• Washer: Electrolux EFLS627UTT

  • Dryer: Electrolux EFME627UTT

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Washer and Dryer Sets

  • Other Washer and Dryer Sets We Tested

  • More Articles You Might Enjoy

Our Favorite Washer and Dryer Sets of 2020

  1. Best Overall

    Electrolux EFLS627UTT

    Pros

    • Pod detergent slot

    • Excellent stain removal

    • 15-minute Fast Wash

    Cons

    • Expensive

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  2. Best Overall

    Electrolux EFME627UTT

    Pros

    • Heavy cycle done in one hour

    • 99% dry clothes

    • Steam options

    Cons

    • Normal cycle takes over an hour and a half

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Best Overall
Washer: Electrolux EFLS627UTT

The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front-load washer stands as one of the best front-load washers on the market. One reason? It is the world's first washer to have a special place for detergent pods in the drawer, allowing for even distribution of soap. However, this washer also has powerful stain removal and high-efficiency cycles; it managed to do a solid stain-removal job in both the 46-minute-long Normal cycle and the 15-minute-long Quick cycle.

The EFLS627UTT has a stainless steel tub and is chock-full of features and options including Sanitize, Perfect Steam, StainSoak, and Extended Refresh. StainSoak reheats and recirculates the detergent so that it has more time to tackle your really tough stains. Extended Refresh is great for those who can't stick around to immediately get wet laundry into the dryer; it continues to tumble your wet laundry in the washer until you get home. Between the bevy of features and great cleaning performance, it's no surprise that the EFLS627UTT is our favorite washer.

Pros

  • Pod detergent slot

  • Excellent stain removal

  • 15-minute Fast Wash

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Overall
Dryer: Electrolux EFME627UTT

The Electrolux EFME627UTT dryer is great-looking, has simple controls, and is rich with cycles and options, including Perfect Steam, which can help to relax any wrinkles away. Its Quick Dry cycle completes in a mere 15 minutes. Though the Normal cycle is slow, the Heavy cycle takes only an hour. While cycle times may vary, we found that the Normal and Delicates cycles both got our test loads 100% dry, and that temperatures never got hot enough to start damaging clothes. The Electrolux EFME627UTT represents the perfect balance between cycle times and cycle temperatures.

As the counterpart to the stellar Electrolux EFLS627UTT washing machine that has a spot in the detergent drawer for laundry pods, this dryer is another great addition to the Electrolux laundry family. The gas version of this dryer is the Electrolux EFMG627UTT.

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, Stacking kit

Pros

  • Heavy cycle done in one hour

  • 99% dry clothes

  • Steam options

Cons

  • Normal cycle takes over an hour and a half

How We Tested

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).

With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.

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The Tests

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Every washing machine that comes into Reviewed’s labs gets put through the same tests, which address both performance and user-friendliness. Performance tests include:

  • Stain removal – On a strip of AHAM-approved stains (which includes cocoa, sweat, pig’s blood, red wine, and oil), how much of each stain can this washing machine remove?

  • Wear and tear – During a given cycle, how hard is the mechanical action of the washing machine on your clothes?

  • Water retention – How much water does your washing machine spin out at the end of the cycle?

  • Cycle time – How long is each washing machine cycle?

The best washing machines have solid stain-removal abilities, do not damage your clothes, retain little water, and have short cycle times.

Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each washing machine, based on what we experience both during testing and more casual use. We want to answer one question: How easy is it to actually use this washing machine? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, door, detergent dispenser, and any smart features that are included.

Dryers

Every dryer that comes into Reviewed’s labs gets put through the same tests for both performance and user-friendliness.

Performance tests include:

  • Drying performance – How much water does each major dryer cycle actually remove from your clothes, and how quickly can it achieve that level of dryness?
  • Maximum temperature – We record the maximum temperature in each dryer cycle. Some like it hot, but if dryer temperatures are too high, they could damage your clothes.
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We wrap a temperature reader in a sock and throw it in with a dryer load to see how hot the dryer actually gets on each cycle.

The best dryers have short cycle times, and completely dry your clothes at a temperature that is hot (140°F-150°F), but not too hot (lest your clothes be scorched or damaged).

We also assess the usability of each dryer. Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: How easy is it to actually use this dryer? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, door, vent, and any smart features that are included.

