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The best matching washers and dryers

Washer-dryer pairs that cleaned up in Consumer Reports' tests

Last updated: April 2017

Matching washer and dryer pairs are a popular choice although some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style makes a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together. Enter the matchmaker. Consumer Reports' tests found pairs that are worth a look.

The top rated pairs are expensive, and you can blame it on rising manufacturing costs, larger capacities, stainless drums, and added cycles and features. Our tests have found that basic cycles can handle most laundry needs. So ask yourself if you want to pay extra for a bedding cycle or one for your jeans. 

The washer and dryer buying guides highlight the pros and cons of each washer type and call out handy features. Use the ratings selector to narrow choices and the features & specs tab to compare features and dimensions. Our brand reliability offers helpful information and so do user reviews. If you have questions email me at kjaneway@consumer.org

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The Quietest Couples

Consider machines that scored very good or better in our noise tests if placing near bedrooms. You'll know they're working but they shouldn't disturb you. Note that wash times are based on the normal wash cycle heavy-soil setting. You'll save time using the normal-soil setting.

Many washers and dryers have a steam setting. We found it slightly improved a washer's stain removal. Steam removed more odors than dryers without steam, but left clothes wrinkled. The dryers highlighted here have moisture sensors, the most important feature. It turns off the machine when laundry is dry—that saves energy and is easier on fabrics. For more details see our ratings of washing machines and dryers. The laundry pairs below appear in alphabetical order by brand.

Kenmore sets

Kenmore Elite 41682 front-loader and Kenmore Elite 81582 electric dryer
Price: $950 washer each
Here's the deal: This front-loader took 75 minutes, using normal wash heavy-soil setting. You'll save time using the normal-soil setting, and try the Accela Wash option. It trimmed about 15 to 20 minutes in our tests, washing an 8-pound load, without affecting cleaning. Cleaning was very good, and the machine was gentle on fabrics—although the washer above was gentler. Water and energy efficiency were superb. Vibration wasn't an issue. There are 10 cycles, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet. The dryer was excellent at its task, and claimed capacity is 7.4 cubic feet.
Need to know: Stackable, and width is the standard 27 inches. Available in white and metallic. The gas dryer is the $1,050 Kenmore 91582.  

Photo: Kenmore

Kenmore 41392 front-loader and Kenmore 81392 electric dryer
Price:
$800, washer, $1,180 dryer
Here's the deal: Stacking a washer and dryer saves space, but what if the stacked dryer is so high that the controls can't be reached? This Kenmore Flip Control dryer solves that problem. The control panel can be moved from the top of the dryer to the bottom, making it much easier to access the controls when stacked. The dryer was excellent at drying and claimed capacity is 7.3 cubic feet. The front-loading washer was very good at cleaning, gentle on fabrics, and water and energy efficiency were superb. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet. This video takes you into our lab and shows a petite staffer moving the dryer control panel within reach. 
Consider this: Wash time is 90 minutes using normal wash on heavy soil setting. Shorten it using the normal-soil setting and try the Accela Wash option. It saved about 15 to 20 minutes when washing full loads in our past tests, and cleaning was just as impressive. 
Need to know: Each machine is 27 inches wide, standard width, and available in white and metallic silver. Gas dryer is the Kenmore 91392

Kenmore Elite 31552 HE top-loader and Kenmore Elite 61552 electric dryer 
Price: 
$900 each
Here's the deal: With a claimed capacity of 5.2 cubic feet, it's among the biggest of the HE top-loaders we've tested, and larger than many of the front-loaders too. You'll be able to wash a king-size comforter in this washer. Our tests have found that king comforters readily fit in washers with a capacity over 4.5 cubic feet. This Kenmore was very good at cleaning, and wash time was a relatively brisk 75 minutes using normal wash on heavy-soil setting. Save time using the normal-soil setting for most loads, and try the Accela Wash option. It cut 15 to 20 minutes off wash time in our tests, while delivering the same cleaning when we washed an 8-pound load. Water efficiency was superb, and among the most efficient of the HE top-loaders. Energy efficiency was very good. There are 14 wash cycles. The dryer aced it's job, has a claimed capacity of 7.3 cubic feet, and is among the quietest tested. 
Consider this: The washer scored good in our gentleness tests, but that's true of many of the HE top-loaders tested. Few scored very good or excellent. 
Need to know: Available in white and metallic silver, each machine is 27 inches wide, standard width, but height is higher than some. Click on Features & Specs in our washer and dryer ratings to compare dimensions. The gas dryer is the Kenmore Elite 71552, $1,050.  

