Which? reveals pair of Best Buy washer-dryersEnergy-saving model keeps your bills low
05 November 2013
We’ve reviewed and rated 10 of the latest washer-dryers, including three integrated washer-dryers and cheaper models priced less than £400.
The latest washer-dryers going head-to-head in the Which? test lab include models from big name manufacturers; Hotpoint, Indesit, Samsung, Zanussi, Beko, AEG and Bosch - and two were so good we’ve given them Best Buy awards.
One of the two new Best Buy washer-dryers is so frugal with electricity we've also highlighted it as a Which? Energy Saver. This model will help you to keep your bills low, which is welcome news for anyone who has just seen their electricity supplier push up its prices.
You can find out which of the washer-dryers have been made Best Buys, and which is that energy-bill-friendly model, by heading straight to our Best Buy washer-dryers page. If you're not already an Which? member you can get instant access to all our reviews by signing up for a £1 trial.
Integrated and quiet washer-dryers
Our latest washer-dryers reviews cover models to suit a number of specific needs. We’ve tested a trio of integrated (or built-in) washer-dryers from Indesit, AEG and Zanussi.
And we've also found several washer-dryers that are easy on the ears, which is particularly handy if you’ve got an open plan living space. If you’d rather your white goods do not make a racket, head for our quiet washer-dryer reviews.
Smarter washer dryers
Some washer-dryers have a sensor inside to automatically detect when your clothes are dry and stop the machine.
It sounds handy, but using the sensor option on some models, such as the Samsung WD906U4SAGD, will reduce how much you can dry in one go - 6kg of washing if you set the timer or only 3kg if you choose to rely on the sensor.
So is there any benefit to reducing the load size to use the sensor? We’ve tested both sensor and timed options to reveal that answer. We’ve also given verdicts on the Samsung WD1704RJE and the Zanussi ZKG7125, which also restrict the maximum load you can dry when using the sensor. Discover our verdict on these machines in our washer-dryer reviews.
It may surprise you to know that washer-dryers use water when they’re drying your clothes. Washer-dryers use on average 7 litres of water for every kilogram of laundry being dried in the drum to keep the drum cool - that's 35 litres to dry 5kg of clothes.
But the Beko WDA91440W washer-dryer we’ve tested uses an air cool system instead – so it barely uses any water when drying your clothes – but does that mean your clothes will be ready quicker?
Whether you’re home has a water meter or not, make sure you read our review of the Beko WDA91440W washer-dryer as the drying results were a big surprise.
Washer-dryers on test
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Integrated washer-dryers on test
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