Pros and Cons of Automatic Washer-Dryer Combos
There are plenty of things to consider when buying a washing machine. For many Filipinos, the most important thing is the capacity. This is especially true for big families, especially those with children who tend to go through multiple changes of clothes daily. The actual size of the washing machine is also a big factor. High-capacity models are great, but they also take up a lot of space.
Then, you also have to choose between top-loading and front-loading models. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type, but the ultimate tie-breaker would be the price. After all, Filipinos are known to be a budget-conscious bunch and the most affordable option that doesn’t scrimp on quality will likely be the winner.
There’s another huge factor that can affect your choice of washing machine: going for a separate washer and dryer or getting a two-in-one appliance. A washer-dryer combo can either be automatic or manual (which is what a lot of Filipinos may be familiar with), with the dryer being either a spinner or a tumbler.
If you don’t have a washing machine yet or are planning to get a replacement for your old one, check out this list of pros and cons of a washer-dryer combo and see if it’s the best choice for you.
(Do note that this article assumes an automatic model.)
In general, all washing machines are labor-saving appliances. Still, with an automatic washer-dryer, you’ll be saving even more effort. This is because all you have to do is place your clothes inside the tub, put the correct amount of detergent and fabric conditioner, and press the “start” button. Then, you can leave the washing machine to do its job. This is unlike a manual washer-dryer combo, where you still have to unload your clothes from the wash tub and then transfer them into the dryer.
When it comes to drying, getting a model with a spin dryer will leave you with the task of hanging your clothes. Meanwhile, purchasing a washing machine with a tumble dryer means your clothes will be ready to wear immediately afterwards. This is why this type of washing machine is sometimes called a “wash and wear” washing machine. Either way, your job will still be a lot easier with an automatic washer-dryer.
A two-in-one washing machine can save you a lot of space. They’re perfect for small homes and apartments, where extra space can be a luxury. Another benefit of getting a washer-dryer combo is that you only have to plug in one appliance. No need to look for extra wall outlets or use an extension cord to plug separate units.
Con: Smaller Capacity
More often than not, a washer-dryer combo has a smaller capacity than separate units. As such, you may end up having to do multiple loads of laundry if you’re doing a big batch. If you do this, you’re going to take longer to finish each batch because you have to wait for the machine to finish both wash and dry cycles before you can start another one. There are bigger models that can handle bigger loads of laundry, but these are obviously going to be more expensive.
Pro: You Can Still Wash and Dry Separately
There are times when you have to wash and dry separately, such as when you have to soak the clothes for a while. Fortunately, a washer-dryer combo has multiple functions that can accommodate your different laundry needs. Aside from wash only, rinse only, and spin/dry only modes, there are also models that come with programs for washing delicates, heavy items, blankets, and more.
Con: If It Breaks, You Will Lose Two Appliances
Some people prefer buying a washer and dryer separately for insurance. This way, if one appliance gets damaged, they can still use the other one while waiting for repairs. The same can’t be said for a washer-dryer combo. If it gets damaged, more often than not, you won’t be able to use any of its functions until it’s repaired or replaced.
Fortunately, the construction of these appliances has improved over the years. They’re now more durable than ever and, with proper care, can last even longer than most separate washers and dryers.
Pro: They’re Affordable
Some people might think that automatic washer-dryer combos are expensive, particularly if this model isn’t what they’re used to. However, two-in-one washing machines are quite affordable. In fact, they may even be cheaper than when you buy two separate appliances. Their electricity consumption also doesn’t differ by a lot, unless you’re using certain functions such as washing with hot water.
Washing clothes can be quite a chore, both literally and figuratively. Thankfully, technology has made it easier to accomplish this task with a wealth of washing machine options. Keep these pros and cons in mind when you’re buying a washing machine and dryer combo. Hopefully, these can help you make the right choice for your needs and budget.