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The 10 Best Washer Dryers - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every washer dryer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 855 washer dryers, 397 reviews and 81 prices. Last updated 18 July 2017.

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WAT28402UC

Bosch WAT28402UC

A giant drying capacity 17kg washer dryer
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
91
Fully-Featured
Age
83
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
90
Excellent
17kg
17kg
Jun 2015
Washing Capacity
Drying Capacity
Release Date
#3
IWDC 6125

Indesit IWDC 6125

One of the highest scoring washer dryers under $1,000
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
48
Mediocre
Features
73
Good Features
Age
47
7 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
61
Good
6kg
5kg
May 2010
Washing Capacity
Drying Capacity
Release Date
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Washer Dryer Buying Guide

Washer Dryers, as the name suggest, combine both washing machine and tumble dryers into a single appliance. They tend to be smaller and be less effective than individual washers and dryers, but the saving in space is a massive advantage if you have limited space for large appliances.

Washer dryers can be used individually for either washing or drying clothes, or a single mode can do the entire cycle, moving seamlessly from washing to drying. This can be a timesaver if you only run a single load of clothing at once, since you won’t have to swap between several machines.

We have both freestanding and integrated washer dryers on our website. An integrated washer dryer is one that can be installed into it’s own section in your kitchen, often hidden behind a door so that it blends in with the rest of the cupboards. While this provides a significantly nicer and more coherent design for your kitchen, integrated machines are substantially more expensive than the freestanding alternatives.

Programs

Most models of washer dryers will have some form of automatic drying program, which will use sensors to determine when the clothes have been sufficiently dried. This can help save money by keeping cycle times no longer than they need to be. More advanced models may also have an additional ‘iron-dry’ program, which leaves clothes damp enough to make ironing easier.

An 'anti-crease’ function is a typical mode of washer dryers - this periodically rotates the clothes in the drum once they have finished drying, in order to minimise creasing.

Lastly, models may also have specialist washing/drying programs for delicate clothes and fabrics - using these can help prevent damage or undue wear to your clothes. This also extends to the spin speed - most models of washer dryer will have variable spin speeds, dictating how fast the drum rotates. Certain delicate fabrics may have a maximum speed they can be spun at to prevent accidental damage. On the other hand, extremely soiled clothes may need far faster spin speeds to properly remove all the dirt from them.

Capacity

The capacity of the drum in a washer dryer will determine how many clothes can be cleaned in a single cycle. We measure drum capacity in kilograms (Kg), with a single Kg being roughly equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger washer dryers have larger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller appliance.

Please note that as a rule washer dryers have a smaller maximum capacity for drying clothes than they do for drying them. This is because drying clothes requires a larger airflow through the drum to dry effectively, meaning less space for clothes.

Noise Level

Noise levels for our appliances are measured in Db - most washer dryers fall between 60-70db, which is generally slightly quieter than the noise of a vacuum cleaner running. While washer dryers generally don’t cause enough noise to be troublesome, if you live in a thin-walled apartment or tend to run washing overnight, it may be worth investing in an extra-quiet machine.

Energy Efficiency

Finally, all our washer dryers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per cycle, and the cheaper the appliance will be to run. Look for a machine graded A+ or above or the best efficiency in daily use.

Washer Dryer Retailers, Prices and Features

Washer Dryer Brands - Price Range

Bosch washer dryers range in price from $1,254 to $1,254, and the highest average washer dryer price out of all brands is Bosch washer dryers with an average price of $1,254.

Indesit washer dryers range in price from $770 to $770, and the second highest average washer dryer price out of all brands is Indesit washer dryers with an average price of $770.

The average price of Whirlpool washer dryers is $0 which is the third highest average price of all washer dryer brands. Whirlpool washer dryers range in price from $0 to $0.

Washer Dryer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 4 expert reviews and 204 user reviews for washer dryers from across the internet and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of washer dryer. Whirlpool is the top rated washer dryer brand with an average rating of 88%. Candy is the second best brand with 85% and Siemens is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Washer Dryer Retailers

The biggest washer dryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 2 current washer dryer offers from eBay. The second biggest washer dryer retailer is Best Buy with 1 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Best Buy when it comes to washer dryers.

When Are Most New Washer Dryers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new washer dryers. November was the biggest month in 2016 for new washer dryers, with 15 new washer dryers released that month. In July 2015 49 new washer dryers were released making it the biggest month that year for new washer dryer releases. In 2014 most new washer dryers were released in June, with 35 new washer dryers released that month.

How Fast Do Washer Dryer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, washer dryers drop in price by 6% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $63 on a typical $1,012 new washer dryer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Washing Capacities

Across the range of washer dryers, the washing capacities range from 2.27kg to 17kg. The washing capacities of the majority of washer dryers range from 7.8kg to 8.5kg. The BoschWAT28402UC, which can be purchased for $1,254.10, has the largest washing capacity and is a 17kg capacity washer dryer. The BoschWAT28402UC, which currently retails for $769.95, has the smallest washing capacity and is a 6kg capacity washer dryer.

Drying Capacities

The total amount of clothes that can be put in the tumble dryer or washer/dryer in a single dry.

Comparing all washer dryers, the drying capacities range from 2kg to 17kg. The drying capacities of most washer dryers range from 5kg to 5.8kg. The washer dryer with the largest drying capacity is the BoschWAT28402UC, which is a 17kg drying capacity washer dryer and sells for $1,254.10. The washer dryer with the smallest drying capacity is the BoschWAT28402UC, which is a 5kg drying capacity washer dryer and sells for $769.95.

Energy Efficiency of Washer Dryers

Amongst new washer dryers, the most frequently found energy efficiency rating is A. We found 194 washer dryers that have an energy efficiency rating of A. B is the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new washer dryers. We found 127 washer dryers that have an energy efficiency rating of B.

Biggest Washer Dryer Retailers

The biggest washer dryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 2 current washer dryer offers from eBay. The second biggest washer dryer retailer is Best Buy with 1 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Best Buy when it comes to washer dryers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washer Dryers?

With the cheapest price on 1 washer dryers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest washer dryer store.

Proportion of Washer Dryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

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