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.
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.
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.
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?