The 7 Best Places to Buy a Washer and Dryer in 2020

The low-down on where to score the best deals on these big ticket appliances

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There are several large appliances that almost every household needs: a stove, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and of course, a washer and dryer. These machines make laundry day a little less hectic, and come in a variety of shapes and models to fit your exact lifestyle. Now, if you're in the market for a new washing machine and dryer, you may be a little overwhelmed thinking about the number of options you have.

Not only are there several models with a variety of features to decide on, but you also need to find the right retailer for you—one that prioritizes convenience, has all the top brands in stock, or allows you to order your appliances from home.

Here, the best places to purchase a new washer and dryer.

Home Depot

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For a huge selection of top-brand washers and dryers, stop into your local Home Depot. One of the major perks of shopping at this home improvement store is they have many models in-store for you to see, measure, and get a feel for—so you can check things out in person in addition to comparing products online.

Home Depot carries popular brands such as Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, Maytag, GE, and more, and you’ll find just about every type of washer and dryer available, spanning front-load and top-load washing machines, electric and gas dryers, and even stackable and pre-stacked units. Additionally, this retailer offers free delivery and basic hook-up on purchases over $396. They’ll also haul away your old appliances for an additional fee, which helps clear away clutter fast.

It’s also worth noting that Home Depot has a Low Price Guarantee, where they’ll match the price (plus shipping costs) of competitors. Overall, Home Depot is a great place to shop for a washer and dryer if you’re interested in seeing the appliances before you buy and want to leave set-up to the pros.

Lowe’s

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Lowe’s is another big-box home improvement store that carries a wide array of washing machines and dryers. Like Home Depot, your local Lowe’s will likely have a variety of appliance models in-store for you to see, and they sweeten the deal with great delivery options.

Whether you’re searching for a front- or top-load washer, a gas or electric dryer, stacked options, or even all-in-one appliances, Lowe’s has you covered. This retailer carries top models from trusted brands like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Bosch, GE, ​and Maytag, so it’s a great place to shop if you want the latest appliance models.

Lowe’s stands apart from the crowd thanks to its free next-day local delivery on in-stock appliances. They’ll deliver seven days a week, so you don’t need to take a day off of work, and the delivery team will connect the new appliances and give you a basic demonstration of their features. If you’re on the hunt for a top-brand washer and dryer and want them delivered ASAP, Lowe’s might be a good place to start your shopping.

Best Buy

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You might think of Best Buy as primarily an electronics store, but this big-name retailer also sells appliances! Best Buy carries similar brands as Home Depot and Lowe’s, and they compete with the home improvement stores by offering appliance consultations and free installation of your new washer and dryer.

Best Buy offers a full array of washers and dryers, including top- and front-load washers, electric and gas dryers, stacked units, and washer-dryer combos. You’ll find brands like Insignia, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, GE, Amana, Maytag, and more. However, your local Best Buy may not have many appliances available in-store, so this is a better option for people who already know what model they want.

One of the major perks of buying a washer and dryer from Best Buy is they offer a free no-obligation in-home consultation beforehand. Your advisor can help recommend the best product for your needs and measure your space to ensure you get just the right product. Additionally, this retailer offers free delivery and installation on purchases over $399.

Wayfair

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If you prefer to shop for anything and everything online, then you'll want to buy a new washer and dryer through Wayfair. This online retailer carries everything a big-box, brick-and-mortar store does. It has a variety of reputable brands such as Bosch, GE Appliances, Samsung, and Black + Decker. It's easy to navigate their website and find what you're looking for, because they break down their stock of appliances into tight categories ranging from portable washers and dryers, to all-in-one models, and sets.

While you won't be able to open the swinging door of a particular front-loading machine until it arrives at your home, Wayfair is worth checking out because of their sale prices and access to modern models with modern features. You can chat with a representative over the phone or via a chat box, if you do have any questions about the product you're looking at—or see if another customer has addressed it in the question and answer section under every listing.

Most items have a 30-day return policy applied which allows you to receive a store credit or refund to your form of payment if you change your mind. Just be aware that, when it comes to large appliances like a washer or dryer, your item can't be installed before returning it.

Costco

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Another place to buy a washer and dryer is a wholesale club like Costco. While you do need a membership to shop at this retailer, you’ll find that they have great deals on top-name appliances, as well as competitive delivery and installation options.

A standard Costco membership costs around $60 per year (plus tax), and it gets you access to all the deals the wholesale club offers, including those on appliances. You’ll find brands like LE, Whirlpool, Samsung, and GE, and there are often washer-dryer packages available. Whether you’re looking for a gas or electric dryer, top- or front-load washer, or an all-in-one unit, Costco has some great options!

To sweeten the deal, Costco offers in-home delivery, basic hook up, and haul away of old appliances, all built into the cost of the washer and dryer (some brand restrictions apply). This comprehensive service package is one of the best available.

AJ Madison

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AJ Madison may not be on your radar at the moment, since the brick-and-mortar stores are typically household names with well-developed reputations. However, when you’re shopping for a new washer and dryer, don’t count this online retailer out. Appliances ranging from kitchen sinks, to smart cooktops, and washer-dryer sets are their specialty. They carry 152 brands and frequently list products at sale prices, thanks to consistent promotions.

Notably, this brand also offers installation services, which vary depending on your zip code, and free nationwide delivery, so you can relax after purchasing an item. They have warranty and pre-purchasing tips detailed on their website so you can care for your purchase properly, and hopefully extend its lifetime.

Under each product, you can also take advantage of their detailed specifications lists—which are likely the most detailed of any retailer, big-box or online. The lists break down notable information like dimensions, cycle settings, and how the new engineering in a piece works to boost efficiency, reliability, and functionality. Need more information? Check out AJ Madison's two showrooms, located in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Amazon

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While Amazon is many people’s go-to retailer for everyday purchases, it’s still not a popular shopping destination for major appliances. Still, this online-only retailer does offer some washers and dryers, and it may be a good place to shop if you’re specifically looking for a portable or all-in-one machine.

You can find some big-name appliances like Haier and Kenmore on Amazon, but the majority of its washers and dryers are from ​lesser-known makers. The online retailer does boast an impressive selection of portable washing machines, often for affordable prices, and many of these purchases qualify for free two-day shipping if you’re a Prime member.​

Bottom line? If you’re looking for a new model from a top brand, stick with one of the retailers listed above. However, if you’re looking to save money or want a portable washing machine, Amazon may be a good place to shop.

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