Splendide Combo Washer/Dryer

Last updated date: December 3, 2019

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8.9


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Overall Take

Its near-silent operation is a hallmark of the Splendide Combo. It's just as efficient as it is compact, with an auto-load sensor to minimize water use. This washer is also remarkably easy to operate, thanks to a self-cleaning filter and other features. In our analysis of 87 expert reviews, the Splendide Splendide Combo Washer/Dryer placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Front Load Washing Machines for a detailed review of all the top front load washing machines.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
190 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Using the Splendide is very easy. You just throw in a load, choose what wash cycle you want, set how long you want to dry the clothes, and push start. You can even add laundry during the cycle without creating a big mess or having to start all over. For maintenance, the filter cleans itself and removes lint, so you don’t even have to do that.
- ratingle
The Splendide WD2100XC is well-known in the RV community for being the perfect alternative to cumbersome and frequent trips to the laundromat.
- The Spruce
June 27, 2019 | Full review
There are a lot of good reasons behind this. Firstly, this particular setup has a large capacity. The maximum washing capacity is around fifteen pounds while the drying capacity is at eleven pounds.
- Rainy Adventures
The machine is easy to use and choose the wash cycle you want.
- Driving Life
The unit is suited to an RV’S limited space because of its small size and portable nature
- 10 Best Ranked
July 8, 2019 | Full review
It is a front loading compact washing machine and dryer all in one so it is great for laundry shops and the like.
- Jen Reviews
This is a nice machine for RVs as it offers a level of comfort you do not discover often in an RV. This lightweight machine also is effective in condominiums, flats, Apartments, and other residing places with only a little
- Product Best Reviews
Using technologies that Splendide has developed, this is a nice and silent washer-dryer combo that you can run all day, and the noise is so minimal that you’ll barely be able to hear it.
- Smart Smarter Smartest
Low Maintenance – Lint passes safely through a ‘self-cleaning pump’ and then out the drain or dryer vent – so there’s no messy wash or dry filter for you to clean.
- Washer/Dryer Comboz
I also like the built-in automatic load sense as it helps limit the water consumed by it once it detects that a load does not have that many clothes.
- US Auto Authority
It is remarkably silent when washing because they use brushless AC motors. Noise during washing is a big turn off for almost everyone.
- Wheel Area
It has an automatic water level control that adjusts to maximize efficiency, but there are options to set it for low spin or water temperature, depending on the specific requirements of the items in each load.
- RV Expertise
Thanks to the stability regulator, the Splendide WD2100XC generates little noise in operation. The washer dryer control is quite simple so you should have no trouble putting it to good use. Due to the extra wide door, it’s easy to fill the inside of the washer dryer with clothes and alike.
- Outdoor Fact
August 7, 2019 | Full review
The final verdict is that the Splendide 2100XC performs quite well for it’s price and size, and since it was made for RV use you don’t have to worry about it breaking as you drive down the road.
- Canadian Renegade
March 14, 2017 | Full review
Again, because we opted for vented, it dries faster.
- LongbyFive
February 8, 2018 | Full review
Overall, we love this unit and highly recommend it. If we had it to do over again, we would still make this one of our first purchases.
- Here and There with Scott and Jackie
November 28, 2013 | Full review
The Splendide (WD2100XC) provides you with a super fast and maximum 1200 rpm spin, which ensures your cotton fabrics dry up faster. This washing machine also gives you 10 wash cycles and 3 dry cycles along with a dry time selector. The result is you get the best experiences when washing your fabrics.
- OpenStead
June 12, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
When you use the Splendide, your clothes end up with more wrinkles than they would with conventional dryers. Prepare to use an iron. Limiting the kinds of clothes you put in the dryer might help as well, as clothes like blouses just get wrinklier than jeans.
- ratingle
However, since this model from Splendide doesn’t include a lint filter, you shouldn’t use a dryer sheet in the machine and may need to clean the vent line and hose periodically.
- The Spruce
June 27, 2019 | Full review
Tends to vibrate when it operates
- Rainy Adventures
Some clothes or fabrics may end up with more wrinkles. So avoid using silk like fabrics in the machine.
- Driving Life
There is only one thing the Splendide lacks; it is a delay option. The absence of a delay option means you cannot schedule washes.
- 10 Best Ranked
July 8, 2019 | Full review
The drying function requires venting the hot air outside, which might be a problem in some households.
- Washer/Dryer Comboz
Lacks a delay option, causing you to be unable to do schedule washes
- US Auto Authority
It complicated and required the use of a manual for a couple of days
- Wheel Area
Requires installation of ventilation system
- RV Expertise
Might wrinkle your clothes
- Outdoor Fact
August 7, 2019 | Full review
The one main issue we had with this machine was when the internal exhaust tube became clogged with lint. The issue wasn’t too hard to fix and if it happens again we will be able to remedy it lot easier the second time now that we know what to do.
- Canadian Renegade
March 14, 2017 | Full review
Unfortunately, there were NO stickers or anything on the inside that would suggest on where a good place to drill a hole for a vent should be placed.
- LongbyFive
February 8, 2018 | Full review
We also learned that you really don’t want the dry cycle to get the clothes completely dry. If that happens the clothes get a bit “crispy” and come out more wrinkled.
- Here and There with Scott and Jackie
November 28, 2013 | Full review
Its durable design is only possible with proper maintenance.
- OpenStead
June 12, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Splendide White Vented Washer/Dryer Combo - Splendide's extra capacity washer-dryer with super silent, brushless AC motor delivers class leading capacity, performance and quietness in a space saving package. A perfect RV travel companion. Getting started is as simple as choosing a wash cycle, setting a dry time and pressing start. Extra wide door opening makes loading easy. Soft touch electronic knobs turn easily. Display up-to-the-minute cycle status. Laundry aids are added automatically and water level is adjusted to maximize efficiency. Bi-directional drum rotation reduces fabric wrinkling and improves wash and dry results. Super-fast 1200 rpm spin helps heavy cottons dry up to 20 percent faster. Self-cleaning filter removes lint automatically. Features a 15 pound wash capacity, 11 pound dry capacity, 10 wash cycles, 3 dry cycles, and a dry time selector. Extra options like water temp, low heat, low spin and extra rinse tailor the cycle. Quality-built for RV travel, with heavy-duty springs and shock absorbers and a durable stainless steel drum.

