My wife and I decided to put our laundry center upstairs, centrally located between the bedrooms in our new second-story addition. We had limited space for the machines, which got us wondering about a combo unit—one appliance that both washes and dries laundry.
While talking with our friends Loren and Heather, who had recently included water-conserving appliances in their remodel, we learned about the LG combination washer/ dryer (model WM3677HW; http://us.lge.com). Loren and Heather liked it, though they described the laundry process as being different from the typical washer-and-dryer tandem setups. They said it would take a little getting used to, but that we’d be pleased nevertheless with the machine’s advantages. My wife and I bought one for $1600, and here’s what we’ve learned so far.
The magical innovation of this front-loading combo unit is that I can dial in a preset wash mode after filling the machine with laundry. I’ve used only the “normal” setting, but should the need arise, I can dial in “sanitary,” “cotton/towels,” “delicates,” “permanent press,” “hand,” and “speed” wash. I haven’t had time yet to install our backyard clothesline for drying, so I hit the “dry” button and let it fly.