Combined Washer-Dryer vs Separate Washer & Dryer

Which option is best suited to you?

Our appliance repair technicians explore your laundry options, helping you to decide whether to opt for a combined washer-dryer or to purchase separate units for washing and drying.

We understand how important a washer and dryer, or a washer-dryer is to your everyday life. Everyone relies on a washer to relieve them from dreaded handwashing tasks and a dryer to save them from any damp in winter. However, deciding whether to get a washer-dryer or a separate washer and dryer is never an easy task. To help you decide we have compared price, energy use and cleaning/drying.


When it comes to the cost of buying a washer-dryer compared to a washing machine and dryer it is a bit of a no-brainer that one machine will cost less than two. However, the initial cost of the machines does not reflect the cost of running the machines.

When comparing washing machines to the washer aspect of a washer-dryer - on average you’ll pay £36 per year to run your cotton 40C washes for a washer-dryer, compared to £38 per year for a washing machine.

However, when it comes to drying, washer-dryers cost a lot more to run due to the condenser dryer technology. On average three washes a week for a washer-dryer will average out to £93 a year, compared to £39 for a separate dryer.

The initial cost will be lower if you opt for a washer-dryer, however, separate washing machines and dryers will be cheaper in the long term.

Cleaning and drying

Washer-dryers and washing machines have similar cleaning ability, tackling stains and marks leaving you with clean, fresh laundry no matter which appliance you use.

However, the difference between a washer-dryer and a dryer is quite significant. Stand-alone dryers have a larger drum and therefore you can dry more items at a time.


Separate washers and dryers will of course take up more space than combined washer-dryers. Therefore, if you don’t have a large space for your machine, separate machines may not be an option for you. However, many people stack their washers and dryers so if you have the vertical space, you still have the option to use both machines.


Advantages of separate washing machines and tumble dryers

  • You can simultaneously tumble dry a clean load whilst washing a separate load.
  • Separate dryers will dry cotton and synthetics faster
  • More energy efficient
  • Cheaper in the long term

Disadvantages of separate washing machines and tumble dryers

  • Costs more to buy two appliances
  • May not have the space for two appliances

Advantages of washer dryer

  • Takes up less room
  • Cheaper upfront cost

Disadvantages of washer dryer

  • Not as energy-efficient
  • Can take up to 8 hours to run a wash and dry cycle with a washer dryer

Overall, our testing suggests that having a separate dryer and washer is the best choice, due to the ease of use, the drying ability, and the overall cost. However, if you are restricted to only a washer-dryer, then you will still be left with fresh clean clothes no matter how much the drying capability potentially restricts you.

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No matter what appliance you opt for breakdowns are inevitable, however well you look after your appliance. So, whatever your appliance washer-dryer to separate washing machines and dryers our repair technicians are on hand to fix all your repairs. Repair don’t replace! Contact Go Assist today.


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