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Topic # 185744 3-Dec-2015 16:22
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Keen to know if anyone has thoughts on these (good, bad or otherwise).  I'm mostly interested in them because I want a dryer for the odd time I need to finish off line-dried clothes; I rarely if ever use a dryer for just-washed clothes, so I don't see the sense in spending money on a standalone unit.

This is for a new house, so the size (and cost to a lesser extent) aren't really relevant.

 

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  Reply # 1440003 3-Dec-2015 16:42
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AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID

Did I say that enough?

AVOID AVOID AVOID PILES OF SHÏTE AVOID SHÏTE AVOID

When we moved back to NZ the place we were renting had one of these.  My lord.  What an utter, utter nightmare it was.  To dry clothes it sorted of steamed them to death.  Sometimes they'd be dry, sometimes wet, sometimes a bit melty and wet.

I mean I only had to put up with this one, but I would never, ever, ever go near one with a freaking barge pole.

Read a few other reviews of these combo things.  I don't know why they're allowed on the market.

Ugh.

Ok, but don't take my word.  Get some more feedback and make up your own mind obviously.  The washer feature of the machine wasn't the worst, but it was only average.

I'd eat peas before I bought one of these (I freaking hate peas)

More info: "The dryer component is a condenser dryer, which uses a heat exchanger to remove heat and water from air that has passed through your clothes. The water is collected in a reservoir or funnelled down a drain. The heat exchanger uses water as its coolant, which means water is used for both washing and drying."




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  Reply # 1440005 3-Dec-2015 16:47
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muppet: AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID

Did I say that enough?

AVOID AVOID AVOID PILES OF SHÏTE AVOID SHÏTE AVOID

When we moved back to NZ the place we were renting had one of these.  My lord.  What an utter, utter nightmare it was.  To dry clothes it sorted of steamed them to death.  Sometimes they'd be dry, sometimes wet, sometimes a bit melty and wet.

I mean I only had to put up with this one, but I would never, ever, ever go near one with a freaking barge pole.

Read a few other reviews of these combo things.  I don't know why they're allowed on the market.

Ugh.

Ok, but don't take my word.  Get some more feedback and make up your own mind obviously.  The washer feature of the machine wasn't the worst, but it was only average.

I'd eat peas before I bought one of these (I freaking hate peas)


 

 

 

So that's a no then? ;-)

 

 

 

Thanks muppet - from what I understand, they have improved dramatically in the last few year - reviews I've read back this up and the chap at Harvey Norman I spoke to said they've only started stocking them recently because the old versions were total nightmares for them.




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  Reply # 1440007 3-Dec-2015 16:50
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Ahh, ok, well if they have truly improved it the last few years then maybe not such a bad idea.
We used one in 2009-2010.  I don't know how old it was, but the apartments were newly renovated so it wouldn't have been too old.

I think the only viable reason still to buy one would be if you only have space for 1 unit. Which isn't a problem for you as you've stated.




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  Reply # 1440011 3-Dec-2015 17:12
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I had one about 10 years ago and I felt it never dried properly.  It took ages to get a half empty load dry and I ended up just hanging it inside.  Wouldn't bother again.  I don't have a drier at all.  Probably useful if you have a house full of nappies, but otherwise why bother?

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  Reply # 1440012 3-Dec-2015 17:15
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Don't do it. I mean it. I ended up buying a Samsung heatpump dryer and a front loader washer - got a stacking kit too. Very nice piece of washing equipment.




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  Reply # 1440015 3-Dec-2015 17:37
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The best out of a few Consumer tested was a Miele and cost $4500, but they made the comment that it could both wash and dry quite well. Others couldn't.
I don't think they're a great idea, but note that one of the "features" is that rated drying capacity is typically half of washing capacity, even that Miele model was 6kg wash / 3kg drying cycle.  If you wash a full load, then it's not going to work well on dry cycle unless you remove half of it.  Stuff that - sounds like a real fiddle.

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  Reply # 1440016 3-Dec-2015 17:41
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For occasional use, just get a decent dehumidifier and stick it in a small room next to a clothes horse, on laundry setting.  Our Mitsubushi MJ-E26SX works well doing that.

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  Reply # 1440057 3-Dec-2015 18:18
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I got s LG washer, and an LG dryer that stack. The dryer is a condensor one so the water goes down the drain instead of going into the air. Works great. combo unit would be annoying since you wouldnt be able to get the next lot of washing on till the last lot was dried, so halving the thruput.




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  Reply # 1440118 3-Dec-2015 19:34
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Washer dryer combos have always been terrible... whether new ones have improved... well, that's up for you to roll the dice on I'm afraid.


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  Reply # 1440135 3-Dec-2015 20:05
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I have been using combo for nearly 10 years. no probs.

But I did not do much of a drying when was student, and I'm not doing it now, but when used - no probs.




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  Reply # 1440138 3-Dec-2015 20:18
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Washers and driers have completely different design requirements.
Combined units do both things badly.

DON'T DO IT !!!!!




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  Reply # 1440142 3-Dec-2015 20:24
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They are weird.

The only ones I have ever used have been in hotels and use a condensation method of drying that either doesn't work or takes forever. 




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  Reply # 1440151 3-Dec-2015 20:40
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For the record, good condenser dryers are brilliant... the ones found in washer/dryer combos, are not.

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I stayed at the Auckland Heritage Hotel a couple of months back and there was an Ariston washer/dryer combo in the bathroom. I had never used a combo one before but the hotel thoughtfully provided detailed instructions for the perfect wash. Halfway through my week-long stay I did a load of washing, following the instructions explicitly. The wash cycle took FOREVER - like around two hours, and then the dry cycle seemed even longer, going well into the early hours.

That's not my main gripe though..... I had a Converse t shirt - merely 2 or 3 weeks old - with nice graphics/printing all over the front of it which I had previously washed at home with no issue. When it came out of the hotel machine that printing was almost entirely gone - like the shirt had gone through 5 years worth of wash cycles in just one night. The printing was rendered completely indistinguishable.

Annoyance Factor was pretty high - prior to that I had entertained thoughts of buying a combo. Needless to say that will never happen now.

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  Reply # 1440188 3-Dec-2015 22:30
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One word: Useless

More words:
Washing machine function vastly inferior
Drying function - urm ... it doesn't dry

Nuff said. Not wasting any more energy on this topic.

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