Latest Which? washer-dryer reviews reveal top machines for winterPricey and cheap washer-dryers go head-to-head
31 October 2014
We've tested and rated nine of the latest washer-dryers - and found two brilliant Best Buys.
Washer-dryers from AEG, Baumatic, John Lewis, Hotpoint and Indesit are the latest appliances to join our washer-dryer reviews.
The newly reviewed models include freestanding and integrated appliances, a cheap washer-dryer for less than £400 and a super expensive AEG machine that comes loaded with extra technology such as an energy-saving heat pump and the ability to use almost no water when drying clothes.
To find out which of the new models come top in our tests, go straight to our latest Best Buy washer-dryer recommendations.
Pricey £1,100 AEG - the best washer-dryer ever?
The AEG L99695HWD washer-dryer costs an eye-watering £1,100. That’s a huge amount of money to spend on a laundry appliance, so what makes it so expensive?
It’s one of the few washer-dryers to use energy-saving heat pump technology, something we’re much more used to seeing in particularly pricey tumble dryers.
Heat pumps drastically lower energy consumption when drying clothes. Our tumble dryer tests have shown it to cut energy consumption by more than half compared to electric models that don’t use a heat pump - but this technology really pumps up the price you'll pay in the shop.
This AEG also uses almost no water when drying clothes, as Which? appliances expert Adrian Porter explains: ‘It may come as a surprise to learn that washer-dryers use water when drying. The water is used during the condensation process, as most washer-dryers pass warm air from the drum through a stream of cold water to separate the moisture from the air in the drum.
‘Though the vast majority of models use water when drying, we have seen a slight increase over the last couple of years in the amount of washer-dryers that do not use water (or at least use very little) when drying clothes. Something that is likely to appeal to those on water meters.’
The AEG also comes with advanced wash technology - find out if that really means clothes get a more in-depth clean by heading to our review of the AEG L99695HWD.
Browse all our AEG washer dryer reviews.
Cheapest on test: the £384 Baumatic washer-dryer
Just because it’s the cheapest of the new washer-dryers we’ve tested, doesn’t mean this integrated Baumatic washer-dryer is completely stripped of features.
While it is missing a time-remaining display and child lock, it does have a delay start feature that allows you to postpone the start of your laundry cycle by up to nine hours, which can be a handy feature for those planning their day around their laundry.
Unlike some models, it also has automatic drying programs. This means you don’t need to guess how long you need to program this model to dry clothes for; instead a sensor inside the drum monitors your clothes as they're being tumbled, and should stop the drum automatically as soon as they are ready.
Is this integrated Baumatic one of the Best Buy washer-dryers? See how it fared in our tests by heading to our review of the Baumatic BWDI126N.
Freestanding washer-dryers on test
Integrated washer-dryers on test
Prices are correct as of 31 October 2014 and are subject to change.