Three new Best Buy washer-dryersMake light work of your laundry this Christmas

23 December 2015

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We survey washer-dryer owners to determine each brand's reliability

If you're having to fork out for a new washer-dryer this festive season, take your pick from three models that have just earned a Christmas present from Which? – the coveted Best Buy award.

Our recent test of ten washer-dryers included models from AEG, Candy, Hoover, Miele, Samsung, Siemens, Smeg and Zanussi.

To become Best Buys in our tests, washer-dryers must do a very good job of washing clothes and also be good at drying them. Our research shows that only a small number of machines can master both tasks and often consumers are left with a washer-dryer that’s OK at washing but pretty poor at drying. That’s why we test both aspects of performance to the same standards we use in our washing machine and tumble dryer tests.

Browse all our washer-dryer Best Buys.

Reliable washer dryers

Washer-dryers have to do two jobs. To do this they’re filled with more technology than you’ll find in washing machines and tumble dryers. This means that there’s more that can go wrong with a washer-dryer than with a standalone laundry appliance. That’s why we make sure that machines that score well in our tests also come from reliable brands before we award Best Buy status.

We survey thousands of appliance owners to find out how reliable washer-dryer brands really are. If a washer dryer has poor reliability – or isn't owned by enough people for us to give it a reliability rating – it has to come with a free five year warranty to qualify as a Best Buy.

That way, when you see the Best Buy logo beside a washer dryer review on the website, you’ll know that not only can you rely on the machine’s washing and drying ability, you can also count on its reliability or that you'll have a five year guarantee fall-back should something go wrong.

Washer dryers on test

AEG L76680WD – £599
Candy GVW1585TC3W – £380
Hoover WDXCE51062 – £449
Miele WT2796WPM – £1299
Samsung WD80J5410AW – £600
Samsung WD90J6410AW – £619
Samsung WD90J7400GW – £829
Siemens WD15G421GB – £599
Smeg WDF147 – £578
Zanussi ZWD81663W – £549

How we test washer dryers

To check how well a washer-dryer removes stains, we place a cloth splattered with chocolate, oil, blood and red wine in the drum, along with sheets and other items of clothing. Then we run the 40-degree cottons and synthetics wash programs.

In our drying tests we weigh the clothes to see how much water they contain before drying and afterwards, to work out how well the machine dries.

Reliability for washer-dryers is worked out based on survey responses from more than 300 owners of washer-dryers up to six years old.

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