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How much do you need to pay for a good integrated washer-dryer?

You might think that spending more is the only way to guarantee fantastic washing and drying results. But we've found some brilliant budget washer-dryers - including a Best Buy for less than £400

It’s no secret that integrated washer-dryers are generally pricier than freestanding models. Some of those we’ve tested cost more than £600.

But while you might think that opting for a cheap integrated washer-dryer will leave you with grubby clothes and soggy laundry, we’ve uncovered a Best Buy that costs less than £400.

Find out which budget integrated washer-dryer is a Which? Best Buy.

While the most expensive machines are generally better at washing and drying, you shouldn’t use price as a guide when choosing which model to buy. We’ve found a Don’t Buy that costs more than £550.

Read on to find out what you can get for your budget:

  • Less than £400
  • Between £400 and £600
  • More than £600

I want to spend less than £400

In this price bracket, we’ve tested integrated washer-dryers from Hotpoint, Indesit, Beko and Logik.

You may be surprised at what you can get for this price. While some models lack features, such as delayed start and a child lock, most have a decent capacity of at least 7kg for washing and 5kg for drying.

Synthetics wash results tend to be mixed, though. Some excel at cleaning and others fail to hit the mark.

It can also take a painfully long time to dry cottons. This makes the cost of drying pricey – so even if your washer-dryer is cheap to buy, running it might be more expensive in the long term.

I can spend between £400 and £600

As well as a higher-spec model from Beko that’s more energy efficient and has a higher spin speed, we’ve reviewed integrated washer-dryers from Amica, CDA and Zanussi in this price range.

Most of these washer-dryers come with a child lock and delayed start. (More than half of the models we’ve tested that are less than £400 don’t have these features.)

The typical wash capacity here is at least 7kg, but drying capacity varies. Some models can dry as little as 3kg, while others can handle a generous 6kg. Always check the tech spec of our reviews before buying.

There’s a lot of variation in how well these washer-dryers clean, however, and we haven’t found a single model that really impressed us with its drying.

We even found one Don’t Buy in this price band, so it’s worth doing your research to make sure you don’t end up with it in your home. See our reviews of integrated washer-dryers priced between £400 and £600.

I can stretch to more than £600

If you can afford to spend more than £600, you can consider one of the integrated washer-dryers we’ve reviewed from AEG, Smeg or Grundig.

At this price you’re more likely to get a model that will wash and dry your clothes well. Most of the washer-dryers we’ve tested in this price range scored full marks in our synthetics wash test.

You can expect a better spin dry, too, so you won’t be left with dripping wet clothes at the end of the wash cycle.

There are a few snags. Of the models we’ve tested, drying times aren’t any better than cheaper models on average, so you’ll probably have to wait a while before your laundry is dry enough to put away.

Our tests also show that more expensive integrated washer-dryers can be less efficient. Most of those we’ve tested that cost more than £600 are rated C for energy use.

We’ve also found that, in this price range, the integrated washer-dryers we’ve tested tend to have a smaller drying capacity. Most only have space for 4kg of laundry.

If you’re prepared to spend this much, make sure you don’t settle for anything less than a Best Buy. Take a look at our reviews of integrated washer-dryers priced at more than £600 to find out which models we recommend.

Is an integrated washer-dryer right for me?

While an integrated washer dryer is a great choice for those who want something that won’t stick out in their kitchen, it doesn’t suit everybody.

There are fewer integrated washer-dryers available on the market compared to freestanding washer-dryers. So if having lots of choice is important, you might be better off with a freestanding version.

If you do a lot of laundry, you might struggle with an integrated model. The largest capacity integrated washer-dryer that we’ve tested can take 8kg of washing and 6kg of drying.

In contrast, some of the freestanding washer-dryers we’ve tested can handle 12kg of washing and 8kg of drying. So if you’re going to be washing bulky items, like duvets, you’re probably better off choosing a freestanding model.

As with integrated washer-dryers, the freestanding models we’ve tested have led us to uncover some fantastic Best Buys and some major disappointments that should be avoided. Check out our freestanding washer-dryer reviews to help you choose one that’s right for you.

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