Best Matching Washer and Dryer Sets

Electrolux, GE, Kenmore, LG, and Maytag sets stand out in CR's tests

A man and a young child in front of a washer and dryer set

A matching washer and dryer look good 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? To help you zero in on the best sets for your needs and budget, we've combed through our ratings and paired winners up for you. 


We start by calculating an Overall Score for each set in our ratings. Performance is a critical part of that score, but we also factor in predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction.

LG dominates the top spots in our ratings of front-loaders, HE top-loaders, and dryers in part because of the brand's Excellent reliability ratings. But in addition to sets from LG, there are also impressive sets to consider from Electrolux, GE, Kenmore, and Maytag.

You won't see Samsung highlighted below—even though most Samsung washers and dryers perform impressively in our tests. But Samsung's electric dryers receive only a Fair rating for reliability, and CR cannot recommend them at this time. 

CR members can read on for detailed ratings and reviews of the following 15 washer-dryer sets, all of which earn an impressive combined Overall Score:

Front-Loader Sets
LG WM9000HVA Washer + LG DLEX9000V Dryer
LG WM3500CW Washer + LG DLE3500W Dryer
Kenmore Elite 41982 Washer + Kenmore Elite 81982 Dryer
Electrolux EFLS627UTT Washer + Electrolux EFME627UTT Dryer
Maytag MHW8630HC Washer + Maytag MED8630HC Dryer

HE Top-Loader Sets
LG WT7900HBA Washer + LG DLEX7900BE Dryer
LG WT7100CW Washer + LG DLE7100W Dryer
LG WT7600HWA Washer + LG DLEX7600WE Dryer
LG WT7700HVA Washer + LG DLEX7700VE Dryer
Kenmore Elite 31552 Washer + Kenmore Elite 61552 Dryer
Kenmore 28132 Washer + Kenmore 68132 Dryer

Agitator Top-Loader Sets
Maytag MVWB965HC Washer + Maytag MEDB955FC Dryer
Maytag MVWB865GW Washer + Maytag MEDB835DW Dryer
Kenmore 20372 Washer + Kenmore 67132 Dryer

Best Front-Load Washer and Dryer Sets

These front-loaders deliver top-notch cleaning and the dryers are impressive at their job. You'll hear these machines working, but none make loud, sustained noises. The washers are water-efficient and most are gentle on fabrics. Wash times are based on the normal wash/heavy-soil setting, but the normal-soil setting is faster and works well for most laundry. Keep in mind that front-loaders extract more water than other washers, trimming dryer time and saving energy. 

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