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A com­bi­na­tion washer-dryer can be ideal if space is tight, but they do have their down­sides, warns Macken­zie. “The wash func­tion tends to be on par with equiv­a­lent wash­ing ma­chines, but the dryer func­tion lags be­hind,” he says. “The dry­ing ca­pac­ity is half of the wash­ing ma­chine, so an 8kg wash­ing ma­chine will mean a 4kg dryer. Most are con­denser dry­ers, so they use more wa­ter to dry, which in­creases wa­ter con­sump­tion, and they’re slow – a wash/dry cy­cle typ­i­cally lasts from three to six hours.” They can also be slightly larger than a stand­alone washer or dryer, which can cre­ate is­sues with un­der-bench space. Qual­ity washer-dry­ers start at about $1000.

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