The best front-loaders clean better and are gentler than the best HE top-loading washing machines while using less water. Front-loaders take longer than HE top-loaders but spin faster, extracting more water and reducing dryer time.. . .
Agitator models cost less and are faster than top-loading washing machines without an agitator, known as HE washing machines.. . .
Capacities keep increasing in HE washers, so you can do more laundry at once. HE top-loaders use less water and extract more of it from laundry than agitator top-loaders. This cuts dryer time, saving energy and money.. . .
Smaller spaces demand smaller appliances, and compact washer-and-dryer sets are slowly growing in popularity. In recent years some stackable laundry appliances have become more stylish and have larger door openings for easier access.. . .
Matching washer and dryer pairs are a widely sold 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. Our tests found pairs that are worth a look.. . .
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