What You Should Know About Washer and Dryer Sets

While it's cheaper to replace just a washer or a dryer when one dies, there are definitely some advantages to buying a laundry pair. First, the products in a laundry pair are designed to work with one another. For instance, if a washing machine does a great job of removing stains from a laundry load, but has a tougher time spinning out all of the water, the dryer can be programmed to anticipate extra-wet clothes and run at temperatures hot enough to remove all of the moisture. This way, you end up with clean, dry clothes after one full laundry cycle. On the other hand, if you pick a washer and a dryer that are unrelated to one another, you could end up with a washer that leaves clothes wet, and a dryer that doesn't know to compensate appropriately.

You should also consider buying a laundry pair if there's a chance you'll want or need to stack the washer and dryer. Pairs of washers and dryers are often stackable if you purchase a kit.

Lastly, if aesthetics or branding matter to you, having an unmatching washer and dryer set might cause you agitation every time you peek into your laundry room.


Other Washer and Dryer Sets We Tested

Washer: Electrolux EFLS527UTT

The Electrolux EFLS527UTT has the same general performance and features as the Electrolux EFLS627UTT washer, including the pod detergent slot. However, it shines in its own right: its Delicates cycle is particularly gentle on your clothes, while the Heavy cycle is among the most effective stain-removing cycles we've ever tested, which is really saying something.

The EFLS527UTT also has a clever feature called StainTreat II, which allows you to select certain wash program options for especially difficult stains like blood and chocolate. Additionally, the cycle times are generally shorter than they are in the Electrolux EFLS627UTT, so if you're short on time, but you still want stellar stain removal, the Electrolux EFLS527UTT is the washer for you. Additional cycle options like Activewear Cycle, Sanitize, and Perfect Steam mean that this washer is worth every penny.

Pros

  • Excellent stain removal

  • Pod detergent slot

  • Gentle Delicates cycle

Cons

  • None that we could find

Dryer: Electrolux EFME527UTT

The Electrolux EFME527UTT dryer is great-looking, easy to control, and full of cycles and options. Like the Electrolux EFME627UTT, it has the detergent drawer for laundry pods and Perfect Steam, which is powered by its built-in water heater to maximize hot water temperatures for sanitizing, wrinkle removal, static removal, and odor removal.

Its Quick Dry cycle finishes in a mere 18 minutes, which is a huge selling point. While not every cycle is as short as Quick Dry, each cycle is effective at drying wet clothes without raising the temperature to extremes high enough to damage fabric. If you want both the bells and whistles and the great dryer performance, look no further than the Electrolux EFME527UTT. The gas version of this dryer is the Electrolux EFMG527UTT.

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, Stacking kit

Pros

  • User-friendly controls

  • Near-perfect drying

  • Steam options

Cons

  • None that we could find

Washer: Miele W1 WWH860

The Miele W1 WWH860 blows most compact washers out of the water. Not only does compact front-load washer satisfy the needs to fit in a laundry closet or tiny home, but it also has innovations that we’d normally see on a full-sized flagship model.

What really impressed us was this Miele’s versatility. For example, this model comes with TwinDos—a feature that utilizes pre-filled detergent and oxygen bleach cartridges to automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent, giving you the optimum clean. Speaking of cleaning, our lab tests show that the Normal cycle (running for 1 hour and 23 minutes) is one of the best in its class. With the Miele W1, high-tech features combined with good-old-fashioned scrubbing makes for a top-notch compact washer.

Pros

  • Compact design

  • Excellent stain removal

  • Built-in detergent tanks

Cons

  • Expensive

Dryer: Miele TWI180 WP

When it comes to space-saving dryers, the Miele TWI180 WP tops the list. Unlike most compact dryers, the TWI180 WP can plug into any regular 120V outlet and work just fine. It doesn’t even need a vent or drain. Instead, all the excess water gets pumped into a drawer in the upper-left corner of the unit, or can be rerouted to go down the drain. While it does require you to empty it out after every cycle, it means this dryer needs no extra infrastructure to run. During testing, the TWI180 WP got laundry more than 96 percent dry on the Normal, Express, and Delicates cycles, all while keeping its internal temperature under 150°F—the point which fabric starts to degrade.

The TWI180 WP also has steam options to eliminate wrinkles, and a system called FragranceDos that keeps your clothes smelling fresh, but not overwhelming them with scents. While it performed well overall, the menus can be tough to navigate, and cycles may take a bit longer than you expect. Even considering its faults, the Miele TWI180 WP is one helluva dryer, compact or otherwise.

