Best Washer Dryer 2019 – 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

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Samsung Ecobubble WD90J6410AX/EU
  • 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
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Indesit Innex XWDE751480XS
  • 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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LG TrueSteam with Direct Drive F4J8FH2W
  • Wash load capacity: 9 kg
  • Drying load capacity: 6 kg
  • Spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Energy rating: A
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Best Freestanding Washer Dryers

LG TrueSteam with Direct Drive F4J8FH2W

Smart appliances are all the rage, and if you are getting a new washer dryer then you may as well get a smart one to stay ahead of the curve and make it future proof.

You can operate this machine while you are away from home with Smart ThinQ technology. The app, which is available on all platforms, syncs up with the device. It can then notify you when the detergent tank is empty and how much water and electricity you are using. The latter point is great for anyone who is trying to cut their carbon footprint or keep running costs down.

With an A rating for energy consumption, it won’t cost you the earth anyway. Washer dryers have a long history of not being the best when it comes to efficiency, but this LG model shows us that the tide is turning.

You can even download specialised wash cycles to run your machine from anywhere at anytime through the app, which helps if you are always on the go. Say you’re just leaving work and want the wash to be done when you get home, and you know you can’t rely on your partner to remember to switch it on – you no longer have to nag them.

The dryer can dry at low temperatures using heat pump technology to reduce shrinkage, and the TrueSteam name comes from the method it uses to clean those items which cannot usually be washed, like your kids/pets stuffed animals or precious garments. The Steam Fresh cycle also lets you put up to five delicate garments in for a quick freshen up in 20 minutes.

There is so much more to say about it, too. We’d never stop. So to keep it short; buy this washer dryer. It is one of the best washer dryers on the market at the moment, and indeed in history. Advanced and packed with features, it is an absolute steal.

We like

  • Price
  • Full of genius technology
  • Cares for your clothes
  • Good capacities

We dislike

  • App technology may take a bit of getting used to (but you’ll be glad you persevered)

Final Verdict

If our rating system went up more than five stars, it would be awarded them all. Knocked all our doubts about combined washer dryer appliances to the ground

+ Specifications

  • Wash load capacity: 9 kg
  • Drying load capacity: 6 kg
  • Spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Energy rating: A

MIELE WTF130 Washer Dryer

Another outstanding washer dryer here, this time from Miele. There are so many functions to mention which we love.

A CapDosing system helps you care for special products, and the CapDos capsule can be placed in the conditioner compartment, for special treatment that deals with specific loads. From wools and silks to mucky sports clothes or baby blankets, your materials get the attention they deserve.

A wash can be done in less than an hour thanks to the spray water system, which gets the water throughout the drum more efficiently than ordinary washers and machines, and gets all areas of your clothes clean.

Once the drying is all done, a final rinse function helps to remove any excess fluff so your clothes come out looking even better than when they went in. There is a delay start function which lets you programme it to start up to 24 hours in advance, and it will also give you peace of mind when it comes to things going wrong too.

If a leak is detected, the waterproof protection system will switch off the water supply and close down the machine. This could protect your home and surrounding devices from water damage, so not everything will be brought to a halt.

You will have to keep the manual handy for the first few uses to get accustomed to all of the programmes and settings, and you do pay a price for all this tech. But if you have your heart set on a combined washer dryer, then this one will do both jobs so so well.

We like

  • Cares for clothes
  • Prevents any accidents or breakdowns
  • Very quiet when running

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

So many standout aspects that we couldn't list them all, but we can definitely say you'll fall in love with it

+ Specifications

  • Wash load capacity: 7kg
  • Drying load capacity: 4kg
  • Spin speed: 1600 rpm
  • Energy rating: A

SMEG WDF147X Washer Dryer

We love a good Smeg appliance here at Appliance Reviewer, and while their fridges and small items are the standouts, they are also giving other brands a run for their money when it comes to other white goods.

