The best washer dryer 2017

If you like washing clothes and you like drying clothes, you'll love this list of 7 washer dryers!

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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.

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.

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 Beko WDA914401 and Bosch Serie 6 are great options. But if you simply must have the best and money is no object then the extraordinarily dear but undeniably splendid Miele WTH120 WPM PWash is the way to go.

Should you buy a washer dryer?

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

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.

2. 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.

3. Siemens iQ500 (WD15G421GB)

Best mid-sized washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 8kgs
Dry capacity: 5kgs
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

The iQ500 has a washing capacity of 8kgs and a drying capacity of 5kgs and that’s good for enough for a family of five. 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 easy-to-use touch-control panel provides access to myriads of programs, including mixed fabrics, shirts and blouses, handwash/wool, delicates, even a textile guard re-proofing programme that carefully treats outdoor gear. The Rapid 15 minute quick wash is especially 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.

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

4. 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.

5. Bosch Serie 6 (WVG30461GB)

Best bargain washer dryer

Specifications
Wash capacity: 8kgs
Dry capacity: 5kgs
Spin speed: 1,500rpm
Energy Class: A
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+German engineering+Price reduction
Reasons to avoid
-No major issues

For a smidge more than the Beko you could have a German-engineered Bosch, albeit with a slightly smaller 8kg drum. This would allow you to wash and dry up to 5kgs 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. 

Add Bosch’s 3D AquaSpa wash system for faster water penetration, a drum structure that ensures clothing doesn’t have the life pummelled out of it and a pause facility for forgotten items and, well, what’s not to like? The recommended retail price for this model is £809 but you can snap one up at John Lewis for just £579. A bargain.

6. 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
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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.

7. 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
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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.