Frequently purchased accessories: Storage pedestal, stacking kit with storage drawer, stacking kit, UltraColor powder detergent

Pros

  • Plugs into 120 V outlet

  • Ventless

  • 99.5% clothes dry

Cons

  • Expensive

Washer: LG WM3700HWA

We love LG front loader washing machines, and the LG WM3700HWA is one of the reasons why. In addition to its stellar cleaning performance, it's also one of the most water- and energy-efficient washers we've tested. With a dizzying array of features, including an Allergiene cycle that combats pet dander, to the Add Garments button, which allows you to easily pause the cycle and throw in more laundry, it's not surprising that we found this washer to be a people-pleaser.

Even better, the WM3700HWA has a door stop that props the door open after a cycle finishes to help the door gasket dry. This feature may seem minor, but allowing the gasket proper time to dry can prevent mold growth that results in terrible smells. One thing to consider is that the control panel isn't backlit, so to prevent eyestrain, we recommend this washer for well-lit laundry rooms, rather than sparsely-lit basements. That shouldn't be a problem though, since this washer's performance and energy savings mean you'll be dying to show it off to anyone who drops by.

Pros

  • Many customizations

  • Easy to use

  • Door stopper lets gasket dry

Cons

  • Hard-to-read control panel

  • Delicate cycle has high water retention

Dryer: LG DLEX3700W

If you want a dryer that gets your clothes dry regardless of the cycle you select, then be sure to check out the LG DLEX3700W. While this dryer runs a bit hot (temperatures max out at about 170°F; most dryers tend to stay around 150°F), it has a Speed Dry cycle that finishes in 25 minutes, has a clean, streamlined aesthetic, and, best of all, it has steam.

With steam options and cycles like TurboSteam and Steam Fresh, it's easy to quickly refresh musty clothes that you need on short notice or to gently relax wrinkles without needing to spend quality time with a clothes iron. Between its stellar drying performance and steam feature, the LG DLEX3700W will make laundry day a breeze. The gas version of this dryer is the LG DLGX3701W.

Frequently purchased accessories: SideKick pedestal washer, laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Gets clothes 100% dry in all cycles

  • Speed Dry done in 25 minutes

  • Steam options

Cons

  • Runs hot

  • Normal cycle runs long

Washer: LG WM3900HWA

Like most of the other LG front-load washers we’ve tested, the LG WM3900HWA has all of the bells and whistles, including a multitude of cycle customization options, steam cycles and features, the option for a black steel finish, and WiFi connectivity.

In addition to being a solid stain remover, the WM3900HWA also has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Quick Cycle that clocks in at about 17 minutes. Granted, the Heavy cycle does a better job of getting your clothes clean, but if time is short, you’ll appreciate such a fast Quick cycle. Even better, this washer is very efficient with respect to both water and energy usage. Last but not least, the Delicates cycle is very gentle on your clothes. If you need a washer that is good at a lot of different laundry tasks, the LG WM3900HWA is the washer for you.

Pros

  • Lots of customization options

  • 17 minute quick cycle

  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Hard-to-read control panel

Dryer: LG DLEX3900W

There are a lot of reasons to love LG dryers, and the LG DLEX3900W is no different. In additional to all the usual bells and whistles (i.e. cycle time, temperature, and dryness customization options), this dryer gets major points for having multiple steam cycles and options (Turbo Steam, Steam Sanitary, and Steam Fresh), as well as a special Antibacterial cycle for easing your mind after someone in your family has been sick.

This dryer wowed us with its short cycle times and powerful drying. The Quick cycle managed to dry 84% of our test laundry load in 25 minutes, an impressive feat for a cycle that short. The Bulky cycle was equally impressive, and mostly dried a queen size comforter in about an hour. One minor quibble is that the Normal Cycle takes about 90 minutes, and reaches temperatures as hot as 170°F. We're on the record as preferring dryers that maintain temperatures below 150°F in order to maximize the lifespan of your clothes, but if you're looking for a dryer that's fast and powerful, you can't go wrong with the LG DLEX3900W. The gas version of this dryer is the LG DLGX3901W.

