Like any large appliance, buying a washing machine and a dryer is an investment, so you want to make sure you do things right. There are a few instances when buying a washer dryer set makes sense: one, you’re in need of both; two, you know you will want to stack them; three, you’re looking to get the most functionality and best compatibility out of your laundry room.
Many consumers spend the bulk of their time and effort researching a washer, and then just select the matching dryer as an afterthought. While washers (both top-loaders and front-loaders) do have more of an impact on your "laundry day" experience (a good washer means less work for your dryer and a shorter wash time), you also don't want to get stuck with a bad dryer with a low spin speed and damp clothes for the next decade.
Since we've been testing washers and dryers in our labs for more than a decade, we know what to look for in the best washer and dryer sets. At the top of our rankings, the LG WM9000HVA / DLEX9500K(available at Appliances Connection) washer and dryer combo offers one of the best performances we’ve ever seen in our labs. If you’re looking for great value, we love the Samsung WF45R6100AW / DVE45R6100W (available at AJ Madison).
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These are the best washer and dryer sets we tested, ranked in order:
LG WM9000HVA / DLEX9500K
Samsung WF45R6100AW / DVE45R6100W
LG WT7900HBA / DLEX7900
LG WashTower WKEX200HBA
Miele WXR860WCS / TXR860WP
Maytag MHW8630HC / MED8630HC
Maytag MHW6630HC / MED6630HC
GE GFW850SPNRS / GFD85ESPNRS
LG WM9000HVA / DLEX9500K
Dimensions: Washer: 40.75” x 29” x 33.75” Dryer: 40.88” x 29” x 33.38” (H x W x D) Finish: Graphite steel Orientation: Front-load Stackable: Yes Special features: Smart features, energy monitoring, remote start
The large capacity LG washing machine offers a steam cycle, a sanitizing wash, and a sleek look. Not to mention it impressed us by how well it cleaned, removing about 81% of the stains in our tests, which makes it one of the highest performing washers to ever come through our labs.
Users will notice its angled basin, which makes it easier to unload your laundry after a wash. Do note that this washer’s 29-inch width is 2 inches wider than most other washers on the market.
Likewise, its matching 9-cubic-foot (who doesn’t love a large load) LG dryer works better than most dryers we've tested—it got the laundry in both the normal and bulky cycles 100% dry.
This dryer can easily deal with a variety of fabric types and item 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.
Dimensions: Washer: 38.7” x 27” x 31.3” Dryer: 38.7” x 27” x 31.5” (H x W x D) Finish: Champagne, platinum, white Orientation: Front-load Stackable: Yes Special features: Steam wash, self-clean, smart care
This affordable Samsung washer boasts an amazing number of wash cycle options, and its heavy cycle cleans near-perfectly with one of the best stain removing cycles we’ve ever seen. This washer is a little harder—wear-and-tear-wise—on clothes than we’d like, but the trade-off for its excellent stain removal is worth it.
Uniquely, this Samsung washer uses steam cleaning in half of its available cycles, including normal, heavy, and sanitize. If you need a washer to tackle your toughest, dirtiest laundry, this one won’t let you down.
For its part, the dryer has a killer normal cycle—getting wet laundry 100% dry in under an hour—one of the most effective normal cycles we’ve ever seen. Additional steam cycles and cycle customization options add to this Samsung dryer’s appeal.
Dimensions: Washer: 44.5” x 27” x 28.38” Dryer: 44.5” x 27” x 29.5” (H x W x D) Finish: Black steel, white Orientation: Top-load Stackable: No Special features: Remote start, smart capabilities, steam cycles
Laundry traditionalists will always prefer top-loaders vs front-loaders. If this sounds like you, this workhorse of a washer-dryer pair from LG will be right up your alley.
This LG washer’s cycle times are short, including the heavy duty cycle, which performed the best in our stain removal tests and takes less than two hours to run. It also boasts the Allergiene cycle, which claims to remove pet dander and dust mites, and seven steam cycles.
When tested, the dryer got our laundry loads more than 80% dry, but the speed dry and delicate cycles are highly effective. It’s also full of neat cycle options and features, including an anti-bacterial cycle and wrinkle care.
