Best Combination Washers & Dryers in 2020



ZENSTYLE Full-Automatic Mini Multifunctional Washing Machine Portable Compact Design 8 LB Top Load Laundry Washer/Spinner w/Drain Pump, 5.74 FT Power Cord, 6.57 FT Inlet Hose Review:


UPDATE 6/01/19: been using it a few months now and after the third wash, it refuses to honor the water level setting. It's permanently stuck on 5L, so I have to monitor it and long press the water button until it fills to 8L. It has also gotten louder when running than when I first used it and I'm noticing the clothes are more damp than before. A shame I took so long to get it hooked up. Now I can't even return it. It still mostly works, so down from 5 stars to 3.

UPDATE 6/18/19: I fiddled with the buttons and found out that if you set the water level first (we like to do things left to right here in the US, am I right?) it will default to 5L on 02 program. You have to set the PROGRAM FIRST, then the water level for it to set it to what you want it at. Going to set it at 4 stars because the manual doesn't tell you any of this and it really needs to... and it's still louder than when I first ran it.

Programs:
01 - Standard - Long normal, about 60m from start to finish
02 - Normal - Regular agitation, about 45m.
03 - Fast - Regular agitation, about 25m.
04 - Blanket - Regular agitation; I can't tell how this is different from normal.
05 - Soak & Wash - Gets everything wet, agitates a little to mix up the chemicals, spins it up, and lets it sit. This is different than traditional washers that leave everything to sit in a pool of water, but I've used it for bleaching whites so far and it works equivalently. I don't think you can use this cycle for dyes, and I'm not sure any of the settings will work for that if you dye your clothes back into shape now and again.
06 - Wash - I haven't used this cycle. I'm guessing that it only does the wash cycle and a drain, without a rinse or spin.
07 - Wash & Rinse - I haven't used this cycle. I'm guessing that it only does a wash and rinse, without a spin. This might be the best choice for delicates.
08 - Rinse & Spin - Regular agitation. This is a rinse and spin cycle.
09 - Spin - No agitation, spin only. Consists of starts and stops + drainage.
10 - Air dry - No agitation, spin only. Default is 60m. Starts and stops a bit to get the clothes into a nice position. Then just spins at full speed until the timer runs out, with some stops in between to adjust the position of the clothes and get them good and dry all around.

Modifiers:
- Press and hold the water level button to add more water. Do not exceed the base of the plastic rim on the drum.
- Press the water level button while in Air dry mode to adjust the air dry time.

PREVIOUS REVIEW: I got the 10lb unit because of the blanket setting. It uses a standard 3-way US wall plug. I wanted this to go in my closet, which abuts the bathroom sink (the plan is to drill some holes in the wall to add a drainage pipe split the water source, as a semi-permanent installation. Will add a video when I figure out the assembly.)

First, size. The exterior measurements are accurate but if you're not sure about your space, I really recommend taking box scraps or something to make a cube this size, so you can get a feel for it. They seem really small in the pictures, but they're about 3/4 to 4/5 the size of my standard front load washer in the frame. It takes up a lot more space than I expected. Make sure you measure from the baseboard if this is up against a wall and your space is tight.

The inner tub opening is 12" in diameter and the inner tub measures 15" diameter by 12" tall from the base to the bottom of the lip.

How much is 10lbs? Its about 4 men's size 34x32 slacks, 4 L men's polo shirts, and a pair of men's shorts. I don't think I could get another item in with these in the tub. This is about two people's clothes for one day if you count undies and jammies. The blankets I have are cal king microplush blankets, so relatively thin. These mostly fit, but they really don't fit. I could maybe force it, but don't want to damage the motor.

Surprises: A black rectangular plastic piece comes off under the motor when you turn it sideways as instructed and pull off the foam pieces. This is normal and can be discarded.

There doesn't seem to be a public support number and the instructions need translation work (although I do think they meant "anti-rat"). I had to contact the seller a few times and they were very responsive through amazon's message flow, though not like within minutes or anything. Be patient. The service was good. They tried hard to take care of my issue and answer my questions.

