All-in-one washer/dryer

LG may have created the ultimate space saving laundry solution in the All-In-One Washer and Dryer. From LG’s site:

Perfect for people who want to do laundry at home but don’t have an external venting source which conventional dryers require. This unit runs on standard voltage electricity and is great for placement in closets; it’s also a good solution for apartments, businesses and vacation homes where there may be space constraints.

Since it doesn’t need to be vented and it washes and dries your clothes, it appears to be a great small-space appliance. I did a quick search of Amazon and there are a few similar options from other companies. Has anyone had the chance to do a load of laundry in one of these units? I’m interested in finding out how well it works. The load capacities seem ridiculously small, and I’m curious about its drying capabilities.

(via CNET’s Appliances & Kitchen Gadgets Blog)

72 Comments for “All-in-one washer/dryer”

  1. posted by Aliesha on

    I had one of these 3 years ago, not the LG. The load capacity IS ridiculously small, and if you try to “overload” (normal-size) you will not get all the soap out of your clothes. I found that when loaded to specification it was very efficient at wringing water out, so the dryer worked pretty well. However, for stuff like blankets, you’re forced to head to the laundromat. A set of queen-size sheets taxed the load capacity of mine. And it took forever. A single load of laundry took 1.5 hours start-to-finish. I have since traded mine in for a full-size energy-efficient washer & dryer, set the load size for the minimum necessary, and have been much happier.

  2. posted by Sarah on

    I have this machine, but the Asko brand. It has the perfect footprint for my under 500 sq. foot house, and does not overwhelm the space it dwells. It’s drum is pretty small, so being organized about laundry is key. Also, due to the wet heat that is generated, clothing can become VERY wrinkled. Generally though, this machine is great for small spaces. It is pricey but I have had zero increase in electricty bills.

  3. posted by Kyle Meyer on

    I had one of these type of washer/dryer combos in an apartment building about a year and a half ago. My experience was pretty close to that of Aliesha, not so great. While it does save on the space of one of the two units, the inconveniences are so great that I prefer having both a washer and a dryer unit.

    Also, since it does ventilate, it gives off an immense amount of heat. It was placed in the bathroom of my apartment and, with door close to reduce noise, created a sauna.

  4. posted by Brian on

    We have one of these units in condo we rent. It’s a newer version from LG and I must say I’m very impressed.

    Cycle times are on the long side, at least 1/5 hours and sometimes longer. If I have a week’s worth of laundry to do I will usually split up a typical load into two so as to not tax the unit. Super convenient, but you have to be diligent. Clothes need to be taken out right away so they don’t become damp. Also, some clothes will come out wrinkled but our version has a Steam Fresh cycle where we can throw in one or a few things and it will run a steam cycle for 20 minutes – take item out, shake and let sit for a few minutes and you are ready to go.

  5. posted by Lori on

    If this is anything like the one I used while in London, meh. It could handle only teeny-tiny loads (as in one pair of jeans, a couple of shirts, and a few days’ worth of socks and underwear) and, as others have said, seemed to take forever. Turned what should be a no-brainer chore into an all-day frustration.

  6. posted by Todd on

    Confirming all the above… We have the LG unit… Long cycle times (1.5-3 hrs). Hours to dry anything and it better not be over loaded. Lots of wrinkled clothes. Also annoying is that due to the high heat, the unit locks the door and after the cycle is done, you have wait another 15 or more minutes until is decides it’s cool enough to open the door. After that additional wait, you’ll find you’ll need to add another 45 minutes of drying since things weren’t dry yet (followed by another locked period). Big fan of downy wrinkle releaser to get out the wrinkles…

  7. posted by Megan Dietz on

    I used one of these when I lived in England. It worked fine for me — I lived alone and did a load or two a week.

    However, I hated how the dryer made my clothes come out as one cylindrical object, stiff and wrinkled beyond belief. So I didn’t use the dryer cycle except for kitchen and bed linens — I just got a drying rack instead.

  8. posted by Ayse on

    My European friends have been warning me against these for years. Not just because of the already-mentioned problems, but because they are a maintenance nightmare: even in Europe, where these are more common, getting a unit repaired is practically impossible. And apparently the dryer part dies remarkably quickly. I’ve stayed in seven households with a combo washer/dryer, and in each case the dryer had broken (in the first five years of ownership, in most cases) and a repair was either not possible or cost as much as a new unit, so the owners were hang-drying their clothes. At that point, you might as well just get a full-featured washer (for less money).

