Pros / It is a small unit that doesn’t sacrifice load size.
Cons / The digital display is lacking.
Verdict / The Ariston ARWDF129NA has a compact design and a great variety of washing and drying cycles.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Washer Dryer Combos here.
The Ariston ARWDF129NA washer dryer combo is Energy Star certified and has a compact frame, with a length and width of less than 2 feet. Because of its size, you can store it in unlikely places around your apartment or condo. The unit comes with an attachment that hooks it to a bathroom or kitchen sink, making the all-in-one machine easy to use in locations without a convenient outlet. It has a full set of washer functions and controllable dryer settings.
This combination washer dryer has a drum size that’s on the lower end of the products we reviewed but makes up for it with a small footprint. It’s one of the best washer dryers for space efficiency, as it takes up little space without sacrificing washing and drying functions. With 14 different washing settings, it ties for the most in our lineup.
A lot of the small washers we reviewed only have one setting for drying, but the Ariston provides you with complete control. The timed dry is still available, and you are able to change the temperature or select a preprogrammed dryer setting. This is also one of the only washer dryer combos that allow you to choose the soil setting, so you can save water when you wash lightly soiled laundry.
The Ariston ARWDF129NA has all of the most common washer settings, including heavy duty, permanent press and delicate; however, it does not have some specialized settings. There is neither a cleaning function nor a sanitization function. This means you have to clean the unit on your own after several cycles.
The front display on this machine is lacking compared to the best washer dryer combos. The LED display is the smallest of those we reviewed and only shows the amount of time remaining in a cycle. This means you have to guess whether you’ve programmed it right after the machine is in motion.
The front door of the drum is wide, giving you plenty of room to load laundry, but the clear plastic window is a little harder to see through than others. One worthwhile feature is its ability to reduce vibrations and silence the signals that indicate when a cycle is over, making it quiet enough to run at night while your family is sleeping.
The Ariston website doesn’t look as nice as others, but there are still a lot of support options, including customer service contact information, help sections and a PDF of the manual. The warranty isn’t anything special. Ariston offers a one-year warranty on all parts and labor and a similar warranty for both the wash drum and motor. This is standard for these appliances.
The Ariston ARWDF129NA is one of the best washer dryer combos because of its small size and complete functionality. Having a full range of drying cycles is a big plus for a small unit, though the lack of a bright, digital display makes it harder to use. This is a good choice for those looking to save space.