The base is plastic, but the tub is metal (hopefully aluminum or stainless steel. The exterior is also all plastic and smells like VOC when you first get it and open it. I left the back door ajar last night and it seems to have mostly gone away.

One of the rubber feet is different. UPDATE: This is intentional too. They sent me a new foot. It looks exactly like the one that came with it. Only this foot comes off, so you can't screw casters in if you are hoping to do that. There are a few dolly types you can get if mobility is an issue, but the smallest I saw extends overall width to about 21". Make sure it has locking feet on at least two wheels.

Half of the height on this thing is taken up by the motor, but it's nice to not have to stoop anymore to load the laundry like worth my previous front-load washer.

Features: lots of settings and there's a tiny softener dispenser on the side of the tub, as well as a pour spot for bleach maybe that goes down into the tub. The lint filter is a fine mesh screen and folds/unfolds easily. There does not seem to be anything that goes inside of it before you start.

It's unwieldy, but surprisingly light. I'm 5'1" and not that strong and I was able to carry it mostly into where I wanted it.

It also has a child locking function for the buttons, but the LID DOESN'T LOCK.

I would recommend only using liquid detergent on these. The powder pocket things are terrible in general, but will really make a mess in this and clog it up fast.

All in all, it seems really great, but the size was more than I expected. Currently hunting for an adapter to semi-permanently install it to my bath sink water hoses.

UPDATE: attached pics of my semi-permanent install. I had to add power and a few 2" holes to run the hoses. I do not recommend installing it as shown with water under power. If you can run yours directly through or directly over, use a 2"pipe and some adapters to sheathe the hoses inside the wall. Mine was not that flexible, so it's very bad. My wiring is sheathed and only this and my bathroom plug is on that breaker in case of leaks.

Please also note, what worked for me may differ slightly for you depending on your model and plumbing. What follows is what worked for my bathroom vanity hookups.

The plumbing drain is this product:
Keeney Manufacturing PP20664 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OZJABQ0?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share and it works great. You need a 7/8" tail for the drainage hose silicone rubber to securely attach. Don't put it on until you're ready. It doesn't come off easily. Don't get anything smaller than 7/8.

For the water inlet, I adapted with a garden hose female thread to 1/2" female compression pipe thread adapter. Then I attached a 7/8"m to 3/8"m hose (the long silver hose under the sink). You can find both at the hardware store. Be sure you get the correct threads. Extremely important. The size advertised is rarely the same from type to type. The word compression and garden hose are very important, as is the size shown in the pic. I attached this to the final piece, a 3/8"f + 3/8"f, 3/8"m tee. This allows me to split the existing inlet valve/knob to the faucet and to the washer without having to fiddle with knobs ever (except if I need to turn it off to do maintenance). The tee is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003B6JC4A. You can tell what size "male" you need by looking at the sticker on your existing hose under the sink. If there isn't one, shut the water off and take that hose to the hardware store with you. Standard bath sink is going to be either 3/8" or 1/2".

Every thread has plumbers tape on it and is tightened with a small wrench. No leaks!

The hole is made with a 2 1/8" drill bit. I was dubious at first, but it's the best tool ever made--maybe. Took 10s to drill thru the drywall on slow and cut like soft butter. 2 1/8" is the same size as doorknob holes, so I'll have it if I need it someday for that. You can find these at the hardware store.

Warning: You CAN open the lid during spin mode. It shuts off immediately, but parents beware.

I ran normal mode 01 so far. Normal is ~45 mins, one wash fill (ends at about 26mins if I remember right), three rinse fills (not spin and rinse, but it fills the tub completely to water line 3x, spins, drains), and a final dry spin at about 5mins left. The display shows you the stage and you can compare using the key on the label. Fully automatic. Cuts off/on the water as needed (be sure to use plumber's tape to reduce leak possibility. it's that white, thin, nonstick tape they throw into every shower head package you've ever opened.).

I haven't quite figured out the soap to water level display, so I chose a level equivalent to the height of my laundry in the tub and that seemed to work. DON'T put two caps/scoops of detergent in there. It's overkill for a 10lb load to use more than a laundry capfull at most.

