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The apartment we rented in Le Marais had a combo washer-dryer. One appliance specifically designed to wash clothes and dry them. Odd. I had seen these units in other rentals, but had never used one.
Our last trip to Paris came at the end of some time in Italy. We had dirty clothes. I decided to be brave and attempt a load of laundry in this unusual machine. The owner of the flat had supplied the soap pods and some basic directions.
Here's my take...the combo washer-dryer is better than nothing if you must do laundry. It washes a much slower than an individual washer, but it does the job. I found that the water is often extremely hot, so take care not too wash anything that might shrink. Or be very sure to wash it on the cold setting...not always easy in a foreign language.
The dryer is where things get interesting. The clothes are loaded to be washed and not touched again until the drying cycle is complete. The door locks and the clothes are sent spinning...first to wash and then to dry.
I found that bulkier items (jeans, socks, towels) were a bit damp and "steamed" when the entire cycle was finished. The damp things just needed to be hung somewhere to finish drying. Luckily, most European apartments seem to have radiators or heated towel bars or both.
I usually put a load in before we went to bed at night. One bonus: we were sharing this small apartment with our three children and the washer/dryer was the perfect sound machine. It provided just enough background swishing to block out any distracting city noises.
Here is the HomeAway link to the flat we rented for our last trip to Paris. We loved it!
HomeAway rental- Le Marais, Paris #687675
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