Best Integrated Washer Dryers

Washer dryers are a great way to save space and cut down on the time it takes you to move each load between machines. In this guide we’ve found the UK’s best integrated washer dryers, so not only do you get the convenience of two machines in one but you can close the door and have it blend seamlessly with your kitchen cupboards.

As with many types of washing machine, integrated washer dryers come in different types and have a multitude of features. We’ve created this list so you can explore the strengths and weaknesses of each model before making a purchase.

In a hurry? Check out the Grundig GWDI854 model – our number one integrated washer dryer in the UK. You can jump to this section by clicking its entry in the table of contents below.

What is an integrated washer dryer?

Integrated washer dryers combine a front loading washing machine and a tumble dryer into a single unit. They are meant to fit snugly into your fitted kitchen to ensure it maintains its streamlined look. Their flat front design means you can attach your kitchen cupboard door to the machine so that it operates behind the scenes.

Integrated washer dryer machines tend to be quieter than their standalone equivalents as they work behind kitchen cupboard doors that muffle most of the noises and vibrations. They are generally small-sized as they have to fit into fixed spaces. The most significant consequence of this is that most models can only hold small loads that don’t often exceed 8kg of wash and 5kg of dry clothes.

Integrated washer dryers are available in two main types; fully integrated and semi-integrated. The fully integrated type will be completely concealed behind the cupboard door. Semi-integrated models have most of their body hidden. However, the space along the top will be visible to allow you to monitor what’s happening on the display panel.

Some integrated machines cost more than their freestanding counterparts and can consume more water and power than most standalone washers. This makes it particularly important that you do your research and choose your machine carefully. Every model in this list has been selected following our rigorous selection criteria, which includes value for money and efficiency.

Will I have less choice by going integrated?

Yes. All integrated machines, not just the washer-dryers, are almost always fewer in number and can come with reduced functionalities than their conventional equivalents.

In the case of washer-dryer combos, there’s a noticeable difference in the available varieties of these machines compared to the freestanding models. In terms of functionalities, the biggest compromise you’ll be making once you decide to go integrated is load capacity. During our extensive market search, the best we found hold a maximum of 8kg wash load. Most models have a 7kg capacity which is 4-5kg less than most standard freestanding machines hold.

So, if you do a lot of washing or have a large family, integrated washer-dryer combos might not be suitable for you. But if you live in a smaller household, or don’t have access to other drying options, these machines are well worth the extra investment.

Why choose an integrated washer dryer?

When it comes to placing your integrated washer dryer, its a lot easier than most standard tumble dryers. You will need electricity and water, but there is no need for the usual dryer outlet. This is because any water vapour produced by the wet clothes is condensed and added to the washing machines outlet pipe. So, as long as you have standard washing machine plumbing, you’re ready to go.

Below is a summary of the pros and cons of using integrated washer dryers:

Pros 

  • They’re easy to use and take clothes from dirty to clean and dry in one cycle
  • Low noise and vibrations compared to freestanding models
  • They will blend in with your existing kitchen cupboards
  • There is no need for a tumble dryer outlet pipe
  • They take up one space instead of two.

Cons

  • Some are pricier than freestanding equivalents
  • Suited for smaller loads, so they aren’t ideal for larger families

What should I look for when buying an integrated washer dryer?

The number of integrated washer dryer combos in the market might not be big compared to their freestanding counterparts. Still, selecting the right machine that suits your needs and preferences can be a daunting task.

To help you find the right machine consider the following features:

Load capacity

The load capacity is the maximum weight of washing the drum can accommodate at one time. With washer dryers, there are two types of load to consider: the washing capacity and the drying capacity.

Washing capacity for standard integrated washer dryers ranges from 5-8kg. The higher the capacity, the more clothes you can wash in one go and the more time, energy and water savings you will enjoy.

The drying load capacity is always lower than the washing load capacity and often range from 2.5-5kg. The reason behind this is drying requires additional space in the drum for air to circulate, unlike washing where clothes can be packed in tightly. A machine with more drying capacity offers extra space for spinning. This helps to reduce the time and energy required to dry your laundry.

Energy and water efficiency

Water and energy consumption is an essential consideration when buying an integrated washer dryer. The model you choose should be able to use as little of these resources as possible.

All washer dryers must come with an EU label that displays their energy rating. Ratings range from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient and G the worst. In practice though, it’s near-impossible to find a model with a rating lower than C. We recommend going for machines with the highest possible energy efficiency, as this translates to less energy consumption and consequently reduced utility bills and carbon print.

Most machines now come with a label indicating the litres of water consumed per kilogram of washing. A water efficiency of approximately 35 litres per 3.5kg is at a good standard. We have seen some that consume up to 70 litres for the same load, so it’s always worth checking.