  9. posted by Tisra on

    My grandmother, who lives in England, has had one of these for nearly 30 years. It is very small and most of the time she hangs out her wash on the line. On the days she does use it to dry, she often begins the drying and finishes it on the radiators inside the house. Not super efficient.

    The LG model may be better/newer/bigger. I do believe that all-in-one machines must give up quality of some sort (think: printer/fax/scanners).

  10. posted by deb on

    The one I used in a London flat took FOREVER to finish a load. And yes, the load must be small. I like my stacking front loaders better.

  11. posted by Joe on

    I bought one of these for my prior condo. Not sure the exact model and such. I certainly agree with the long load times, and it was a noisy unit. But it was very convenient.

    One huge plus is that the unit automatically switches over from washing to drying so you don’t have to move the clothes. The meant that I could toss a load in in the morning, and set the timer so that it would be done at about the time I arrived home from work.

    Things that you don’t mind being wrinkled you let it do a complete dry. Things that you don’t want wrinkled you do a partial dry in the unit, then let them finish up by hang drying on the shower curtain rod.

    All in all if you have the option to properly vent a dryer I would recommend the standard two units, instead of the combined unit.

  12. posted by infmom on

    If it runs on “standard electricity” then it’s by definition underpowered. Any electric dryer worth its lint runs on 220.

    We are looking for one of those stacked-up washer/dryer combinations to replace our 20+ year old Kenmores, so we can have room to install a dishwasher in the laundry room (absolutely no place for one in the kitchen). Without exception the salespeople have told us that nobody in their right mind would buy any washer/dryer combination in any configuration if it only runs on standard power.

  13. posted by maxie on

    I’d assumed they’d improved these since the mid-60s, but reading these comments, maybe not. I had one in 1966 or so. It was “regular” washer/dryer size and what I remember the most is it took forever to dry so I usually hung my clothes on the line. I hated it.

  14. posted by Jaclyn on

    Agree with Lori. I am currently living in London and laundry takes several days instead of hours. And when the spin cycle hits, it sounds like it is about to lift off and the whole cabinet shakes!

  15. posted by Anthony on

    Sorry, but this type of unit sucks. I used one for three years in an old apartment. Small loads, took forever, clothes never really dried completely, and clothes came out wrinkled. We wound up having to hang the clothes on hangers in the bathroom to let them air dry. The washer part of the cycle is okay, but the dryer cycle is a pain in the butt. It is not good for any more than two people in a household. It is better than going to the laundromat though. :-)

  16. posted by Ben Goodger on

    My stepfather has a ten-year-old one of these in his house; before that, my uncle had one at some point around 1995. They both work perfectly well.

  17. posted by Michele on

    We had one of these when my husband and I were still together. The drying cycle takes for-freakin’-ever, and you’re advised to take yer clothes out and line dry them for the very last part of it — the dryer never completely dries the clothes, which I understood was by design.

    My daughter was in cloth diapers, and the machine got her diapers absolutely clean, at about three loads per week. We would hang her diapers outside during the summer, and partially machine-dry then hang them inside during the winter.

  18. posted by Sarah on

    I would like to note my machine is an Asko, not an LG. I have had several Asko products and I highly recommend them for appliances, as they are super efficent. http://www.askousa.com/laundry.....d=WCAM1812

  19. posted by timgray on

    A far cheaper solution is a stacking washer/dryer. Exact same floor space used and the minimal cabinet space gained by any cabinets taking up the space where the upper unit would go is moot at best (only really sued for hiding clutter) I bought a stacking set for my wife and added a under drawer for all the washing/drying supplies and my wife loves it. Getting the washer an extra 18 inches off the ground helps her back and mine.

    This single unit is great for a D.I.N.K. family that barely has any laundry (when I was a corperate exec I had everything dry-cleaned so it was an even lower laundry load), but as you add kids, you have to have the washer and dryer going at the same time as you always have 2-5 loads to clean every week….

  20. posted by Beverly Williams on

    I was VERY pleased to read the comments. I’d been thinking about getting one and now I probably won’t. If I can’t wash my king sheets in one load, it’d drive me crazy!

