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How to choose the best washer dryer

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Washer Dryers Buyers Guide

A great space-saving solution, washer dryers combine the features of a washing machine and tumble dryer in one handy appliance. But with so many factors to consider, buying a washer dryer can feel a bit overwhelming.

From capacity to spin speed, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to find the most suitable washer dryer for your home and lifestyle.

Choosing a washer dryer: freestanding vs integrated

There are two main types of washer dryers – freestanding and integrated.

Freestanding washer dryers

A freestanding washer dryer can be placed in most areas of your house, as long as you have a plug socket, water supply and drain in the proximity. This flexibility makes them a very popular choice. Washer dryers have a standard width of between 595-600mm, making them easier to replace should you need to.

Integrated washer dryers

An integrated washer dryer sits discreetly behind a cupboard door and is a great option if you want to achieve a clutter-free, seamless look. Like a freestanding washer dryer, they also need to be placed near a socket, water supply and drain. Integrated washer dryers tend to have a smaller capacity than freestanding models and are typically more expensive to buy.

Common washer dryer features explained


The capacity of a washer dryer refers to how much laundry you can fit in the drum. Washing capacities vary from 5kg up to 10kg, while drying capacities will always be slightly less and typically range from 4kg to 7kg. As a guide, a washer dryer with an 8kg washing capacity can wash around 40 t-shirts and dry 6kg of laundry (approximately 30 t-shirts).

Spin speed

Spin speeds usually range from 1200 to 1600 rpm. Machines with a higher rpm remove more water from your clothes during the spin cycle, which can help to speed up drying times. You can manually alter the rpm to suit different types of fabrics.

Sensor technology

Some washer dryers are equipped with sensor technology. This is where the machine can automatically detect the weight of the laundry and adjust the programme settings accordingly.

Energy ratings

The energy rating shows how much energy the washer dryer uses and how energy-efficient it is. It is important to think about this as it may affect the running cost of the machine as well as the environmental impact. Look out for models with an eco wash function, as this can reduce energy usage by up to 60%.

Steam wash

A steam wash delivers a more intensive clean as the steam can get deeper into the fabric and work harder to remove dirt. Steam cycles also use less water, which can save you money on your energy bills.


The noise level of a washer-dryer may be a consideration, depending on where you keep your machine. If your machine is situated in an open plan living space, you might want to opt for a model with a lower decibel rating. As a guide, 40dB is similar to the noise in a public library, whereas 80db is more like the noise of a ringing phone.


Make sure you measure the available space you have carefully. Keep in mind that you will need some clearance space for pipes etc. And don’t forget to check the pathway for installing your washer dryer works too. Are the doors wide enough for the washer dryer to pass through?

Installation & delivery of your washer dryer

We offer a free local delivery service to certain postcodes within a set radius of our stores. National delivery to postcodes outside of these areas is charged at £24.98 (appliances under 60cm wide).

As well as delivering your new washer dryer, we can also remove your old appliance for a small fee. And if you need help with installation just let our team know and we will arrange this for you (additional fee applies).

For more information please visit our delivery services page.

Shop for washer dryers at Knees Home & Electrical

We stock a wide variety of washer dryers from top brands you know and trust, including Siemens, Hoover, LG and Zanussi so you’re sure to find something to suit your budget.

We have two stores in Wiltshire; one in Trowbridge and one in Malmesbury. We have a range of washer dryers on display in-store, so you can take a look before you buy.

But you don’t have to live locally to buy your appliance from us. We deliver across mainland UK using our delivery partner, and you can see and buy our entire range online.

If you need any help or advice, our helpful customer service team will be happy to assist you.


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