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Integrated washer dryer buying guide

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Combining the cleaning power of a washing machine with the efficiency of a tumble dryer, an integrated washer dryer is the ultimate space saver. Our handy buying guide will tell you everything you need to know about these fantastic appliances, like different drum sizes, energy ratings and special programmes that make laundry days effortless.

The perfect fit

Integrated washer dryers are hidden away by a fitted cabinet door, so they blend in with your kitchen - giving it a seamless look. The only measurement you’ll need to take is the depth, which ranges from 55cm to 60cm. You’ll also need to leave an extra 3cm behind the washer dryer for pipes. The height and width are usually standard, so they fit perfectly in a kitchen unit. If you want to know more about measuring up for an integrated washer dryer, check out our handy guide.

Capacity

You’ll notice that integrated washer dryers have a dual capacity size – with the ‘dry capacity’ being smaller than the ‘wash capacity’. So for example, with a 6kg/4kg drum size, you can wash 6kg of clothes. Once they’re wet, though, the size of the load is bulkier so you can dry 4kg of clothing efficiently.

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Energy rating

All integrated washer dryers have energy ratings between A and B, with A being the better of the two. This tells you how efficient that model is and how economical it will be, so choose an A rated model if you want a washer dryer that will be kinder to your utility bills.

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Wash programmes

Integrated washer dryers are packed with loads of washing programmes that help to keep your clothes looking brand new. You can take care of your little one’s sensitive skin with special allergy settings, while you can refresh an outfit with a quick wash. There are also programmes that get rid of tough stains, so you can let the kids play on the grass with no worries. There’s a washer dryer for every household, so have a look around and see what models would suit you best.

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Drying programmes

There’s no shortage of great drying programmes on an integrated washer dryer either. If you hate doing the ironing, save yourself some time with programmes that keep your clothes crease free. Some washer dryers have special treatments that use gentle drum movements to take extra care of fabrics like cotton and synthetics. Look out for models with sensor drying, this special tech will automatically stop the programme when your clothes have reached the desired drying level. Not only will this help you save energy and money, but you’ll also protect your fabrics from heat damage.

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