  21. posted by Brian on

    I should add a few things –

    – Stackables are not always an option depending on the venting situation. I know our unit owner bought one, tried to install it but the right connections were not available

    – When shopping for a place to live we came across plenty of units with these types of machines. Some of them have a very small drum/capacity. However, ours is quite large and we have no problem doing fairly large sized loads. Not as big as a conventional washer but big enough.

    – Our LG unit gets clothes amazingly clean. Our dog had an accident on our bathroom rug and it came out spotless. Socks stay white for a very long time as well, and stains are not much of a match for whatever happens inside this magic machine.

  22. posted by kat on

    You know, I was very sad when we moved from our last apartment (which had a couple of washers and dryers in the basement) to one that doesn’t have laundry in the building. “What a pain!” I whined, “Now I have to go to the LAUNDROMAT.”

    BUT. After being in the new place for a couple of months, I’ve realized that the laundromat is so much faster and even cheaper than having the washer and dryer on-site. With more than one machine, you can wash everything at the same time. (The old place had 2 washers and 2 dryers, one of which was usually broken.) And then they have these HUGE dryers that you can throw 2-3 loads in and they dry very quickly. It’s kind of amazing. I’m using fewer quarters to dry and spending a lot less time on laundry overall.

    So, my conclusion is that I don’t think it’s worth it. Easier to spend a couple of hours at the laundromat and get everything washed than to spend the whole day doing smaller loads. YMMV of course… and we’ll see what I say when I’m hauling this stuff a couple of blocks in the dead of winter. :)

  23. posted by empty on

    We had a similar unit in our Paris apartment; it was disappointing. When we finally hacked our way through the difficult-to-read manual we realized that it recommended removing half the (already tiny) washer load to dry effectively, and if you didn’t do this, the laundry would be wrinkled and damp, even after hours of drying. This made the promise of a combined wash-dry cycle moot. The wash cycle alone took nearly two hours.

    Given that we lived in a 5th floor walk-up, it was better than the alternative, but keeping up with the laundry was a full-time job. If we’d had the space for a stacking unit (the hot water tank was hung above the unit, so we did not) we would have gotten that instead.

  24. posted by Kate on

    I second everyone else’s comments. I lived in Aus and had one of these in our apartment. Same as everyone else, it took forever, and broke several times.

    Go to a launder-mat or get a good washer (with a larger drum) and plan to line dry your clothes.

    Thanks to the previous poster who mentioned the ASKO brand appliances. I like what I see. :)

  25. posted by Aditya on

    Hello everyone I am from India

    I am really surprised to find this Washer/Dryer concept new to many people

    My family has been using such unit for almost 10 years
    In fact couple of years ago we brought another one

    To be honest they are quite handy and you simply don’t have to do much of work
    But truth is no matter what cloths will never be dry as in actual dry in such machine

  26. posted by Sarah on

    Used one as a student in England. We were warned it would “boil-and-burn” our clothes, but I didn’t have a problem with that.
    There were 13 students sharing one washer/dryer unit. We didn’t have any problems gettting all our clothes washed.

  27. posted by Angela on

    An apartment complex near us used to have these in all the units but they caused the clothes to get pilly, constantly flooded out, and load size was crazy small. And yes, some took up to three hours to finish each load. I’m sure this kinda machine would be ok for one maybe two people but conventionally its not a great set up.

  28. posted by claudia on

    we bought a Hirundo Indesit one of these from Compact Appliances. 3 months after we bought it, it broke. It would not stop filling and would overflow.
    after 3 months of making calls (because I bought a warranty) and being redirected, I was told that the manufacturing company for Hirundo closed.
    The whole experience sucked. I dont understand how a brand new machine could break after 3 months of use. The only thing I can think of is the way the machine shakes when it dries the clothes. it could have shaken the parts loose.

  29. posted by Matt on

    Negative comments seconded. I had a washer-dryer in a small flat in London. One mjor thing is that instead of venting to air, it uses a condenser to cool the air and get the moisture out. The extracted moisture then runs to the drain. But the condenser uses constant cold running water to cool the air, which uses a colossal amount of water. Not very efficient.

    Now I live in a condo in the US with a shared laundry, and I much prefer saving up my quarters and using the big heavy-duty washers and dryers.