Overall Product Rankings

1. LG Stackable Front Load Washer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Electrolux Titanium Front Load Laundry Pair
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Splendide Combo Washer/Dryer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
4. Electrolux Front Load Laundry Pair
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Bosch Front Load Laundry Pair
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Encore Front Load Washer
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
7. LG Steam Washer/Dryer
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 17
8. Maytag Stackable Front Load Washing Machine
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
9. WHIRLPOOL Front Load Electric Dryer
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 0
10. Bosch Stackable Front Load Washer
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
11. GE Front Load Steam Washer
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Front Load Washing Machines

When you’re picturing a washing machine, a lot of people still pull up a mental image from the laundromat: rows and rows of top-loading washers, all dutifully churning away.

Maybe that traditional image is why top-loading washers are still out there in many homes. And while top-loaders may fit the needs (and budget) of the average laundromat, front-loading washers are the way to go for many homeowners.

To get a fair comparison, let’s get a quick look at how these two types of washing machines work. As you might imagine, top-loading washers are called that because that’s how the clothes are loaded in: through the top. Once they’re in the drum, it fills up with enough water to submerge the clothes, the amount of which can generally be adjusted by load size. The machine then dumps in whatever detergent you’ve added, and the wash cycle begins.

In a traditional top-loading washer, that cleaning is done primarily with an agitator. That’s a large column in the middle of the drum with paddles running diagonally down the side, reminiscent of a boat propeller. The agitator spins at various speeds and in various directions, rubbing dirt and particles off the clothes and distributing detergent through the mix.

That agitator is great for getting out stains, but it’s also a bit rough on delicate materials. That’s why you see an increasing number of top-loading washers marked as high-efficiency. That means, among other things, that there’s no agitator in the middle of the drum. Clothes are simply cleaned by the spinning action of the drum, which rubs clothes repeatedly against each other and the serrated edges on the sides.

All front-loading washing machines work on that same basic principle, too. Rather than a hatch at the top, you put clothes into a front-loading washer through a door at the front. During that high-efficiency wash cycle, clothes are spun on a horizontal axis. The difference here is that there’s no need to fill the entire drum. The wash load is simply dipped repeatedly into a reservoir of water at the bottom as it rotates through. Not only does that kinetic action help with the cleaning, but it also saves a ton of water.

And there you have the primary attraction for front-loading washers over their top-fed counterparts: energy efficiency. On average, front-loaders use five gallons less water per load, which adds up to a savings of 2,000 gallons per year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of money off the utility bill. The actual amount used can vary greatly by model and its individual settings, but penny-pinchers or the environmentally conscious will want to look for an Energy Star certification. That means the washer will use no more than 14 gallons per load.

You can still wash plenty of clothes per cycle in a front load washer, even though it uses less water. “The standard-sized front loader is between a 4.2 and 4.5 cubic foot capacity, which can easily accommodate a queen-sized comforter,” says Vicki Liston, host of “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement show. “Compact versions can go as low as 3.5 cubic feet while large capacity versions range upward from 4.5 to over 6 cubic feet, perfect for large families and king-sized comforters.”