Now, numerous additional features have been designed to can help you save on energy and water. They include quick wash functions and weight detection technology. Weight detection technology will weigh each load and apply a unique program that gets them both clean and dry, with precisely the exact amount of power and water required. There are also washer dryers available that use sensors to detect when the clothes are dry and then turn the machine off.

Spin speed

The number of times your washer dryer spins per minute are referred to as the spin speed. Most integrated washer dryers have spin speed ranges of 1200-1600rpm. We recommend going for machines with higher spin speeds as they’re able to remove most of the water during the washing phase. As a result, they reduce the time it takes to dry clothes, thus saving more energy and money.

Special features

Different integrated washer dryers pack various additional (and often intelligent) features that influence their overall performance. A few useful functions you might want to consider are:

  • Steam function – a forward-looking option that helps you get rid of stubborn stains while maintaining your fabric’s texture and reducing creases.
  • Sensitivity feature – this one is ideal for people who are sensitive to dust and pollen.
  • Child lock – helps to minimize dangers by ensuring your little ones can’t switch on the programmes when you’re not around.

Best integrated washer dryers in the UK

These are our picks of top five integrated washer dryers available in the UK, based on factors such as price, energy and water efficiency, programmes, drum size and dimensions:

No 1: Grundig GWDI854

Grundig GWDI854 specification

Price (£) 669
Energy rating A
Water usage (litres) 15600
Spin speed (rpm) 1400
Wash capacity/Drying capacity (kg) 8/5
Special programmes Mini Wash & Dry, HygieneCare Wash & Dry, Cotton Eco
Dimensions (cm) H82.0 x W60.0 x D55.0
The Grundig GWDI854
Capacity is seldom a forte for most integrated washer dryer machines. However, the Grundig GWDI854 offers an incredible 8kg of wash and 5kg of dry load capacity. This qualifies it as one of the roomiest machines in the market. But capacity is not the only reason this model is the best integrated washer dryer.

This roomy washer dryer also comes with multiple wash and dry programmes to ensure you spend less time and effort doing your laundry. For example, the Hand Wash programme is very gentle on delicate fabrics and handwash-only labelled clothes. We also like its Mini Wash & Dry feature that clean family-sized loads in less than 28 minutes.

The washer dryer’s intelligent Child Safety Lock feature helps to prevent your little ones from tampering with running programmes or switching it on accidentally. Finally, the intuitive Inverter Eco Motor in this machine produces very quiet washing cycles while saving on energy.

Grundig GWDI854 was Which’s highest-rated washer-dryer machine in 2018 with a score of 67%. It comes with a high energy rating of ‘A’ while its annual water/energy consumption is 15600 litres and 1088 kWh respectively.

Buy the Grundig GWDI854

No 2: Zanussi Z716WT83Bl

Zanussi Z716WT83BI specification

Price (£) 519
Energy rating A
Water usage (litres) 19000
Spin speed (rpm) 1600
Wash capacity/Drying capacity (kg) 7/4
Special programmes DuoSensor, AutoAdjust Load Sensor, NonStop 60-Minute Programme
Dimensions (cm) H81.9 x W59.6 x D54.0
The Zanussi Z716WT83Bl
When I first came across the Zanussi Z716WT83BI integrated washer dryer, the thing that caught my attention was its inventive AutoAdjust function. The machine uses this feature to weigh any load put inside its drum automatically. With this information, it’s able to determine how much water, energy and time is needed to complete a cycle. The result is increased efficiency while maintaining stellar wash results.

This model also comes with 21 wash and dry programmes – the most of any washer dryer we’ve reviewed here. Its Hand Wash function will prove handy if you clean delicate clothes often. It helps to maintain their texture and appearance by cleaning them with a more gentle cycle. Another feature worth a mention is its nonstop 60-Minute programme that allows you to wash and dry your clothes in 60 minutes.

If you thought the innovation of Zanussi ends there, you’re wrong! They also pack in a feature known as DuoSensor. Like the AutoAdjust function, DuoSensor is pretty intelligent and helps to identify the type of fabric introduced in the washer dryer. It then adjusts drum movements and temperature, making sure your fabrics are cleaned at the ideal setting.

The Z716WT83BI model has a 7kg wash capacity and 4kg drying capacity, which makes it ideal for small and medium-sized households. It measures H81.9 x W59.6 x D54cm and it’s only available in white.

Buy the Zanussi Z716WT83Bl

No 3: AEG L7WE7631Bl

AEG L7WE7631BI specification

Price (£) 699
Energy rating A
Water usage (litres) 19000
Spin speed (rpm) 1550
Wash capacity/Drying capacity (kg) 7/4
Special programmes NonStop 60-Minute Programme, ProSense Technology, DualSense
Dimensions (cm) H81.9 x W59.6 x D54.0
The AEG L7WE7631Bl
The L7WE7631BI 7000 Series is another powerful washer dryer that cleans your clothes with absolute convenience without compromising on care. We were impressed to see the numerous attractive features it packs in, including its proprietary ProSense Technology, 1600 rpm spin speed and the NonStop 60-minute programme.