LG duos

LG Signature WM9500HKA front-loader and LG Signature DLEX9500K electric dryer
Price: $1,800 each
Here's the deal: LG's new Signature line is a collection of stylish, high-end laundry and cooking appliances. This laundry pair has a black stainless finish, unique styling, and is WiFi enabled, offering you remote control. Beyond that, the washer was excellent in our tests for cleaning, water and energy efficiency, and gentle on fabrics. There are 14 cycles, and vibration wasn't an issue. The dryer was very good at its job, and claimed capacity is 9 cubic feet. Claimed capacity is 5.8 cubic feet for the washer, among the largest in our tests.
Consider this: 
Wash time is 2 hours using the normal-wash heavy soil setting. Use the normal-soil setting to save time. The TurboWash feature also trims wash time. In our tests it saved about 15 to 20 minutes washing our 8-pound load, without sacrificing cleaning performance. 
Need to know: This set is not stackable since the detergent dispenser is in the compartment on top of the washer. The washer is 30 inches wide, three more than usual. And the dryer is 29 inches wide. Both are higher and deeper than some. Click the Features & Specs tabs in the washer and dryer ratings to compare dimensions. The gas dryer is the $1,900  LG Signature DLGX9501K.

LG WM4270HWA front-loader and LG DLEX4270W electric dryer
Price: $850, washer, $900 dryer 
Here's the deal: Both were very good at their job and relatively quiet. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet for the washer, and 7.4 for the dryer. The washer was gentle on fabrics, and excellent in water and energy efficiency. It has 14 cycles. 
Consider this: Normal wash time on heavy-soil setting is 75 minutes. The TurboWash option offers comparable cleaning and saves 15 to 20 minutes.
Need to know: Available in white and graphite steel. Machines can be stacked. Each is 27 inches wide. Gas dryer is the LG DLGX4271W, $1,000. 

LG WT1701CV HE top-loader and LG DLEY1701V electric dryer 
Price: $900 each
Here's the deal: Cleaning was very good, and capacity is large—claimed cubic feet is 4.9. It has 12 cycles and wash time using normal wash heavy-soil setting is 75 minutes. You'll save time using the normal-soil setting, and the TurboWash option trimmed 15 to 20 minutes in our tests, without sacrificing cleaning performance. The dryer was superb at drying. Claimed capacity is 7.3 cubic feet.  
Consider this: This washer scored good in our gentleness tests, but that's true of most tested HE top-loaders. 
Need to know: Each machine is 27 inches wide. When shopping reach into the washer to see if you can touch the bottom of the tub. Gas dryer is LG DLGY1702V and costs around $1,000. Available in white and graphite steel.

Maytag mates

Maytag Maxima MHW8200FW front-loader and Maytag MED8200FW electric dryer 
Price: $1,150 each
Here's the deal: This top-rated washing machine was excellent at cleaning. It took 70 minutes using the normal wash, heavy soil setting. You'll save time using the normal-soil setting. It was gentle on fabrics, claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet, and there are 11 wash cycles. Water-and energy efficiency were superb, and that's true for many front-loaders tested. The dryer aced its job and was quiet. 
Need to know: Machines can be stacked. Each is 27 inches wide. Available in white and metallic slate. Gas dryer is the Maytag MGD8200FW, $1,250.  

