If you’re looking for Splendide washer dryer combo reviews, you’re in the right place.
I spent close to a dozen hours researching (and testing when possible) both the 2100XC and 7100XC models. Not only for this review, but also for my list of the best washer-dryers for RVs.
While both models did have some flaws (as does any product), I did find both of them to be durable, reliable, and good at washing and drying. That being said, I dive into each model below, and explain who they’re for, what they do well, and where they fall short.
Let’s get started!
Splendide 2100XC Washer Dryer Combo Review
The first product I’ll be introducing is the vented 2100XC. I ranked it on my list of the best washer dryer combos for RVs, and it’s a good fit for anyone that lives in a motorhome, boat, or small apartment.
While the Splendide 2100XC isn’t my favorite product I reviewed, it is a good choice.
It’s extremely durable, and actually built for RVs and boats where it’s going to be rocking and bouncing around. The biggest issue about this machine is the fact that it wrinkles clothes badly. This is a normal problem with washer-dryers, but it seems like common fixes such as fabric softener and pulling clothes early don’t work with the 2100XC. That being said, it does wash and dry well, and a full cycle only takes around 180 minutes.
Since the machine is vented, your laundry won’t come out damp like most other products, unless you overload it.
I always find it wise to set expectations surrounding these machines in general. They aren’t going to wash or dry quite as well as standalone products, but that simply comes with the territory. That being said, the Splendide washer dryer combo I reviewed did a better job at both these functions than the majority of its counterparts.
If you can afford the space for separate units at home, that may be a better option. But I would happily recommend this product to my friends living in RVs, boats, and small apartments.
This machine actually does a good job at washing clothes. There were two main things that I felt like made it a stand-out in this category.
First is the fact that it can hold a lot of clothes. The load capacity in this Splendide washer dryer combo is 15lbs, which is significantly more than other versions I reviewed. Take for example the Equator Super Combo and Conserv 4400N, both at 13lbs.
This is nice because users tend to wash more laundry than most all-in-one combos are capable of, which results in wrinkles and clothes that aren’t fully clean. With the 2100XC, there’s a much smaller chance of this happening, and you can also burn through your load of laundry faster. I’ve heard of people washing queen, even king, comforters with no problems, which isn’t typical for most compact units.
Second, I picked up on the fact that this machine has a bi-directional drum. If you don’t know what that means, the cylinder inside spins both clockwise and counter-clockwise. This is actually an important feature because it unballs laundry once it’s been spun one direction, releasing bound up dirt and hair. Point is, it spins both ways which means your laundry will end up cleaner.
While this machine might struggle with very soiled clothing like most out there, it should be able to handle your everyday load.
The Splendide 2100XC drys well, but it does leave a lot of wrinkles.
Because the unit is connected to a dryer vent, it’s able to produce more heat. Which in turn, produces dryer clothes. A lot of people actually prefer vented washer-dryers over ventless models because of this fact.
If you have a vent in your apartment, or can install one in your rig, I would recommend this machine. Unlike other all-in-one combos, it fully dries your clothes and doesn’t leave you needing to air dry anything. A typical drying cycle takes around 120 minutes to complete. (A quick note here, shorten your vent hose if possible. It can actually shorten a dry cycle by as much as 20 minutes).
Now, that being said, you might struggle with this Splendide washer dryer combo if you don’t like wrinkles. This was one of the two major problems I ran into with this product (the other being shaking). Using fabric softener doesn’t tend to help. Even when you pull clothes early and let them air dry, it tends to leave wrinkles. I did receive mentions of using dryer balls and low spin cycles as possible solutions.
The 2100XC I reviewed doesn’t contain the same amount of features as the Conserv 4200 and Equator Super Combo, but it’s still flexible enough for most. With 10 wash cycles, and 3 dry modes, it gives you plenty of options.
However, there are a few things I don’t like. First off, the buttons for each cycle aren’t labeled by name. Instead, you’re looking at numbers and you have to cross-reference that with the cycles listed on the front of the detergent tray. It’s not a huge problem, but it’s still a little inconvenient.
Also, there’s no bell or sound to signal that the cycle is finished, which is also a little frustrating if you’re used to that noise.
The second problem I have with this Splendide washer dryer combo is the fact that you have to winterize it manually. This isn’t a problem within itself, there’s plenty of other machines that function this way. However at the time of this writing there weren’t any instructions in the manual on how to do it.
However, there is a lot to like about the features of this product. For starters, you have the ability to select the washing temperature, extend the drying time, add an extra rinse cycle, and turn down the spin speed. All of these help you dial in what works best for you.