Agitation is very good. Normal was a bit rough on my delicates in agitation (still better than the apt building machine that literally eats them), so I'm hoping "standard" = delicate mode.

UPDATE: 01 Standard program is simply a longer "normal", so it appears that the 10lb model does not in fact have a delicates cycle. That said, it's better than the building's washer that eats and damages my clothes by a long shot.

Things get very dry in the spin cycle, btw. They almost don't feel wet. Not like your usual washer. It's bizarre and you won't believe me until you experience it yourself.

Also the agitation cycle is pretty loud, as is the spin. The water intake sounds like the shower a bit through a wall. The rest, not so much.



Equator 24 inch Compact New Version All-in-One Combo Washer-Dryer, Vented or Ventless, 1200 RPM, Auto Water, Auto Dry, Winterize, Quiet, Fully Digital in White 2019 Model Review:


I love the convenience of doing laundry in my apartment as needed rather than making the trip to the laundromat weekly. The unit is considerably smaller so about half of a standard load is the most that you will want to run at a time. It also takes nearly three hours each batch, so this is not something that will address a quick need. However, with a little planning, this model works perfectly for me, a single guy living alone. The only drawback I see is that I need to iron the clothes that come out of the unit. The heat cycle is not nearly as high as the standard dryer and my scrubs for work come out looking like I have slept in them. No worries, I run that cycle with less drying, pull out the scrubs and give them quick ironing before putting them away. Towels, jeans, sweats, socks, underwear, and bedding all run fine and dry well providing that you do not overload the unit. I am extremely pleased.



Giantex Full-Automatic Washing Machine Portable Compact 1.6 Cu.ft Laundry Washer Spin with Drain Pump, 10 programs 8 Water Level Selections with LED Display 12 Lbs Capacity Review:


My review of the Giantex EP23113 Washing Machine.

This is a wonderful little washer with great customer support. Giantex was so nice and accommodating that I just had to write a full review. I had a problem with the drain pump working off and on after two weeks of light use. Giantex responded to my complaint quickly and professionally, and had me a replacement sent out the next day. The washers were packed really well, the second unit was shipped upside down (hard to find good help these days), but no damage to the washer whatsoever.

Pros (There are so many, but I am only listing a few that wasn't mentioned by the manufacturer):

• Discrete packaging (does not mention that it is a washing machine).
• Drain hose location designed to be reversible (optional).
• Has individual wash, rinse, spin settings (I like to run the wash cycle once and let the clothes soak awhile in the soapy water then use the normal setting that will wash, rinse, and spin).

Cons (not really any, but just a few nitpicks):
• Noise level is about the same as a full size washer. It has the classic washing machine sounds (agitator humming back and forth, water sloshing, drain pump whirling, water gurgling, slightly out of balance spinning, etc.). If you need one that is more discrete, then pick the kind that washes on one side and spin dries on the other. They are not as easy to use as this washer, but your neighbors would not know that you are washing clothes in your apartment.
• Always set the program first then the water level. If water level is set first and the program is changed, the water level defaults back to 5. If just using the default program (standard wash), just set the water level and push start.
• No splash guard around top of basket, I have not had a problem with water splashing over and down inside machine yet, but when the water level is set to 8 and it is agitating aggressively, I get a little nervous.
• Air dry is kinda misleading (it should be called Line Dry). This setting only spins clothes a little drier than standard spin (useful for air drying on clothes line).
• Only has 1 water line in. So, for hot water to wash whites, I use a 5 gallon bucket to get hot water from my bathtub, usually takes 2 or three to fill it up. I suppose it could be plumed from a faucet and set it to hot when filling wash, and set it to cold to rinse, but just having a cold line in and hot water with a bucket work for me.
• Has a light new plasticy, warm electronic smell that last about a week or two. I kinda like it though.

