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The best matching washers and dryers

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

Last updated: May 2018

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. 

Here we cover models from Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool, including impressive pairs that cost $1,700 or less.

Before you use your new washer for the first time, find out how to do laundry without ruining your clothes.

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.  

Our 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.

—Kimberly Janeway

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