Kenmore sets. The Kenmore Elite 41073 is among the top scoring front-loaders and offers excellent washing, a large capacity, and is relatively quiet. But normal wash time, using the heavy soil setting, is 95 minutes and this washer costs $1,500. The matching electric dryer is the Kenmore Elite 81073. It's $1,350. The gas model is Kenmore Elite 91073 and costs $1,450. They're recommended too. Both the washer and dryer have steam options.
LG duos. The high-efficiency top-loader LG WT5070C[W] washer, $1,000, and LG DLEX5170[W] electric dryer, $900, are a dynamic duo. The washer was impressive at cleaning and gentle on fabrics. The dryer excelled at drying and of the dozens of models we tested, few scored excellent in our noise tests but this LG was one that did well. The gas dryer is LG DLGX5171[W], $1,050.
The front-loading LG WM8000H[V]A washer and LG DLEX8000[V] electric dryer, each $1,350, were excellent at washing and drying. The washer's capacity is the largest we've tested, but the normal cycle on heavy-soil setting takes 100 minutes for an 8-pound load. And when we filled the washer to capacity it took more than two hours to clean 24 pounds of laundry. Try the TurboWash option. It delivered comparable cleaning of our 8-pound load and cut wash time by about 20 minutes. Each machine is two inches wider than usual. The gas dryer is LG DLGX8001[V], $1,440.
The LG WM3470H[W]A front-loading washer, $1,100, and LG DLEX3470[W] electric dryer, $1,000, were superb at cleaning and drying. The dryer was one of the quietest we tested. The gas model is LG DLGX3471[W], $1,200.
Maytag mates. The front-loading Maytag Maxima XL MHW7000AW aced our cleaning test. Normal wash time was 90 minutes in our tests. It’s relatively quiet and so is the matching electric dryer, the Maytag Maxima XL MED7000AW that offers excellent drying. Each costs $1,150 and has a large capacity and a steam option. Our dryer tests found that steam left shirts wrinkled but removed more odors than conventional dryers, and steam washer settings slightly improved stain cleaning. Gas dryer is Maytag Maxima MGD7000AG, $1,300.
The Maytag Maxima XL MHW8000AG front-loader performed slightly better overall and normal wash time was 80 minutes—10 minutes faster than the other Maytag Maxima XL—but costs $1,450. That's among the priciest tested. The matching electric dryer is Maytag Maxima XL MED8000AG. It's among the quietest tested and is recommended. But at $1,450, it's pricier than most. The gas dryer is the Maytag Maxima MGD8000AG, $1,550. All of these Maytags are made in the U.S.
Samsung sets. The Samsung WF457ARGS[GR] washer and Samsung DV457EVGS[GR] electric dryer, each $1,550. The washer was one of the few front-loaders that did superbly in our vibration tests, but normal wash time on the heavy-soil setting takes 100 minutes. The dryer aced its job. The gas dryer is Samsung DV457GVGS[GR], $1,700.
The Samsung WA422PRHD[WR] high-efficiency top-loading washer, $750, delivers impressive wash performance. It uses less water and extracts more of it, cutting drying time, compared with regular top-loaders. It’s relatively quiet but only so-so in gentleness. Normal wash time is 75 minutes. The electric dryer, Samsung DV422EWHD[WR], $750, isn’t a recommended model but did a superb job drying our laundry and is relatively quiet. Both models have large capacities. The gas dryer is Samsung DV422GWHD[WR], $850.
Whirlpool pairs. Take a look at the Whirlpool Duet WFW96HEA[W] washer, and Whirpool Duet WED96HEA[W] electric dryer, each $1,300. The washer was one of the few front-loaders that was excellent in our gentleness test. Normal wash time, on heavy-soil setting, is 85 minutes. The dryer was one of the quietest tested. The gas dryer is the Whirlpool Duet WGD96HEAW, $1,400.
The Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW front-loader, $1,000, did an impressive job cleaning in 80 minutes using the normal wash cycle. It’s also relatively quiet. So is the electric dryer, the Whirlpool Duet WED88HEAW, which offers excellent drying. Each costs $1,000 and has a large capacity, steam option, and is made in the U.S. The gas dryer is the Whirlpool Duet WGD88HEAW, $1,200.
The Whirlpool Duet WFL98HEBU front-loader offers excellent overall performance and is relatively quiet. Normal wash time, on heavy soil setting, is 75 minutes. That's among the fastest of the recommended washers. But at $1,500 this front-loader is pricey, in part because its Wi-Fi enabled, providing remote control via your smart device, letting you monitor your laundry's progress, start/stop the machine, and more. The matching dryer is also recommended and among the quietest tested. The electric dryer is Whirlpool Duet WEL98HEBU, $1,500. It can also be controlled remotely.