  30. posted by Celeste on

    My coworker had one and echoed all of the negatives, however she managed with it just being a single-person household. I do too much laundry to have the time to devote to small, long loads or to have to bother with hanging to dry ANYTHING on a good day. On a bad day (ie vomiting child), it would be a nightmare.

  31. posted by Sandra on

    In my opinion, the drying setting on many of these machines is so bad that you might as well just hang your clothes to dry from the start, since you’ll have to do it anyway. No experience with this specific machine, though.

  32. posted by Jen on

    I’ve used something comparable for ~10 years now. However, on the grounds of conserving energy, I don’t use the dryer except in emergency (once so far this year). My washer is A rated (possibly AA, I can’t remember). I live in an apt under 500 sq feet, and have a stand for my clothes to dry them. It’s just a matter of a bit of organisation.

    Apartment complexes here don’t have shared laundry facilities that you have and laundromats tend to be in student areas, not that common and rarely with parking near by.

    Relative to US size appliances it’s tiny – but in my small apt, and living on my own, it’s perfect.

  33. posted by Jeanne B. on

    I’m wondering if this would work in the living quarters of a horse trailer? For long-term stays at RV parks, it sure would be a money saver.

  34. posted by shioru on

    Have the LG version – it’s great! It’s not and will never be better than a regular washer dryer pair, but for those with no space for both, it does as good a job as you would expect. Takes over 3 hours for a full wash and dry, but I can get a Queen set of sheets and some towels done in just one (three-hour) load.

    No maintenance issues yet.I have had the LG for over a year now and it gets used about 4, 5 times a week. Even though the cycle takes forever, you can programme it to go off in the middle of the night so it completes when you wake up. Powering the unit off and on resets the child lock mechanism so you can get at your clothes while they’re still steaming hot – voila, minimal wrinkles.

  35. posted by Gordon on

    I had a version of this (Thor) at an apartment.
    I cannot recommend a combo washer/dryer at all.

    The concept is that you could throw laundry in and come back and it’s all done.

    The practice is that you need to fluff the clothes between washing/drying to get them both dry and not-wrinkly.

    Combine this with it being too small to do all of your linens in one load and it’s just ridiculous.

    It’s good for socks, underwear and dish towels but not much else.

  36. posted by Marisa on

    I have the largest LG washer/dryer combo available and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It handles nearly the same capacity as my old washer and dryer pair and takes up so much less space in my kitchen. It does a serviceable job of drying and I find that as long as you fold your clothes directly out of the machine, things aren’t particularly wrinkled. It does take 4-5 hours to do a load of laundry, but I find that as long as I do a load every other day or so while I’m at work, I’m never overrun with laundry and I don’t mind the length of time.

    Overall, I have no regrets and would encourage anyone to get one of these machines (keeping in mind that I only have experience with the largest capacity unit).

  37. posted by Amy on

    We’ve got a similar unit at where I live. It’s OK, but you can’t dry a lot of laundry at the same time – and it takes hours. So I’m now only drying sheets and towels on a looong looong drying programme, and I hang the rest of my clothes to dry in the air.

    It’s a space saver, but in my own place I’d like a regular washing + drying machine though — the all-in-one does not beat the usual thing…

  38. posted by Jacque on

    I really appreciate the LG unit that I have. Wrinkliness varies with the amount of clothes you try to cram into it, and can be solved by doing smaller loads more often. I previously had a model made by Ariston, and that was not a well-made unit and I had problems. Both of these machines cooled the drying air using water, not venting into the apartment (ref. Kyle’s comment). My LG does not require me to wait 15 minutes to open the door (ref. Todd – maybe his machine needs servicing).

    So I think it’s more about the actual manufacturer, not the concept.

  39. posted by Ellis on

    If you are really short for space washer/dryers are great. To save even more space I would recommend going to the launderette…

    The other downside with washer/dryers is they can be very heavy on the electricity side so pricey to run (though my experience has been many if not most Americans worry about power consumption- apologies for generalising).

