John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer

When a washer dryer changes your life


You're probably sat wondering how a washer dryer can change your life, so let me explain, each morning when I wake up I have to carefully judge what I do each day, if I decide to wash up, it means I can't do the washing and that is on a good day. Some days just getting up and dressed and to the living room has me out for the count for the rest of the day.

So you see a washer dryer has really helped me – I no longer need to worry about getting clothes into the washing machine, then out on the line, keeping an eye on the weather to make sure it doesn't rain, bringing it all in and hanging it up inside and then when it's finally dry folding it and putting it away. Oh no now I simply pop it all in the machine, set it up and out it comes; dry ready to be folded and put away.

To be honest with you I was surprised by the difference it has made and so all I can say is a million thanks to John Lewis who gave me the John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer for review.

John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer

The John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer offers an 8kg load for washing and 6kg when it comes to drying and with two of us in the home we have found this is more than enough room for us. There are 16 different programme options which includes; delicates, quick wash and wool options. It has a 1600rpm spin setting and uses 5.44kWh when set to wash, spin and dry (1.04kWh for just washing and spinning) meaning it as an A rated machine.

John Lewis really makes replacing your washing machine easy, as well as delivery they also offer water connection for £25 and disposal of your old washer for £9. You get to pick a delivery day to suit you and then not long before your drivers arrive, you receive a call saying they are on there way, which means you can go about your day as needed, until they are ready.

Installation took around 30 minutes and I was surprised when they even took away the wrappings for the new machine (I am so used to companies leaving that for you to deal with).

I have to admit after they had left and I looked at the booklet I was a little apprehensive on just how complicated the washer might be to operate, as the screen display looked very full and busy, but in reality once I got my head around it, it was simple.

John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer

It actually works in two parts – the first is the dial, this is simply turned to the type of wash or dry you would like to do.

Secondly you set the finer details by using the button around the easy to read LED screen.

John Lewis JLWD1612 Washer Dryer

You simply push the button under the selection you wish to change and keep an eye on the screen until what you want is shown. The above picture shows it part way through a synthetic wash at 40 degrees; with a 1400 rpm spin cycle, plus a timed dry. To be honest I find the only things I really need to switch are the temperature and dry time for most washes.

When it comes to running, I personally find it a very quiet machine, however it isn't silent by any means and of course the more you pop in it the more you can hear it. However compared to our old machine where we would need to close the lounge through kitchen door, just to try and hear the TV while it was running. it's fantastic.

The machine tells you the cycle has finished by beeping three times, it is then followed a little while later by the door unlocking and if you don't go and switch it off yourself, the machine turns itself off.

We assumed that we would see a difference in our electric bill, but with the first month's bill in, it hasn't made a noticeable difference which I think is fantastic news.

The JLWD1612 Washer Dryer available from John Lewis costs £599 and for me at least it has been worth an untold amount as it really helps me.

If you are wondering about getting a washer dryer for yourself I really do suggest looking at this one and once again John Lewis thank you – you have really made a difference to my life.

Do you have a washer dryer, what do you think of them?

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This article has 37 comments

  1. Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek)

    We have a washer dryer and I wouldn’t be without one now!

    I’ve suffered with some chronic pain conditions since I was a teenager which leave me feeling exhausted after a bad run, so something like this which really does make life SO. MUCH. EASIER. is worth every penny we paid for ours!

  2. Rachel

    I am totally the same about washer dryers, they have literally changed my life. I have a very very busy working life and have to constantly gage when I can and cannot do the washing, the last thing I want is wet washing sitting in my machine for hours until I come home or have time to deal with it. Sadly, my washer dryer is now 9 years old and is coming to the end of its life, so I need a new one, not something I can afford right now x

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Those both sound great. I have a “smart” washer/dryer and it definitely saves me time 🙂

  4. Jaime

    This would most certainly be a game changer for me. A washer that also dries? I need this.

  5. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Wow I have never seen a dryer like this before. Especially digital, I need this for the billions of loads of laundry I do!

  6. aimee fauci

    I’m knocking on wood that I won’t need a washer or dryer for a while! I do love new features of the newer ones though. Hope it ends up saving you money.

