The best washer dryer 2019: flexible machines for easy and efficient laundry

Our pick of the best washer dryers are clever space savers that allow for easy and efficient laundry, offering the flexibility of washing and drying laundry in one appliance

Best washer dryer: AEG lifestyle image of washer dryer
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For many of us, the best washer dryer is the perfect solution when space is limited and there’s no room for a separate washing machine and tumble dryer. Plus, having the two machines combined into one can help make the process of doing laundry easier and more efficient. 

In order to make the buying process easier, we've pulled together a round up of  the best washer dryers, taking note of the capacity, energy rating, spin speed, finish and the dimensions of each machine, too, as these can all influence the performance of your appliance. 

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What is the best washer dryer?

When it comes to choosing the best washer dryer, the AEG L8WEC166R Freestanding Washer Dryer is highly recommended. Though it's one of the more expensive options available, its extensive selection of features make it worth the investment if you're looking for a washer dryer that really stands out from the crowd. ÖKOMix technology is one such example, which pre-mixes detergent and softener so that they are fully dissolved before they enter the drum and you can wash and dry 5kg in just four hours. Read on for more on this and our other top picks.

While you'll find our pick of the best washer dryers below, there are plenty more options available if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, yet. Browse more of our buying guides for information:

How to buy the best washer dryer

With such variety available on the market, it can be difficult to know where to get started when it comes to buying a washer dryer. We'd recommend bearing the following factors in mind.

Maximum capacities

Most washer dryer models will have different maximum capacities for washing and drying laundry, so you may find that you can happily wash 7kg of clothing but then you have to do two separate loads of drying, as it will only dry 4kg at once. 

Energy ratings

Look at the energy rating too, as the higher it is, the lower your running costs in the long run. Most models come in a white finish but you can find black designs that have a bit more oomph style-wise.

Special wash cycles

Before you buy, consider the features and functions that are important to you, as well as taking note of the capacity, energy rating, spin speed, finish and the dimensions, as these can all influence the performance of your appliance. 

Read our guide to how to buy a washing machine and tumble dryer for buying advice. 

The best washer dryers you can buy right now

Best washer dryers: AEG L8WEC166R FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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1. AEG L8WEC166R FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

The best washer dryer: this washer dryer combo is ideal for delicate fabrics

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg wash / 6kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D61cm
Reasons to buy
+Woolmark Blue certification for washing and drying+DualSense technology+ÖKOPower NonStop programme
Reasons to avoid
-Drying can take a while-Some creases if sensor drying not activated-High price tag

Though the AEG L8WEC166R is one of the more expensive models in our round up of the best washer dryers, it’s packed with features that really make it stand out from the crowd. 

Pre-mixes detergents 

ÖKOMix Technology delivers a consistent washing and drying process in one go. Unlike other machines, the L8WEC166R pre-mixes detergents and softener into the optimum blend before they enter the drum.

Quick settings 

The ÖKOPower NonStop programme offers the most efficient cycles in the shortest time possible by washing and drying 5kg in just four hours, saving both time and energy.

DualSense technology

AEG's DualSense technology is able to alter the temperature, drum motion and programme to suit the fabric type perfectly. This reduced heat and controlled movement mean that everything from delicates to outdoor wear can be efficiently washed and carefully dried in one cycle.

Intelligent sensors

Reviewers rave about the ProSense intelligent sensor drying programme, which detects moisture inside the drum and automatically finishes the cycle once your preferred level of dryness is achieved. This preserves your clothing by preventing over-drying and providing better protection, as well as saving even more time and energy.

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John Lewis & Partners JLWD1614 Freestanding Washer Dryer

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2. John Lewis JLWD1614 Freestanding Washer Dryer

Best washer dryer for ease of use: it's reliable and dries just as well as it washes

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg wash / 4kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85 x W60 x D57.2cm
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Amazing washing results
Reasons to avoid
-Small (ish) dryer capacity-Slow drying programs 

The John Lewis JLWD1614 Freestanding Washer Dryer, is easy to use, reliable and dries just as well as it washes, something that can surprisingly rare in the world of washer dryers. 

Easy to use 

This John Lewis model has been design with ease in mind. The large porthole and 180 degree opening make for really, really quick and easy loading and unloading.

