The 7 Best Smart Washers and Dryers of 2021

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Our Top Picks
"This appliance duo is equipped with a bulk dispenser, a spacious dryer, and an intuitive wash routine that adjusts drum motions."
"You can check in on your laundry and remotely start a cycle, using an app on your phone that connects to this pair via WiFi."
"The app guides you through cycle selection so your clothes receive the right care, while the duo keeps its price tag in check."
"With spacious drums, and the ability to wash two loads at once, this set is certainly ready to tackle your dirty laundry."
"Not only does the washer sync up with its matching dryer, but the set also saves space and can be controlled with voice commands."
"While saving space in your home, this machine offers a variety of settings to choose from, including wool and baby wear."
"A notable feature is that you can store up to 30 customized cycles in the washer and 36 in the dryer, and easily access them."

Cleaning your dirty clothes doesn't have to be a task you dread. With a smart washer and dryer tucked into a closet or set up in a designated laundry room in your home, you can tackle all of your stale tees, smelly underwear, and grass-stained jeans with ease.

All of these appliances come with an enhanced, technology-based feature, like built-in Wi-Fi, that lets you control the machine from an app on your phone. You can also look forward to intuitive dispensers that read your load and recognize how much detergent it actually needs, and giving your clothes a quick air fluff from the couch using voice-activated commands.

Below, the best smart washers and dryers for an almost-effortless laundry day.

Best Overall, Top Load: Whirlpool WTW7120HW Top Load Washing Machine & WED7120HW Electric Dryer with Steam

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Washer Capacity: 5.3 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 36 | Washer Mechanism: Impeller | Dryer Capacity: 7.4 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 35 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Washer has an automatic pre-soak cycle

  • Dryer has a sanitize setting

  • Energy Star-certified

What We Don't Like
  • Washer can unbalance often

  • Not stackable

The Whirlpool WTW7120HW should be your go-to option if you’re in the market for a smart, top-loading washer. This machine (and its matching dryer) is not just smart looking, it also has intuitive features and functionality. It can connect to WiFi if you'd like it to, and keep you updated on the status of your laundry with the simple download of a Whirlpool app on your smartphone. The model also provides an option to start a cycle up to 12 hours later, and integrates a bulk dispenser.

This bulk dispenser can hold up to 20 loads worth of detergent at once, saving you both time and energy when starting a load. A built-in dual temperature faucet is also included, and lets you pre-treat items with stains before tossing them in the wash. If you need those stains to soak a bit, just set an automatic soak cycle for 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes. All settings and controls live on the sleek back panel, and the model will even help you pick the right ones if you're not so sure.

You’ll also appreciate the fact that this smart top-loading washer is outfitted with Active Bloom wash action, which automatically adjusts water levels and drum motion to fit your dirty clothes' needs. This technology is useful if you're looking for a model that does work behind-the-scenes to lower your bills and help the planet. In turn, the dryer of this duo has 7.4 cubic feet of space, so you can load all of your laundry into it and avoid running multiple cycles on laundry day. Now, it is front-loading, but three sensors within the drum adjust the length of your cycle, while Energy Star certifications prove how thoughtful both models really are.

Best Overall, Front Load: Samsung WF50R8500AV Front Load Washing Machine & DVE50R8500V Electric Dryer with Steam

Samsung WF50R8500AV & DVE50R8500V

Washer Capacity: 5.0 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 12 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.5 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 12 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Washer has an activewear setting

  • Can receive alerts on your phone

  • Stackable

What We Don't Like
  • Controls can be sensitive

  • Washer shakes a bit

Check out this smart, front-loading washer and dryer for an efficient and intelligent way to conquer your laundry. The washer boasts 5.0 cubic feet of space which is pretty spacious—but, more importantly, has built-in WiFi to keep you in the know while your laundry is on the go. Like the washer, the dryer also has been outfitted with features that'll make your chores easier, including a lint filter indicator, sanitize setting, and vent sensor. It's also smart home compatible.

Unlike some older models of smart washers and dryers, you won’t need to buy a separate adaptor to make this unit integrate with your smart home. Instead, just follow the instructions for connecting the machine to your network, and download the SmartThings app to check your washer or dryer's status, remotely start a load, or receive alerts when the cycle has ended. After receiving that alert, you can head over to your duo, and switch your loads in a timely manner. The washer has 12 different cycles, including specialty ones for activewear, whites, and bedding. The dryer comes with an additional 12 cycle settings, and 10 add-ons to your selection to ensure the fabrics in your load are being treated right.

You'll find that the washer-dryer combo delivers a thorough cleaning experience, and saves you time and energy in the long-run. Although its controls can be sensitive—and the washer can shake a bit—it doesn't leave much to be desired.

Best Budget: Samsung WF45R6300AW High-Efficiency Washing Machine & DVE45R6300W Electric Dryer with Steam

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Washer Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 12 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.5 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 12 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • App guides you through cycle selection

  • Dryer has a reversible door

What We Don't Like
  • Washer has an average-sized drum

  • Can't be controlled via voice commands

Savvy shoppers don’t have to compromise on smart features with the Samsung WF45R6300AW and DVE45R6300W. The front-loading washing machine covers all the essentials in a smart washer while keeping the price tag in check. It has built-in WiFi, a steam function, and can be operated by the Bixby assistant to help you manage your laundry. The Bixby assistant hooks you up with common features in smart models, like notifications when a cycle has ended, the ability to schedule a load, and diagnostics within the smartphone app.

