Best Matching Washer & Dryer Sets

Pairs from Electrolux, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Speed Queen and Midea stand out in CR's tests

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Like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, a matching washer and dryer pair may look spectacular together—but they don’t always make a great couple. Why does the washer deliver while the dryer disappoints? How does a high-efficiency top-loader that can’t remove tough stains end up with a terrific dryer?

Remember, the choice is yours. You get to play matchmaker when shopping for your new clean machines. You needn’t settle for the prettiest pair a salesperson shows you. Performance matters most. We make your decision easier by scanning the best washer and dryer sets from our ratings. You know, like a dating app for laundry. Here, we pair up some dynamic duos.

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Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the 18 washer-dryer sets that earn an impressive Overall Score in our tests. LG dominates the top spots in our ratings of front-loaders, HE top-loaders, and dryers because of its performance in our lab tests and the brand’s reliability ratings—Very Good for its front-loaders and Excellent for its HE top-loaders and dryers. Sets from Electrolux, Maytag, Samsung, and a fan favorite, Speed Queen, are also notable.

CR members can click on each model here for detailed ratings and reviews, or read on, below, for detailed reviews of each of the sets.

Front-Loader Sets
Electrolux EFLS627UTT Washer + Electrolux EFME627UTT Dryer
• LG Signature WM9500HKA Washer + LG Signature DLEX9500K Dryer
• LG WM4000HWA Washer + LG DLEX4000W Dryer
LG WM4200HWA Washer + LG DLEX4200W Dryer
• LG WM8100HVA Washer + LG DLEX8100V Dryer
• LG WM9000HVA Washer + LG DLEX9000V Dryer
• Maytag MHW8630HC Washer + Maytag MED8630HC Dryer
• Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV Washer + Samsung FlexDry DVE60M9900V Dryer
• Samsung WF45T6200AW Washer + Samsung DVE45T6200W Dryer
Speed Queen FF7005WN Washer + Speed Queen DF7000WE Dryer

HE Top-Loader Sets
• LG WT7100CW Washer + LG DLE7100W Dryer
• LG WT7900HBA Washer + LG DLEX7900BE Dryer
• Maytag MVW7232HW Washer + Maytag MED7230HW Dryer
• Samsung WA50R5400AW Washer + Samsung DVE50R5400W Dryer
• Samsung WA50T5300AC Washer + Samsung DVE50T5300C Dryer

Agitator Top-Loader Sets
• LG WT7305CW Washer + LG DLE7300WE Dryer
• Maytag MVW6230HW Washer + Maytag MED6230HW Dryer
• Midea MLV45N1BWW + Midea MLE45N1BWW

Best Front-Load Washer & Dryer Sets

The front-loaders here deliver top-notch cleaning, and the dryers are impressive at their job, too. You’ll hear these machines working, but none make loud, sustained noise. The washers are water- and energy-efficient, and most are gentle on fabric, earning Earth-friendly Green Choice status. Wash times in our tests are based on the normal wash/heavy-soil setting, but the normal-soil setting is faster and works well for most laundry. A bonus with front-loaders is that they extract more water than other washers, trimming dryer time and saving energy.

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