When it comes to buying a new integrated washer dryer it can be a little of a challenge to get good value for money. Since these are a fairly new appliance, prices can be quite high. But if you're willing to shop around, you can find some good deals and get a cheap integrated washer dryer.
Because these are a fairly new appliance, let's start with a bit of some basic knowledge on what is an integrated washer dryer. They are sometimes called a built in washer dryer.
It is basically a combination of a washing machine and a tumble dryer, that is also integrated in to your kitchen. This makes it seamlessly blend into the surrounding cupboards and has the kitchen counter top running over the top of it. And being that they are both your washer and dryer, they are perfect for those who only have a smaller than average kitchen.
Integrated washer dryers cost roughly about twice as much as a free standing washer dryer, and installing them can be a little tricky. This is mainly down to the confirmed space that they are housed in. Due to the face that these are integrated, you can only get a front loading integrated washer dryer. The look and colour doesn't really matter all that much on an integrated washer dryer as it is hidden away most of the time.
The size of the drum can be one of the biggest deciding factors in a cheap integrated washer dryer, after budget the is. It is an important choice because it is the drum that also does the drying as well as the washing. A larger drum is good for bigger families, but if it's filled to capacity, then you'll need to remove some clothes before drying. Larger drums are also a waste of water if you really need to use the full capacity. However most of the newer, better models will allow you to select that you're only using a half load, so as not to use as much water and power. This will also allow you to go straight to drying mode, from washing mode.
A 7Kg drum is now the average, but you can get small 5Kg drums, all the way up to a 12Kg one. This will usually big in a bigger machine though, so to get that integrated you will have to use a bigger housing.
When it comes to a low priced integrated washer dryer, there just isn't the same amount of choice as there are in freestanding washer dryer. Now this can be solved if you're a bit of a DIYer. You can actually get a freestanding one setup as an integrated one and get in looking fully fitted into your kitchen. If you're confident you can get a good finish to this, then it's also a good tip to save money as the freestanding options are cheaper than the integrated ones.
Saving Money on an Integrated Washer Dryer
The tip above is just one way that you can save some money on an integrated washer dryer. But don't worry, we've got some other little tips to help maximise your budget. One thing that you can do is to only get the one that matches your needs, and not to over spend to get one that does to much. Drum size is a place to save money. If you're living on your own, or in a couple, then there's is no need to get a large drum washer dryer. A smaller one will be cheaper to buy, and also cheaper to run. Another way to save money is to shop around. Look for the best deals, the biggest sales, check out the clearance section of major websites, and don't forget to look in the second hand market too. Although, there are very little in the way of warranty's when buying second hand, so doing this for a washer dryer can be a little risky and only worth doing if you know what you are looking for in a integrated washer dryer.
We have a few stores that we feel give the biggest discounts on large electrical appliances. AO.Com are great for picking up cheap appliances and they also have the option to stretch the payments over a period of months. This makes it a good place to shop if you have just moved into a new home and have a lot of big purchase items to buy. Be aware though that doing things this way can work out more expensive in the longer term. But if this is the situation you're in, the option of buying everything at once is usually not an option at all.
We feel that if you're on a really tight budget, then Argos is good place to get some really low priced washer dryers, that are really solid and reliable. They may not be the flashiest brand, or have many pre-programmable features, but they do the job of washing and drying your clothes and they do it well.
Not many people will think to look at Very for large kitchen appliances, but it's well worth a look. They have some of the really high end brands and their choice for this budget range is one of the best around.
The UK stores that we have mentioned above are all internet or catalogue shops. This makes it have to view the integrated washer dryers before you buy. This is where Currys is a really good place to shop. They have a lot of their stock on display. And also you might be able to find a deal on a ex display integrated washer dryer to. This is a top money saving tip.
Best Integrated Washer Dryers for your Budget
The price range of an integrated washer dryer can start around the £350 mark and can go very high to around the £1000 mark. With such a varied price range we'll give you are best picks for different price brackets.
£350 - £400 For this budget you are really only looking at a few options, but there are some good reliable integrated washer dryers for a small family in this budget. And remember nobody will see the appliance as it is integrated so looks really shouldn't play much of a factor in your decision. Are top pick in this range is the Hotpoint integrated washer dryer from Currys. It's also the cheapest washer dryer that we've found. It's £354, and the reviews by previous customers rate it 4 stars from nearly 600 customers reviews.
£400 - £500 This is the price range where most of the choice is to be found. Many brands are available for this money. Our top pick, however is Beko washer dryer. It may not be the best named brand that you'll find. But there are no other integrated washer dryers that have an 8Kg load capacity for this price. It's priced at £450, and a perfect budget washer dryer for a larger family.
£500 - £750 Some of the higher end brands are available for this price range, and also you start to find some very eco models to. The AEG integrated washer dryer has an A+ rating, and it's on sale for just under £600. Currys are giving a £50 cash back offer on this appliance so makes it our top pick.
£750 and Above Now there are some really eco friendly, large capacity, and high end brands for this budget and picking one out can be tricky. The Neff integrated washer dryer is our top pick in this bracket. It is a very highly rated brand and it's a very quick and efficient washer dryer.
These are just our selections and may not be suitable for all the different requirements are needs will need from an integrated washer dryer. So to find the best deal on a cheap integrated washer dryer, you'll have to do a bit of shopping around.