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Last updated: 12 March 2018

A washer and dryer in one sounds almost too good to be true. We find out if they live up to the promise of laundry utopia by seeing how well they work, putting their washing AND drying performance to the test in our labs.

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Through our rigorous testing we reveal which models:

  • do the best job of washing your clothes
  • rinse detergents out most thoroughly
  • use the most water and energy to dry
  • use the least water and energy to wash
  • are gentle on your clothes
  • use hot and cold connections
  • give you the fastest normal wash time
  • dry your clothes the quickest.

Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which washer/dryer combos come out on top.

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Wash capacity (kg)

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The claimed capacity of a washer/dryer. We find people rarely fill their washer with a full load, so base your decision on how heavy your common load is. Weigh it on your scales. Note that the dryer component is less than the washing capacity in all machines, from 50% up to 80% of the washer capacity.

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Drying capacity (kg)

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The claimed capacity of a washer/dryer. We find people rarely fill their washer with a full load, so base your decision on how heavy your common load is. Weigh it on your scales. Note that the dryer component is less than the washing capacity in all machines, from 50% up to 80% of the washer capacity.

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Features

Delay time

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'Delay time' or 'time delay' is a feature that lets you program the wash to start at a specific time in the future. Consumers who are on off-peak energy can take advantage of this feature.

Fast program

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Designed for lightly soiled and/or small loads, a fast-wash option reduces the length of the selected program or is a faster cycle in itself. How fast is fast varies from machine to machine – as does the terminology. You might see it referred to as "fast", "quick", "rapid" or something else. Some machines also offer temperature variations in conjunction with faster washes. If this is a feature you're likely to use, be sure to clarify with sales staff how fast is fast – and what it's called.

Machine washable woollens

Handwash only woollens

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Some machines have an extra-gentle wash cycle for garments labelled as only suitable for handwashing – including woollens, silk and cashmere. The program uses different washing actions such as less water.

Add items after start

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Most front loaders allow you to pause the wash in the first moments of pushing the start button, but after water gets to the door, its a no go unless you cancel the wash and start again.

Extra rinse

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An extra rinse feature can be useful if your wash hasn't removed all the detergent, leaving white marks behind. Some washers have it as an extra run added to the end of a program, or as a simple single run (rinse and spin) once the primary program is finished. Some can also either do a spray rinse only (water saving) or a deep rinse. If you have sensitive skin and find the detergent you use is causing a reaction, try changing or using less of your detergent, or adding an extra rinse.

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Dirt removal score

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The machine we use to measure this (a spectrophotometer) is more accurate than the human eye; differences of about 6% are visible.

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Rinse performance score

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This is a measure of how well the machines keep the dirt suspended in the water rather than depositing it back on the clothes, and how well they rinse out the detergent. We add a marker chemical to the wash, and after the cycle is finished we take a sample of the water remaining in the clothes to determine the amount of chemical that's left – the less there is, the better the rinse.

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Gentleness score

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To check for fabric wear, we attach swatches of easily frayed fabric to the garments in each load. The area of the swatch is measured before and after the wash – the less fraying, the gentler we assess the machine to be and the higher the score we give.

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Spin efficiency score

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The test load is weighed before and after each wash. The higher the score, the more water that's removed, which means the washing takes less time to dry. We use the maximum spin speed (some machines let you vary the speed).

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Drying performance

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The drying performance score is made up of energy efficiency (40%), drying time (40%) and ease of use (20%).

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Energy and water ratings

Water – washer stars

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Manufacturers have to declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine, per drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer, per minute for a tap, or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.

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Energy – washer stars

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Energy star rating based on a formula that incorporates the energy used per wash and the claimed capacity of the machine in kg.

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Energy – dryer stars

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Energy star rating based on a formula that incorporates the energy used per dry and the claimed capacity of the machine in kg.

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  • Spin efficiency score
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  • Drying time
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  • Total water used (L)
  • Total energy used (kWh)
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  • Fast program
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  • Auto-sensing water level
  • Out-of-balance correction
  • Selectable spin speed
  • Machine washable woollens
  • Handwash only woollens
  • Extra rinse
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  • Delay time
  • Time remaining display
  • Add items after start
  • Energy label – wash program
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