There are plenty of options to care for your clothes, whether they are delicates, bedding or sweaty gym kits. A wealth of settings helps you narrow it down, and the machine will act accordingly.

Some of these are eco options, which is good if you are trying to do your bit to help the planet. There is also a quick wash option if you are in a rush, which gets items freshened up in just 15 minutes.

Talking of time, the Flexitime Option is something unique which we think should definitely be more universally available. It allows the customer to reduce the time of the cycle selected, so if you don’t have an hour and a half to spare, you can still get great results which work around your lifestyle.

The control you have doesn’t stop there either. When drying, you can pick cupboard dry, extra dry or iron dry, so your clothes come out ready for the next stage in the process, whether it be the ironing board or the back of the wardrobe. Time is also considered here too – humidity sensors calculate how long the clothes need, as opposed to you having to keep an eye on it all, so it never goes on for too long or too little.

This washer dryer is one of the best for flexibility and handiness. It is like Smeg have overheard us shouting about long timings and clothes coming out too wet or dry and answered our prayers. The stainless steel design adds the final touch, as well.

We like

  • Timing control
  • Dry control
  • Eco friendly

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Few washer dryers will help you out more if you are always stuck for time and tackling the washing basket is your worst nightmare. The best for functions

+ Specifications

  • Wash load capacity: 7kg
  • Drying load capacity: 4kg
  • Spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Energy rating: A

Beko WDR7543121W 7Kg / 5Kg Washer Dryer

When you need the luxury of a washer and a dryer but only have the room for one, a machine that does both jobs is the key.

It is able to wash a full drum in only 28 minutes. If you need something quickly for the next morning, you aren’t going to have to delay your bedtime to get it ready. Sensor technology then detects just how much heat and drying your laundry needs, so your clothes won’t be in there longer than necessary. Plus, they won’t get damaged from excessive attention.

If you are low on space or have an open living setup, then it is likely you’re going to want something that is quiet. Nobody likes a noisy appliance in the kitchen when you’re just trying to eat dinner. Thankfully, the ProSmart Inverter motor has fewer moving parts compared to ordinary versions, so you aren’t going to be driven to despair.

Because it does both jobs, you won’t find as many programmes as you would with separate appliances. There are only three drying settings, but this is enough to get the big tasks done. Plus, the ability to choose between Cupboard Dry and Iron Dry is welcome.

Washing programmes include the Daily Quick and Xpress Super Short options we love, as well as anti-allergy, EcoSmart and Shirt Cycle. In all, everything comes out clean and dry – just as would be expected.

We like

  • Price
  • Easy to control
  • Quiet when running

We dislike

  • Drying can be hit and miss with more difficult items
  • Highest spin speed makes machine a bit shaky

Final Verdict

For a machine which does both jobs, it works well. Simple to use, simple interface and nice instructions to follow

+ Specifications

  • Weight: 73kg
  • Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 54cm
  • Capacity: 7kg wash, 5kg dry
  • Noise level: 55dB/64dB
  • Energy Class: A

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Beko WDR7543121W 7Kg / 5Kg Washer Dryer User Manual

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Samsung Ecobubble WD90J6410AX/EU

Roomy and aesthetically pleasing, with plenty of extra features to keep running costs low and performance high.

Looking for something smart and roomy that will tackle big loads? This sophisticated offering from Samsung looks a lot more expensive than it is, 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 a 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 in the long run, potentially.

We like

  • Smart washing machine
  • Quiet
  • Alarm signals when it is done
  • 19 hour delay timer

We dislike

  • 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 beware of the larger dimensions.

+ Specifications

  • 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 XWDE751480XS

With its sleek, silver appearance, this washer dryer 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 so patience is key.

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, and comes from a leading name too.

We like

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

We dislike

  • 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

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 dislike

  • 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

Looking for a washer that is super quiet to avoid disturbance? 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.

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.

