Washer Dryer Programmes
As a washer dryer has to be able to get clothes clean and dry, there are generally quite a few programmes and settings to choose from.
We explain the most common ones in this easy to read article.
A washer dryer can have up to 16 programmes.
The range of washing programmes available with your washer dryer will vary depending on the model and brand.
Many models have around 16 different modes to choose from, and most have some or all of the following:
Variable time, temperature and spin settings – These let you customise a wash programme to suit your laundry, save energy or kill germs.
Quick wash – This programme lets you wash small loads in as little as 30 minutes – ideal if you’re in a rush.
Woollens – Wool clothing can sometime become damaged and shrink in the wash. A woollens programme prevents this from happening by using a low temperature and very little drum rotation.
Synthetic – This programme suits synthetic fabrics such as polyester/cotton blend, nylon and polyester, and is often about 50-60°C.
Hand-wash/delicates/silk – Some wash dryer models offer a general gentle wash programme and others have individual programmes for the separate clothing types.
They’re designed to deal with items such as underwear, embellished or beaded clothing, or delicate fabrics like silk and cashmere so they don’t snag, matt, shrink or bobble.
Sportswear – This programme takes care of all your microfiber sportswear. It’s tough on sweat marks, odours and mud. Some models have trainer washing modes too.
Jeans – A programme tailored to wash jeans and denim items that ensures the colour doesn’t run, and that they don’t shrink or fade.
Easy iron – Perfect for if you’re washing shirts of other items that wrinkle easily, an easy iron programme often lowers the spin speed or shortens the spin cycle to help prevent clothes creasing.
Eco-mode – This isn’t a programme as such but a function that can be switched on to make other programmes more energy efficient.
Freshen up – If you’ve got clothes that aren’t dirty but could do with freshening up, this programme is perfect. It gives them a quick rinse to get rid of any odours, ensuring you can wear them again in double quick time.
Extra rinse – An extra rinse programme is helpful if someone in your family has sensitive skin or a detergent allergy, as it gets rid of as much detergent as possible. It’s also handy if you wash lots of towels that absorb some of the detergent.
Pre-wash – For items that are heavily soiled or stained, the pre-wash programme starts the cleaning process before the standard wash cycle even begins.
Baby wash – Designed to tackle tough stains such as fruit juice and yoghurt, baby food, mud, grease, vomit and dribble, leaving your baby’s clothes super soft and fresh. It can also include multiple rinses to get rid of as much detergent as possible.
Cleaning cycle – This programme helps to keep the drum in top condition by flushing out any detergent or fabric softener residue, removing odours and killing germs.
The range of washing programmes will depend on the model and brand.
Sensor Drying is one of the more recent additions to modern washer dryers.
Most brands have their own version such as Hotpoint’s Set & Forget. Sensors in the drum are used to monitor moisture and temperature levels, so the machine can turn off the programme when your clothes are dry. This saves energy and avoids shrinking and damage.
Sensor washer dryers often have numerous drying levels, including damp dry, iron dry, hanger dry and ready to wear. Iron dry clothes are left very slightly wet to make ironing easier, while ready-to-wear clothes will be dry enough to put on right away.
Sensor washer dryers often have numerous drying levels.