All in One Machine

Some History

Washers and dryers have been combined before — the Bendix company made the first one in 1953, and GE followed in 1956. They disappeared off the market because they didn't work very well, and had heating elements more like an oven than a dryer.

GE Combo

Other Parts of the World

In other parts of the world, notably Europe and Asia, combo machines have existed for many years. In those markets, washing machines are notably smaller than U.S. models (about 2/3 the physical size), so the combo machines are also small.

Side by Side Machines

If you see combos advertised by major manufacturers, look closely at the specs. If they are 24" cabinets (which all of them are!) they look like the machine on the right in that photo. If you live by yourself on a boat, maybe that's a good choice for you — the rest of us need the capacity and performance of a Marathon.

Stackers Suck

If you have limited space, perhaps you are considering a "stacker", where the dryer is on top of the washer. For any given manufacturer, these are usually not their best models — they are sort of "apartment models" and they are often smaller and have fewer features than the premium models. Plus they're hard to use, having to load the dryer way up in the air.

Vented vs Ventless Drying

Ventless Drying

What we think of in the U.S. as a "dryer" did not exist in other countries until very recently. Laundry has simply been line-dried in most places. Houses outside the U.S. typically do not have a 4" hole in the wall for the dryer vent — especially if you live in the U.K. in a house with stone walls that are a foot thick....

Because of the lack of dryer infrastructure (and familiarity with vented dryers), essentially all existing combo units on the market are ventless drying technology.

A ventless dryer evaporates water from your clothes into the air, then condenses the water vapor back into water and pumps it down the drain.

Remember middle school science, when water evaporates, the air becomes "saturated" with water vapor and it rains? That's kind of how a ventless dryer works — or doesn't work, because it's always a rainy day inside the machine, and evaporation slows down. Drying times in a ventless dryer can be 5 or 6 hours.

Saturation

Marathon Vented Drying

We have pioneered fully vented combo machines, which dry just like conventional, U.S. dryers, by blowing the wet air into your back yard.

It works much better than ventless drying technology.

Our machines are full size and fully vented. It matters.

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