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Old 06-21-2015, 09:37 PM
 
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I'm looking at buying an LG all-in-one washer/dryer (used $600-700), but some of the reviews have me wondering if I'd be better off with separate front loading units (stacked for space reasons). I like the fact that one unit takes up less space (could probably do shelving above it), doesn't need venting and doesn't require a 220v plug. However, I'm not sure if I could get used to a load of clothes taking 3-4 hours. Not having to unload the washer and load the dryer is a perk, but that's still a pretty long cycle. Does anyone have one of these units? How do you like it? Not a huge family doing laundry here...just two people.
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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If it doesn't need venting, what happens to the dryer exhaust?
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:32 AM
 
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My experience is something that tries to be too many things never does the individual tasks well plus if it breaks you now have two things broken.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Florida
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There was one of those in the house we stayed in on our trip to England.

It didn't work well. Very frustrating as loads didn't dry enough and it wouldn't let you run just the dryer. We ended up hanging damp clothes everywhere.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:41 AM
 
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Is that small bit of saved space above the unit worth the time you lose on a unit like that plus the electric cost of running for twice as long? We have an 11 year old basic top loading washer and a dryer and a load washed and dried takes about an hour and a half total.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:41 AM
 
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You will not be able to walk away and come back to a load of fluffy clothes. Maybe with a half load.
One breaks - what then?
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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Is that small bit of saved space above the unit worth the time you lose on a unit like that plus the electric cost of running for twice as long?
That's not necessarily going to create higher energy bills, matter of fact new ones using "eco" mode take a lot longer. They are using more room air as opposed to heated air, running the motor is no where near as energy intensive as heat.This is apparently only 120V and is probably only half the wattage which is why it takes longer. On the other hand you have a lot more wear and tear on the mechanical parts.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:00 AM
 
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I would certainly vote no. Too many times I've had one or the other of my separate appliances have a problem. Until the repairman comes, you can go to the Laundromat to wash and bring them home to dry. Can't do that with the all-in-one units.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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All-in-one units are designed specifically for their space saving "feature". It certainly isn't for their efficiency to wash OR dry.

Never owned one (as of yet) but have used them many times on charter boats. Most of the time we'll just wash, then hang everything on the lifelines to dry.

And yes, a wash/dry cycle is about 3-4hrs depending on the size of the load or the material.

I don't consider these a "useful" appliance in a home.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I had dryers when I was living in both Greece and Turkey that were didn't require any venting. I'm not sure if this works the same way or not. I tried looking up the specs but it doesn't answer any questions. My dryers over there used centrifugal force (spin the crap out of the clothes) to force the water out. The dryer had a receptacle that would catch the water forced out of the clothes. You had to continually empty the receptacle or the water would stay in the dryer barrel and on the clothes. I have no idea if this works the same way or not. Most of the time I would simply hang my clothes to dry because it was a pain.
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