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How long will it take you to do your laundry?

LED displayThe biggest time saving advantage of buying a washer dryer is the ability to dry your washing when it suits you. This is great for people who might not have a clothes line to leave washing to dry naturally, and for everyone else it means you don’t have to rely on good weather in order to hang out the washing.

The amount of time it takes to finish a complete cycle varies from model to model and these times can vary even more depending on which programme is used. Here are some tips to help time your load more effectively:

  • If you’re in a rush or have an emergency where clothes need to be ready as soon as possible, try using the quick wash programme. Designed to clean a small load of lightly soiled washing in a very short space of time, quick wash programmes usually last between 15 to 60 minutes depending on the model.
  • If you want to pre-set your machine to start at a time that suits, simply select  the delay start/delay timer. This function can postpone the beginning of a cycle for up to 24 hours. You could even set your laundry to run overnight and be ready for the morning; or if you are out all day for it to be ready when you get home.
  • Take advantage of the LCD/LED display on the control panel. Designed to let you easily monitor the progress of your cycle through each stage of the washing and drying process, they are handy for letting you know when your laundry cycle is finished.


washer dryer with washing basket on topHow dry your laundry is when it comes out of your washer dryer not only depends on the drying level, but also on how wet the clothing is before the drying phase. To cut down on drying time you will need to think about spin speeds.

Spin speeds determine how fast your clothes are spun around in the machine in the final phase of the washing cycle, the faster the spin speed the more water is extracted from your washing and the shorter the drying cycle needs to be. Most machines have variable spin speeds and these can help determine how wet your laundry comes out at the end of the wash cycle.

You might think this means you should always choose the highest spin speed so your clothes dry faster, but remember some spin speeds aren’t suitable for certain fabrics. Delicate fabrics such as wool could be damaged by highest spin speeds, so always be careful when choosing your spin speed. Every washer dryer on our site comes with a maximum spin speed rating listed in the product specification.

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