For making laundry day easier and taking better care of your clothes during washing and drying, you must be very careful when you choose the washer and dryer that will do the job for you. Choosing these two appliances is based on some features and particularities that influence their efficiency and ease of use, two qualities that are essential in finding the best units. To make things easier for you, we have selected some tips that can help you choose a good washer/dryer combo.
Choose between freestanding and integrated washer-dryers
The integrated washer-dryers are also known as built-in washer dryers with a large front door that covers the entire front of the unit. You then have to attach the door panel of your kitchen furniture so the unit will blend in the rest of the kitchen design. You can choose this model if you want to replace an old built-in washer dryer or if you want to mask it into the kitchen design. The freestanding washer-dryers show the front of the machine, are available in many drum sizes and cost less to be installed. However, the integrated models are more versatile and make less noise during operating.
Choose the right drum size that you need
The drum size of a washer-dryer means how many kilograms of clothes you can wash and dry in one round and these two numbers are not equal. Every unit can wash more clothes than it can dry so after a full washing load, you will have to take some clothes out before starting a drying cycle. Washers can usually hold between 5 and 12 kilograms so you will be able to wash plenty of clothes. As for the drying capacity, this ranges from 2.5 kg to 8 kg. Whenever you choose the size of your washer-dryer’s drum, think about your laundry needs because if you will but a unit that is too big, you will waste water and energy if you under-fill it.
Consider the spin speed you need
The rinse and spin cycles are essential for both washing and drying the clothes because these parameters influence the efficiency of the washer-dryer. After the washing and prior to drying, there is always the rinse and spin cycle that manages to remove a high amount of moisture from the clothes, which will automatically minimize the time required for drying, hence the drying costs will be minimized. The average spin speed is 1,400 rpm which does a great job at removing moisture from the clothes, so there is no need to pay extra for a unit with a higher spin speed.