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Best Washer and Dryer Sets

Consumer Reports picks matching washing machines and dryers that all shine in our tough lab 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?

There's no reason you can't have a matching washer and dryer that each perform impressively in their tests at Consumer Reports. So to help you find the perfect pair of laundry machines, we're handling the matchmaking. 
 

MORE ON LAUNDRY APPLIANCES

All washer types have their pros and cons, and we spell those out in our washing machine buying guide. Regardless of whether you're interested in a front-loader or top-loader, keep in mind that the washer is the more complex of the two machines in a laundry set—not to mention the hardest working—so you should choose it first. 

As for dryers, the truth is that any model will get the job done—eventually. So why do we bother testing them?

"Some dryers take longer, rely on higher heat, or they over-dry laundry when you want it a bit damp," says Richard Handel, CR's test engineer for laundry appliances. "All of this is harder on fabrics and uses more energy."

An Easier Way to Choose

Performance data is an important part of the Overall Score for both washers and dryers, but there's more to it than that. We also factor in data on predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our annual member survey, which captures detailed information about 76,517 washers and 65,515 dryers purchased from 2007 to 2017.

And because washers and dryers are products that people typically buy as a set, we take an extra step and calculate an Overall Score for each matching set in our ratings. The types of washers in the matched pairs here include front-loaders, high-efficiency (HE) top-loaders, and agitator top-loaders.

LG dominates the top spots in our ratings of front-loaders, HE top-loaders, and dryers in part because of the brand's Excellent rating for predicted reliability. But there are plenty of other impressive sets to consider, too, from brands such as Electrolux, GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of 18 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.

Best Front-Load Washer and Dryer Sets

These front-loaders all have an Excellent Overall Score. They can remove most tough stains yet 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 all earn a Very Good or an Excellent Overall Score, drying laundry in a reasonable amount of time without scorching it. They also have the sensitivity to 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.

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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