Best washer dryer: the ultimate two-in-one for hectic homes

Like washing clothes? Enjoy drying clothes? Then you'll LOVE this list of 8 washer dryers!

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The best washer dryers are ideal if you don’t have the time or space to hang clothes up or room for a separate tumble dryer in your utility room or kitchen. For those who are fabric rich but space and time poor, they're among the greatest inventions ever, in fact.

Here we've whittled down the market and picked five great tumble dryers you should definitely consider, all of which offer innovative cleaning technology, and a big, hot, rotating drum.

What is the best washer dryer?

So what's the best washer dryer? For our money, the top washer dryer choice is the AEG 7000 Series (L7WEC166R). It’s not too expensive and it comes with a massive drum and a bunch of tantalising German tech on board. 

For large families who can’t afford to spend more than £600, the John Lewis JLWD1613 and Beko WDA914401 are great options. But if you simply must have the best and money is no object then the slightly more pricey but undeniably splendid Miele WTH120 WPM PWash is the way to go.

Buying a washer dryer: what you need to know…

All washer dryers list two different capacities, one for the washing sequence and another for the drying cycle. Hence, you can’t just leave a full washing load in the machine and expect it to dry it all successfully at the end of the washing cycle. 

If you do wash a full load, you will have to find somewhere to store one half of the damp pile while the other half’s being dried. That’s no big deal in summer when you have the option of having the sun dry some of your washing but it can be an issue in winter. Hence, if you want to enjoy the fully automated process of washing and drying all done in one go, you’ll need to do smaller loads, and stick to the maximum capacity for the drying program. 

Washer dryers are inherently expensive to buy and repair so, if space allows, you could feasibly buy a separate washing machine and dryer for about the same price as a single do-it-all unit. This would allow you wash and dry laundry at the same time. Remember, too, that if a fault occurs in a washer dryer, that’s the whole machine out of action until it’s fixed. Even more so than washing machines, it’s a good idea to spend more on a washer dryer, as there's so much to potentially go wrong with them.

One especially handy feature of a washer dryer is that since the waste plumbing is already required for the washing side of things, it means you won’t need to periodically empty any water containers after the drying cycle. Even though most washer dryers have integrated water collection tanks, condensed water from the drying sequence can just as easily be pumped out of the same waste outlet as the dirty washing water.

The best washer dryers to buy today

AEG 7000 Series L7WEC166R

1. AEG 7000 Series L7WEC166R

Best washer dryer for large loads

Specifications
Wash capacity: 10kgs
Dry capacity: 6kgs
Spin speed: 1,600rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Big drum capacity+Fast spin speed+German tech
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

For larger families with space restraints, this elegant looking Germanic machine will wash and dry up to 6kg of laundry in one go or 10kg worth if only using the wash sequence.

From a tech point of view, it’s very well endowed indeed. For instance, ProSense technology automatically weighs the amount of laundry in the drum and adjusts the cycle time accordingly for both washing and drying (it even tells you how much detergent to use) while DualSense customises drum motion and internal temperature to ensure both delicates and non-delicates can be washed and dried at the same time.

The AEG 7000 Series comes with the usual gamut of programs plus a superb wool wash cycle that performs a gentle cool-down process at the end of the sequence, ensuring that your favourite Christopher Kane cashmere doesn’t shrink to the size of your daughter’s teddy bear. The combined one-hour wash and dry program is another major plus and just the ticket for the busy bod in a rush.

This machine has a higher-than-average 1600 spin speed that ensures laundry is just the right side of damp for the tumble sequence which utilises a heat pump to dry the clothes at more gentle temperatures than the norm. Top dollar all round.

John Lewis JLWD1613

2. John Lewis JLWD1613

Best cheap washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 9kgs
Dry capacity: 6kgs
Spin speed: 1,600rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Great knockdown price+1,600rpm spin speed
Reasons to avoid
-Outgoing model

The JL is currently being priced as ‘reduced to clear’ – presumably to make way for a new model – so get in there quick if you want to grab yourself a top-quality bargain.

This mid-priced John Lewis model has garnered a Which? Best Buy and a raft of positive reviews by its owners, who tell us that it cleans and dries impeccably well. Word on the vine is that it’s manufactured by AEG and they don’t come much more reputable than that, Miele notwithstanding.