Frequently purchased accessories: SideKick pedestal washer, laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Large capacity

  • Feature rich

  • Most cycles are very fast

Cons

  • Normal cycle is too hot and too slow

Washer: LG WM9000HVA

With a steam cycle, a sanitizing wash, and a large capacity 5.2 cu. ft. drum, the giant LG WM9000HVA has a unique, sleek look that will class up a laundry room. Despite knowing that its 29-inch width is 2 inches wider than most other washers, we were impressed by how much this front-load washer could fit—and how well it cleaned. The Heavy cycle removed about 81 percent of the stains in our test, which makes it one of the highest performing washers we've ever tested when it comes to stain removal.

If you've got a lot of laundry to do, this LG will make short work of it. Since it's compatible with LG's TwinWash system, you can do two loads at once if you need to. Plus, it boasts both great form and function. LG has cleverly designed this washer to have an angled basin so that it's easier to unload it without having to bend over as much. It also has an extremely quiet operation; not only does it look like a fashion statement in your laundry room, but it won't disrupt conversation in the next room over.

Pros

  • Fast cycles

  • Well-above-average stain removal

  • Efficient with power

Cons

  • Unimpressive smart app

Dryer: LG DLEX9000V

The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeous—it works better than most dryers we've tested, and got the laundry in the Normal and Bulky cycles 100% dry. It doesn't come cheap, but it rocks best-in-class features, including steam cycles and a massive capacity: 9.0 cu. ft. Another bonus is FlowSense, which tells you when something is wrong with your ventilation (rather than with the dryer itself). Since dryer fires are a major cause of fires in the home, this awesome feature will really help to put your mind at ease, especially if it's been a while since your dryer vent has been cleaned.

With a veritable cornucopia of wash cycle options and features, this dryer can easily deal with a variety of fabric types and items sizes—it has no trouble with big items like comforters, and gets shirts wrinkle-free. Even though it's a big investment, we say its performance justifies the cost, so if you need a powerful yet sleek dryer and have some extra cash on hand, be sure to check out the LG DLEX9000V. The gas version of this dryer is the Electrolux DLGX9001V.

Frequently purchased accessories: SideKick pedestal washer, laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Huge 9.0 cu. ft. drum

  • Notifies if issues with ventilation system

  • Steam cycles

Cons

  • High price

Washer: LG WM3500CW

If you want a lot of bang for your buck, then the 4.5-cu.-ft. LG WM3500CW is the front-load washer for you. Like most LG washers, you can customize each part of the cycle, from the timing, to the amount of spin, to the level of soil on your clothes. This washer did stellar in our lab tests; its stain-removal capabilities has it cleaning as well as or better than more expensive washers.

The Cold Wash feature makes it easy for you to save money on your utility bills, and if you're going to be away from home for a while, the Fresh Care feature continues to tumble your clean laundry so that it doesn't sit and get stale in the washer. Last but not least, this washer works with Google Assistant. You could, in fact, turn your washer on with a voice command. The LG WM3500CW packs great cleaning performance and neat features into a relatively small price tag.

Pros

  • Many customizations

  • Excellent stain removal on all cycles

  • Voice control with Google Assistant

Cons

  • No internal water heater

  • Slower Normal cycle

Dryer: LG DLE3500W

The LG DLE3500W is a hot dryer that gets wet laundry fully dry. Between its 7.4-cubic-foot size and its cycle versatility, it'll get you through laundry day faster. With all the basic cycles (no steam here), you can easily customize the care of each load of wet clothes. The Speed cycle finishes up in a mere 25 minutes.

Our main concern about this dryer is its tendency to run very hot, especially on the Normal cycle, which maxed out at 166°F (most dryers tend to stay at or below 150°F). While that may cause more wear and tear on your clothes in the long run, it’s not a day-to-day problem and in the meantime, it helps to ensure that the clothes dry well. Happily, you can use the control panel to turn down the cycle temperature, so you can still get rapid drying that won't wear out your clothes. The gas version of this dryer is the LG DLG3501W.

Frequently purchased accessories: SideKick pedestal washer, laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Big 7.4 cu. ft. drum

  • Lint filter removes easily

Cons

  • Runs hot on Normal

Washer: Samsung WF45R6300AV

If you want a workhorse front-load washing machine that has fast cycles and is both tough on stains and gentle with delicates, look no further than the Samsung WF45R6300AV. Like most Samsung washing machines, it has a dizzying array of cycles and cycle options, but the ones that stands out the most are the Sanitize cycle, which gets hot enough to kill all sorts of germs and bacteria, and the No Spin option, which is the best and safest choice for delicate clothes like sports gear, lingerie, bathing suits, and blouses.

