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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What are the Benefits of a Combo Washer Dryer?

Washer Dryer Combo

The key benefits of washer dryer combo units make them very useful in many different types of applications.  Below I have highlighted each of these benefits:

  • Space Saving – This is probably the biggest benefit about a combination washer and dryer.  Instead of having two appliances, this unit combines both a washer and a dryer into one package.  They come in a variety of load capacities, however, most of the combo units are about the size of a full size dishwasher and are counter height so you can even install them under your kitchen counter.
  • Portable – You can purchase casters for most combination washer and dryers making them easier to bring out when you are ready to do laundry and move out of the way when not in use.
  • Efficient – Combination washer dryers use less water than your top load washers since they use technology similar to a standard front load washer.
  • Ventless – Most combo washer dryers do not need to be vented like your standard dryer does.  This allows the combo units to be used pretty much anywhere there is electricity and a water connection.
  • Electricity Requirement – The majority of combination washer and dryers only require a 115 volt plug instead of the 230 volt plug that is required by most of your standard dryer units.
  • Gentle – Combo units utilize a horizontal axis drum similar to that found in front load washers.  The horizontal axis drum mimics the washboard clothes washing action by raising the clothes out of the water and plunging them back in.  This method of washing is much gentler on the fabric than the agitator method used by top load washers.
  • Ease of Use – With combo units you have the ability to put your load of laundry in and it will both wash and dry them.  Most even come with delay timers so you can have the load finishing when you are ready.  Many people throw a load in before they leave for work and utilize the delay timer so that it will be finishing when they get home.

Do you have or have you ever used a washer dryer combo? Let us know in the comments!

 

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How to Use a Washer Dryer Combo

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You needed a laundry solution.  You were tired of trekking to a wash room or laundromat (washeteria for my friends in Louisiana).  You did the research and figured a washer dryer combo is what will fit your needs.   Now that you have this beautiful piece of equipment, what do you do with it?  Here are some simple guidelines to follow to help you use your combo most effectively.

Choose Your Load Size

Most units have a 13 to 15 pound capacity, though LG makes a unit with a 22 pound capacity.  13 to 15 pounds is about 3 complete outfits (pants, shirt, socks and undergarments), or about 6 to 8 bath towels.  It is important not to overload the unit, as it will not get your clothes as clean as they can be and it will be harder for the unit to dry the clothes.

Combo Washer Dryer Detergent

Next comes the detergent.  It is imperative that you use a low sudsing, high efficiency detergent, something with that cute little HE symbol on it.

HE Symbol

"Cute Little HE Symbol"

Powder works best, but if you prefer a liquid, go for it.  With these units, about two heaping tablespoons is all you need.  Most units will also have a space for fabric softener.  This is highly recommended because it helps to cut down on wrinkles, and generally makes your load soft afterwards.  There will also be a place to add bleach.  As with the detergent, powder bleach will work best, but you can use liquid just fine.  Be sure not to use too much though!

Water Setup

If you have the unit hooked to separate hot and cold water outlets, then you just choose whichever setting will work for your load.  Now, if you have the unit hooked to just one outlet with a faucet adapter and Y connector, you should use just cold water.  If you want to wash something in hot, set the machine for hot water and the unit will heat the water for you.  Also, cold water helps the unit dry the clothes better than hot water (weird, I know, but trust me on this one).

Final Tips

Now, just load the clothes, put in the detergent, choose your cycle, and you are off and running.  Keep in mind, once the cycle starts, the door will lock and you will be unable to open until the entire cycle is finished.  You can set these units to wash only, dry only or both.  Generally, a full wash and dry cycle takes about 3 hours.

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Best Appliances for a Boat

Life in a boat can be great, especially if you have the conveniences of home.  Here are some appliances that will help make your boating experience as comfortable as can be.

EdgeStar Portable Ice MakerPortable Ice Maker

While out boating, who doesn’t enjoy a nice tall glass of iced tea?  Well, you need ice for that, and a portable ice maker is a great way to give you the ice you want and need.  These units do not require a drain, and are relatively simple to use.  Just pour water in the reservoir, choose your ice size, and voila, ice appears in about 10 minutes (depending on model).

