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

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

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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, as the higher it is, the lower your running costs in the long run.

Special wash cycles

Before you buy, consider the features and functions that are important to you, as these can all influence the performance of your appliance. If you are going for a washer-dryer to save time, you might also want to look for steam options and anti-crease settings to reduce and speed up ironing.

Vented or condensing

This is how the washer-dryer gets rid of moisture when it is in drying mode. Vented washer dryers have a hose that needs to reach an external wall, either through a whole or window. If you can't vent your washer dryer to the outside then choose a condensing washer dryer. These condense the water vapour from the drying cycle and emit down the waste tube, as they would dirty washing water.

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: a high quality machine that is reliable and straightforward

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 (especially easy to load/unload)+Flow sensor to optimise water use+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Small (ish) dryer capacity-Some cycles are very long-Slower at drying than some other models

The John Lewis JLWD1614 Freestanding Washer Dryer, has been perfectly designed to be easy to use and straightforward. If you are after a good value washer-dryer that can be replied upon to get the job done with plenty of wash and dry options – minus the gimmicks – this is the one.

Reliability you can count on

John Lewis & Partners is known for delivering affordable quality and this machine does not disappoint. It tackles the wash with ease, including all the usual stains. 

Quiet

It doesn't carry the quiet mark, but users said it was surprisingly quiet, too. If you are after a quiet washing machine (without the dryer option) see the best quiet washing machines.

User-friendly

This washer dryer can hold up to 8kg of washing, which is a decent capacity for an average sized household. Talking of family washes... it also has a handy one-hour wash and dry programme (for when that sports kit needs a quick turnaround). As you'd expect, it has lots of traditional wash cycles, such as wool and eco, but anti-allergy settings, too. This machine also comes with a delay option so you can time your washes to suit.

But the cleverest function – and one that we are happy to say is slowly becoming the norm with newer appliances – is that this washer dryer uses sensors for measuring water flow and drying times. This means the machine does the thinking on how long the cycle should be, saving both energy and time in the process. 

What else? The wider-than-average porthole and door that opens to the full 180 degrees means you can load and unload large loads easily. Winter duvet? No problem!

Dries well

It's not the speediest of dryers, but the results are as good as you might hope. If you live in a flat with nowhere to dry clothes, this is particularly useful.

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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BOSCH WDU28560GB washer dryer

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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+Excellent drying abilities+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Some users struggled to follow the manual

The Bosch WDU28560GB Freestanding Washer Dryer does everything and more that you would expect from a mid-range machine, and it does it well.

Great range of programmes

This machine offers plenty of versatility in the washing cycle department with over 20 different cycles. Most of these are simple and familiar but it also offers customised cycles. However some users found these less than intuitive to set and the manual was hard to follow.

That said, it has a programme for pretty much every washing need and uses sensors to adjust the drying cycle. Like many models on this list it also has delay timers and is noted to be super quiet so a great choice if you don't have a separate utility room.

AutoDry setting

The WDU28560GB can be trusted to thoroughly dry everything, evenly and in good time. It can dry 6kg of laundry at once, so a good proportion of the overall load (at 10kg) can be dried straight away.

Energy efficient 

Bosch has optimised its washing machine motors to get maximum power without wasting energy. As we've already said, that's made it quieter to run; and it's faster, too.

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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