Where do you take your comforters to be cleaned? The answer is always the same. To the big machine at the launderette on the base across town, or to the dry cleaners, both of which take extra time and money.
German washer/dryers are tiny, complicated and take roughly 9 years to complete a cycle. What I would consider a single load I usually have to split into multiple washes. You can’t fit comforters in there at all, yet ours are from Ikea, which caters to tiny European living situations. I wash 2-3 loads a day to keep up, yet I almost never come across my neighbors in the laundry room. Energy is expensive here, too. Our laundry room even has locks over the outlets to prevent anyone syphoning energy from their neighbor. So what are they doing differently?
The tub. It's stupidly obvious. It's like a lightbulb went on over my head. Dry everything for free on the 10 euro rack you can also get at Ikea, and you're done.
Our fluffy comforters that were packed and stored for months unwashed are finally out of the corner of the bedroom floor, no longer grossing me out at the thought of curling up under them.
The American way of huge water guzzling top loaders isn't the only way. Expending tons of energy isn't the best way, either. The rest of the world has always known this. We just got spoiled, and forgot.