A huge perk, the dryer door can open to the side or open downward, giving you flexibility when it comes to popping wet, heavy laundry loads into the dryer without wrenching your back.
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Best Laundry Center
LG WashTower WKEX200HBA
Dimensions: 74.38” x 27” x 30.38” (H x W x D) Finish: White, black steel Orientation: Front-load Stackable: n/a (single unit) Special features: Built-in intelligence, TurboWash 360, Wi-Fi capabilities, smart capabilities
The LG WashTower WKEX200HBA makes shopping for washers and dryers a lot easier, as you only have to buy one machine, rather than two.
This fully integrated laundry center, meaning it's all one unit rather than two stacked units, features a single, slim design to help it fit into smaller spaces.
The LG WashTower that we lab tested offered an above-average performance and got our laundry up to 4% cleaner than average. Plus, it did so in record time.
Drying, too, is a breeze. The dryer coordinates with the washer to automatically assign an appropriate drying cycle based on what you selected for the washer. But you can also make manual cycle selections.
We don't see many washer-dryer pairs that feature such great performance at such a low price.
This Miele compact front-load washer has versatility and innovations that we’d normally see on a full-sized flagship model. For example, its TwinDos feature utilizes pre-filled detergent and oxygen bleach cartridges to automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent, giving you the optimum clean.
Its normal cycle is one of the best in its class when it comes to cleaning, combining high-tech features with good-old-fashioned scrubbing.
Miele’s matching dryer features temperatures that are gentle on clothes and 19 specialty cycles to take care of your clothing without adding wear and tear.
All of the cycles we ran lasted over an hour, offering longer drying times than vented dryers, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in quality.
In the upper left corner of the machine, you’ll find a water jug into which the condensation from your laundry empties. You will have to manually empty it when it reaches maximum capacity.
Automatic detergent dosing in washer
19 specialty cycles in dryer
Excellent cleaning performance
More expensive than average standard size machines
Dimensions: Washer: 38.63” x 27” x 32.94” Dryer: 38.13” x 27” x 30.69” (H x W x D) Finish: Metallic slate, white Orientation: Front-load Stackable: Yes Special features: Smart capabilities, Wi-Fi, remote monitoring, PowerWash System, Fresh Hold option, reversible door on dryer
To date, the Maytag MHW8630HC washing machine is the best Maytag washer to have ever been tested in our labs. It has a massive 5-cubic-foot drum, a true Sanitize cycle, and a high performing Heavy Duty cycle. We have not tested its companion dryer, the Maytag MED8630HC, but we feel confident it’s a match for this washer.
During our testing on the washer, it showed top-tier cleaning performance, especially when using its heavy cycle. It also features an internal heater that allows it to heartily sanitize your clothing at around 130°F, which is hot enough to kill 99.9% of illness-causing bacteria, like pneumonia.
Like this Maytag washer, the dryer offers smart capabilities with both Amazon and Google Home, plus you can employ remote control and remote monitoring through its app as you wash and dry. This dryer also boasts a massive, 7.3-cubic-foot dryer, which is ideal for families and others creating oversized loads.
Dimensions: Washer: 38.62” x 27” x 32.94” Dryer: 38.62” x 27” x 30.75” (H x W x D) Finish: White, metallic slate Orientation: Front-load Stackable: Yes Special features: Extra power, sanitize cycle, wrinkle prevent option
During our lab testing, this Maytag washer’s normal and heavy cycles performed strongly, and it also has a speedy, highly effective 13-minute-long quick wash. This washer is less gentle on clothes than we’d hoped, but it makes up for it with some neat features.
Three such: A steam option, an extended tumble cycle to keep post-wash clothes from clumping and wrinkling, and the Extra Power button that helps get tough stains out of family-sized loads of laundry.
The Maytag dryer is the perfect combination of looks, usability, speed, and power. It has a large, central dial and a streamlined control panel that makes cycle selection a breeze.
It dries clothes quickly without raising the temperature to the point where you’d have to worry about heat damage, and the test loads in the normal and delicates cycles came out 100% dry.