Unpacking, Installation, and Useful notes:
• Just cut the banding straps and the box slides off over the top of washer. Use the enclosed corner polystyrene pieces to lay the washer down to install the bottom black plate.
• The black pyramid looking plastic packing piece is to be discarded.
• Bottom black plate is in top of box. Either open box from the top, or remove polystyrene packaging to get to it (Don't accidentally throw it away with the box). Black plate will only fit one way on bottom of washer (see my picture) (Philips screws are included in the user manual bag).
• I needed the drain line on the right side of machine. It only took about 5 minutes, a Philips screwdriver, and two wire ties.
• I used a dishwasher branch tailpiece, a 1 1/2” to 1 ¼ rubber washer, about 1 inch piece of 5/8” ID 7/8” OD vinyl tubing, and a hose clamp to install a semi-permant drain in my bathroom sink (see my picture).
• When I first started cleaning the blue lint trap, I was only cleaning the outside, thinking that was it, but I decided to open it out of curiosity, and it was packed full of lint.



Barton Full-Automatic Washing Machine Compact 7.7lbs Laundry Washer Spin with Drain Pump 9 Programs Selections w/LED Display Review:


 This little guy is exactly what I wanted! It’s easy to set up and very user-friendly. The capacity is (obviously) smaller than a standard sized machine, but for a single person in a small urban apartment, it’s perfect for avoiding all but the most major trips to the laundromat. Examples of the loads washed so far include: 1) one pair of lightweight pants, three long-sleeved shirts, one linen apron, and two pairs of socks, 2) six t-shirts, 3) like two weeks’ worth of socks and undergarments. So basically if you can handle doing laundry once every few days instead of creating a festering monolith of gnarly skivvies you then have to drag through the snow in your wonky old-lady-shopping-cart to the launderette, please do order one of these today. Dude, I’m so deliriously happy to have laundry in my home that I could literally cry right now. (And now have to figure out what to do with all these extra quarters- I’ll probably take them to the local supermarket’s coinstar machine then use the resulting cash to get hammered at the wine bar that is also inside the same grocery store because I AM WORTH IT.)



Giantex Full-Automatic Washing Machine Portable Washer and Spin Dryer 10 lbs Capacity Compact Laundry Washer with Built-in Barrel Light Drain Pump and Long Hose for Apartments Camping (White & Blue) Review:


I have washed eight loads of laundry so far and it does work great. It's simple to use with one issue I am still working on.
The only problem I have encountered is finding the right adapter to the kitchen faucet. I have purchased 3 so far. Two of them work but with some leakage, so I am still in search of the best adapter that will not leak at all. It's not like there is a huge amount of pressure, either.
The machine itself is very nice looking, larger than I expected, fairly easy (weighs around 40 lbs) to move around but I am still thinking of getting a dolly to make it even easier.
The inlet water hose is about 3-4 feet long, which is actually plenty for my purposes. As I mentioned I do have leaking when I hook it up to my faucet and I may try another hose at some point, see if that fixes it. The drain hose, which is a little longer) wraps perfectly around my faucet, drains into my sink. Works really well. The drain pump seems to be plenty strong, it does a really nice job of removing the water from the clothes.
The standard cycle for washing is wash (about 15 minutes), drain, rinse (about 10 minutes), drain, rinse again and then a final drain. Overall, about 40 minutes. There is a quick wash option, which is essentially a quick wash and then just a single rinse. This is a nice option if you feel you haven't gotten all the soap out and want to do an extra rinse. It does vibrate a little when it drains after each rinse but I did not have to adjust the foot.
It's hard to gauge how much detergent to use. I use liquid detergent and put in a few tablespoons. So far, that seems to be working.
As far as how much clothes, I would say I can put about half of what a normal sized washing machine can take.
I have not yet experimented with softener. I have washed towels, t shirts, hoodie, socks, underwear so far.
It does have a lint filter, which works pretty well, you just have to remove it each wash and remove any accumulated lint or other material. Very easy.
My only real complaint is I tried to contact support at Giantex twice with no successful replies. That is cause for concern. I had some questions about the faucet adapter, since I have never done anything like this. I have to wonder what if something goes wrong with the machine and I need support will it be more of the same. There is no phone number, only an email option.
There is the added bonus of no longer using the laundromat or apt building laundry facilities.
I will update as necessary but so far I am very happy with it.
UPDATE: I purchased a new inlet hose from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00838I9UO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and it works much better than the one it came with.
This is the faucet adapter I bought that works the best: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHZLR4K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have had this about a month now and one time it completely stopped in the middle of the cleaning. I just started it again but I'm not sure what happened.
I have washed a few dozen loads.
I would recommend using about half the normal amount of detergent in a regular sized washer. That seems to work the best.
It's been a great machine so far.



