Are Washer Dryers Worth It? An Honest View

Washer dryers have long been a subject of debate among homeowners and industry experts alike. Are they a nifty space-saving solution, or a Jack-of-all-trades and master of none? Let’s delve into what washer dryers are, their pros and cons, and whether they truly deserve a spot in your home.


What is a washer dryer?

A washer dryer is essentially a two-in-one appliance that combines a front-loading washing machine and a condenser clothes dryer. Sized similarly to a stand-alone washing machine, these units claim to offer the best of both worlds.


Are they any good?

A decade ago, washer dryers were the underdogs of laundry appliances. They simply couldn't compete with separate washing machines and tumble dryers in performance. Fast forward to today, and you'll find that these combos have dramatically upped their game, particularly in washing. They're now almost as effective as standalone washing machines.

But let's not forget about drying. Standalone tumble dryers have leapt ahead, employing advanced and eco-friendly technology that washer dryers are still trying to catch up with. Yes, some high-end combos boast energy-saving features like "heat pump technology," but there's a catch: they come with a hefty price tag and extremely long drying times. So, if you can afford one of these premium models, you likely have enough space for separate appliances anyway.


Pros and Cons


  • Comparable washing performance to standalone washing machines
  • Space-saving
  • Can wash and dry your laundry without having to unload one machine into another
  • Purchase and running costs are similar to separate appliances



  • Limited drying capacity and longer drying times
  • It’ll take a longer time for multiple laundry loads
  • High water consumption for drying
  • These are complex machines, so there is a higher risk of component failure


Our View

While washer dryers have come a long way, they still have some catching up to do, particularly on the drying front.

That said, if you're short on space, a washer dryer would be a good fit for you. But if you've got the room, you're better off with separate machines.