Best Matching Washer and Dryer Sets

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

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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 up winners. 

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First we calculate 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 based on a survey of Consumer Reports members. 

LG dominates the top spots in our ratings of front-loaders, HE top-loaders, and dryers, in part because of the brand’s reliability ratings—Very Good for their front-loaders and Excellent for their HE top-loaders and dryers. 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. What holds Samsung back is that its electric dryers receive only a Fair rating for reliability, and CR can’t recommend them at this time. 

Here’s a list of the 14 washer-dryer sets that earn an impressive combined Overall Score in our tests. CR members can read on for detailed ratings and reviews of each model.

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
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
GE GTW685BSLWS Washer + GE GTD65EBSJWS Dryer
Kenmore 20372 Washer + Kenmore 67132 Dryer
GE GTW465ASNWW Washer + GE GTD45EASJWS Dryer

Best Front-Load Washer and Dryer Sets

The front-loaders below deliver top-notch cleaning and the dryers are impressive at their job, too. 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 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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