Giantex Full-Automatic Washing Machine Portable Washer and Spin Dryer 10 lbs Capacity Compact Laundry Washer with Built-in Barrel Light Drain Pump and Long Hose for Apartments Camping (White & Pink) Review:


I have washed eight loads of laundry so far and it does work great. It's simple to use with one issue I am still working on.
The only problem I have encountered is finding the right adapter to the kitchen faucet. I have purchased 3 so far. Two of them work but with some leakage, so I am still in search of the best adapter that will not leak at all. It's not like there is a huge amount of pressure, either.
The machine itself is very nice looking, larger than I expected, fairly easy (weighs around 40 lbs) to move around but I am still thinking of getting a dolly to make it even easier.
The inlet water hose is about 3-4 feet long, which is actually plenty for my purposes. As I mentioned I do have leaking when I hook it up to my faucet and I may try another hose at some point, see if that fixes it. The drain hose, which is a little longer) wraps perfectly around my faucet, drains into my sink. Works really well. The drain pump seems to be plenty strong, it does a really nice job of removing the water from the clothes.
The standard cycle for washing is wash (about 15 minutes), drain, rinse (about 10 minutes), drain, rinse again and then a final drain. Overall, about 40 minutes. There is a quick wash option, which is essentially a quick wash and then just a single rinse. This is a nice option if you feel you haven't gotten all the soap out and want to do an extra rinse. It does vibrate a little when it drains after each rinse but I did not have to adjust the foot.
It's hard to gauge how much detergent to use. I use liquid detergent and put in a few tablespoons. So far, that seems to be working.
As far as how much clothes, I would say I can put about half of what a normal sized washing machine can take.
I have not yet experimented with softener. I have washed towels, t shirts, hoodie, socks, underwear so far.
It does have a lint filter, which works pretty well, you just have to remove it each wash and remove any accumulated lint or other material. Very easy.
My only real complaint is I tried to contact support at Giantex twice with no successful replies. That is cause for concern. I had some questions about the faucet adapter, since I have never done anything like this. I have to wonder what if something goes wrong with the machine and I need support will it be more of the same. There is no phone number, only an email option.
There is the added bonus of no longer using the laundromat or apt building laundry facilities.
I will update as necessary but so far I am very happy with it.
UPDATE: I purchased a new inlet hose from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00838I9UO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and it works much better than the one it came with.
This is the faucet adapter I bought that works the best: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHZLR4K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have had this about a month now and one time it completely stopped in the middle of the cleaning. I just started it again but I'm not sure what happened.
I have washed a few dozen loads.
I would recommend using about half the normal amount of detergent in a regular sized washer. That seems to work the best.
It's been a great machine so far.



LG WM3488HW 24" Washer/Dryer Combo with 2.3 cu. ft. Capacity, Stainless Steel Drum in White Review:


We ordered our LG WM3488HW washer/dryer at a great price without sales tax on Amazon.com's website and selected a friendly vendor, Specialized Appliances (FJS Distributors in Duluth, MN). Proprietors Jenny and Richard Mertz called us back to set up free delivery with shipping carrier, Old Dominium Freight, who delivered our LG WM3488HW promptly in perfect condition.

In December, 2016 we purchased this compact all-in-one washer/dryer LG WM3488HW (white 2016 model) in order to replace our old trustworthy LG WM3431HS (silver 2005 model) that lasted for more than 11 years. Like the 2005 model, this 2016 model is designed to be VENTLESS, so it doesn't require an exhaust hood/duct.

