FEATURES and TECHNOLOGY
Washer dryer features and technologies are always being developed, to improve performance and make them even easier to use. Read on to discover what features you can expect, and explanations of what they all do.
Electronic and digital displays use LEDs, LCDs or indicator lights to show you all the necessary information clearly. This can include your current cycle stage, temperature settings and the time remaining countdown.
The controls themselves will be buttons, touch screens, or dials which let you alter cycles to suit your laundry’s precise needs.
A delay start timer is great for tailoring when your wash begins. Simply load up, choose your programme, and set the timer, so your laundry finishes at a time convenient for you. Some models allow you to choose when the programme finishes instead, with an ‘end time’ function like Samsung’s Delay End.
If you have small children, a child lock will ensure that they can’t change any wash settings or open the door during a cycle. And, some child locks prevent the door from being closed and trapping valuable items.
You can even save your wash settings for future convenience, if you buy a machine with a memory button.
If you’re looking to create a smart home, why not buy a washer dryer controlled by your phone, using an app like Samsung Smart Washer/Dryer? This can let you monitor and manage your wash, or even diagnose problems.
The controls themselves will be buttons, touch screens or dials which let you alter cycles to suit your laundry’s precise needs.
ENERGY SAVING FEATURES
Looking to save energy so you can reduce bills and help the environment? There are a number of functions to check out from a range of brands.
Across all models, you’re likely to find a standby mode. This helps to reduce your energy bills by turning off the machine automatically after a period of no activity.
There are also special washing features on the market, like Samsung’s Ecobubble™, which allows you to wash laundry at lower temperatures and reduce your energy bills. Bosch’s ActiveWater adjusts water consumption, while Zanussi’s AutoSense adjusts the time and energy.
Some Beko models have Direct Air Cool technology, which uses air rather than water to cool the condenser. Or, Samsung washer dryers with Fuzzy Logic not only control water intake, but also water temperature, wash time, spin speed and more.
Standby mode reduces your energy bills by turning off the machine automatically after a period of no activity.
Choose a machine with adjustable feet to keep it level with your kitchen worktops.
Some washer dryers can wobble during a vigorous spin or drying cycle. This may result in noise as the appliance vibrates against your units, or even damage the exterior. An out of balance spin control feature reduces this by sensing when the machine isn’t spinning efficiently.
QUIET AND CARING
If you’re worried about a noisy wash and dry cycle keeping you up at night, be sure to look out for a quiet motor, such as Bosch’s EcoSilence Drive, Blomberg’s Optima Inverter Motor, or other digital inverter motors. These reduce wear and tear, so the appliance lasts longer.
And, they are often more energy efficient, with many using magnets instead of motor brushes to create less noise and work for themselves.
Some brands such as Zanussi have Gentle Care Drums with special pattern designs on the inside to ensure that delicate clothes don’t get snagged. Bosch has a VarioDrum system which washes all clothing types gently and intensively, thanks to even water distribution, preventing damage, stretches and creases.
You can also find washer dryers which tailor temperature and drum motion to different fabrics, so you can wash everything from sportswear to delicates at once.
ADD TO YOUR WASH
Forgotten to put something in your wash?
Use features like Samsung’s Addwash or Reload by Bosch to add, or even remove, your items – to make sure you have all of your clothes when you need them.
Be sure to look out for a quiet motor if you are worried about noise.
A wide porthole and double door hinges let the door lie almost flat. This makes loading up your machine easier and prevents the door shutting on you.
Sometimes it can be hard to judge the amount of detergent you need. A foam control feature can help remove excess foam by altering the wash, dry, and spin cycles accordingly. Or, you could try a washer dryer with an intelligent load indicator, to make sure you don’t overload it with clothes or detergent.
Technology like Hotpoint’s Direct Injection pre-mixes your softener, detergent – or both – in water effectively, before they enter the drum. So, they are fully activated and dissolved when they reach your clothes.
An intelligent load indicator helps prevent overloading of clothes or detergent.