Two of the best washer-dryers found by Which?Plus our verdict on a water-saving washer dryer

13 August 2014

Siemens WD14H421GB washer dryer

This Siemens washer-dryer uses almost no water when drying

Looking for some of the best cheap, freestanding or integrated washer-dryers? A total of 10 models have just come through our tests – and we’ve uncovered two new Best Buy washer-dryers, plus three others that are so bad we've highlighted them as Don't Buy models to avoid.

We’ve tested washer-dryers from big name brands Samsung, Servis, Hotpoint, Indesit, Candy, Electrolux and Hoover, and uncovered big differences between the best and worst. But you won’t be able to tell in the shops which models you need to avoid and which offer Best Buy washing and drying. 

Our independent test lab reviews sort the brilliant from the bad - find out the top models we recommend in our washer-dryer reviews. 

Water-free drying?    

If you’re not already a washer-dryer owner, or even if you are, you might be surprised to find out that washer-dryers use water when drying. The water is used to cool the warm air coming from the drum to separate out the moisture removed from your clothes.


Washer-dryers may use more water than you think

On average, a model with a drum big enough to wash 7kg and dry 5kg, will use 64.4 litres of water when washing and another 32.5 litres of water when drying. Over a year’s use – that adds up to over a whopping 18,000 litres of water.

But the Siemens WD14H421GB washer-dryer uses what the company calls ‘airCondesnsation’ technology, which is claimed to use cold air instead of water to cool the warm air from the drum.

Our tests show it does actually use a little bit of water – but only three litres for every full load dried, that's about 90% less than a typical model. Naturally it gets top marks from us for keeping water low when drying, but what about when washing? Read our Siemens WD14H421GB review to find out.

Video guide: which washer-dryer should I buy?

Use the list below to go to the reviews of the models we’ve just tested. But if you’re after some key shopping tips before making the big purchase, check out our video guide to buying the best washer-dryer.

£340You often have to spend more than £500 to get a decent washer-dryer - could the Candy GOW475 buck the trend?

Freestanding washer-dryers on test

  • Samsung WD1704RJE - £460
  • Servis WD1496FGW - £500
  • Candy GOW475 - £340
  • Electrolux EWW1486HDW - £750
  • Hoover WDYN8154D - £400
  • Hotpoint WDD750P - £370
  • Indesit IWDD6105B (ECO) - £380
  • Siemens WD14H320GB - £600
  • Siemens WD14H421GB - £800

Integrated washer-dryers on test

  • Electrolux EWX147410W - £700

Prices correct as of 11 August and are subject to change.

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