This new 2016 model has many very useful, modern high-technology features (listed on the LG website). As an engineer living in a NYC apartment with my family, I appreciate efficient, well-designed products, and this high-tech product is environmentally-friendly, compact and extremely quiet. It offers many advanced features, including "label-on" and impressive "smart" sensors that automatically monitor clothing and wash/dry processes, offering real performance and convenience to families.

Upon arrival of the LG WM3488HW, you FIRST must personally examine the unit carefully to ensure that it is in brand-new condition in a factory-sealed box so it can be installed properly. SECOND, this LG washer/dryer is fairly easy to install but it MUST be carefully LEVELED on your floor by a good professional who has had real previous LG installation experience and is not in a hurry. Since we had experience with our previous 2005 model, we did the delivery truck LG inspection and installation. It took about two hours and we had no problems at all.

The modern LG WM3488HW high-technology features are useful and the washer/dryer is quiet and performs flawlessly. Drying in high-tech ventless washer/dryers like this one can actually take up to 4 hours, but all our delicate clothes finish perfectly soft and dry, and we are still able to do 3 loads of laundry daily. We can first load the machine in the morning so laundry is ready when we come home from work. We can load the unit again when we come home from work so laundry is ready before we go to bed. We can also load the unit again before bed so laundry is ready in the morning.

My wife and I experimented with many high-efficiency detergents or fabric softeners. It is best to use only high-efficiency laundry detergents and fabric softeners with this LG washer/dryer, and we use a variety, mostly from Costco. We find that there are many high-technology settings, options and sensors to ensure that clothes come out soft and dry, so we have discovered that it isn't necessary to use fabric softener. As an engineer, I noticed that some common commercial high-efficiency detergents and fabric softener products have complex organic compounds which actually can cause strong laundry room "burning smells" attributed by users on websites to rubber seals used within LG's high-tech washer/dryer. Such bad smells, presumed by users to fade over time, can be caused by artifacts of high-efficiency laundry detergents and fabric softeners, and results vary depending upon manufacturer. LG washer/dryer seals are made of materials that DON'T cause this issue. To eliminate this issue as we did, try switching to other high-efficiency detergents and other fabric softeners, carefully read the labels on clothing for laundering suggestions (particularly on acrylic wash and wear items sports clothing), and carefully read the LG WM3488HW User Guide to become more familiar with its many advanced features which let you easily customize the washer/dryer to meet particular needs automatically for your clothes. In particular, closely follow simple suggestions in the User Guide about NOT trying to unnecessarily heat-dry clothing with a high "plastic" content (acrylics like nylon, rayon and drip-dry sports wear materials). Modern high-tech sports wear does NOT need to be dried with heat because it naturally drip dries and should be removed slightly damp to air dry. You can certainly choose to run a WASH and DRY cycle on any clothing with a high plastic content, but it is unnecessary and can cause the strong laundry room "burning smells" attributed by some users. After we closely followed these suggestions in the LG User Guide, any such issues disappeared and clothes came out perfectly.

You don't need to read the LG WM3488HW User Guide to use this great washer/dryer because it's really simply "plug-and-play" and completely automatic. However, this washer/dryer has amazing advanced features that are optional. Such advanced optional features allow adventurous users to program the LG WM3488HW for special needs, and it even has self-diagnostic features that can be used to troubleshoot potential problems.

After over 11 years as users of our trustworthy 2005 LG WM3431HS, we had responsive technical support and helpful customer service from LG, which offers toll-free telephone and internet support. We are confident that our new 2016 LG WM3488HW, with its smart sensors and self-diagnostic features, will serve us very well.



Best Choice Products Portable Compact Mini Twin Tub Laundry Washing Machine and Spin Cycle Dryer w/Hose, 13lbs Load Capacity, Built-In Drain - White/Light Blue Review:


We ordered our LG WM3488HW washer/dryer at a great price without sales tax on Amazon.com's website and selected a friendly vendor, Specialized Appliances (FJS Distributors in Duluth, MN). Proprietors Jenny and Richard Mertz called us back to set up free delivery with shipping carrier, Old Dominium Freight, who delivered our LG WM3488HW promptly in perfect condition.

