Re: Combined Washer/Dryer41
Dec 11, 2007 4:22 pm
Me thinks LG hasn't been paying their dues to Choice.......
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer43
May 12, 2008 10:28 am
Still, has anyone tried/bought the washer/dryer combo? Any drawbacks?
I am hotly pursuing this option (buying the combo) while wife prefer a separate units.
Where I went on my girls weekend had one, LG, and was great to put the sheets / towles in and have them ready to put away before we left.
The only draw back would be if you wantred to do a couple of loads of washing, it takes a while....but all over it was great in the ' holiday house' situation.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer45
May 12, 2008 1:25 pm
We have one of the large LG ones - from memory 9kg / 4kg combo. I love love love it. The only problem that I think is that obviously if you are washing something then you cannot dry something else at the same time. So I will eventually get a separate drier as well. They are extremely large - but we are building our laundry to accomodate the size anyway so that is not an issue for us.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer47
May 13, 2008 10:46 pm
No noticeable difference in either our water or electricity bills - and I am extremely slack and use the drier all the time!! Only because we have two kiddies under 2.5yo and I prefer to use the drier for their clothes plus all the towels / sheets.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer48
May 14, 2008 7:10 pm
We came across one of those combo washer/dryer jobs in a hotel apartment we were staying in for a few weeks. Honestly I didn't really like it, just took ages if you wanted to do more than one load, and often several dry cycles seem to be required to dry all the washing properly (probably because we didn't realize that dry capacity was less than wash capacity).
It was probably 3yrs ago that I got my first front loader (Electrolux 6.5kg).
It took a little getting used to (smaller capacity & takes longer than our old top loader) but all the other wash cycles and features are great. Being electronic it can be a bit touchy, but it's still going strong either way.
I usually do the quick 54min cycle unless It's raining anyway and I don't have to get the washing out on the line in a hurry, then it's the 2hr cycle.
A few years ago we brought a Westinghouse 5kg dryer. So far no problems and it does a full load from the washing machine easily.
So for me the front loader is great, it may take longer but it uses less washing powder and also less water on the longer cycles (well I think I haven't measured ). I must say one of the best features is the fact that it heats it's own water so only the cold inlet hose is required!
I don't know, I just wouldn't get an all in one, but for the simplicity of having one less item it sure would be tempting. If space is limited just put the dryer on top of the washer, or vice versa.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer49
May 15, 2008 12:29 am
I had been looking at buying a new washing machine as my top loader was leaking water looked at front loaders mainly coz they where water saving heard the pros and cons. I was after a simple machine to operate .. turn a knob push a button and your way but you need a phd to operate some of these machines i saw
Any way i just saved myself a thousand bucks on buying a new machine i got a washing machine repair man in cost me $ 100 to have it repaired, he bagged the front loaders saying top loaders are better as you can use the Grey water on your garden
As for the combo washer and dryer i heard some of those brands use heaps of electricity.. .
i don't use a dryer i have had a retractable clothes line which was my mums, installed under the ALFRESCO, for winter drying and another installed behind the house.. oh and a clothes airer for inside .rather have money in my pocket than give it to ELECTRICITY companies.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer50
May 16, 2008 4:25 pm
At the last place I had a really long hose going out of my frontloader outlet, out the laundry window & onto the grass, the grass patch there always flourished (as did the weeds). I don't see why you can't use waste water out of either type of machine at least on the lawns.
I do buy frontloader specific washing powder, but not always, it depends what's on special. I find that with the normal powder it just means I have to use a bit less. Either way I generally use one standard scoop and it does a good job.
Clath, I do agree that the spin the knob type thing is probably better - less things to go wrong for a start. But the electronics are pretty easy to get the hang of. But then again I am the type of person who likes to read instruction manuals fully before playing with the gadgets! My husband is the opposite, he'll read instructions only as a last resort!
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer51
May 19, 2008 12:39 pm
Finally, after considering the pro&con, we settled for separate appliances
Washing Machine LG WD1238C ($685, included additional 3 yrs warranty)
Dryer Westinghouse LD505EB ($425, included additional 3 yrs warranty)
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer52
May 19, 2008 12:45 pm
Good choice oznow.
we have fisher and paykel for 10 yrs with no issues at all but their ducting kits are hard to get so finally got the westinghouse dryer kit to be installed prior to plastering at the new place.
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer53
May 21, 2008 10:27 pm
Hey brittany (and anyone else interested and still reading this thread) you can open just about all front loaders but you have to stop the wash cycle then wait about a min for the water to settle and the door to unlock. and it wount leak unless the washing machine is not level (as in the back is higher then the front)
Jun 29, 2008 7:39 pm
I know this is an older topic that people having been commenting on but as a new user of this forum. I just wanted to let you know of our experience with the combo machines.My husband and I had a Bendix washer dryer for about 6 years then it needed some work on it and the techo said it needed a new board but couldn't gaurantee that would fix the problem. So instaed of going ahead getting it fixed we opted for getting a new machine and eventually settled on a LG w1430RD WHAT A LEMON !!!! It ended up not spinning out in a wash cycle and couldn't dry in the dry cycle they replaced the board four times. And LG still wouldn't take the machine back. So now it is sitting out in our garage waiting for us to get a rubbish skip to get rid of it. Think very carefully before going with one of these machines.
We are now using mums fisher and paykel top loader until we move into our new place. When we will be opting for seperate front loading washer and dryers. Front loaders are slower but when you have a combo unit it is even slower. Also having a combo unit has proved totally impractial with childrens washing needs. At least when you have two units you can have both machines going in need at the same time. Maybe if the laundry isn't big enough consider putting the dryer in the garage (not the preferred) but maybe an option.
Sorry I have rambled a bit.
Building with Porter Davis since October 2007 - what a nightmare!!!
Re: Combined Washer/Dryer55
Jun 29, 2008 10:42 pm
Maybe if the laundry isn't big enough consider putting the dryer in the garage (not the preferred) but maybe an option
Where space is limited, mounting the dryer on the wall is also a possibility.
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