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When choosing a new washer dryer there are so many programmes and functions available that knowing which one is right for you can be a bit confusing. To help you find the right washer dryer this buying guide breaks down all the information you need into easy to understand sections.
Washer dryers are designed to take the strain out of doing the laundry, by combining cleaning and drying in one machine. They come with drum capacities ranging from 5kg-8kg and spin speeds between 1000rpm-1600rpm. They are particularly useful for smaller households that don't have enough space, or do enough laundry, to justify a separate washing machine and tumble dryer.
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Buying a large appliance such as a washer dryer, can be a big investment, so you don't want it to cost lots of money to run as well. All models are now rated by the EU to let people know how much energy is needed to run them. The energy ratings go from A to G with A being the best. A washer dryer with a high energy rating will save you water, electricity and money on your energy bills.
For the most energy efficient washer dryers, look out for the Energy Saving Recommended logo. This logo will only be on washer dryers which comply with the Energy Saving Trust's most stringent criteria.
Spin speeds determine how fast your clothes are spun around in the machine at the end of the washing cycle, the faster your spin speed the more water is extracted from your washing and the shorter the drying cycle needs to be.
The speed at which your laundry is dried depends on the drying level and also how wet they are before the drying phase. To cut down on drying time you will need to think about spin speeds.
Of course the biggest time saving advantage of buying a washer dryer is the ability to dry your washing when it suits you, so you don't have to rely on good weather in order to hang out the washing.
All washer dryers offer a number of clothes care programmes that allow you to make adjustments to cycles to best suit particular laundry loads. This is important as different clothing needs different types of care when washing, such as:
Every kitchen's style and layout is different. You might wish to show off your modern appliances by picking bold, freestanding models or stick to a streamlined look and buy neat built-in models.
When fitting your new washer dryer please remember it must be fitted in reach of a water supply in order to be connected.
To read about drum sizes in more detail, please see: What capacity washer dryer will suit my household?
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