Plenty of programmes

You get all the usual programmes with this model, but there are a couple that stand out. The one-hour wash and dry program for a small 1kg load, for example, which is ideal if you need to quickly wash a PE kit or a night-out outfit. 

There's also a drum cleaning option, too, plus an anti-allergy setting, steam refresh, and specific programmes for denim and sportswear. You can set the dryer by time, or simply set the level of dryness you're after and allow the sensors to stop the programme automatically.

Good drying function 

Often, with washer dryers, you find the drying part a bit patchy, but you don't need to worry about that with this model. You'll find the whole load dried and ready to go straight in the cupboard. 

Best washer dryers: MIELE WTF121WPM FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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3. MIELE WTF121WPM FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

Best washer dryer for quick wash: for excellent washing and drying performance, this washer dryer is the one

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg wash / 5kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: Lotus White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D63.7cm
Reasons to buy
+Automatic detergent dispensing+Honeycomb drum+Quick wash
Reasons to avoid
-Mega expensive-Smallish capacity-Too many programmes may be confusing

The Miele WTF121WPM freestanding washing machine has a number of innovative features designed to ensure that its washing and drying capabilities will leave your clothes looking and feeling great. Just keep reading to find out why it's made it into out round up of the best washer dryers...

Effective washing

With Miele's powerful and efficient washing technology, the machine uses a spin and spray technique to give an intensive wash to deliver an A-rated cleaning performance in less than an hour. And if you're really pushed for time, you can run a quick wash in just 20 minutes.

Automatic detergent dispensing

This machine offers you the option of using its automatic liquid detergent dispensing system, which releases just the right amount of liquid during the washing cycle to achieve the best possible results for your clothes. All you have to do is input the textile type and level of soiling and the machine does the rest, taking into account load size.

Load indicator

To stop you from overloading your machine, the intelligent load indicator measures the amount of laundry you have loaded and the control panel displays how much more laundry you can add. Plus it then shows you how much detergent you should add. 

Gentle on clothes

A specially designed, honeycomb drum has properties that help to cushion your clothes as they tumble around the revolving drum. There's also a special programme to stop fluff spread all over your clothes.

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4. Bosch WDU28560GB Freestanding Washer Dryer

Best washer dryer for families: a generous washer dryer that excels at cleaning

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg wash / 6kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H84.8cm x W59.8cm x D62cm
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity+Impressive drying
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

It might be a tad on the pricey side but the Bosch WDU28560GB Freestanding Washer Dryer washes and dries like a pro...

Large capacity 

The Bosch WDU28560GB is a freestanding washer dryer that can hold 10kg of washing and 6kg if you're drying, which is pretty generous for a washer dryer. In other words, it's ideal for households that have a lot of laundry.

Plenty of programmes

This Bosch model has an impressive 22 pre-set wash and dry programmes. Everything you would expect including delicate wash, hand wash and quick wash cycles.

AutoDry setting

The WDU28560GB is able to gently dry 6kg of freshly washed clothes to the exact level of dryness you'd like, making sure your laundry is neither under- or over-dried.

Energy efficient 

Bosch's revolutionary motor has been developed to achieve maximum power with minimum energy loss. It's now quieter, faster, more energy efficient, durable and powerful.

Best washer dryers: SIEMENS iQ 500 WD14U520 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

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5. SIEMENS iQ 500 WD14U520 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

Best quiet washer dryer: plus it washes and dries in just 60 minutes, but for a large price tag

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg wash / 6kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H84.8cm x W59.8cm x D62cm
Reasons to buy
+Wool hand wash+15-minute wash cycle+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Quite basic looking-Pricey

The Siemens iQ 500 WD14U520 is efficient, durable and quiet, plus it dries and washes in under and hour, making it the best washer dryer for those of you who are constantly in a rush...

AutoDry settings

Sensors monitor the moisture in your laundry to give you exact drying results. This protects your laundry against potentially damaging over-drying, and ensures that no energy is wasted. Plus, it means your washing and drying can be done under an hour.

Special cycles 

As well as standard programmes for cottons, delicates/silk and so on, reviewers love the special cycles for hygiene, a 15-minute quick wash, towels, shirts/blouses and mixed fabrics.

10-year warranty 

Siemens are so confident about the durability of its motor that it has a 10-year warranty. We like.

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