    With that said… if I had to go back to using one I would with no qualms

  40. posted by Sandy on

    We have one of the LG units although not the one pictured. It fits right under our kitchen counter, which is great. At first I thought it was annoying that it took up to 3-4 hours to do one load of laundry, but I got over that pretty quickly. What we tend to do is put in a load as we go to sleep and have it ready in the morning. My husband has figured out how to keep it drained so the dry cycle works really well–almost too well, in fact! I often have to set the dry cycle for shorter times or take my clothes out early. Highly recommend for those with limited space. And familiarize yourself with the maintenance!

  41. posted by Kate on

    Seems like it is one of those ideas that sounds good but in practise doesn’t quite work out.

    Although, I must admit, I don’t understand dryers anyway. Given the current energy crisis, why would anyone pay money to do what nature does for free?
    I have always though of dryers as an American thing, I guess.

  42. posted by Vee on

    I hate these. It’s such a pain to do your wash, then dry it, then wait to do another load, you can’t wash until something’s dry and you can dry until something’s washed, and it takes forever on it’s energy saving capacity. believe me, so not worth the hassle. who wants to spend 3 hours doing one load of undies when you can get 4 loads done with a separate washer and dryer? not anyone i know.

  43. posted by Vee on

    @kate- most of us would like to line-dry. it’s just that most of us don’t have the space, and also, my neighborhood isn’t quite trustworthy enough to hang my clothes out in. i’ve had things stolen out my backyard, they’re not getting my clothes too. i’m not made of money.

    but i would love to line-dry, i just don’t have the space in my apartment to hang-dry inside.

  44. posted by Vee on

    @tisra, me too! my mom’s family lives there. and gramma hated hers, too.

  45. posted by Fence on

    This has been a long time coming. I have got to get me one.

  46. posted by Andrew on

    We’ve got an LG and find it generally excellent. The wash cycle is longer than a top-loader, but, as already pointed out, the timer feature is convenient: you can run it while you’re out/asleep, which makes the time much less of an issue. Also, it’s the quietest washing machine we’ve ever owned, by a large margin.

    Not sure what the standards are in terms of sizes – ours is 8kg wash/4kg dry, which is fine for our family. The dryer works well (though again, cycle times are long), and it’s very convenient to not have hot, moist air to exhaust from the room. In general, though, we only use the dryer for nappies, sheets and towels when we can’t air dry.

    Overall, very happy with our purchase (had it for about 18 months now), and would buy a combined washer/dryer again in an instant, given the space savings and its functionality.

  47. posted by Chris on

    I have to echo the comments about LG washers/dryers being a maintenance nightmare. Parts are apparently IMPOSSIBLE to get. Every single repairman out there I talked to said steer clear of LG due to the parts factor.

  48. posted by Thom on

    Nice concept but, there’s the matter of the water rating, which I don’t think anyone’s mentioned, although there have been comments about the energy ratings.

    Basically – and this is the really alarming part – these machines use more water to dry your laundry than they do to wash it. That’s right, more water. Crazy.

    I think this is a situation where specialised tools are the way to go: washer to wash, dryer to dry (unless you’re lucky enough to live in a country where having a Hills Hoist clothes line in the backyard is de rigeur!).

  49. posted by Tom on

    Beware – these use LOTS of water… to dry the clothes! The dryer cycle takes in cold water which is used to cool the condenser during the drying cycle. The only one I’ve heard of which works reasonably well is the Miele, but it’s not cheap. If you can fit it in, get a stacked frontload washer and dryer set instead – you can dry one load while washing another, using machines that are designed to do their individual jobs well.

  50. posted by Sarah on

    I have the Ariston AWD12 which is a combination washer-drier. (I live in England, and they’re pretty common here.) It’s good, but I only use the drier in ‘emergencies’ if the weather is bad and stuff just isn’t getting dry on a clothes airer inside.

    I struggle to believe that people don’t have the space to dry clothes naturally – if not outside, then on a ‘Sheila Maid’ over the bath, perhaps? It’s not only eco-friendly but saves LOTS of cash. Driers cost a fortune to run.

    PS On a related topic, I can recommend using soapnuts instead of detergent. Much cheaper and greener.

  51. posted by Tuppenz on

    I haven’t seen one of these since the 60’s. I rented a brand new apartment which included this lovely washer/dryer just outside the bathroom. It was so convenient – but did seem to take a long time to complete its work. I recall being very satisfied with its performance otherwise. But that was 1963.

