We’ve tested five freestanding and five integrated washer-dryers and uncovered a new Best Buy that cleans brilliantly, dries quickly and is easy to use.
But we’ve also found several other models that skip over stains and can leave clothes wet when they’re meant to be dry.
Among models from big brands such as AEG, Samsung, LG, Electrolux, Neff and Siemens, we’ve also discovered a washer-dryer that takes more than eight hours to dry a full load of laundry.
Go to our Best Buy washer-dryer reviews to find out which models and brands really provide value for money.
Avoid washer-dryers that don’t dry
One model we’ve just tested has a massive drum and a very slow drying speed. To make matters worse, even using the most intensive drying setting, clothes were left wet after four hours in the drum. We had to manually set the machine to run for a further four hours to ensure clothes were left dry. On average, it took this machine eight hours and twenty minutes to dry 8kg of clothes.
To put that in perspective, that’s about the same amount of time it would take to fly from London to Chicago. Or if you fancy a movie marathon – you would only need 30 minutes more to watch the first five Rocky movies (so you may have to fast forward through a few of the montages)
Which? laundry appliance expert Adrian Porter says: ‘Washer-dryers often fall down in our drying tests for leaving clothes damp, taking an age to dry your laundry or both.
‘But there are models out there that really do a good job – and our latest Best Buy is one of them. It can turn a 4kg heap of wet cotton clothes into perfectly dry laundry in just over two hours.
‘Drying clothes at an average rate of 30 minutes per kilo is quick for a washer-dryer – the slow model mentioned above needs over an hour for every kilo of clothes dried, which makes it’s drying speed twice as slow as the latest Best Buy.’
Make sure you snap up a washer-dryer that can dry by checking out our new reviews below.
Freestanding washer-dryers on test
- AEG L75670WD – £699
- IKEA RENLIG FWM7D5 – £600
- LG F14A8RD – £729 (black version, pictured above)
- Russell Hobbs RHWD861400 – £465 (white version)
- Russell Hobbs RHWD861400B – £589 (black version)
- Samsung WD12F9C9U4W – £859
Integrated washer-dryers on test
- Caple WDI2206 – £585
- CDA CI925 – £549
- Electrolux EWX127410W – £549
- Neff V6540X0GB – £974
- Siemens WK14D320GB – £892