  7. coolchillmom

    I never heard of that brand before. But I am loving the anti-crease feature

  8. Lady Lilith

    Looks amazing. Sadly I have to go out to wash my clothing. One day maybe having them in my home would be great.

  9. Liz Mays

    Wow there are a ton of options on this washer/dryer. This is going to be a great choice for someone looking to upgrade!

  10. Tough Cookie Mommy

    It’s so convenient having a washer and dryer in the home. These look so sleek and modern.

  11. celebdirtylaundry

    Awesome review, I have been looking for a new washer and dryer; this looks really nice!

  12. Pam

    This is SO cool. I hate moving wet clothes into the dryer, so this would be really convenient. Definitely make my life easier!

  13. Amber Nelson

    This looks like a great washer dryer. We are in need of a new one.

  14. Lois Alter Mark

    Now this is a pretty brilliant idea. So high tech and definitely a lifechanger!

  15. Theresa

    This sounds like a very handy appliance. I could certainly use one to simplify my life!

  16. Mary O'Malley

    This sounds like a really good washer and dryer. I am luckily not having to worry about that since I’m in a rental, but if I ever have to buy one I’ll consider this brand.

  17. Jeanine

    Whoa. Wait. This both washes and dries? Wow I haven’t ever heard of this before! How amazing. I need to find me one asap!

  18. Annie

    A washer that also dries?! That is amazing & I want one now!

  19. Veronica

    this look like a great pair. I wish they would invent the on that does my laundry for me. Lol.

  20. Pam

    Wow that looks like a great machine and would be wonderful in an apartment or small home setting. I don’t believe I have seen one like this that does both the washing and drying. Great review!

  21. Rosey

    I’m glad it’s making life easier for you over there! It sure is a beauty!

  22. Kay Adeola

    Great that it can make your life a lot easier.I have been wanting to get a new washer dryer for a while maybe I will have to give hubz a nudge in this direction :).

  23. sarah brooker

    need to change mine & this looks interesting.

  24. Maureen @ A Debt Free Stress Free Life

    Wow I’ve never seen a dryer system quite like this.

  25. Mina Joshi

    The John Lewis Service is the best!! So glad that the washer dryer has made life easier for you. I used to have a washer dryer years ago and it was fine but when I had children, I bought a separate dryer. Having a dryer is the best thing since sliced bread. I use my dryer throughout the year – even in the summer (I hate hanging out the washing!!) and our electric bill hasn’t been too bad.

  26. April G

    I would love a washer/dryer. I would love to only go out there once per load. It would be easier on my back too.

  27. Amanda Love

    WOW! A 2-in-1 product, that is great! I still have them separate. This would be great for those with studio apartments and very limited space. Great review.

  28. ourfamilyworld

    This kit is so great. I am in the market for a smart washer and dryer.

  29. Donna Ward

    Wow – I do like this washer / dryer – ours is old and the repairman a couple years back said to keep it as long as we could – but, soon maybe we’ll be checking out your ideas for the John Lewis brand – sounds fab! Thank you for your review – I like it!

  30. Life As A Convert

    I do own a washer and dryer.. and I have also been in situations where the apartments I lived in didn’t have hook ups and I had to use a laundry mat. It is so inconveniencing. I love being able to do laundry at my own convenience.

  31. Ann Bacciaglia

    This would be an amazing washer and dryer to have. I am looking to replace my set. I will be going to take a look at these.

  32. Janell

    I use to have a horrible dryer that took forver so I would have to hang stuff. It is so nice to now have a working dryer.

  33. Angela

    As much laundry as most moms do, I can see how having the right washer and dry can be a big deal.

  34. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    I am loving this! Right now I have an older style washer and dryer. One of the things I plan to buy myself when I move is a fancy smancy new washer and dryer. Stainless steal would be nice, but I’m opting for a red set too just in case.

  35. Marielle Altenor

    Our dryer is going on 8 years! As for our washer we’ve had to change it over 4 times lol Would be nice to get new washer and dryers when we do move!

  36. Chrissy Mazzocchi

    Wow I have never heard of John Lewis but this sounds like a great washer/dryer!

  37. Melissa Vera

    Is it wrong to covet some one elses washing machine and dryer. I so need a new one this looks awesome.

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