This freestanding model has 16 different wash functions for lots of fabric versatility. A unique feature of this washer is its so-called ‘direct injection’ technology. This 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.

It is great for allergy sufferers because it has a dedicated anti-allergy cycle. This 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 – great if you’ve been inspired by some decor pictures on Pinterest.

We like

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

We dislike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • 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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Best Integrated Washer Dryers

HOOVER HBWD 8514TAHC Integrated

Perfect for those family loads, this 8kg washer dryer is great for anyone short on space but needs the luxury of both appliances.

We loved the All In One wash programme, which allows you to throw in a mixture of materials and colours, taking care of them all at once without any further fuss. Cottons, synthetics and mixed fabrics are washed at just 20° C, which helps save energy whilst still tackling stains.

If you need something a bit deeper, the All Hygiene setting is a little tougher. This will rid any allergens, which is great for hayfever sufferers. Should you be in a rush, the fastest cycle takes just 14 minutes. The others are around 30 and 44 minute cycles, and the 59 minute wash and dry cycle has clothes ready in under an hour, and also leaves them pretty crease-free.

It is nice and easy to unload and pack when needed, thanks to the extra large porthole which is situated higher up on the machine than rival models. This is perfect if you suffer from back or posture issues and find loading and unloading the washing machine one of the more difficult parts of the chore.

There is a wool programme, approved by The Woolmark Company, which can care for your jumpers when winter hits. It is rated A across all noise level marks, and the option of 15 dedicated settings gives everything else the best care and attention possible.

We like

  • Good choice of settings
  • Great short washes
  • Quiet in operation

We dislike

  • Very touch sensitive - takes a lot of getting used to

Final Verdict

The dryer isn't as good as a freestanding dryer would be, but overall it performs well for an appliance tasked with so much

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 82 x 59.6 x 55.1cm
  • Energy rating: A
  • Wash and dry capacity: 8 kg and 5 kg
  • Max. spin speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise level: 48-75 dB

BEKO Pro Integrated Washer Dryer

This integrated washer dryer has a lot of selling points. Firstly, there are plenty of settings which allow you to load up the washing machine and dry it straight away without you having to check on it all or remove and reload, as long as there isn’t too much laundry in it to dry.

Some settings also speed up the washes. Wash and Wear allows you to wash and dry up to six shirts in under 60 minutes, and the Daily Quick programme will deal with 8 kg of lightly soiled laundry in 28 minutes. A 2 kg load can be dealt with in just 14 minutes – great for the school uniforms and sweaty football kits.

A major pitfall of a lot of washer dryers is the energy ratings, but as this one is rated A, it won’t only keep your energy usage down but also your bills. It uses less water, too, so you can save on those bills as well.

There is a specially-designed inverter motor, which keeps everything quiet and also should keep it going for longer than average (depending on how well you look after it all of course). To help you load bulkier items such as bed sheets, there is an extra-large door.

If you have allergies, you will also be pleased to know that this machine has been approved by Allergy UK as actively reducing the number of pollutants on your clothes, from dust to pollen and bacteria.

Some of the cycles are a bit long for our liking, between 2 and 3 hours, and the dryer isn’t amazing, but this is commonplace with 2-in-1 washer dryers. You can tell technology has moved on when comparing it to some older models, though, which is worth the price.

We like

  • Good energy rating
  • Easy to use interface

We dislike

  • No delay timer
  • Clothes come out quite creased

Final Verdict

No washer dryer is quite up to scratch of having two separate appliances, but if it is a must in your home, then this one is a pretty safe bet if you don't mind the occasional unreliability. The allergy feature is a great addition.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H82 x W60 x D54.2 cm
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Wash Capacity: 8kg
  • Dry Capacity: 5kg
  • Max. Spin Speed: 1400rpm
  • Noise Level: Wash 47dB, Dry 58dB

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BEKO Pro WDIX8543100 Integrated Washer Dryer User Manual

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Washer Dryer 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.