  52. posted by Kate on

    I have a 2 in 1 washer dryer and it’s true, you can only tumble dry a half load which means that if you want to start a wash and dry run and walk away it has to be a half load from the start. For 2 of us it is perfect since we don’t usually tumble dry except in winter when the humidity indoors can become a problem.
    In response to Sarah, true- it’s not the most eco friendly to be tumble drying at all but it’s better than smelly, 3 day old damp clothes that haven’t dried yet. In winter or during bad weather when we have the house shut up I tend to air dry 80 or 90% then tumble the last bit dry to finish it off. As long as you remove the clothes from the dryer quite quickly this way also has the benefit of (in effect) ironing the creases out.

  53. posted by Josh Kaufman on

    Believe it or not, my grandfather (Nathan Kaufman) was one of the original patent-holders on combination washer/dryers. He tried to commercialize it via the Borg-Warner Corporation in the mid-1950s, but it was extremely heavy (made from solid stainless steel), and they weren’t able to engineer a gasket that could withstand the temperature extremes of the wash/dry cycle without leaking.

    Even now, the most likely point of failure for these machines is still the gasket; according to my cousin who works at Whirlpool, all front loading washers are prone to eventual leakage for the same reasons. Good to know!

  54. posted by Janet on

    My husband and I bought one of these a few years ago, made by Malber. Despite being just the two of us, we had too much laundry for it to work for us. After a couple of years we sold it on Craigs List, and have been going to the laundromat since. I do miss being able to throw on a load of wash at home, but it took forever, and if you tried to wash more than a few things at a time, everything was damp and wrinked after what seemed like hours of drying. Plus, the sink hookup tended to leak…

  55. posted by Jody on

    Bought the very expensive Italian one seven or eight years ago. Very long cycle. Extremely small load. Damp, wrinkled, or fried clothing after interminable wait. Sold it when I moved. Haven’t missed it.

  56. posted by Carrie on

    Washer-Dryer Combos are common in the UK and horrible – my friend said they can permanently wrinkle wrinkle-free clothing. I insisted on a washer AND a dryer for my UK home. The dryer uses a condenser (not vented) and not as hot as a US dryer. I can’t dry-clean my clothes using dryel-like products (not hot enough) but I can dry some sweaters and silks without overcooking.

  57. posted by Nicole on

    I absolutely LOVE mine. LOVE IT! We moved into an apartment in May, and a brand new LG was installed right before we did. The main thing to keep in mind is that it is not full capacity and you can’t expect it to be exactly like a full sized washer and a full sized dryer. In our previous apartment, we had to waste an entire evening doing all our laundry at once in a communal laundry room with commercial machines. They were hard on our clothes and annoying. What I love about my LG combo is that I can throw in a load, set it to wash and dry, and then come back to deal with it in a couple hours. It doesn’t bother me that it takes longer to complete a load. I find that if I load the machine properly, clothes are adequately washed and dried. I also love that I don’t have to wash anything by hand anymore! The machine is very gentle! We haven’t really had that many problems with the wrinkling. For us, it’s worth it because a stacked unit would take away valuable storage space and using a laundry mat would just be a big pain.

  58. posted by tay on

    I am reading all of this and thinking…my uncombined front loader takes about 1-1.5 hours anyway and then I have to factor in my drying time. I still am not to sold on these though. To many negative comments to offset the few positive

  59. posted by Ms. Brenda on

    I love this concept. To be able to put a load of clothes in the machine in the morning, come home and take them out and fold them. If need be, put in another load at bedtime and take it out in the morning. This is how I do laundry anyway. (If I can remember to move the load from one machine to the other!) When I had four kids at home, I could have had two machines, which wouldn’t take up more space than my conventional washer and dryer. Seems like this is an engineering problem (My dishwasher washes and dries)as well as a marketing problem. If men did more laundry maybe there would be a significant improvement in the technology that would enable an efficient washer/dryer to be marketed.

  60. posted by Judith on

    I have never owned a combo like that, but live in an apartment building with shared washer / dryers, like an in-house laundromat (meaning, I still need Euro-coins for washing). I have never used the dryers there though, but instead hang everything (that’s usually two fairly huge loads at a time, because, um, it tends to pile up a little…) in my apartment. The machines have a very good spin-cycle, so the clothes and sheets aren’t too wet when they come out.