Maytag Bravos MVWB855DW HE top-loader and Maytag Bravos MEDB855DW electric dryer
Price: $1,000 each 
Here's the deal: The washer delivers very good cleaning, and was among the most water efficient of the HE top-loaders. Energy efficiency was very good. This washer fit about 26 pounds of our laundry—claimed capacity is 5.3 cubic feet. There are 11 wash cycles. The dryer was very good at its job and claimed capacity is 8.8 cubic feet. These machines are made in America. 
Consider this: Normal wash time was 80 minutes using heavy-soil setting, but less if you use the normal-soil setting. This washer wasn't so gentle on fabrics, but that's true for most top-loaders. 
Need to know: Washer is 27 inches wide; dryer, 29. Gas dryer is the Maytag Bravos MGDB855DW, $1,100. Available in white and metallic slate. 

Samsung set

Samsung WF56H9100AG front-loader and Samsung DV56H9100EG electric dryer
Price: $1,400 washer, $1,450 dryer
Here's the deal: The washer has one of the largest capacities of the tested front-loaders and fit about 28 pounds of our laundry. Claimed capacity is 5.6 cubic feet. The washer offers very good cleaning and was gentle on fabrics. There are 15 wash cycles. Water and energy efficiency were superb. The top-rated dryer made our top picks, was superb at drying, and has a claimed capacity of 9.5 cubic feet. 
Consider this: Normal wash time on heavy soil setting was 85 minutes, but you can trim time by using the normal-soil setting. And the SuperSpeed option cut wash time of full loads by about 15 to 20 minutes without sacrificing performance.
Need to know: Each machine is 30 inches wide and can be stacked. They're available in white and onyx. Gas dryer is the Samsung DV56H9100GG, $1,450.

Whirlpool pair

Whirlpool Cabrio WTW8500DW HE top-loader and Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DW electric dryer 
Price: $1,000 each
Here's the deal: The washer was very good at cleaning and scored very good in our tests for water and energy efficiency. It's among the gentlest on fabrics. This washer fit 26 pounds of our laundry and claimed capacity is 5.3, one of the largest HE top-loaders tested. There are 26 wash cycles. The dryer was excellent at its job. Claimed capacity is 8.8 cubic feet. 
Consider this: Normal wash time on heavy-soil setting was 80 minutes. Use the normal-soil setting for most loads and you'll save time. 
Need to know: Washer is 28 inches wide; dryer, 29. Available in white, chrome shadow, and cranberry. They're made in the U.S.A. Gas dryer is the Whirlpool Cabrio WGD8500DW, $1,100. 

CR Tip

Some HE top-loaders come with a warning not to wash waterproof items, or the manufacturer may suggest using the low-spin or no-spin mode to prevent the load from becoming unbalanced. That can cause the machine to shake too much, even damaging the machine and laundry area. Check the manual before you buy. To learn more, read our report on problems with top-loading Samsung washers.

Impressive Pairs for $1,700 or Less

All were very good or even excellent at cleaning, except for the agitator top-loaders. They scored good in our cleaning tests. All of these dryers did a very good or excellent job at drying, and have moisture sensors, a must. Keep in mind that most improvements in performance and efficiency are on washers. If you're set on a matching duo pick your washer and then the dryer. For more details see our ratings of washing machines and clothes dryers, and be sure to check the brand reliability information to help you decide. The laundry pairs below appear in alphabetical order by brand. 

Kenmore couples

Kenmore 41262 front-loader and Kenmore 81182 electric dryer
Price: 
$550 each
Here's the deal: The front-loader is half the price of some and among the least expensive tested. Cleaning was very good yet gentle on fabrics. Water and energy efficiency were superb. Vibration isn't an issue and this machine is relatively quiet. There are six wash cycles, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet. The dryer aced its job, is relatively quiet, and claimed capacity is 7.3 cubic feet.
Consider this: Wash time is 90 minutes using the normal wash, heavy-soil setting. Save time by using the normal-soil setting. 
Need to know: This set is stackable, and width is the standard 27 inches. Available in white only. The gas dryer is the $650 Kenmore 91182.

