Laundry equipment is big business in America, responsible for more than $4 billion in sales. Traditional washers and dryers still make up a healthy chunk of the market, but combination washer/dryers are making headway as the technology used in these devices continues to improve and offer better service.
Washer/dryer combo devices are a single machine that acts as both a washer and a dryer. Using a combo washer/dryer takes up less room, an important feature for people who live in apartments or homes where space may be tight. Most combination washer/dryer devices are the size of a dishwasher, making them easy to fit in laundry rooms or nooks with limited space.
There are two basic types of washer dryer combination devices: vented and ventless. Vented units work in much the same way front-loading washers and standard dryers do. During the wash cycle, clothes are tumbled with water and soap, and then spun to remove excess water. During the drying cycle, the device sucks in air and heats it while spinning it with the clothes. During this process, steam is created, which is vented from the home.
Combo washer/dryers have been around for decades, but recent advances in technology have fueled increasing popularity for them. These laundry machines have a few advantages that consumers like, including:
- Compactness – This is the primary benefit of having a combo washer/dryer. These devices take up less horizontal space than traditional washers and dryers, and less vertical space than stackable washer/dryer combos. They can easily fit in small closets or under a kitchen counter.
- Portability – These machines often have wheels to make it easy to move them in and out of different rooms. They’re also designed to operate without dedicated gas or electrical outlets, making them easier to relocate than traditional machines.
- Efficiency – Many combo devices have Energy Star certification, meaning that they meet standards for energy efficiency. These devices will be more efficient than many older traditional washers and dryers.
Some combination washer/dryers may not have the capacity that traditional washers and dryers have because of their compact size. However, newer models are closing the capacity gap and can handle larger loads than older versions of combo devices.
When purchasing a washer or dryer, consumers need to consider their lifestyle, laundry needs, and the space available in their homes. For many homeowners and renters, a combo device will be the right choice, as it will fill their need for a compact and energy efficient solution for washing and drying laundry. Consumers should also check out various combo brands to make sure they buy a quality device that will be durable and reliable for years to come.
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