Washer dryers save you space, time, and effort – three things we could all use more of. Unfortunately knowing which washer dryer to buy isn’t always an easy task, especially if you’ve never owned one. Knowing how to use one correctly can be just as difficult. Our answers to the most commonly asked washer dryer questions should help.
What is a Washer Dryer?
A washer dryer functions as both a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The all-in-one appliance can be found in a large range of sizes and finishes, as well as freestanding and integrated varieties. This makes them suitable for homes of all sizes.
How Washer Dryers Work
If you’re torn between buying a washing machine and dryer and a washer dryer, then this section may help you choose. As an all-in-one, washer dryers take up less space and require less effort to achieve the same results. Let’s look at exactly how your washer dryer works.
Non-vented washer dryers consist of two compartments. The outer chamber is filled with hot air. A condensation process then begins which cools the air and condenses the water vapour from your clothes. Your machine will use cold water throughout the drying cycle in order to assist the condensation process. Next, water is flushed from the drain hose into your sink or plumbing lines, and disposed of.
Vented washer dryers work by utilising hot air to remove the moisture from your clothes. It then expels this from your machine via a hose which is often fed through a wall vent or window in your home.
How to use a Washer Dryer
Washer dryers are popular for many reasons, one of which is how simple and effective they are. If you’re yet to use your own model or aren’t sure if you’ve been using it correctly, this is what you should be doing:
- Separate your washing into colours and whites and place your first load in the machine. Make sure not to overload your machine, since this will prevent your clothes from cleaning and drying properly.
- Put your detergent into the washer dryer. Most models will support the use of powder, liquid, and capsules, so what you use is up to you. Often the tray can be found on the front face of the dryer near the top.
- Select your setting. If you’re not sure what the settings on your machine are, consult your manual for more information. This step includes selecting a type of wash (e.g. hot or cold wash) and a drying setting.
Remember that once the cycle has begun the door will lock and you won’t be able to access your laundry, so make sure you’ve selected the right setting before hitting start.
What are the Different Types of Washer Dryer?
Freestanding washer dryers sit independently from all your other appliances and can be positioned wherever you have space, or wherever you think will look best. Freestanding models are available in both vented and non-vented options, as described above.
The integrated model is installed within a kitchen unit or directly under the counter. This is a great option for those with limited space. If you need a washer dryer for a small apartment then consider this style. If you already have integrated appliances such as your dishwasher or refrigerator, then this can be a great option to complement your existing style.
What Size Washer Dryer Do I Need?
Before buying a washer dryer it’s important to consider what capacity you will need. Most integrated models will have a 6/7kg load capacity – which refers to how much laundry the machine can handle.
If you don’t require a load capacity of this size then some models offer a capacity of 5kg, which is more suited towards those needing a washer dryer for a studio apartment or small kitchen. However, if you need a larger load capacity then you can find models boasting a massive 12kg capacity.
If you aren’t sure which size washer dryer is best for you (in terms of the appliance’s physical size, not its capacity), then it’s important to compare your available space against the dimensions of any models you’re considering purchasing.
For more information on finding the perfect model for you, read our Buying Guide to Washer Dryers.
Where Should I Put My Washer Dryer?
If you have a freestanding washer dryer and aren’t short of available floor space then you have quite a few options. Common locations to position this appliance within the home include the kitchen, the utility room, or even the garage. Ultimately this is dependent on where your washer dryer hook ups are located, if it’s a vented or non-vented model, and where you think the most practical location will be.
If you don’t have a huge amount of floor space, or are looking specifically for an integrated model, then your options are more limited. Integrated models will often have a location designated either under a counter or within a kitchen unit. If you don’t have this then you can either create this space or opt for a freestanding model which can fit in the space that you do have.
The answers above will help you find the right washer dryer for you. If you have any other questions regarding our range, or would like any additional information about any of our washer dryers, you can contact us to find out more.