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Best Matching Washer and Dryer Sets

Consumer Reports picks models that shine in tough tests

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A matching washer and dryer look good together, but they don't always make a great couple.

How does a high-efficiency top-loader that can't remove tough stains end up with a terrific dryer? Why does one machine run quietly while the other makes a racket?

To help you find the perfect pair of laundry machines, we're handling the matchmaking.


Because washers and dryers are typically bought as a matching set, we calculate an Overall Score for each pair in our ratings. And while performance is a critical part of that score for both washers and dryers, we also factor in predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our member survey to give you a better sense of what it's like to actually own these machines.

Our exclusive survey leverages data on 71,038 washers and 57,103 dryers purchased from 2008 to 2018 that aren't covered by a service contract.

LG dominates the top spots in our ratings of front-load washers, HE top-load washers, and dryers in part because of the brand's Excellent reliability ratings for washers and dryers. But there are plenty of other impressive sets to consider from Electrolux, GE, Kenmore, Maytag, and Whirlpool. These brands receive a rating of Good to Very Good for reliability.  

Notably absent from this list? Samsung. That's because even though most Samsung washers and dryers perform impressively in our lab tests, their electric dryers receive only a Fair rating for reliability, and CR can't recommend them at this time.

CR members with Digital Access can read on for ratings and reviews of 14 washer-dryer sets with impressive combined Overall Scores. The pairs are broken into three groups by washer type: front-loader, HE top-loader, and agitator top-loader. Each washer is paired with its matching electric dryer, and we include the model number for the corresponding gas model.

Best Front-Load Washer and Dryer Sets

The five front-loaders reviewed here have an Excellent Overall Score. They can remove most tough stains yet most are gentle on fabrics, and they use water efficiently. Front-loaders extract more water than other types of washers, cutting down on drying time and saving energy. Wash times listed are based on the normal wash/heavy-soil setting we use for testing, but keep in mind that the normal-soil setting on front-loaders is faster and works just as well for most laundry. 

The companion dryers earn a Very Good or an Excellent Overall Score, drying laundry in a reasonable amount of time without scorching it. They can also leave clothes a bit damp, if you prefer. All of these sets run quietly or relatively so. You'll hear them working, but they shouldn't disturb you.

Reliability isn't a problem for these brands. Some of these appliances are bigger than usual, so be sure to check the full dimensions in our washer and dryer ratings to confirm they'll fit in your space. Prices are for the front-loader and matching electric dryer combined. Haggling may get you a deal on a pair.  

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