All In One Washer and Dryer – Pros and Cons

An all-in-one washer and dryer combo machine is perfect for people who have a small living space or don’t have a separate laundry area in their home. Not to be confused with stackable separate washer and dryer units, the combo machine is a single appliance that washes and then dries a load of laundry. Because they use a condensation-based drying method, instead of the standard vented method of stand-alone dryers, they can be placed in pantries or under countertops without any issues. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of owning an all-in-one washer and dryer combo as opposed to two separate units.


  • Most combo units are front-loading, meaning the clothes are placed in the unit by opening a door on the front that swings open. This type of design is usually preferred by customers for its convenience and more effective washing.
  • Combo machines can fit in confined spaces and do not require ventilation, meaning you could have access to laundry in a small area like an apartment where you otherwise wouldn’t.
  • Some combo units feature wheels, making them portable and allowing them to be moved easily.
  • The convenience of not having to switch loads in between washing and drying makes a combo machine perfect for busy people on the go.


  • Some combo devices do not have as much capacity as most standard washers, although newer models compare pretty well to standard capacity.
  • Condensation based drying tends to take longer than standard vented dryer models.
  • A combo machine takes anywhere from 2-3 hours to wash and dry a load of clothes, and since you’re not able to do two loads at a time like you can with separate units, a combo machine might not be the best choice for larger families.

If you have questions about your all-in-one washer and dryer combo machine or if it’s in need of a repair, call Express Appliance Service.