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ggmarion Tue 29-Aug-17 18:35:36

I am moving home soon and won't have room for separate washer and drier. As I live alone I don't have loads and loads of washing but can't bear wet washing 'hanging around' unless it is in the garden. Any advice/observations gratefully received.

kittylester Tue 29-Aug-17 18:43:40

I had one which wouldn't take a whole wash load so I couldn't set it to just keep going. It was when I had 5 children so probably a bit different to your situation.

mcem Tue 29-Aug-17 18:43:59

Many advise against but I'm all for them. I'm about to order a new one. I do hang washing outside when possible but in wet or winter weather I hang overnight on clothes drier and finish off in the drier.
I too live alone so don't tackle mounds of washing.
Don't think I'd choose to give up the space for a separate machine but now wouldn't do without it.

Smithy Tue 29-Aug-17 18:59:08

I had a washer/dryer a good few years ago and it was never satisfactory and always needing repair. Eventually the mechanic told me they weren't recommended and I got rid. I still miss having a dryer and think I would get another combination machine now, as I have heard they are much better now. So when my current machine packs in I might try again. Sorry can't recommend any particular make.

phoenix Tue 29-Aug-17 19:08:33

I have had mine for 12 years. Only had to call an engineer out twice, and that was for a jammed door on one occasion and a funny noise on another. Neither was an expensive bill, but that might be just my very good local chap.

I do a couple of loads (usually a light and a dark) then take them out.

Things that are not going to crease (or if it doesn't matter if they do) get popped back in for and extra spin cycle.

I then decide what needs tumble drying, and bung it in.

phoenix Tue 29-Aug-17 19:13:02

PS, just to say, mine is a Hotpoint, but a place I rented had a Miele, which was brilliant, if very, very expensive!

Primrose65 Tue 29-Aug-17 19:25:38

I've had my Miele washer/dryer for around 6 years now. Fab machine, cheap to run, a pleasure to use and never a problem. They are absolutely built to last - if you check around, they do have offers every now and then and sometimes a 10-year parts & labour warranty included.

cornergran Tue 29-Aug-17 23:15:12

Inherited Hotpoint washer/dryer with our home. No idea how old it is, suspect very. It washes brilliantly and if needed seems to dry well. I rarely use the dryer other than once a week to fluff up the towels and in grandchild emergencies. When I do use it the outcome seems more than good enough in a relatively short space of time. When it finally breaks I will source another washer/dryer for the towels and as a 'just in case'.

Christinefrance Wed 30-Aug-17 08:48:31

I had one when they first came out and it was inefficient with both washing and drying. However I think that now they are greatly improved and certainly with small amounts of laundry should be ideal for your needs.

harrigran Wed 30-Aug-17 11:56:02

I would never buy another one, small amount of washing took so long that it was just not practical.

Eglantine19 Wed 30-Aug-17 12:15:03

Love my Bosch. Especially the 15 minute wash cycle!

devongirl Wed 30-Aug-17 12:16:14

I seem to remeber there was a thread about this not long ago? maybe a search would reveal more answers..

Liz46 Wed 30-Aug-17 12:35:01

I had one and it was useless. I now have a separate dryer in the garage and only use it when it rains.

NanTheWiser Wed 30-Aug-17 13:38:34

Another singleton here who usually line dries, but wouldn't be without a washer/dryer. I have had a Zanussi and AEG the past which both lasted for many years. After having a complete new kitchen last year, I chose Siemens for all my new appliances, including w/dryer. It works perfectly, and can do a small load straight from washing to drying. I really only use the dryer function for fluffing towels, or the occasional emergency, but that's fine for me.