Once you get used to a washer dryer combo, the typical separate washer and dryer setup seems a bit archaic. But there are a few hurdles you’ll have to overcome if you want to get in on all the washer/dryer combo goodness!
- The dryer ain’t really a dryer in the classical, electric heat dryer sense. It’s more of a spin-dry. Most do a pretty good job, but be aware that some units take awhile to get clothes dry.
- Check the load size! The combos don’t have an agitator, so there’s more room for clothes, but resist the temptation to overload the unit. It’ll just slow down dry times.
- Get ready to rumble! The spin dry cycle is kind of like a jet turbine. I sometimes wonder if my own washer dryer is going to achieve liftoff. Make sure it’s on a level surface and rubber “feet” under each corner helps, too. Once you install your new washer dryer, you may have to do a bit of fine tuning to get the unit perfectly level.
To help you overcome these small inconveniences, just know that the washer/dryer combos use less energy and less water to wash clothes. Welcome to laundry appliance 2.0. Their footprint is much smaller, too. Instead of two large, bulky appliances sucking electricity and water, there’s only one. Just put them in and wait. If only they could fold, too!
I hate to call these three items shortcomings. The W/D just does things differently. How about that? So once you stop thinking of it as the old style washer and separate dryer setup and start thinking of it for what it is, you’ll start to see the benefits.
So I hope you’ve read this before you made your purchase. Then you’ll have a little time to reset your brain, and expectations, about what a washer dryer combo can do.