The WF45R6300AV is no slouch when it comes to stain removal; the Heavy and Normal cycles are among the best cycles we've ever tested in our labs, hands down. The Quick Wash cycle is effective as well, but the best part of the Quick Wash cycle is its short run time of 28 minutes. If you're a big believer in smart home gadgetry and the Internet of Things, this Bixby-enabled washer won't disappoint. You can get alerts on your phone when a cycle finishes, and download a cycle from Samsung's cycle library that matches your exact stain needs. For a washer that gets the job done right the first time and has useful extra features, be sure to check out the Samsung WF45R6300AV.

Pros

  • Great at stain removal

  • Gentle on fabrics

  • Bixby-enabled

Cons

  • Hard-to-read control panel

Dryer: Samsung DVE45R6300V

The Samsung DVE45R6300V dryer doesn't joke around when it comes to getting your clothes dry—all of our test laundry loads came out 100% dry for the Normal, Quick, and Delicates cycles, which is no small feat. With this Samsung dryer, total drying is accomplished with longer cycle times (the Normal cycle takes about two hours), and hot drying temperatures (the Quick cycle, which only takes about 30 minutes, reached a max temperature of approximately 175°F). Dryers that get hotter than 150°F on a regular basis can expedite wear-and-tear on your clothes, so it might be best if you bump down the temperature setting on the control panel.

In addition to great drying performance, this dryer also has a Sanitize cycle, a Wrinkle Prevent feature that keeps tumbling your clothes until you can get them out of the dryer, tons of cycle customization settings and options, and a Heavy cycle that can get everything dry in 47 minutes. Best of all? The DVE45R6300V is Bixby-enabled, which means that if you're a fan of the Samsung smart home ecosystem, you can ask Bixby to do some of the heavy lifting for you when it comes time for laundry day. The gas version of this dryer is the Samsung DVG45R6300V.

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, stacking kit, smart adapter

Pros

  • Drum is 7.5 cu. ft.

  • 100% dry clothes

  • Steam options

Cons

  • Quick Dry runs hot

Washer: Maytag MHW6630HC

Long-time fans of Maytag washing machines won’t be disappointed with the Maytag MHW6630HC. In addition to the Normal and Heavy cycles, which both have very strong cleaning performances, this washer also has a speedy, highly effective 13-minute-long Quick cycle.

While our testing indicates that this washer is less gentle with clothes than we’d hoped, we think that the MHW6630HC makes up for it with some neat features. You can’t go wrong with a steam option, an extended tumble cycle to keep post-wash clothes from clumping and wrinkling, and the “Extra Power” button, which can help get tough stains out of family-sized loads of laundry. If you need tough stains removed in a short time span, check out the Maytag MHW6630HC front-load washer.

Pros

  • Streamlined interface

  • Strong cleaning performance

  • Fast Quick cycle

Cons

  • HIgher than average wear and tear on Normal and Delicates cycles

Dryer: Maytag MED6630HC

The Maytag MED6630HC dryer is the perfect combination of looks, usability, speed, and power. This Maytag dryer has a sleek, futuristic look that would do any laundry room proud. Because it has a large central dial and a streamlined control panel, it’s easy to select the cycle that’s right for your wet laundry load. If you’re looking for steam options, this dryer has two: Steam Refresh and Wrinkle Prevent.

The MED6630HC manages to dry your clothes quickly will without raising the temperature to the point where you’d have to worry about heat damage (typically 150°F or above). Even better, the test loads in the Normal and Delicates cycles came out 100% dry. For a dryer that gets your clothes dry the first time, with no muss or fuss, check out the Maytag MED6630HC. The gas version of this dryer is the Maytag MGD6630HC.

Frequently purchased accessories: Stacking kit

Pros

  • Features the Extra Power button

  • Comes in a Metallic Slate finish

Cons

  • Lint trap is not well-aligned

Washer: Samsung WF45R6100AW

There’s a lot to like about the Samsung WF45R6100AW washer. Not only does it have an amazing number of cycle options (water temperature, load dirtiness, number of rinses, etc.), but its Heavy cycle is near-perfect, and one of the best stain removing cycles we’ve ever seen during lab testing. While we found that this washer was a little harder, wear-and-tear-wise, on clothes than we usually prefer, we think that the trade-off with its amazing stain removal ability is worth it.

