|Kenmore Unit available at Sears.ca|
|A Bosche 24" washer available at Sears|
Both of these options maximize the use of floor space for laundry functions, but you are still faced with where to put the laundry soap, dryer sheets, and other laundry supplies. If you only have a small niche or closet to work with, you may want to consider one more option.
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I learned there is an important difference between the units for sale in places like the United Kingdom and in North America. In Eurpoe, the unit runs on 220V while most of the units for sale in North America run on standard 115V. Consumer reports on this continent usually have high praise for the washing functions of these machines, but describe disappointment with the dryer function. The issue appears to be due to the lower voltage of these machines: the drying elements aren't able to muster sufficient heat to dry clothes in a reasonable length of time. One consumer review stated that it takes about six hours to wash and dry a single load. If you are used to separate units, you would have to change how you do your laundry to work within these parameters. Another issue concerns the lack of venting: while the unit is set up to deal with the resulting humidity generated by the drying process, in colder, damp climates, this could be a challenge if you already have humidity issues in your home.
On the plus side; however, this sort of combo unit makes economical use of water and has a water heating element to get your clothes very white without bleach. If your home is on septic field, both of these features will be important considerations. If you live in a southern climate where drying clothes outdoors is an option most of the year, or if you are concerned about your septic system, then this sort of machine may be just the thing.
So it seems that all three options have benefits and obvious drawbacks to the conventional side-by-side washer and dryer. The trick is to decide which functions or features are most important to you and to do your research regarding the various brands available.