I mentioned in the “drying” section of this review that the 2100XC does have a problem with wrinkling clothes. The lower spin speed is actually a very convenient feature that helps prevent this.
The #1 thing I noticed about the design of this product was how robust it was. It’s built to last in a variety of environments, including on a rocking boat or bouncy RV.
Since it’s designed with those on the road in mind, the 2100XC does come with heavy springs and shock absorbers which help extend its life. That’s less money in the long run spent on repairs and new machines.
This product is 33 inches tall, 23 inches wide, and 22-1/2 inches deep. It isn’t the smallest washer dryer combo I’ve looked at, but it should fit fine in an apartment or RV. I would always double check the dimensions of where you’d like to put it but you should be fine. However, you do want two people moving this guy around. It doesn’t have finger holds on the sides, and at 145 lbs, it can become pretty unwieldy.
This Splendide model does include a built-in lint trap, which is nice because it means you won’t have to be clearing it off constantly. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this feature though because it does lengthen drying time as it fills. There’s a flush procedure to clear any lint, although I haven’t tried it myself. This product also has an extra-wide opening door, which is nice when you have the space for it. It gives you a little more room to put in your laundry without bumping into things.
The final thing I have to say about the design of this machine is that it is vented. If you’re installing this in an apartment, you’ll need to make sure that you have the proper hookups. If you’re in a motorhome or boat, you’ll want to ensure you’re handy enough to cut the holes and run the vent hose yourself, or have the money to hire someone. That being said, vented combos are nice because they dry faster/better, and this model comes with long water hoses (8-10 feet) that make it a little easier to get them into place.
The Splendide washer dryer combo that I reviewed is noisy. It was the noisiest of any machine I looked at, but only for one reason. It shakes.
A lot of machines tend to make your motorhome rock, but this one is especially bad. Most people that shared their experience with this machine did mention that fact. Now, there are shipping bolts on the back, and if you don’t remove those then you’re in for a world of hurt. But even after pulling those out, it does like to make noise.
That being said, a few things that help include leveling the machine well, and securing it to the floor with brackets.
I don’t have much to say about the efficiency of this product. To be honest, there’s not much information out there on the subject. But in general, compact washer-dryers are pretty minimal in the amount of energy/water they use.
Splendide’s warranty on this product is the industry’s standard length of one year, and it covers any parts and labor due to manufacturer defects.
Like I said, this is the standard, but doesn’t impress me when compared to the LG WM3488HW and the Conserv 4400N. Also, I haven’t heard great things about Splendide’s customer service. Whether it’s the run around on trying to get replacement parts from the manufacturer or calling in for a repair.
Splendide 7100XC Washer Dryer Combo Review
The second product I looked at is the ventless version of the 2100XC. Once again, this model made it into the top seven washer dryer combos for an RV, and I’d be one to recommend this machine.
The Splendide 7100XC is actually a pretty impressive machine that I ranked highly on my list of the best washer dryer combos. That being said, I’d recommend this machine to my friends and family.
It’s durable, like it’s vented counterpart, and made with tough materials that help reduce wear and tear over time. And since it’s designed for RVers on the road, it will work well in your motorhome. If you live in a small apartment or boat, people buy this model for those living spaces as well.
It is a ventless washer-dryer, which means it uses a condensing chamber to clean your clothes, not a vent. Typically, I hear negative things about how well ventless machines dry laundry, but that’s not the case with the 7100XC. It does a much better job and I heard very, very few people complain about damp clothes.
In fact, my only beef with this machine is the quality and durability of some of the exterior components, which I talk about further down.
Overall, you’d be in good hands picking this machine. Splendide has done a good job with this product and you’ll be happy with how well it functions. Let’s dig into it below:
The ventless Splendide washer dryer combo that I reviewed does a good job at washing clothes.
It does have the exact same capacity as the Splendide 2100XC of around 15 lbs, which is significantly more than other competing products. Most all-in-one combos have a small capacity and are often overloaded by users that are used to their larger, standalone units at home. However, the 7100XC reduces this issue, and you’ll be able to crank through that pile of laundry quicker. I’ve even heard of people washing queen and small king size comforters with this model.
This machine also has a bi-directional drum, which spins your laundry both clockwise and counter-clockwise. The nice thing about this is that it unrolls balled up clothes and releases the dirt and hair stuck inside. Which in turn, ensures your clothes come out a little cleaner and you’re a little happier.
