Opinions: Does anyone own an all in one washer/dryer?

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Post # 2
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I had one when I lived overseas, it didn’t dry everything very well. That being said, it was in 1999, so I’m sure they have improved. 

Post # 3
1114 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve had one when I was living in the Middle East. So I don’t know how far the tech has come in 6 years, or what different options are available now, but at the time it was understood that you can’t expect it to do both jobs equally well. Essentially your clothes would get clean, but the dryer portion dried just enough so that clothes weren’t sopping wet and then you were supposed to hang them up to air dry. I was too lazy to do that, so usually I just kept my loads super small and ran the dryer a few times. 

Since you are already used to hanging up your clothes, I think a combo would work well for you! I definitely see how it would be beneficial to have clothes dried a little more quickly with an infant. 

Also, when I first moved overseas it shocked me how much of the world doesn’t use a dryer. You do get used to it, but I’m very, very happy to have mine now. 

Post # 4
191 posts
Blushing bee

I live in New Zealand and I know lots of families (including several children, twin babies, etc etc) who don’t have a dryer. And last month we had 29 days of rain!!

Choice.com.au has reviews of all kinds of appliances. That would be a good start. Last time I used a combination machine it was less effective for washing AND drying, but that was 8 years ago so things might have changed! 

Post # 5
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

cmsgirl :  we have one at my work. I agree with PPs that it doesn’t dry very well at all… and it get stinky really quickly. I feel like we are always cleaning it. 

Post # 6
9210 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

We used one once at an Airbnb about 5 years ago (it was brand new at the time) and it took forfuckingeverrrr to dry. It was better than nothing though. 🤷‍♀️

Post # 7
1984 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

cmsgirl :  I live in the UK so our brand might be different than what you can get in Australia but we have a Bosch. Our previous mode was also a Bosch and lasted nearly 10 years and this one is probably 5 years old. The main issue I have with a washer/dryer is that if I use the dryer, I can’t wash which is obvious but sometimes when you’re a bit behind on laundry and you’ve run out of space of the airer and need the dryer but still need the washer, it’s annoying. Our washer/dryer struggles to dry everything if you overload it. So it can handle two large bath towels on a 2 hour dry pretty well. It can handle bedding on a 2 hour dry pretty well too but you need to make sure you button up the duvet cover so the pillow cases don’t get inside it. But in an emergency the quicker you could probably get something washed and dried is 1 hr 15 mins, assuming you did a quick wash of a light-medium weight item and an hour drying. If it’s a diarrhoea and vomiting kind of emergency, you’d probably want to put it on a proper wash which with our machine will take about 1.5-2 hrs depending on what the material is it and the setting used.

I don’t mind the washer/dryer. We had one in our flat before we moved and we’ll probably get another when we need to replace this one. We will renovate the kitchen at some point (washer/dryer is in our kitchen like a lot of UK homes) and we’ve since got rid of our dishwasher so have another space for a separate dryer but I’d rather have a dishwasher or another cupboard. We’ve got ourselves into a routine with laundry and that’s massively helped with the logistics of day to day laundry. We tend to do two loads of clothes which air dry, then towels which we put on to dry, any remaining loads of clothes which again air dry, then bedding which will either air dry or go in the dryer depending on how hot it is (which in the UK is not guaranteed). 

Post # 8
6580 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t have one but did research it because I love the space saving. The general consensus was that they DO work, but it takes much longer than running a regular cycle of wash/dry and the unit itself can get really hot. 

Post # 9
3086 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

Lots of RVs have them in order to save space, and I’ve talked to several people who have owned them. I’ve heard nothing but horror stories. Small loads, and they take hours to run a full wash/dry cycle, and take foreeeeeeeeveer to dry. I’d invest in a stackable set in a heartbeat as opposed to an all in one. 

Post # 10
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My daughter had one and it took forever to wash and dry – it also ‘holds your clothes hostage’ after it finishes and it wont let them out for ages.  It also limits (as another person said) doing a second load while the first dries.  I would get an efficient washer and a clothes airer/rack for drying.  Otherwise, maybe take that top cupboard off and mount a separate dryer if you need it for emergencies?

Post # 11
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

cmsgirl :  All of the reviews I have read say the all in ones aren’t great for drying. They take a long time and use a lot of electricity.

If it takes 3 hours to dry an 8 pound load of laundy it won’t be any good at all for those emergencies you talked about.

I would move your cabinet over the sink, remove the bottom cabinet on the left, then move the washer to the left, and re-install the bottom cabinet to the right of the washer. This would make room for a stacking washer and dryer. You will lose some counter space.

Post # 12
9044 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I have an LG one and it works just as well as the single units. Like you said we don’t use the dryer very often due to the ability to dry outdoors but for those occassions where we need to it works perfectly and does not take long at all.

A basic wash cycle takes 30mins and it takes an hour to dry two sheets and a doona cover on the cupboard dry setting. I can take the sheets out, let them air for 5 minutes on the clothes airer and chuck them straight back on the bed. It is not stinky at all if you maintain it properly. The key is to leave the door ajar after use. I just use white vinegar to clean the bowl and seals. I have had two and have never had any issues at all. I also used one whilst living in the UK. We got the larger model so we can wash blankets and doonas. It was a bit more costly than getting songle units but we needed to save space as well. They also have a 5 star energy rating whilst most of the single units, especially dryers had a 4 star or lower rating when we looked. We use barely any energy running it (we track our energy use as we like to make sure we have the lowest environmental impact possible).

Do you have solar? Because if you do then the environmental impact/energy costs will be lower. cmsgirl :  

Post # 13
3273 posts
Sugar bee

They are all complete crap (so are ventless dryers). With kids, you will be very mad at yourself for buying one.

Post # 14
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

We had one until recently and I echo others, it doesn’t wash or dry really well. We switched to seperates 

Post # 15
7876 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve only used them on vacation and it took forever to dry even a small load. I guess it’s better than nothing, but if you have sunshine and a decent breeze the line will probably be faster than an all-in-one machine. 

Also as a mom I can say I have never had a situation where I needed something from the baby’s laundry and couldn’t wait. And I don’t do baby laundry more than once a week (sometimes I stretch it to 2…3 has definitely happened but I’m not proud of that lol). 

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