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 eight-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 eight-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. Both are made in the U.S. Gas dryer is Maytag Maxima MGD7000AG, $1,300.
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 model 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. 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. Gas dryer is the Whirlpool Duet WGD88HEAW, $1,200.
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEX[W] front-loading washer and Whirlpool Duet WED94HEAW electric dryer, each $1,100. For excellent cleaning and drying of laundry, this pair gets the job done. The washer's normal wash time is 75 minutes. The dryer has a steam option which our past tests found leaves shirts wrinkled but removes more odors than conventional dryers. The gas dryer is Whirlpool Duet WGD94HEAW, $1,200.