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What is the difference between a washer dryer combination and a set?

Whether you're buying a washer dryer combination or a washing machine and dryer separately depends on how much space you have at home. A set of separate machines takes up a little more space, but has more drying capacity, is more energy-efficient, and faster. To help you on your way, here are the most important differences between a washer dryer combination and a separate washing machine and dryer.


Washer dryer combination Separate washing machine and dryer
Takes up little space Yes No
Dry as much as you wash No Yes
Saves energy No Yes
Wash and dry quickly No Yes


Washer dryer combination in bathroom

Washer dryer combination: takes up little space

A washer dryer combination is a washing machine and dryer in one, so your washer dryer combination takes up relatively little space. It's useful if you have a small home and there's no room for 2 separate devices. If you have a washer dryer combination, you only need one machine. That makes it cheaper to purchase and you won't have to transfer your wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer.

Washing machine and dryer set

Separate washing machine and dryer: uses less energy

If you buy a washing machine and dryer with the same load capacity, you can dry your wet laundry in one go. That means you don't have to dry part of your laundry separately. Although a set is more expensive to buy, the energy costs are considerably lower than those of a washer dryer combination. In the long term, you'll save money. With separate appliances, your clothes will be clean and dry more quickly.


Washer dryer combination with laundry next to it

Washer dryer combination: not energy efficient and dries less

A washer dryer combination has less drying capacity than washing capacity. That's why you have to dry part of your wet laundry on a clothesline. Don't want that? Then you'll have to put less laundry in the drum. Another disadvantage is that the energy consumption of the washer dryer combination is much higher than that of a separate washing machine and dryer. In addition, washing and drying take longer.

Washing machine and dryer set

Separate washing machine and dryer: takes up more space

Even though a washing machine and dryer set has more advantages than disadvantages, there is one big disadvantage. A separate washing machine and dryer take up more space. Fortunately, you can easily solve this by using a stacking kit to put the dryer on top of the washing machine. The room you put the set in has to be high enough, of course.

Difference in energy costs

Washer-dryer combination (8kg washing capacity/5kg drying capacity) Washing machine (C) and dryer (A+++) - both 8 kilos
Annual energy consumption 1070 kWh 314kWh
Annual energy costs € 246.10 € 72.22

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