integrated

Spacious, integrated and you can hide it away.

If you’re looking for a good integrated washer dryer that you can hide away and blend in with the rest of your kitchen, then you could do a lot worse that this integrated model from the ever-reliable Hotpoint, which allows you to wash and dry your clothes all in one cycle.

With 16 different wash cycles including wool, delicates and ready-to-wear, this washer is really versatile and can be used for anything that isn’t hand-wash. It’s tumble-dryer is surprisingly good – as with some combos they can perform quite poorly. It’s not perfect, but it’s way ahead of the curve. It will wash up to 7 kg and dry up to 5 kg, which is about average capacity.

Overall this washer offers good value for money and is our best choice for a good integrated machine – our only gripes are the B energy rating, which we think could be improved, and the fact that it can get rather noisy when it’s on the spin cycle.

We like

  • Hides discreetly behind cupboard door
  • Wash up to 7kg of clothes
  • Ready-to-wear option
  • Wash and dry up to 1kg of clothes in only 60 minutes
  • Dry up to 5kg of clothes

We disike

  • No delay start option
  • No digital display

Final Verdict

Good value for money, best build quality for the money and energy effeciency with a B rating.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 59.5 x 54 cm
  • Energy rating: B
  • Wash and dry capacity: 7 kg and 5 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 48-74 dB

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Hotpoint BHWD149 product manual

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Buying Guide

Although we’ve reviewed what we consider to be some of the top performing models on the market, we’ve listed some of the most important attributes of these particular appliances just in case you’d like to do your own product research.

Energy rating

We all want to save energy. Conversing energy is important – both for the environment and your wallet. Happily, many appliances now have intelligent in-built systems that automatically adjust energy, water and even detergent usage, making saving those pennies a little bit easier.

They are much more energy efficient now than they used to be. If you’re in the market for a new efficient washer dryer, you should try to aim for A-rated and above. In fact, you can even buy models with sensor drying, which means they will automatically deactivate the machine when your clothes are dried – every little helps.

Washing functions

Modern models come with a range of different wash functions to fit the items you might need to clean, from cotton and synthetics to delicates, wool and silk. It’s a good idea to look out for ‘quick wash’ and ‘gentle wash’ functions – these will be very useful for your delicate items and for washing small loads swiftly. With a ‘quick wash and dry’ mode, you can theoretically have your washing cycle complete in just 45 minutes – although we would advise not to expect bone-dry clothes in this time.

Drum size

Ah, the age-old question of size. Does it matter? Does it not? Well, it depends how much washing you have. The bigger the drum, the more washing you will be able to fit into it. How terribly predictable.

To give some context, 1 kg of drum capacity will hold about an outfit’s worth of clothes. It’s important to remember that their washing capacity is always higher than their drying capacity. So, if you’re setting it to wash and dry, you should go by the drying capacity and not overload it. Look out for appliances that will do the wash and dry cycles all in one go, so you don’t need to set the machine manually.

Spin speed

Faster spin = faster drying. The faster the spin, the quicker your clothes will dry, as more water is extracted. That means that on a faster spin, you can reduce the overall drying time of your laundry.

Spin speed is measured in revolutions per second, or ‘rpm’ and it usually ranges between 1000 and 1600. If being able to get your clothes dried super quickly is important to you, opt for a machine that offers a fast spin speed, around 1400 rpm or above.

Noise level

We all know how annoying it can be to live with a noisy washing machine. If you need to put a wash on overnight or live in shared housing where you could disturb others, it is a good idea to look for a machine that operates at less than 50 dBA, which is around the same level of noise as a fridge. This is not always possible, so also look out for machines that have ‘brushless’ motors and sound insulation panels.

Freestanding vs. Integrated

A freestanding machine looks a lot like a typical washing machine appliance. They come with a wider choice of colours and capacities than an integrated equivalent, and they will be on show rather than hidden away.

By contrast, an integrated variant is one that is built into your kitchen or laundry room, often with a big external door that closes over the front, so it blends in with the rest of the room and is only seen when you open the cupboard to use it.

FAQs

What are washer dryer pedestals for?

A pedestal is a nifty little accessory that you put underneath. It raises your it off the floor, so you don’t have to bend down as far to load and unload the machine – saving your back and knees. Many pedestals have a drawer to give you extra storage space – which can be useful for your laundry supplies. Just make sure that the pedestal you buy is compatible with the model that you have, so they fit.

Which washer dryers are stackable?

Some people like to stack their appliances on top of one another to save space in the kitchen or laundry room. You can get stacking kits that allow you to stack a tumbler on top of your washing machine, if you wanted to buy separate appliances. The kits are bought separately from the appliances, so you will just need to check that the kit you buy will work for the model you have. Stacking kits can be bought from Siemens, Bosch, Miele, Beko and Hotpoint, among others.

Which washer tumbler is the quietest?

If you’re looking for something really quiet, you should look for one that runs at less than less than 50 dBA, and has a brushless motor. Another benefit of the quieter units is that the anti-vibration technology also prolongs the life of the components.

Are they expensive to run?

Washer dryers are great in that a buying a single appliance is cheaper than buying a washer and dryer separately. Plus, they take up half as much space of two appliances. The only downside is that sometimes the dryer is not as sophisticated and energy efficient as a separate dryer would be. The combination also uses more energy than a washing machine without a dryer function does.

Are they reliable?

They are sometimes thought to be a little less reliable than separate appliances. It’s important when buying to consider it an investment and opt for one that is considered good quality and reliable, rather than simply the cheapest option available. After all, if it doesn’t wash and dry your clothes properly, then you’re wasting time and money.