When you are looking for a new laundry pair, you may have come across combination units, which are a washer and dryer in one single appliance. There are differences between how these models operate, as compared to your traditional washer and dryer. It is important to make sure you fully understand these differences and to keep an open mind any time you are considering these as a replacement, as well as while reading product reviews. Many people become frustrated with their new combination unit because they think the new one should work just like their conventional laundry pair did, before, and they unfortunately failed to learn about the variations ahead of time.
One difference is the amount of clothes you are able to wash and dry in the single appliance. If you are just going to wash the clothes and hang them outside to dry, the unit can accommodate 14 pounds of dirty laundry. On the other hand, if you are going to dry them, you should cut your load size down to around 9 or 10 pounds.
Another difference has to do with the cycle time required to completely wash and dry the clothes. Most conventional washers take around an hour to cycle, while conventional dryers take about 1 ½ hours to complete. With your new washer and dryer combined in one appliance, typical load times are between 2 ½ hours to 3 hours. This really is not much more than you experience now, except both cycles have to complete before starting a new load.