Blomberg has a well-deserved reputation of manufacturing the best washer dryer combo in the US market under the model number WMD24400W. Along with other energy-efficient compact washer and dryer models, Blomberg is at the forefront of modern innovations. It might surprise you that this company has been around for over 130 years and still producing high-quality appliances.
In general, a washer dryer combo is suitable for a specific type of home. The reason is you need to first wash and dry the first load to start the next one. Considering the small interior volume, washer dryer combo usually appeals to city dwellers who have limited choices when it comes to laundry. On the other hand, one of the many benefits of the Blomberg washer dryer combo is precisely that it’s compact. So, if you have a small living space or a vacation home this all-in-one WMD24400W washer dryer combo might be the right size for you. Since you don't need to deal with stacking a washer and dryer, you will also have the top area as a multi-purpose folding space or temporary storage. Most people also like the fact that washer dryer combo does not need a vent which makes them super versatile.
What is a washer dryer combo?
A washer dryer combo essentially works like a regular front-loading washer and a regular dryer, all in one. This product offers half the footprint of two separate appliances. It allows you to get your laundry done with a single machine that can both wash and dry.
The wash cycle is straightforward and involves tumbling the clothes with water and soap until they're clean, then spinning them to help remove some of the excess water. Blomberg, just like its bigger name competitors has optimized on drum motions to give your clothes the best clean.
As for drying, wet clothes start in the drum. A condensing metal chamber is cooled. Then the air inside the dryer drum is heated. As the drum spins, the heated air inside pulls out moisture from the wet clothes. This moisture-laden air is then circulated through the cooled condensing chamber, which produces condensation. The condensation then leaves the unit by the water drainage tube. The dry, hot air is then recirculated with the clothes, and the process repeats itself.
The skinny: Gentle on your clothes and keeps the ambient environment comfortable without excess and heat and moisture.
Conversely, with all-in-one units, wash capacity will be higher than the dry capacity due to the fact that wet clothing will take up less space than clothes that are dry. To optimize drying time, consider cutting the wash load in half before drying to increase thorough drying capability. If you’re a laundry multi-tasking pro, it may take some time getting used to waiting for the single unit process and waiting for an entire load to wash then dry.
So if you don't have space for both a washer and dryer and can't stand the thought of waiting for your clothes to hang dry, this is the solution for you. It's a robust and powerful washing and drying machine packaged into one compact product.
And because you can wash and dry your clothes with a single machine, you don't need to move your clothes from washer to dryer. That means no more running in and out of the laundry room, bending over to transfer heavy and wet clothes from one machine to the other. It also means no more letting wet clothes sit in the washer collecting mildew while you're out for the day. All you need to do is load your laundry. After the wash cycle is finished, it automatically starts the drying cycle.
Benefits of a Combo washer and dryer
When it comes to washing performance, you won't notice much difference between the combo and a comparable stand-alone unit. This compact washer/dryer features all the most important cycles and features you need and have come to expect in larger machines.
You'll also appreciate the small space your combo takes up, cutting the area required to house your laundry setup in half. This is perfect for those with limited available space, and those looking to fit their laundry in a small closet.
Convenience is another major benefit — no more shifting heavy, damp laundry from one machine to the other. And no more wet clothes sitting in their dampness until you're ready to start the drying process. As soon as washing is done, drying begins.
Purchase and operation costs are roughly the same as buying a front-loading washer and condenser dryer.
The washing capacity of this combo machine is higher than its drying capacity. That means that just because you can effectively wash a certain load doesn't mean you'll be able to dry that same size load. If you have a large household with lots of laundries, you might be better served by a separated traditional setup for your laundry.
The amount of water used by these machines can be significant-- sometimes over 50 gallons just for drying. If you want to go for a combo machine that uses heat-pump technology to dry instead of water, you'll have to pay a much higher premium.
On a related note, condensation drying also isn't quite as fast as effective as other vented machines. Reliability, in general, has improved over time relative to traditional machines, though some still have a long way to go.
Blomberg WMD24400W 24" Washer Dryer Combo
This model features 1.96 cubic feet of capacity, capable of washing 17.6 pounds of linens and drying 11 pounds. With 16 programs, 5 functions, and a long list of additional customization options like Quick Wash and Time Delay, you won’t miss out on any of the features that full-size laundry counterparts have to offer. Make sure to have a 220V connection for this unit which makes it far more efficient than other washer dryer combo's in the market.
The 25-minute quick wash function is a great feature for people who always seem to be doing laundry in a hurry, and the stainless steel drum is long-lasting and durable as well as visually striking.
Other features include the Automatic Water Adjustment System to ensure that the perfect amount of water is used for each load, plus Automatic Temperature Control that determines the perfect temperature for the water so that clothes never experience excess heat.
Tub Sanitize cycle is steam powered and helps keep up the machine fresh and clean for mold-free operation.
The Unbalance Detection System (my personal favorite due to its rather complicated and alarming name - German translation issue I guess...) makes sure that your laundry operation is always safe and risk-free, while the optimal inverter motor provides quiet, efficient and durable performance.
It features Ventless Drying Operation which uses lower temperatures to dry the load, not only saving on energy bills but also reducing wear and tear on your clothing. The water-cooled operation is another nice feature, as is the 1400 RPM spin for faster drying that’s much faster than that of many full-size competitors.
If you have limited space for a laundry and live either alone or with a small family, Blomberg's washer dryer combo, the WMD24400W, is an excellent choice for your needs. It is a fantastic product that can easily replace two separate machines while still handling all of your laundry needs.
That being said, a compact washer dryer combo isn't for everyone. You might be frustrated by the limited capacity if you have a large family or intend to complete many large loads of laundry on a regular basis.
Luckily, Blomberg is one of the best compact washer and dryer brands in the market. With all of the benefits that the Blomberg all-in-one boasts, it’s nice to know that there are options to accommodate your family’s needs. If you have a vent and space that requires vertical placement for a stacking unit, the Blomberg WM77120 and DV17542 vented washer and dryer might be a good choice.
If you are on the hunt for a stackable until but don’t have a vent, the Blomberg WM98400SX2 and DHP24412W stackable washer and dryer with a heat pump is the way to go.
But overall, Blomberg has created a world-class combo machine that goes well beyond its small size to deliver something truly impressive.
Check out our previous review of Blomberg apartment size washer dryer models in-detail in our previous article.