    I use a clothes drying rack with fold-out sides that just about fits in my tub, one of those little octopous-things from IKEA for socks on the shower-curtain rod where a sheet can hang also and put another sheet over a door if necessary. Blouses and similar stuff go on hangers that I hang on my furniture so there’s enough airflow around them.

    (Recently, I’ve seen a different kind of dryeing racks advertised that stand about 1,5 meters (~ 5 feet or so) high and has three levels. A lot smaller footprint than my drying rack now, should make linedrying in a room much easier. Maybe I’ll get one.)

    While not pretty, it doesn’t bother me because I do my laundry in the evening and almost all of it is dry the next morning.

    It makes the laundry half as expensive as it would be with dryer-use, and it is a lot easier on the clothes! What you have to pick out of the driers as lint is essentially bits of your clothing, and they keep looking good a lot longer if air-dried. So there’s both the money- and the environment issue to consider, as every bit of clothing that has to be replaced sooner means an extra bit of trash that needs to be reycled or ends up in a landfill.

    I know that line-drying in an apartment probably wouldn’t work for a family in tight quarters, but in my single household in just a one-room apartment it’s totally fine.

    I think that instead of a combo, choosing a washing machine with the option for a strong spin-cycle (so you can disable it for delicate stuff) is a really good investment, because then air-drying only takes half as long. Seriously.

  61. posted by Viv Evans on

    We had one in a flat we rented in London and bwah it was so frustrating. I’d like to see the energy use required to run one versus a conventional stacked washer/dryer. We’d set it to start at 3 a.m. and sometimes our light tshirts weren’t dry at 7 when we got up.

    I agree with the comment on buying a good spin cycle and airdrying. I think it’s a better option.

    Viv

  62. posted by Lisa on

    I’m an American in England, and I’ve owned the combo machine for nearly 10 years now (a different brand though) and I *never* use the dryer. There’s no point because it essentially steams everything. Everything has to be hung up to dry – which slowly dries you crazy in the winter months.

    We’re moving back to the US later this year and I have to say, I’m really looking forward to owning a ‘tumble dryer’ again!

  63. posted by Bob on

    Boy, certainly a lot of speculation (“I’ve heard parts a nightmare or impossible to find”) and negativity about all in ones. I have heard many good things about the LG model. With a little more research I may go for it!

  64. posted by Jamie on

    Can’t speak to the long-term maintenance, as my Splendide 2100xc is new to me. But I love it! We live on a boat and there simply isn’t room for many alternatives. The bonus to this model is that it is vented to the exterior so the moisture escapes somewhere other than inside the boat. I would say it actually dries too well and I’ve had to trim the number of minutes on the dryer cycle so it doesn’t bake the clothes. I like the fact that I don’t have to move the laundry from washer to dryer. And it’s incredibly quiet.

  65. posted by Tim Stanley on

    I just moved into a converted condo. The old units had no washer/dryer because there was no venting. This machine makes it possible to have an ensuite washer/dryer. Its a brand new LG. Small loads, but if you live on your own its perfect. 4hrs for a normal load, to be washed and dried. Clothes come out completely dry…. but WRINKLED! Im gonna try the downy wrinkle releaser that someone mentioned aside from that, looks like ill be hang drying along

  66. posted by Anton on

    I agree with Bob.

    Sorry, not so interested in idle speculation, or I had one of these 20 (or 15 or 10) years ago type comments (none of which are this machine or even the brand in question). Geez, it’s like asking for a review on a Honda Civic and you get people saying, ‘Oh I used to drive a Fiat in europe, and compacts stink’ or ‘well I owned a Corolla and it was okay’ or ‘well I like to ride my bike’

    Seems to me that of the people who actually own one and responded, it’s a pretty good machine.

    So after sifting through all the tripe, I’ll buy one of the 4.2 cu ft units.

  67. posted by GCB on

    I have this unit and it’s great, when it works. Just drop the clothes in in the morning, set the delay, and grab them that evening. It’s a different type of lifestyle, where you are continually doing laundry, but since you are not home it’s ok.

    Unfortunately, this model does seem to have a maintenance problem. Combo units? +++! The LG Steam Combo Unit? ….

  68. posted by Renee on

    My in-laws have one of these in there motor home which they lend us sometimes. It is wonderful. Yes it is very small. I did loads every day so I never had piles of dirty laundry. I don’t think I would want one for at home though.

