3 Common Misconceptions About Washer Dryer Combos

There are many misconceptions about laundry units in small places. Many people believe that you have to use the small, compact, stackable units when living in smaller spaces. The truth is, you have a wide variety of options for your laundry needs, even if you live in the smallest of spaces.

Washer Dryer Combo

EdgeStar Washer Dryer Combo

Consider a washer dryer combo. If you think they use too much energy, or take too long to dry, then think again. In many cases, the easiest way to fit a full-size washer and dryer into the smallest living spaces is to combine them into one unit. You do not necessarily have to use apartment or dorm room style washer and dryers when you have a small space to work with. You can use a full-size unit, just combine it into one machine.

There are many benefits of having a washer dryer combo. Not only does it save you a considerable amount of space, but they’re incredibly easy to use and gentle on your clothes. Most combo washer dryers don’t need to be vented, like a standard stand-alone dryer does. This allows you to use your unit anywhere there is electricity and a water connection.

1. Long Drying Times

For example, the EdgeStar FastDry Ventless washer dryer combo allows you to wash and then dry your clothes in one unit. Back in the 1980s when these type of units started to appear, they did take a long time to dry, which made them an unpopular choice for anyone other than a boat or RV owner. Modern units blow those misconceptions out of the water with dry times of as little as 45 minutes for a full load. There are a couple models of washer dryer combos that run on a mere 110 volts, instead of the stand alone units that use 220 volts and may take a little longer, sometimes around 90 minutes.

2. Inefficient Energy Usage

Another misconception is that a combo washer dryer has poor energy usage. Many people assume that they used more energy than the regular units, because they have more features. The truth is, condensing dryers use anywhere from 50-70 percent less energy than vented dryers. They are designed to be very energy efficient and economical for the daily needs of a consumer.

3. Lack of Moisture Control

Other common misconceptions include the worry about moisture being put back into the area surrounding the dryer. But, this is also not true. The condensing dryers use a closed-loop system to prevent any heat, lint or moisture from being released into the air. The units use a dehumidfying process to ensure that there is no release of moisture into the air. While many people believe that the units’ load capacity is tiny, in most cases, the loads are comparable to that of a full-size unit.

Combo washer dryers are UL and ETL approved, making them an ideal solution for anyone. The common misconceptions about these laundry units in small spaces are all just that – misconceptions. The product flaws and features of decades ago have since been corrected, refined and enhanced to meet the needs of the consumer. The fact of the matter, is that if you are pressed for space and don’t want to compromise on the quality of your laundry appliances, then a washer dryer combo may just be the best fit for you.

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  1. says

    I too, would like to know which washer dryer combo you would recommend. I seem to read a lot of negative reviews primarily of the ventless dryers. It would be nice to hear from anyone who is truly happy with their unit!

    • clancy says

      I have an edgestar unit. Not sure the exact model, but I bought it here.. I have no complaints about it, and neither have any of the guests that have used it.

      Sometimes the clothes may be a bit damp, but that’s only the really thick clothing and hang drying them for 20 minutes usually gets it completely dry. .

  2. Heidi says

    I bought a 2.3 cu ft LG combo ventless dryer in November 2 years ago. LOVE IT!! Works great, have had zero problems with it. Sometimes I wish I’d bought a slightly bigger one, but in reality, the size is just fine for the amount of laundry I do.

  3. Carol Harrison says

    I purchased a Splendid 2100XC vented W?D combo to be installed in our RV tomorrow.

    This is the choice of Monaco RV builders. I was informed that this venting reduces the drying time. Some others stated their drying times range from 3 to 6 hours so I decided to pass until I found this new Vented system. The price range is about $1,159 and the vent is $32.00. Our RV was set up with the installation of everything but the vent so I guess we will have a small installation fee. The full fee for RV installation was listed at $285.00

    We camp frequently and the Laundry chore was not my most fun thing to do. Hopefully this will be as good as the articles say.

  4. Patricia cruz says

    I am looking into a w/d combo & would like to know if I can connect it to the available hot/cold water. I understand it does not have to be vented, which is great. But very little has been said about the hot/cold connections.

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