I think it is time for American consumers be given the option to purchase a combination washer and dyer. The appliance industry in America has protected its market by offering only the separate units for decades. But, living situations have changed, with more consumers living in smaller spaces and living alone, but their options for laundry are still limited.
Do we still want to devote an entire room to laundry, must it be in the basement, must we unload one unit to fill another, might we wash smaller loads if it was convenient, can washing and drying be combined into a single unit?
Video on the History of the Washing Machine