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The best matching washers and dryers

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

Last updated: July 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 washer price drives the price of the matching dryer, even though dryers haven't changed as dramatically as washers have in the past decade or so. The washer is the workhorse and a more complicated machine, so choose your washer, then your dryer. There are three types of washers, and each has its advantages, and drawbacks, as you'll see in our washer buying guide

Beyond performance, CR's latest member survey reveals which washer and dryerbrands are tops in reliability, and just how likely owners are to recommend their appliance to family and friends. And to make it easier for you to choose the best laundry appliances for your budget, we now incorporate lab test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall Score, as you'll see in our washing machine ratings and dryer ratings, too. 

Use the rating's filter to narrow choices. Note machine dimensions, and rely on the features tab to compare models. Note that while we update this story frequently, prices change. Questions? Email me at kjaneway@consumer.org

 

 

 


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