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Good for what it is
on February 3, 2012
I got this unit because I have space constraints in my apartment, and few other washer / dryers would fit near the plumbing lines without taking down walls or anything... If you live in an apartment where venting and space are issues I would recommend this. In a house, I don't think it would make sense over normal units.
As a washer-dryer it functions as you would expect and is really only slightly smaller than a standard sized unit. For a family, I could see the capacity being a problem, but for a couple or a single person living alone - I highly doubt you'd need more capacity than this machine provides.
-As a washer:
It has a number of different wash settings, functions as an HE washer (so use HE detergent), and does a normal sized load in about an hour.
-As a dryer:
I was concerned before I bought this as to how well this would function. It turned out much better than expected.
A key feature is that it is ventless, so no need to run an exhaust vent anywhere. It uses "condensation drying", not really sure as to the mechanics of how it is different, but I think steam builds up in the chamber where the clothes are loaded into, and the steam is slowly 'condensed' and pumped out from the drain line.
Other reviewers may have noted that the clothes come out moist, but this isn't the case at all... Upon removing clothes from the unit, a lot of residual steam is usually in the clothes chamber.
Remove the clothes, give them about 30 seconds for the steam to float away, and you'll notice they are *bone* dry... When I first used this machine, I used the standard drying settings, and noticed that my clothes came out overly dry (at risk of shrinking) because of how well the dryer worked. I've since set the machine to timed drying, and usually set it to about one hour.
The one caveat is that clothes do need to be taken out soon after the dry cycle is complete otherwise the residual steam in the chamber will slowly condense back in to water and leave the clothes a little wet. I haven't found this to be an issue, as I usually fold my clothes right after they dry anyway.
I load the machine with one full set of clothes (filling the chamber fully without compressing any clothes), no less and no more. I find it works well. Towels or jeans to dry and I might load it a little less.
For a complete cycle (washing and drying), I've found it to take just a little over 2 hours.
I don't know about the durability of this machine yet, as I've only had it for 6 months or so - but from what I understand, it's very important to clean out the pump filter (small hatch on the lower front corner) every month or so, and brush lint off the front door of the machine, as there is no lint filter. Without this maintenance, the lint will build up inside the pump or motor and cause a whole lot of issues - this seemed to be the cause of 90% of the repair issues from other reviewers I've seen on the web.
I bought the extended warranty just in case (I usually don't buy 'em), just cause this is a combo unit, and it does seem a little sensor / electronics heavy.
The only cons I've really experienced are as follows, and some of them can be mitigated:
1) I would recommended using water hammer arrestors, as the inlet valves turn on and off very abruptly when first starting cycles. In buildings with older piping, I could imagine this could (but not necessarily) be loud, and / or cause damage to the supply lines. Not really an issue with the water hammer arrestors installed - I haven't noticed any sounds / vibrations on the hookup lines.
2) Unless this unit is *perfectly* balanced, it will vibrate a lot, and make a lot of noise during the spin cycle. When it's not in the spin cycles, it sounds like a normal machine. When I ran the first spin cycle, it sounded like a low speed jet engine... I since leveled it as best as I could, got anti-vibration pads for the feet, and put in anti-noise / vibration foam around the sides which has dampened the sound somewhat... without taking these steps, I'm sure my neighbors would be complaining... even so it still is a little loud.
During the dry cycle, the drain pump is also a little loud, but that might be because I run my drain line to my tub while in use, and the pump may have to work a bit harder to get the water out.
If this machine ran quietly with the same functionality, I'd give it 5 stars. Without my custom mods, I'd probably give it 3/3.5 stars, because I could see neighbors complaining about the noise.
All-in-all though, the convenience of doing my laundry in my apartment trumps the hassle of setup. I'd recommend this machine to apartment dwellers.
3 year update - had this for about 3 years. After each wash, I usually just do a quick wipe for lint which takes about 5 seconds. I checked the pump filter after 2 years for lint (had completely forgotten about it), and found absolutely no lint in the filter - meaning even just a basic check every now and then for lint will suffice.
I've had no problems with this machine whatsoever, and would definitely recommend for apartment dwellers.