Like all of the more recent Samsung front-load washers, the WF45R6100AW has one additional feature that you’ll really appreciate: instead of having one or two specific steam cycles, this washer uses steam cleaning in half of the available cycles, including Normal, Heavy, and Sanitize. If you need a washer to tackle your toughest, dirtiest laundry, the WF45R6100AW won’t let you down.

Pros

  • Great cleaning performance

  • Intuitive controls

Cons

  • Adds a lot of wear and tear to clothes

Dryer: Samsung DVE45R6100C

We love the Samsung DVE45R6100C dryer because of its killer Normal cycle—with a cycle time of 51 minutes and its ability to get our test load of wet laundry 100% dry, it’s one of the most effective Normal cycles we’ve ever seen. The Normal cycle may run a little hot, with temperatures topping out at 153°F, but if you’re consistently dealing with large loads of wet laundry, you’ll appreciate this dryer’s drying power.

From a design perspective, the DVE45R6100C is one of the first Samsung appliances to have the eagerly-awaited champagne finish. Additional steam (Steam Sanitize and Refresh) cycles and cycle customization options (cycle dryness, temperature, and time) only add to the appeal of this dryer. Between its strong drying performance, good looks, useful cycles/options, and a retail price that won’t break the bank, the Samsung DVE45R6100C is a great dryer all around. The gas version of this dryer is the Samsung DVG45R6100C

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Excellent Normal cycle

  • Has steam cycles

  • Comes in a champagne finish

Cons

  • None that we could find

Washer: Whirlpool WFW9620HC

Younger, tech-savvy families will definitely appreciate the Whirlpool WFW9620HC washer. With its automatic detergent dispenser, touchscreen control panel, and large 5.0-cu.-ft. capacity, you’ll be able to get a lot of laundry done in very little time. Additionally, for those who want to be able to monitor your laundry without checking on it manually, you can easily start, stop, and track the cycles for this smart washer in the Whirlpool app.

For the most bang for your buck, use the Normal cycle, which did a good job of cleaning our test load, and only took about 40 minutes to finish. While the Quick cycle didn’t do as well cleaning-wise, it clocked in at a shockingly short 13 minutes; if you only need to wash a couple of lightly-soiled outfits, this washer will get you out the door in record time. While it still left the clothes a bit damper than we were expecting at the end of the cycle, well, that’s what a dryer is for. If you want a washer that does its best to solve common laundry pain points, the Whirlpool WFW9620HC may be the right washer for you.

Pros

  • Very fast quick wash

  • Intuitive app

Cons

  • Cycles finish with very wet laundry

  • Not very gentle

  • Expensive

Dryer: Whirlpool WED9620HC

In the market for a new dryer, but don’t want something that looks like it belongs in your grandma’s basement? The Whirlpool WED9620HC dryer is one of the sleekest-looking dryers we’ve tested. This futuristic-looking appliance has no buttons to press or dials to turn; instead, you select your “what to wash” and “how to wash” preferences (and steam options like Wrinkle Shield) on a discreet door-mounted touchscreen.

The Normal cycle (i.e. the “Regular/Normal” cycle) was able to get our test load of laundry 100% dry, but it took about two hours to run. Other cycles are shorter, such as the “Regular/Quick” cycle (15 minutes) and the “Bulky/Normal” cycle (43 minutes), but don’t get clothes as dry. Fortunately, you can adjust the drying level for each cycle in the menu as needed. Lastly, you can also start, monitor, and stop cycles on this dryer using the Whirlpool app. With its beautiful finish, connectivity, drying performance, and touchscreen, the Whirlpool WED9620HC dryer is definitely a dryer that people with modern tastes will appreciate. The gas version of this dryer is the Whirlpool WGD9620HC.

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Door-mounted touchscreen controls

  • Intuitive App

Cons

  • Need to bend over to read control panel

Washer: GE GFW850SPNRS

The GE GFW850SPNRS is a feature-packed, high-performing washing machine that won’t break the bank. This washer debuts GE’s take on the smelly washing machine problem, which involves a door gasket that incorporates Microban antibacterial materials and a through-door vent system that doubles as a dryer for small laundry loads. With built-in WiFi, a reversible door, a stunning sapphire blue finish, a capacity of 5.0 cu. ft., automatic detergent dispensing, and a steam cycle, this washer is really pushing the envelope when it comes to useful features.