With no agitator, front-loading washers are also more gentle on delicate fabrics, while still performing as well or better than the latest top-loaders. There’s a bunch of other areas in which the average front-loader comes out on top. Most will have a larger capacity, especially when compared to old-school agitator washers. And the construction benefits from gravity, allowing for a faster spin in many cases.

Your results will vary by model and manufacturer, of course, and there are a few minor hassles inherent to front-loaders. For starters, they generally require a bit more maintenance. And older or less mobile consumers take heed: Loading your wash on the front means kneeling down, a necessity that top-loaders do not have. Of course, there is a simple way around that problem, such as mounting the washer on a pedestal or dryer. (Or simply buying a washer/dryer combo that is set up that way from the get-go.)

And as you can guess with any technological advancement, they do tend to cost a bit more. Shop around, though! These days, you can find some fairly advanced features even on washers that are very affordable.

DYWM Fun Fact

Is your washing machine giving you fits? Look up “washing machine throw” on Google, and you’ll find some pretty cathartic videos. Yes, there is a world record for the distance you can throw a washing machine, and there’s a surprising amount of people who are constantly attempting to break it. The actual official record distance is a little murky, but American Sean McCarthy chucked one 15 feet and 9 inches at a Cincinnati Reds game in 2015. That’s right up there with Hafthór Björnsson (better known as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane from Game of Thrones), who hurled one over 15 feet in 2013.

The Front Load Washing Machine Buying Guide

  • When buying any washer, the various settings, spin speeds and features are going to be the first things that catch your eye. Just remember that none of them mean much if the unit doesn’t fit in your utility room. You’ll want to look at the dimensions of a new washer, and add in plenty of extra space at the front to accommodate the opening door and your chore-doing self. Speaking of the door, which way does it open? Figuring that into the equation will save you some head-slapping later. Many models even have doors that can installed on the left or right as needed.
  • Speaking of saving space, top-loading washers might be more compact, especially when you add in the space for that opening door. But front-loaders can more than make up for that liability with the ability to stack laundry items — or even a dryer — on top. Not all front-loading washers are built that way, though. Take a look at the controls and detergent receptacle and make sure they’re not mounted on the top where they can get covered up. Most washers will give a heads up in the manual or warranty regarding their weight capacity.
  • Read enough reviews for front-loading washers, and you’ll find that a lot of the negative ones have one thing in common: mold. It’s true that it can be a problem for some budget washers, but it’s usually quite fixable. The issue stems from the way front-loaders operate. Unlike a top-loader, the door seals tightly to make sure the water doesn’t spill out during the washing process. That’s great, but what happens when the wash is all done? The residual moisture still gets trapped inside the drum, and that allows mold to grow. If you don’t mind leaving the door open when the washer isn’t in use, that can help a great deal. You might also wipe down the interior after each wash, making sure to get inside the folds of the gasket around the door. If that’s too much upkeep, most front-loading washers do have a self-cleaning cycle. Just run it once a month or as directed, using a special cleaning fluid that will absorb the moisture and eliminate any smells that come with it.
  • Home improvement expert Liston has a few more tips for keeping your washer smelling fresh. “Remove your clean loads as soon as they finish. It’s also smart to run a monthly empty load with two cups of either white vinegar or bleach to remove detergent and fabric softener build-up.”
  • No matter how fancy your washer is, you’ll need to give it the tools to do its job effectively. That means using the right kind of detergent, which is HE. That stands for high efficiency, and it was developed for use as newer washers came on the market that did not use as much water. In the agitator-style washers, detergent was designed to get sudsy. Those suds would ostensibly hold the dirt and keep it from getting re-applied to the fabric. In the more energy-efficient front-loading washers, those suds can’t do their work as well in the smaller reservoir of water. They might even end up spilling out of your detergent receptacle or oozing through your door. Even in the best case scenario, the suds will end up sticking to your clothes, making them feel abrasive or itchy. HE detergent produces little or no suds, using a different reaction to pull stains away and keep them in the solution.
  • Experiment with the amount of detergent you use, too. Filling up the detergent cup too much won’t necessarily lead to cleaner clothes. If your load is especially small, it can even make them filmy or result in icky leftover detergent. It will save you money and headaches to do a little reading, both on your detergent bottle and washer manual. Is your detergent a 2X concentrate (meaning double the concentration of cleaning fluid)? Use half as much as you normally would. And start with the guidelines in your washer manual, which generally recommend using less detergent than your bottle might say.
  • Finally, don’t overload your clothes. Washer repairmen say that’s the top cause of wear and tear on front-loading washers. Heavy loads of clothes put plenty of strain on the back bearings that keep the drum in place, and those can get mighty expensive to replace.