Dimensions: Washer: 39.75” x 28” x 34” Dryer: 39.75” x 28” x 32” (H x W x D) Finish: White, Sapphire Blue, Diamond Gray Orientation: Front-load Stackable: Yes Special features: Microban antimicrobial gasket, auto dispense, smart connectivity, Wi-Fi, steam features, reversible door in washer
Despite its bells and whistles, this GE washer still comes at an affordable price. Its stain removal abilities are strong across the four main cycles we tested, and it exhibited relatively low wear and tear on our test laundry loads.
Common with many front-load washers, a smelly interior is due to bacteria build-up in the gasket. GE solves this problem with Microban antibacterial materials and a through-door vent system that doubles as a dryer for small laundry loads.
The matching GE dryer features a wide range of cycles and options (including PowerSteam cycles, a sanitize cycle, and a static reduction option).
The cycle times on this dryer are relatively long (quick equals an hour), and its cycles all get the laundry more than 97% dry.
How We Tested Washer and Dryer Sets and Why You Should Trust Us
Many members of the Reviewed Lab staff past and present have tested washing machines and dryers, including our chief scientist David Ellerby, our former senior scientist Julia McDougall, and lab technicians Jonathan Chan, Kyle Hamilton, Beckett Dubay, and Michael Elderbee.
If blood, oil, and sweat sound like something out of a Saw film, you’re right on the money. They’re also some of the elements we use to test washing machines in the Reviewed labs. We’ll know a winner when it can truly tackle those nasty stains.
Our chief scientist, team of lab experts, and our appliance reviewers take testing washing machines and gas and electric dryers seriously. We bring in top-rated and best-selling models from brands like Maytag, LG, Samsung, Speed Queen, GE, Miele and more, and we run them through rigorous, science-based tests and gather concrete data that we use to compare, contrast, and rank machines.
For washing machines, we look at stain removal prowess (using strips of AHAM-approved stains (which includes cocoa, sweat, pig’s blood, red wine, and oil), wear and tear, water retention, cycle time. For dryers, we look at performance and maximum temperatures, and cycle times, to name a few things.
We also take into account user experience factors, so consumers can get the whole picture. We also assess how easy it is to use each washing machine and dryer. This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, door, detergent dispenser, and any smart features that are included.
What You Should Know About Buying Washer and Dryer Sets
When it comes to laundry pairs, the washing machine and the dryer are designed to work together.
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 laundry 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.
How Much Is A Washer And Dryer Set
While it's cheaper to replace just a washer or a dryer when one of your existing ones breaks down and dies, there are definitely some advantages to buying a laundry pair, including a reduced price.
Buying a washer and dryer set will typically save you a few hundred dollars—think of it like a bundle. The depth of the savings depends on where you shop.
You may also save even more money on major sales times, like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Memorial Day weekend, President’s Day, and Labor Day. If you have flexibility, you should also consider shopping during the spring when warehouses are cleaning out their inventories, in the fall when brands begin launching new models, and right after the holidays.
We always recommend shopping around for large appliances. With supply chain issues and fluctuating demand, finding the appliances you want in-stock when you want them can be challenging.
We strongly recommend against buying a washer and dryer set, or any large appliances for that matter, on Amazon or at Walmart. From mostly third-party sellers to voided warranties to not including installation for all items, buying appliances here could come with more risk than we think is necessary.
How To Set Up A Washer And Dryer
You should consider buying a laundry pair if there's a chance you'll want or need to stack the washer and dryer.
The first rule of stacking a washer and dryer is to never stack them unless the manufacturer indicates they are meant to be stacked, and you’ve purchased a stacking kit. The washer also needs to be a front-load washing machine, and the washer and dryer should be a matching set.
You’ll typically need tools like a screwdriver, wrench, level, and tape measure. You’ll also want to locate your owner’s manual or look on the brand’s website for installation instructions. You won’t be able to do this job on your own, so bring in a friend or partner who can lift.
The washer goes on the bottom, and the dryer goes on the top—always. Dryers are much lighter, and they never fill with water.
Leigh Harrington has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor for myriad print and digital publications. At USA TODAY and Reviewed, she focuses on coverage about home trends, home improvement, large and small appliances, and gardening.
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