While the features are nice, what you really need in a washer is performance, and this washing machine doesn’t disappoint. Its stain removal abilities were strong across the board for the four cycles we tested (Normal, PowerWash, Quick Wash, and Delicates), and it exhibited relatively low wear and tear on our test laundry. Its 21-minute-long Quick Wash cycle will get your laundry clean in the blink of an eye. For a washing machine that’s tough on stains and that you won’t mind showing off to visitors, check out the GE GFW850SPNRS.

Pros

  • Good stain removal

  • Venting system controls odors

  • Excellent sanitize feature

Cons

  • Poor Quick Dry and Bulky/Bedding cycle

  • Expensive

Dryer: GE GFD85ESPNRS

The stylish-looking GE GFD85ESPNRS dryer shouldn’t be hidden away in a laundry closet—with its Royal Sapphire finish, it could be just another lovely piece of decor in your home. With this dryer’s wide range of cycles and options (including PowerSteam cycles, a Sanitize cycle, a Reduce Static option, built-in wi-fi, and Damp Alert) though, you’ll appreciate its functionality even more than its aesthetics.

While we found that the cycle times on this dryer were relatively long (a Quick cycle clocked in at about an hour), the Normal, Quick, and Delicates cycles all got the laundry load more than 97% dry. Temperatures can run a little bit hot on the Quick and Bulky/Bedding cycles, but as long as you’re not using these cycles every day, your clothes won’t experience too much wear and tear. For a dryer that looks as good as it dries, check out the GE GFD85ESPNRS dryer. The gas version of this dryer is the GE GFD85GSPNRS.

Frequently purchased accessories: Laundry pedestal, stacking kit

Pros

  • Excellent Normal and Delicates cycles

  • Great steam features

Cons

  • Poor Quick Dry and Bulky/Bedding cycle

  • Expensive

Washer: LG WT7900HBA

If you want a workhouse washer that can deal with lots of laundry and lots of different laundry situations, you’ll want to take a look at the LG WT7900HBA top-loading washer. This washer has a lot of appealing features, including a 5.5-cu.-ft. capacity (most normal washers have a capacity of ~4.8 cu. ft.), an Allergiene cycle (which claims to remove pet dander and dust mites), and seven steam cycles (including Normal, Allergiene, and Sanitary).

Additionally, the cycle times are nice and short. The Normal and Speed Wash cycles both clock in at 30 minutes long. If you really have some serious stains to remove, though, we recommend the Heavy Duty cycle, which performed the best in our stain removal tests, and takes less than two hours to run. While this washer isn’t as efficient as some LG front-load washers we’ve tested, if you like top-load washers and want a larger tub capacity, fast cycle times, and steam cycles, the LG WT7900HBA might be a good fit for you.

Pros

  • Steam cycles

  • Allergiene cycle

  • 5.5 cu. ft. capacity

Cons

  • None that we could find

Dryer: LG DLEX7900BE

We love the LG DLEX7900BE because it’s effective. Not only did the test loads from all four major cycles (Normal, Speed Dry, Delicates, and Bedding) get more than 80% dry, but the Speed Dry and Delicates cycles are highly effective. The Speed Dry cycle will dry a small load in about 25 minutes, and the Delicates cycle keeps temperatures cooler (around 109°F) so as not to damage special fabrics like those found on lingerie and sportswear. While the Normal cycle runs a bit long, as with most LG dryers, you have the option to reduce the cycle time (although there may be a tradeoff with laundry dryness).

Unsurprisingly, this LG dryer is full of neat cycles, cycle options, and features, including an Anti-Bacterial cycle (which gets up to 178°F), two steam cycles (Steam Fresh and Steam Sanitary), a steam option (TurboSteam), and Wrinkle Care. Even better, the laundry door can open to the side or downward, giving you flexibility when it comes to popping wet, heavy laundry loads into the dryer without wrenching your back. Basically, whatever wet laundry you can dish out, the LG DLEX7900BE dryer can handle. The gas version of this dryer is the LG DLGX7901BE.

Frequently purchased accessories: N/A

Pros

  • Adjustable door

  • Has steam cycles

Cons

  • Normal cycle runs long

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