The A-rated JL comes equipped with a bigger-than-average 9kg drum for washing and 6kg for drying – more than enough capacity for a couple with a trio of grubby sprogs in tow – and 17 different wash and dry programmes, including woolens, cold wash, a quick 20-minute wash, a steam cycle for mixed wools/synthetics and a faster-than-normal 1,600rpm spin speed.

Beko WDA914401

3. Beko WDA914401

Biggest capacity for the lowest outlay

Specifications
Wash capacity: 9kgs
Dry capacity: 6kgs
Spin speed: 1,400rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Massive capacity+Great selection of programs+Good price
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most reliable brand-Deeper dimensions than most

If budget is of prime concern and you have several sprogs in tow then give this well-endowed Turkish model a peep. It’s got a huge 9kg drum for a start which means it’ll wash a shedload in one go and, what’s more, in just 39 minutes flat. However, if you want to take advantage of its fully automatic wash and dry program, you’ll need to reduce the laundry capacity to a still-impressive 6kg. The extra large portal is handy, too, for stuffing in unwieldy items like duvet covers.

This Which-awarded machine comes with all the pre-requisite wash and dry programs, including anti-allergy, woolens, handwash and an ultra quick 14-minute wash-only flurry for loads up to 2kg. Its maximum 1,400rpm spin speed is perfectly ample for wringing moisture out of most clothing though you may need to run another spin cycle if loaded with heavier fabrics – this is pretty much the norm with most models.

Just because this machine’s at the cheaper end doesn’t mean it skimps on features. Its LED control panel looks smart and is easy to negotiate and it comes with a quiet brushless motor for extra durability and lower energy bills, a bank of sensors for measuring load weight and moisture levels, plus Aquafusion technology for economical detergent management.

The Beko WDA914401 is a deeper machine than most, mind, so be sure you have at least 65cm of space from the rear wall in order to accommodate the plumbing attachments.

Siemens iQ500 WD15G42GB

4. Siemens iQ500 WD15G42GB

Best mid-sized washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 7kgs
Dry capacity: 4kgs
Spin speed: 1,500rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Extremely quiet+Great 15-minute speed wash
Reasons to avoid
-Not much to grumble about

Finally, one especially handy function with this machine is that you can stop it during the washing sequence to insert the polka dot thong you suddenly discovered buried at the bottom of the laundry basket.

The iQ500 has a washing capacity of 7kgs and a drying capacity of 4kgs and that’s good for enough for a family of three or four. Also, because it’s equipped with a silent iQdrive brushless motor, it’s as quiet as a church mouse, making it an ideal option for location in a kitchen or other living area.

However, for best results do make sure the machine is installed perfectly level on a hard surface or it’ll just rattle about during the start and end of each spin cycle. This not only makes a racket but it’s not very good for the machine nor, for that matter, the plaster on your walls.

The fairly straightforward dial and touch-control panel provides access to myriads of programs, including mixed fabrics, shirts, wools, delicates and silk, even a textile guard re-proofing programme that carefully treats outdoor gear. The Rapid 15 and Wash&Dry 60 cycles are useful for lightly soiled shirts and underwear.

The iQ500 spins at 1,500rpm – ample for all but the heaviest of fabrics like denim and linen.

 

Miele WTH120 WPM PWash

5. Miele WTH120 WPM PWash

Best high-end washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 7kgs
Dry capacity: 4kgs
Spin speed: 1,600rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Top-notch cleaning and drying+Highly reliable+Tells people you're loaded
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Smallish drum capacity

Miele’s cut back on washer dryer models recently which is hardly surprising given that its wealthy clientele base is far more likely to opt for a separate washing machine and dryer combo. But if you live in a swish Canary Wharf pad with not much space to swing a cat then Miele’s still the brand with the most kudos. The German company is renowned for designing and building exceptionally dependable domestic appliances that just keep on running and this excellent but frightfully expensive model (Miele’s mid-priced option believe it or not) is a case in point.

