5 best freestanding washer and dryers 2018

Offering the ease and flexibility of washing and drying laundry in one appliance, the latest models are clever space savers when there’s no room for two

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For many of us, a washer dryer is the perfect solution when space is limited and there’s no room for a separate washing machine and tumble dryer. 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. 

Kitchens and appliance expert Hayley Gilbert checks out the best designs on the market – see more appliance buying guides for more info, too.

THINGS TO CONSIDER when buying a washer dryer

Most 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. Wash programmes are roughly the same as with a standard washer such as quick wash, timer delay, wool, hand wash and so on but they tend not to include the very latest technology and intelligent options such as sensor washing or Wi-Fi operation. 

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.

AEG L8WEC166R FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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1. AEG L8WEC166R FREESTANDING 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 this is one of the more expensive models, it’s packed with features that really make it stand out from the crowd. ÖKOMix technology 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. Users 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.

HOTPOINT RD966JKDUK FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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2. HOTPOINT RD966JKDUK FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

The best washer and dryer for those who require anti-stain technology

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg wash / 6kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: Black
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D58cm
Reasons to buy
+Large load capacity+Good range of programmes+Energy efficient
Reasons to avoid
-Loud spin-No overflow protection-Long wash cycles

The USP with this design is its anti-stain technology, which tackles the most stubborn culprits with ease. It also pre-mixes water and detergent before it enters the drum for deeper cleaning. Users love the choice of 16 programmes including a 30-minute quick wash, wool cycle and sports option as well as the sensor drying, which reduces the need for ironing.

MIELE WTF121WPM FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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3. MIELE WTF121WPM FREESTANDING WASHER DRYER

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 great thing about this model is that it uses a spin and spray technique that delivers an intensive wash in under an hour. There’s no overloading of detergent thanks to the automatic dispensing and it also comes with a special anti-fluff programme, which prevents clothes discolouring due to fluff from other garments. In all there are 21 programmes to choose from, one of the most extensive on the market.

BOSCH SERIE 6 WVG30462 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

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4. BOSCH SERIE 6 WVG30462 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

Packed with user-friendly features, and it's allergy friendly

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg wash / 4kg dry
Energy rating: A
Spin speed: 1500rpm
Finish: Lotus White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Touch control+Special programmes such as Super Quick and Drum Clean+Allergy friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Small drying capacity-Low spin speed

Ultra energy efficient and quiet to run, too, this model comes with an EcoSilence Drive as well as Allergy+ and HygieneCare, a wash programme with a high dry temperature pre-treatment for hygienic fabric care. Users love the fact it takes 65 per cent less time and uses 50 per cent less energy than other washer dryers, as well as the Reload option where you can add in or take out an item of clothing whenever you need to. There’s even a DrumClean function for a spotless interior and a super-quick 15 minute wash cycle.

SIEMENS iQ 500 WD14U520 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

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5. SIEMENS iQ 500 WD14U520 AUTOMATIC WASHER DRYER

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

This i-Sensoric model uses sensor-controlled autoDry technology to complete your washing and drying in under an hour. It comes with textile guard re-proofing for gentle waterproofing of outdoor clothes and is ultra quiet thanks to its iQdrive motor. Siemens are so confident about the durability of its motor that it has a 10-year warranty. As well as standard programmes for cottons, delicates/silk and so on, users love the special cycles for hygiene, a 15-minute quick wash, towels, shirts/blouses and mixed fabrics.

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