My favorite is the EdgeStar IP210SS.  This baby will make about 28 pounds of ice per day, holds about 2 pounds, and makes ice in as little as 6 minutes.  Plus, the commercial grade stainless steel means that it will not corrode in the salty sea air.  A quick tip though, if you use bottled water in your machine, you will want to add a tiny pinch of salt.  Most of these ice makers need some type of impurity in the water to make the ice.

Avanti Induction CooktopInduction Cooktop

You gotta eat, right?  I mean, you are out on the boat, you catch some fish, why not cook it up and serve it?  Fish, it’s what’s for dinner!  Anyway, an induction cooktop I think is a better choice than a regular hotplate or portable stove for a boat because they are generally safer and use less energy. An induction cooktop only heats the cooking vessel, so the actual cooking surface is cold to the touch, which helps prevent burns.

I am partial to the Avanti IHP1501.  It’s small and portable, has easy controls, and heats up to 440 degrees.  Best of all, it comes with a skillet, so no trying to hunt down an induction ready piece of cookware.  This unit comes with one.

EdgeStar 63 Qt Portable Fridge/FreezerPortable Fridge / Freezer

My coworker and I argued over this point, and since I’m writing this and she’s not, guess who won.  Basically, her point is that a mini fridge would be better.  I say a portable because it has both a 115V and a 12V option.  Plus, you will get more use out of it because it can go in the car with you and you can use it camping, hunting or fishing.

Now, these come in various sizes, but I chose to just go relatively down the middle with the EdgeStar FP630.  I am in love with this unit because it comes with a flash freeze option that will get it down to -8 degrees F in a matter of minutes.  And, it will hold the temperature for several hours if you unplug the unit.  However, you can set the temperature as high as 50 degrees, so you can use it as a refrigerator or a freezer.  This is also a favorite among fishermen (or women, whatever the case may be).

EdgeStar Portable Air ConditionerPortable Air Conditioner

Last summer, while I was vacationing in South Texas, I cruised around the Gulf of Mexico in a rather nice boat.  Not sure if you have ever been in South Texas in August, but it’s like being 3 blocks from the sun.  Enter the wonderful portable air conditioner.  Now, like all air conditioners, these units have to be vented in some way.  You can do it through a wall, ceiling, floor, window, whatever.  You just have to be certain to get the hot air coming off the compressor out of the room you are trying to cool.

My pick is the EdgeStar AP8000W.  This compact unit is powerful, will keep your cabin cool, and only uses 840Watts and 7.9Amps.  Plus, it will dehumidify up to 71 pints per day, and you don’t have to empty condensation from the collection tray.  Trust me, a comfortable cabin makes for a happy boater!

LG Washer Dryer ComboWasher Dryer Combo

Ok, so if you live in a houseboat, or are going to be on the water for an extended period of time, clean underwear, and well, clean clothes in general, are a necessity!  You have several options to help you with this.  A value option is the WonderWash and MiniSpin dryer combo, affectionately called The WonderSpin!  The WonderWash is a hand cranked clothes washer.  You basically put your clothes in, add water and detergent, spin it for about 5 minutes, drain the water into a sink, add more water for a rinse, drain, and you are done.  You then put your wet clothes into the MiniSpin.  This will spin dry your clothes for you to then hang them up.

Now, if you have the room, and the money, then you may want to consider a washer dryer combo.  These units will wash and dry all in the same drum, and most do not need venting because they use condensation drying.  Your best option on these, in my opinion, is the LG WM3455HW.  It has a 15 pound load capacity (2.7 cubic feet), and several washing and drying options.  Because of the condensation drying, most of these machines do not dry effectively.  However, the LG does a better job than most.  Also, you can get the optional portability kit that will allow you to store it in one place, then wheel it out when you need to and hook to a standard sink.  Finally, the great thing about this unit is that it plugs into a standard 115V outlet, so no special wiring is needed.

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