Kenmore 28132 HE top-loader and Kenmore 68132 electric dryer
Price: $800 each
Here's the deal: The washer took just 60 minutes using normal wash on a heavy-soil setting. You'll save time using the normal-soil setting. There are eight wash cycles. Cleaning was very good and the capacity is large—claimed capacity is 5.3 cubic feet. This machine is relatively quiet, as is the dryer. The tested dryer was superb at drying. The dryer highlighted here is a similar model and we expect performance to be similar to tested dryer. Claimed capacity is 8.8 cubic feet.
Consider this: The washer wasn't so gentle on fabrics although that's true for most HE top-loaders we've tested. The dryer is Energy Star-qualified and you will save some energy, but drying time is extended using the eco-mode.
Need to know: Washer is 27 inches wide, standard width, and yet capacity is jumbo. When shopping reach into the bottom of the washer to see if you can grab that last sock. Dryer is 29 inches wide. Gas dryer is the $900 Kenmore 78132. Available in white and metallic. Also consider the $825 Kenmore 29132 HE top-loader. It performed similarly to the Kenmore 28132 and has the same claimed capacity. Its matching electric dryer is the $900 Kenmore 69132. It too performed similarly to the Kenmore 68132 dryer mentioned here. 

Kenmore 27132 HE top-loader and Kenmore 67132 electric dryer
Price: $720 each 
Here's the deal: The washer performed similarly to the Kenmore above and also has eight wash cycles and a wash time of 60 minutes (normal wash, heavy-soil setting). But capacity is slightly smaller. Claimed capacity is 4.8 cubic feet. We fit about 23 pounds of laundry. The dryer was very good at drying. Claimed capacity is 7 cubic feet. Both machines are relatively quiet. 
Consider this: Like most top-loaders this one wasn't gentle on fabrics.
Need to know: Washer is 27 inches wide, dryer is 29. Gas dryer is the Kenmore 77132, $820. Available in white.  

Photo: Kenmore

Kenmore 22242 agitator top-loader and Kenmore 62342 electric dryer
Price: $480, washer, $400 dryer 
Here's the deal: The washer is top rated among the agitator machines. It did a good job cleaning, and is among the most water efficient in its group. Wash time is a brisk 40 minutes using the normal wash, heavy soil setting, and faster if you use the normal soil setting. Claimed capacity is 3.6 cubic feet, and for the dryer, 7 cubic feet. The dryer was very good at its job.
Consider this: Similar to most other agitator top-loaders tested, this Kenmore wasn't so gentle on fabrics and scored good in our energy efficiency tests, meaning, in part, it didn't extract as much water as those scoring better, so dryer time is longer. Both the washer and dryer are noisy.
Need to know: Each machine is 27 inches wide and available in white. Gas dryer is the $500 Kenmore 72342

LG duos

LG WM3670HWA front-loader and LG DLEX3370W electric dryer
Price: 
$810 each
Here's the deal: It's among the least expensive of the front-loaders we tested, and was very good at cleaning and gentle on fabrics. It aced our tests for water and energy efficiency. Vibration isn't an issue, and this machine is relatively quiet. There are 12 wash cycles, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet. The dryer was excellent at drying, relatively quiet, and has a claimed capacity of 7.4 cubic feet. 
Consider this: Wash time is 90 minutes using the normal-wash heavy-soil setting. Use the normal-soil setting and you'll save time. 
Need to know: Available in white, graphite steel, and cherry red. This set is stackable, and width is the standard 27 inches. The gas dryer is the LG DLGX3371W, $910. 