A quick note here about washing. If you read the owner’s manual you are asked to run a “test” cycle that helps clean out any grease and debris from the manufacturing process. I would highly recommend doing this as it will help get rid of that rubber smell you get with most new machines.
Ventless washer-dryers get a bad rap when it comes to drying out laundry. They use a condensing chamber to get rid of steam and excess moisture instead of a vent, and typically you’re left with damp clothes. However, I didn’t find that to be the case with the Splendide 7100XC I reviewed.
Most people were actually really happy with how dry their clothes came out. One user did tell me that running a cotton cycle was better because the fast spin cycle dries the clothes more than others. This process does heat up the outside of the machine, but you can still hold a hand to it so it’s not that bad. I would, however, be careful opening the door at the end of a load because it does release a lot of hot steam.
Some people do complain about their clothes coming out wrinkled, but not any more than what I usually see with other products. And far less than what I saw with the 2100XC. That being said, pulling the clothes out quickly and hanging them does help, as well as smaller load sizes. Wool dryer balls are also a good solution to getting rid of wrinkles.
Overall, you’ll be pleased with how dry your laundry comes out.
The features on the 7100XC are very similar to its ventless counterpart. It’s not the best I’ve seen in this category, but you still have a lot of flexibility with 10 wash cycles and 3 dry modes.
The control panel is a little confusing, since you select cycles with a dial marked 1 through 13. The mode correlated with each number is marked on the detergent tray, but I still don’t love this fact because it does add a little extra work to your day. You will, however, be able to see the progress of your load with the small LED indicators located on the front of the machine.
You’ll also have to winterize the machine manually since it doesn’t include an automated option for this. This is more of an inconvenience but it is exacerbated by the fact that there isn’t any clear instructions in the manual on how to do it. The water also likes to collect in the bottom of the drum as you’re trying to drain it.
However, those two factors are minor, especially when you consider that you can control the washing temperature, spin speed, dryer time, and even add an extra rinse cycle from the control panel. All of these are great because it allows you to dial in the process and eliminate wrinkles, damp clothes, etc.
This Splendide washer dryer combo is built to endure. It’s durable, and should last you for a long time before you need to switch it out.
The drum is made from stainless steel, and should go forever. In addition, the rest of the machine is made from metal, with plastic components here and there. Inside, you have heavy duty shock absorbers and springs. All of this makes for a product that can stand up to the constant bouncing of an RV or boat.
In addition, I think most people will like the extra-wide opening door because it does give you more room to work with when loading the machine.
The dimensions of the machine are 33 inches tall, 23-½ inches wide, and 22-½ inches deep. In addition, you don’t need to install a dryer vent, just water hookups. All of this makes it ideal for tight spaces and people that don’t have or want a vent. It should fit fine in most RVs and boats, and it will definitely squeeze into an apartment.
This unit also has a built-in lint trap, which is convenient if you hate cleaning up lint every time you start up a load like I do. You’ll notice the drying time lengthen as it fills, but this can be fixed with a quick flush.
The only design feature I didn’t like was the hoses on this machine. Your hot and cold water hookups are made from plastic, which means they’re more prone to tearing or leaking, but they’re easily replaced with metal ones.
This machine is actually pretty quiet.
In fact, it’s a lot quieter than its counterpart the 2100XC. Part of this is because it shakes far less. It still shakes a little bit, which is normal for most compact machines, especially during the spin cycle. But it’s not going to cause an earthquake in your apartment.
There’s not much information out there about the energy and water efficiency of this Splendide washer dryer combo. That being said, it is a compact machine, and in general, you’re looking at far less waste than more traditional, separate products.
Splendide offers its customers a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
This is pretty typical for most companies out there. It’s good, but it’s not great like the warranties of the LG WM3488HW and the Conserv 4400N. On top of that, I haven’t heard great things about Splendide’s customer service, although I’ve never had the chance to use them.
The Splendide 2100XC and 7100 XC I reviewed are good products. However, if you’re not a fan of their warranty, the shaking, or the wrinkling, here’s a few alternatives to consider:
LG WM3488HW – This product has by far the best warranty on the market.
Conserv 4400N – This model is more versatile and also has a longer warranty.
Giantex Twin Tub – This machine is very small and portable, which is a great option in case size is an issue.
Concluding Thoughts About Splendide Washer Dryer Combos
Overall, I would be one to recommend both the Splendide 2100XC and 7100XC. They’re both good products, and they’re going to last a long, long time. If you’re in the market, here’s a great place to start!