Post # 1
Looking for some help here regarding my laundry and washing machine and dryer options.
A few years ago we bought our current house and basically stripped everything out and renovated it. Our laundry room was basically in its original 1970s state and as part of the renovation we gutted it decided to close a corner of it off and add an extra WC and put in an extra shower. By doing this we basically lost half the laundry space and had a 2.5 meter wall to put in a linen pantry, storage cupboards, dryer, washing machine and sink.
I’ve included a pic of our laundry below but basically we left a 60cm gap between our linen pantry and a 40cm wall cupboard to allow for us to wall mount a dryer. TBH, ive never bothered buying a dryer because I live in Australia and the weather is fine enough to be able to hang clothes outside all year round. Ive always lived in houses with a large undercover patio area where I have a retractable clothesline to keep drying clothes out of the rain in winter time. We are at the point where hubby and I are starting TTC and I’ve always said I’d get a dryer for when we have a baby so in an emergency I can dry something they may need fairly quickly.
I’m now at that point where I’m looking to buy a dryer but I’ve realised that wall mounting the dryer where we planned will make an already tight space feel smaller and make the bench underneath it less usuable. In place of wall mounting the dryer, we’d get a new all in one washing machine and dryer and put it where our existing washing machine is. In the space we left for the dryer, we’d instead put a 60cm wall cupboard that matches our other laundry cabinets. The wall mounted top cabinets only stick out 30cm from the wall whereas a typical dryer sticks out 58cm from the wall. By having a slimmer cabinet in the space instead of the dryer, I feel it will feel less claustrophobic and will still allow us to more easily use the bench top beneath.
The only thing holding me back from this is that I’m unsure of how good and practical an all in one washer/dryer is. Nobody in my real life has one so I thought maybe you bees might be able to help with my question about all in ones.
So after the wall of words above, Do you own or have you owned an all in one washer/dryer combo? Positive, negatives? Would you buy one again? Etc
Plz Hit me with your thoughts
Including a pic of my laundry so you get what I’m taking about regarding the space we left for wall mounting the dryer. Sorry for the photography skills. I was trying to get it all in frame but I couldn’t because the room was too narrow and I couldn’t step back further because a wall was in the way!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
They are all complete crap (so are ventless dryers). With kids, you will be very mad at yourself for buying one.
Post # 14
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We had one until recently and I echo others, it doesn’t wash or dry really well. We switched to seperates
Post # 15
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).