One thing we can all agree about this model is that AEG invested heavily in its technology. The first on its long list of advanced features is the DualSense Technology. This function enables the washer-dryer to detect fabric types automatically, after which it adjusts its temperature and drum movements. As a result, your fabrics retain their shape and size. Another equally useful function is the ProSense Technology which this machine uses to detect load size and automatically adjust washing times as well as water and energy requirements.

If you’re In a hurry and have a specific outfit, you’d like to wear for the day? Use L7WE7631BI’s NonStop 60-minute Programme to wash and wear it in one hour.

Apart from the tech features, the L7WE7631BI 7000 Series Integrated Washer Dryer also provides several other functions like the Steam Programme and Sensitive feature. The latter allows you to refresh your clothing without going through a full cycle. The setting introduces steam into the drum and removes creases while also relaxing the fibres.

AEG’s L7WE7631BI 7000 Series model weighs 74kg and measures 81.9 x 59.6 x 54cm.

Buy the AEG L7WE7631Bl

No 4: John Lewis JLBIWD1405

John Lewis JLBIWD1405 specification

Price (£) 699
Energy rating A
Water usage (litres) 19000
Spin speed (rpm) 1600
Wash capacity/Drying capacity (kg) 7/4
Special programmes Steam Refresh, Reduce Time Function, One-Hour Quick Wash
Dimensions (cm) H81.9 x W59.6 x D54.0
The John Lewis JLBIWD1405
Another impressive machine is the JLBIWD1405 washer dryer model by John Lewis & Partners. A big part of why we included it here is because it’s the quietest we’ve found.

With a maximum spin speed of 1600rpm, this machine is the fastest of any combo we’ve found. It can hold a 7kg washing load and 4kg dry load, both of which are decent by all standards. The machine comes with an ‘A’ energy rating.

But that’s not all there is to love about this washer dryer. John Lewis & Partners pack many more top-tier features into this machine. Its innovative sensor drying programme prevents over-drying plus excessive wear and tear of your garments during cleaning. The technology comprises of intelligent sensors that are located inside the drum. They detect when moisture level drops to a certain level and automatically end the cycle.

Steam Refresh is another useful feature that uses vapour to minimise creasing while maintaining the shape and texture of your clothes. Finally, this washer dryer comes with a one-hour quick wash feature that allows you clean that favourite shirt or blouse you forgot to add to your wash last week. If you’re looking for a mid-priced machine that comes with a 3-year guarantee, the JLBIWD1405 by John Lewis & Partners is an excellent pick! It measures H81.9 x W59.6 x D54cm and will integrate seamlessly into any modern kitchen.

Buy the John Lewis JLBIWD1405

Best budget integrated washer dryer: Beko WDIX7523000

Beko WDIX7523000 model details

Price (£) 399
Energy rating B
Water usage (litres) 15000
Spin speed (rpm) 1200
Wash capacity/Drying capacity (kg) 7/5
Special programmes ProSmart Inverter Motor Technology, 28-Minute Quick Wash, Anti-Allergy Wash & Dry Function
Dimensions (cm) H82.0 x W60.0 x D55.0
The Beko WDIX7523000
You don’t have to break the bank to own a washer-dryer. Beko’s WDIX7523000 model is a powerful integrated model that will save you several hundred pounds if you choose it over its peers. For only £399, you can take home this machine which is also the most energy and water-efficient washer dryer we’ve found. It comes with a high ‘A’ energy rating while its annual consumption is only 952 kWh.

With its 7kg wash and 5kg dry capacity, it’s an excellent pick for a small to mid-sized family of up to four people. It can hold up to 35 shirts in a wash cycle and dry 25 in one load.

The WDIX7523000 also incorporates multiple useful programmes to help you save both time and energy. Its Sensor Drying function automatically shuts a cycle when a specific moisture level is attained. This means you don’t have to worry about leaving it overnight as long as this setting is on! We also like that Beko has taken care of noise management through its Zeko’s ProSmart Inverter Motor Technology. Apart from ensuring this model operates quietly, this function also helps to keep your energy bills down while also extending the lifespan of the machine.

The WDIX7523000 model measures 82.0 x 60.0 x 55.0 cm, while Beko gives you a 10-year warranty on the machine’s motor.

Buy the Beko WDIX7523000

Conclusion

Choosing the best integrated washer dryer doesn’t have to be a daunting task, at least not after you’ve read our detailed guide. Before choosing a suitable machine from the five we’ve reviewed here, start by identifying your laundry needs and the maximum budget available. After that, weigh the pros and cons of each model and pick one that befits your household.