Pros and Cons of Washer/Dryer Combos

We get lots of questions about washer/dryer combo machines, and whether or not they are any good. There are advantages and disadvantages to consider before going ahead with a purchase. 

Rather than say you should or you shouldn’t make the purchase we thought we would just list the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision. 

PROS:

  • Space saving
  • Put a load on in the morning & it’s done when you get home

CONS:

  • Take a long time to dry
  • Some only dry to 90%
  • May be cheaper to buy separately
  • You can’t start a second wash load until  finished
  • Less efficient than a standalone dryer

These points are based on our observations along with feedback from owners. Some people love their washer dryer combo, others hate them. Overall though we get more negative feedback than positive, so look into the details before you purchase. But remember technology is constantly changing some issues may resolve in future models.

Washerman loves to chat so if you have some specific questions give us a call or send an email 🙂

LG Washing Machine – New Concept

Q. How much can washing machine design change? 

A. Cleverly… With what looks like some help from James Bond’s Q Branch.

  
The answer from LG is to tuck away a neat little second washing machine in what appears like a regular washing machine stand. 

The idea behind this hidden LG front load washing machine is to answer the demand it sees in the market for more washing machine capacity, saving time and raising the big washer off the floor.

LG also suggests that the second washing machine can be used to wash delicates, seperate colours from whites, or if you just want to wash a few items.

According to an LG press release earlier in the year, the TWIN Wash will go under any LG front load washing machine (and likely most other brands). 

Is there a cost to buying cheap?

So you need a new dishwasher, washing machine, or other major appliance and you head to the shop. Then you see the price ranging from $400-$4,000….

Hmmm.

When the difference on the outside can seem like little more than a brand name and some fancy finishing chrome bits, it’s hard to know what to do. 

But it is possible to buy well AND buy cheap.

It’s impossible to name cheap appliance brands and say one is always good and one is always bad, just as it is with more expensive brands. Every manufacturer puts out a dud appliance model every so often.

So here are danger signs to look for when buying a cheap appliance and what you can do to avoid being a chump:

Danger Sign: The brand is only sold through one retailer.

Reason: This appliance is probably a rebranded version of a generic appliance and unless you know what it’s original generic model is, parts may be hard to source and technical information may be tricky to obtain.

Danger Sign: Parts are hard to find. 

How to Know: Jump online and search the make and model you are looking to purchase followed by the words “spare parts”. If you find it hard to find parts sellers, or they only list a few items, you may be looking at trouble down the road.

Danger Sign: 1 year warranty.

Reason: Most appliance manufacturers offer a minimum of 2 years warranty. If they don’t have confidence in the quality of their product then maybe you shouldn’t either.

Danger Sign: No service.

How to Know: Do an Internet search for your prospective appliance brand followed by the words “repair” and your city name. If you don’t get any hits, call a few repairers and ask if they repair your prospective brand. You’ll soon get a feel for how easy it will be to find an appliance repairer and what they think of your prospective brand. 

Washerman loves to chat, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone or send an email 🙂

Washing Machine Error Codes are Important

When you are booking a washing machine repair or requesting a quote, it helps a great deal if you have recorded any fault codes the washing machine has displayed. Although these codes are often very general, or are sometimes inaccurate, most of the time they give your technician a starting point.

When making notes on the behavioural symptoms of a faulty appliance, try to be as detailed as possible. “My machine won’t wash,” is useful, but, “my machine will fill with water, then it will wash for a few minutes and stop,” is better. The more clues you can give us, the quicker we can solve your washing machine problem.

Washerman loves the details 🙂