In December, 2016 we purchased this compact all-in-one washer/dryer LG WM3488HW (white 2016 model) in order to replace our old trustworthy LG WM3431HS (silver 2005 model) that lasted for more than 11 years. Like the 2005 model, this 2016 model is designed to be VENTLESS, so it doesn't require an exhaust hood/duct.

This new 2016 model has many very useful, modern high-technology features (listed on the LG website). As an engineer living in a NYC apartment with my family, I appreciate efficient, well-designed products, and this high-tech product is environmentally-friendly, compact and extremely quiet. It offers many advanced features, including "label-on" and impressive "smart" sensors that automatically monitor clothing and wash/dry processes, offering real performance and convenience to families.

Upon arrival of the LG WM3488HW, you FIRST must personally examine the unit carefully to ensure that it is in brand-new condition in a factory-sealed box so it can be installed properly. SECOND, this LG washer/dryer is fairly easy to install but it MUST be carefully LEVELED on your floor by a good professional who has had real previous LG installation experience and is not in a hurry. Since we had experience with our previous 2005 model, we did the delivery truck LG inspection and installation. It took about two hours and we had no problems at all.

The modern LG WM3488HW high-technology features are useful and the washer/dryer is quiet and performs flawlessly. Drying in high-tech ventless washer/dryers like this one can actually take up to 4 hours, but all our delicate clothes finish perfectly soft and dry, and we are still able to do 3 loads of laundry daily. We can first load the machine in the morning so laundry is ready when we come home from work. We can load the unit again when we come home from work so laundry is ready before we go to bed. We can also load the unit again before bed so laundry is ready in the morning.

My wife and I experimented with many high-efficiency detergents or fabric softeners. It is best to use only high-efficiency laundry detergents and fabric softeners with this LG washer/dryer, and we use a variety, mostly from Costco. We find that there are many high-technology settings, options and sensors to ensure that clothes come out soft and dry, so we have discovered that it isn't necessary to use fabric softener. As an engineer, I noticed that some common commercial high-efficiency detergents and fabric softener products have complex organic compounds which actually can cause strong laundry room "burning smells" attributed by users on websites to rubber seals used within LG's high-tech washer/dryer. Such bad smells, presumed by users to fade over time, can be caused by artifacts of high-efficiency laundry detergents and fabric softeners, and results vary depending upon manufacturer. LG washer/dryer seals are made of materials that DON'T cause this issue. To eliminate this issue as we did, try switching to other high-efficiency detergents and other fabric softeners, carefully read the labels on clothing for laundering suggestions (particularly on acrylic wash and wear items sports clothing), and carefully read the LG WM3488HW User Guide to become more familiar with its many advanced features which let you easily customize the washer/dryer to meet particular needs automatically for your clothes. In particular, closely follow simple suggestions in the User Guide about NOT trying to unnecessarily heat-dry clothing with a high "plastic" content (acrylics like nylon, rayon and drip-dry sports wear materials). Modern high-tech sports wear does NOT need to be dried with heat because it naturally drip dries and should be removed slightly damp to air dry. You can certainly choose to run a WASH and DRY cycle on any clothing with a high plastic content, but it is unnecessary and can cause the strong laundry room "burning smells" attributed by some users. After we closely followed these suggestions in the LG User Guide, any such issues disappeared and clothes came out perfectly.

You don't need to read the LG WM3488HW User Guide to use this great washer/dryer because it's really simply "plug-and-play" and completely automatic. However, this washer/dryer has amazing advanced features that are optional. Such advanced optional features allow adventurous users to program the LG WM3488HW for special needs, and it even has self-diagnostic features that can be used to troubleshoot potential problems.

After over 11 years as users of our trustworthy 2005 LG WM3431HS, we had responsive technical support and helpful customer service from LG, which offers toll-free telephone and internet support. We are confident that our new 2016 LG WM3488HW, with its smart sensors and self-diagnostic features, will serve us very well.