  69. posted by Washer Woman on

    My quesion is:
    Re: the LG washe dryer models (I have a WD 14331(6) AD)
    How do you use the dryer function alone?? This is driving me crazy. If I put somethign through and it isn’t quite dry how do I then put it through another dry cycle without having to wash the load all over again??
    Help!

  70. posted by WilliamB on

    Great concept, lousy execution.

    There are inherent problems with the concept, the main one being that you do a new wash till the previous load is dry. Another is that if it breaks, you’re out both a washer and dryer. I don’t see any way around this and if you like in a really small place, it’d be worth it.

    But there are unnecessary problems in execution. The one that made the machine unworkable for me is that the dry cycle took well over 90 min. The next biggest problem is lack of control over the cycles and times. I couldn’t just fluff, or spin something, or, or, or.

    For these reasons, it doesn’t work for me.

  71. posted by Ed on

    I owned a Quietline and would buy another single washer/dryer unit. It lasted close to 7 years. It had some problems with the dryer element and a few other fixable issues. The saving grace was the fellow that supported the service of the machine via phone. He is articulate and understands the machine.

    I am now considering the LG unit because Quiteline is now made by Thor. They don’t have the computerized version like LG yet. I like the LG reviews so far.

    SIDE NOTE: For folks that love towels that come out warm and fluffy, the single “combo” unit is not your machine. If on the other hand you’d like to help conserve energy and $, consider the alternative – a single unit that requires you to understand it’s limitations. It’s like comparing an all wheel drive vehicle to a rear wheel drive sports car. The sports car just won’t go up snowy hills, period. The combo units won’t work that same as a conventional washer/dryer pair. Once that concession is made the savings speak loudly. So you develop a new habit. I started a load of clothes (again, understand how the machine works best) and didn’t expect the load to be finished like the conventional washer. I ALWAYS had something else to do while the load was running. It just requires a new habit of not requiring clothes to be washed and dried in an hour. I would come back when it was finished and if needed, would hang the clothes up if I wanted to run a second load. Okay, there were clothes hanging around overnite. If you heat during the winter thats a good thing, it puts moisture in the air.

    If that’s not your style, pay for two units. You’ll be musch happier.

    I just wanna know if the LG will last over 5 years without breaking.

  72. posted by Scott on

    I just did my first two loads of laundry with the LG, titanium (very sharp looking) all-in-one washer/dry combo and it was amazing! I’m in love and it’s life-changing! Yes, it has it’s limitations but realize whether or not you’re this machine’s target audience! For example, it’s perfect for someone like me who is single and lives on the 21st floor of a Chicago condo building where a dryer vent hook-up is currently not allowed. Like some of the other comments, you need to be patient and a little creative – change your laundry “habits” and be prepared for a 3 to 4 hour time frame – but who cares, go do something else without the hassle of having to make six(6) trips up n’ down the elevator making sure that someone doesn’t throw your clothes on the counter because you didn’t move or pick them up on-time. Also, think about the idea of ‘Community’ laundry rooms (i.e., we have a woman in my building that washes her BIRD crap off in our laundry units – you have no idea what people are using those machines for and your clothes are spinning around with their disgusting items!). How many times have you found someone else’s “hair” in there? This unit also has a great ‘cool-down’ feature that keeps clothes from wrinkling until you get home to handle them. I did spend $18 on a must-have drying rack that I can keep out-of-view in my walk-in closet. The clothes come out slightly damp from the ventless drying cycle but, actually, that’s perfect. You’re able to stretch them out, when applicable, and place them on the drying rack and in less than 15 minutes, they are dry. This machine is pretty new to the market-place so I did spend the extra bucks for piece-of-mind on the extended warranty. I would recommend NOT ordering this directly from the manufacturer – instead, purchase from an authorized dealer so you have a “face” to work with if something does go wrong. Another must-have is the “Portability Kit” so you can easily hook-up to your kitchen or bathroom sink and roll the unit around your condo/apartment w/ease. I was able to get started after about 15 minutes of set-up time. The sink adaptor is not perfect – there’s a slight amount of leakage but unless someone has a better solution, that I think that’s to be expected. Anyway, highly recommended for the right situation – Good Luck!

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