With a combined wash ’n’ dry drum capacity of just 4kg, the Miele WTH120 WPM PWash is indeed on the small size but then you do get a feature-filled package for your hard earned. On the washing side it has Miele’s proprietary honeycomb drum which makes laundry glide over the surface on a thin film of water. When the wash is complete, it enters Thermospin mode where a combination of hot air and gentle tumbling prepares the clothing for the actual drying cycle.

Filling it with detergent is cinch since it comes with TwinDos, an automatic liquid dispensing system that takes the guesswork out of washing clothes. Simply fill the cartridge dispenser with either Miele’s pricy but long-lasting proprietary liquid or your own preferred detergent and leave it to the machine to decide how much detergent is required; apparently TwinDos saves up to 30% on detergent when compared to manual dispensing. 

Regarding wash and dry programs, this unit has a veritable shedload of combinations so keep the manual to hand because you’re likely to need it.

Bosch Serie 6 WVG30462GB

6. Bosch Serie 6 WVG30462GB

Best bargain washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 7kgs
Dry capacity: 4kgs
Spin speed: 1,500rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+German engineering+Price reduction
Reasons to avoid
-No major issues

The recommended retail price for this model is £809 but you can snap one up at John Lewis for just £649. And that’s a fair bargain in our book.

For about £100 more than the Beko you could have a German-engineered Bosch, albeit with a smaller 7kg drum. This would allow you to wash and dry up to 4kgs of laundry in one go.

As all-in-one appliances go, this whisper-quiet machine is highly efficient and comes with all the washing and drying cycles you’re likely to need, including a Super Quick 15-minute wash program – handy for when you’re in a rush to go out and realise your favourite shirt has egg all over it. Of course, you’ll need to add another 20 minutes or so for the drying sequence, but you already knew that.

The Serie 6 also features a HygieneCare programme that apparently molly coddles your favourite laundry items by blowing hot air into the drum before its gentle 30˚C washing cycle. And because it comes with the ECARF Quality Seal of approval, the machine is a suitably good choice for allergy sufferers.

 

Zanussi ZWD71460NW

7. Zanussi ZWD71460NW

Best value for money washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 7kgs
Dry capacity: 4kgs
Spin speed: 1,400rpm
Energy Class: B
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Very good cotton washer
Reasons to avoid
-It is cheap, and it looks cheap

The long-standing Italian brand wades into the washer dryer arena with a fine Which? Best Buy-awarded 7kg/4kg machine that cuts the mustard, as well as cleaning it from your shirt. 

That's by dint of a tranche of 21 excellent washing cycles, including pre-wash for the grubbiest of grub-infested attire, an extra rinse option and a fast-forward Quick Wash that shortens the cycle by 50%. 

It performs admirably with both cottons and synthetics and, while it’s not the fastest dryer in the business, it does a thorough and even job. 

The turn-dial control panel is easy to get a handle on, so not too much manual-leafing is needed. 

If you’re after a splendid machine without breaking the bank, step right this way.

Samsung WD8000 WD12J8400GW/EU

8. Samsung WD8000 WD12J8400GW/EU

Best washer dryer for style 'n' tech

Specifications
Wash capacity: 12kgs
Dry capacity: 8kgs
Spin speed: 1,400rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Contains all of the tech+So quiet
Reasons to avoid
-More depth than standard

Samsung often pushes the boat out when it comes to adding imaginative design and features to usually tedious white goods and this machine is a case in point. 

It's capable of holding a mountainous 12 kilograms of laundry in wash mode and an equally mammoth 8 kilos in drying mode, but that’s just the half of it…

The Korean company’s proprietary Ecobubble tech uses quite literally bazillions of tiny air bubbles to saturate the clothing up to 40 times faster than the norm while its diamond pattern drum makes clothing slip around as if on a waterslide, for an allegedly more efficient launder. It certainly makes the machine quieter.

The freestanding WD8000 also comes with a raft of programs including Eco Wash, Speed Wash, Silent Wash and a deodorising feature to make everything smell like a florist. 

A 1,400rpm spin cycle ensures that the drying session shouldn’t consume too much time and leccy, and like many other Samsung appliances, you can troubleshoot and operate it using a smartphone. 

It is 10mm deeper than standard white goods, but that's not the end of the world.