LG WT7600HWA HE top-loader and LG DLEX7600WE electric dryer
Price: $800 each
Here's the deal: The washer's claimed capacity is 5.2 cubic feet, among the largest of HE top-loaders, and you'll be able to wash that king-size comforter. Our tests have found that a king comforter readily fits in a capacity over 4.5 cubic feet. Cleaning was very good, and water efficiency was excellent. Energy efficiency was very good, and this washing machine is relatively quiet. There are 14 wash cycles. The dryer was excellent at its job, and among the quietest tested. Claimed capacity is 7.3 cubic feet.
Consider this: This washer scored good in our gentleness tests—that's true for most HE top-loaders we're tested. 
Need to know: Each machine is 27 inches wide, and available in white, graphite, and black stainless. The gas dryer is the $900 LG DLGX7601WE. Also consider the $800 LG WT7500CW HE top-loader. It performed similarly to the LG WT7600HWA and has the same claimed capacity. You can pair either washer with the dryers mentioned here. 

Maytag mates

Maytag Bravos MVWB835DW HE top-loader and Maytag Bravos MEDB835DW electric dryer 
Price: $810 each
Here's the deal: The washer was very good at cleaning and took 70 minutes using the normal wash heavy-soil setting. You'll save time using the normal soil setting. There are 11 wash cycles, and claimed capacity is 5.3 cubic feet, among the largest tested. This machine is relatively quiet. You'll hear it working but it shouldn't disturb you. The tested dryer was very good at drying at and among the quietest in our tests. The dryer highlighted here is a similar model and we expect performance to be similar to the tested dryer. Claimed capacity is 8.8 cubic feet. The washer and dryer are made in the U.S. 
Consider this: The washer wasn't so gentle on fabrics but that's true for most HE top-loaders tested. Our tests use the normal wash heavy-soil setting. Use the normal wash normal-soil setting and it will be gentler on fabrics.
Need to know: Washer is 27 inches wide, standard width, but capacity is jumbo. When shopping reach into the machine to see if you can grab that stray sock. Dryer is 29 inches wide. Both machines come only in white.  

Photo: Maytag

Maytag MVWB765FW agitator top-loader and Maytag MEDB755DW electric dryer
Price: $800, washer, $500 dryer
Here's the deal: The washer's price, styling, capacity, and wash time are more like that of a high-efficiency top-loader, the kind without an agitator. This washer scored good in our cleaning tests, while using less water than some tested. It was among the most energy efficient in this category, in part because it extracted more water, cutting dryer time. It's relatively quiet and claimed capacity is 4.7 cubic feet. The dryer was very good at its job, and relatively quiet. Claimed capacity is 7 cubic feet.
Consider this: The washer was tough on fabrics, and wash time is 70 minutes using the normal wash heavy soil setting. Save time using the normal soil setting. 
Need to know: Each machine is standard width, 27 inches, and available in white. Gas dryer is the $600 Maytag MGDB755DW.  

Whirlpool pair

Whirlpool WFW75HEFW front-loader and Whirlpool WED75HEFW electric dryer
Price: 
$600 each
Here's the deal: The front-loader is among the least expensive of the ones we tested. It was excellent in our tests for cleaning, water and energy efficiency, and was gentle on fabrics. Vibration wasn't a problem. There are eight wash cycles, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet. The dryer was very good at its job, and claimed capacity is 7.4 cubic feet.
Consider this: Wash time is 95 minutes using the normal wash heavy-soil setting. Use the normal-soil setting and you'll save time. And this washer is relatively noisy. 
Need to know: Available in white only. Each machine is 27 inches wide, standard width, and can be stacked. The gas dryer is the Whirlpool WGD75HEFW, $700.

How We Test Washers and Dryers

In addition to washing performance Consumer Reports' washing machine tests look at how gentle a washing machine is on fabric as well as its energy and water efficiency. We look at noise and vibration, and note cycle times using the normal wash, heavy-soil setting. We no longer score capacity since readers said they want to decide how important that is to them. We do tell you claimed capacity in cubic feet. In our clothes dryer tests we run the machines with different sized loads and a variety of fabrics. We also measure noise, and note convenience.  

—Kimberly Janeway

 

 

 



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