Ever since laundry appliances moved from the basement to the main floor of the home, American consumers started to care more about the color and style of the appliances and whether they looked good together. Matching washer and dryer sets—such as those featured in our article on the best matching washers and dryers—continue to be big sellers. That’s why we added 57 washer and dryer sets to our Ratings of washing machines and clothes dryers.

We’re trying to make it easier for you to find the best pair for your budget. In both the washing machine and dryer ratings we highlight washer and dryer sets, noting the price of the pair and an overall test score.

“The score is a combination of the overall scores for both the washer and dryer. The washer’s score is weighted more since the washer typically drives the decision when buying a matching set,” says Emilio Gonzalez, who runs Consumer Reports’ tests of washing machines and dryers.

The washer and dryer sets are grouped by pairs in both the washing machine and clothes dryer sections of ConsumerReports.org. One of the highest-rated pairs is the Samsung WF56H9110CW washer and the Samsung DV56H9100EG electric dryer, which together sell for $2,650. All recommended models are excellent performers, relatively quiet, and have jumbo capacities.

But, as always, a high price doesn't mean top performance. A Staber top-load HE washer and electric dryer pair that costs $2,600 is the lowest-rated matching set. Your best bet is to check the results of our tests before committing to a couple.

To learn more about each appliance, click on the washer or dryer, and look at our brand reliability information too. Let us know if these new ratings helped you make your buying decision.

If you have any questions, send me an email at kjaneway@consumer.org.