oh right...okay....didnt even think about the soaking option - I do that all the time.
Mine does that for me - has a station called 'prewash' or something. I used to wash MCN's too smile
I wouldn't get a drier and washer in one for a family personally - it would be so annoying, having to wait for a load to finish drying to put in more washing, and vice versa smile Plus I like my drier being outside as it just creates too much moisture and mould when it's inside.
ETA that my machine cost $800 - Harvey Norman was having a half price sale as there was a new model that had just come out. Apparantly (so the salesman told us) the dial was a bit fancier - it was the same machine inside. Keep an eye out for specials and sales smile