Where this model goes above and beyond, though, is how it can guide you through cycle selection. Just select one of the preset settings, or use the app to guide you through the most suitable options for fabric type, soil level, and load size. The app sends the selected information to your machine, which buzzes into action.

When it comes time to switch your load to the matching dryer, you can look forward to a sanitize cycle that will rid your clothes of bacteria and allergens. Plus, a reversible door will make installation and day-to-day use simple. The bottom line is that this smart washer and dryer offer many amenities, but won’t break the bank. 

Best High Capacity: LG SIGNATURE WM9500HKA Mega Capacity Front Load Washer & DLEX9500K Mega Capacity Electric Dryer

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Washer Capacity: 5.8 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 14 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 9.0 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 14 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Oversized drums

  • Compatible with a pedestal washer

  • Both models can be controlled with voice commands

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

  • Expensive

Take your biggest laundry loads from dirty to clean in no time with the help of a high-capacity smart washer and dryer, like the LG WM9500HKA and DLEX9500K. This massive set is outfitted with nearly 6.0 cubic feet of interior space in the washer and 9.0 cubic feet in the dryer, to wash your biggest loads with conveniences like cycle alerts and Bluetooth technology. You can download new washer cycles, or even stop one, right in LG’s laundry app, or sync the set to a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. In doing so, you can power it with voice commands, and from remote locations in your home.

Another feature that makes the washer, in particular, extra valuable is that it’s TwinWash compatible. Add LG’s pedestal washer to your set up and wash two loads at once. This is particularly handy if you have an extra small load of baby wear or delicates that need special care. Once each load is complete, the dryer's able to quietly care for them in its stainless steel drum that's both durable and rust-resistant. All your cycle options are located on a modern touch screen, right on the model's reversible door.

Best Stackable: GE GFW850SPNDG Front Load Washing Machine & GFD85ESPNDG Electric Vented Dryer

GE GFW850SPNDG & GFD85ESPNDG

Washer Capacity: 5.0 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 12 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.8 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 12 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Can be controlled remotely

  • Able to sync up and transfer cycles

  • Washer has a tumble setting

What We Don't Like
  • Stacking kit is sold separately

  • Expensive

For smart cleaning power in a small space, consider a stackable washer and dryer by GE. The washer in this set is powerful and sleek, and has a generous 5.0 cubic feet of space for your dirty clothes. Along with the dryer, it features built-in WiFi, and allows you to start, pause, and check in on a cycle remotely. Both of the models can be controlled by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, if your household prefers to use voice commands as much as possible, too.

On top of saving space, this set is also capable of working together behind-the-scenes. The washer is able to sync with its dryer to transfer your settings. If you're in a rush or completing a small load, you can opt to leave your clothes in the drum and run the washer's very own drying cycle, as well. Although learning all of these settings may take some time, you'll definitely appreciate how thoughtful they are—and how both the washer and the dryer can be tucked into a corner of your home. Be sure to purchase the separate stacking kit to make the most of this element of design.

Best All-in-One: LG SIGNATURE LUWM101HWA Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Washer and Dryer Combo

LG SIGNATURE 24 in. 2.8 cu. ft. All-in-One Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer in White

Capacity: 2.8 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 17 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Cycles: 6 | Vent Type: Ventless

What We Like
  • Plenty of cycle settings

  • Can be controlled with voice commands

  • Automatic dispenser

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Cycles can take a long time

For a smart washer and dryer that's packed into one appliance, check out the LG LUWM101HWA. This model is WiFi-enabled so you can check in on it remotely, and includes features like LG’s Turbo Wash to speed up the wash process. The built-in connectivity means you can keep an eye on your laundry from a smartphone, but also use voice commands to control the machine’s operation.

When it comes to saving space, though, this model really shines. Saving space is always a smart idea—especially if you are living small. But this machine ensures you don’t have to worry about losing valuable cycle settings. It includes unique wash and dry cycles like wool, baby wear, delicates, and allergen which can be handy if you or anyone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma.

Best for Custom Cycles: Whirlpool WFW9620HC Front Load Washing Machine & WED9620HC Electric Vented Dryer

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Washer Capacity: 5.0 cubic feet | Washer Cycles: 6 | Washer Mechanism: Not applicable | Dryer Capacity: 7.4 cubic feet | Dryer Cycles: 7 | Vent Type: Vented

What We Like
  • Dryer has a steam function

  • Can store favorite settings

  • Washer has a bulk dispenser

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to customize dispenser

  • No reversible doors

If you want to customize your laundry experience, go with a smart washer and dryer that lets you make cycle selections, store frequently used settings, and get in-app information at the push of a button. This Whirlpool set does all that and more, making it an expensive option, but also one with lots of bells and whistles.

The touchscreen interface gives the set a modern feel and lets you choose from dozens of settings easily. Not to mention, you can store up to 30 of your customized cycles in the washer and 36 in the dryer, for an easier laundry experience in the future. If you want to start a load while cleaning other parts of your home, connect the machine to your own WiFi network, and use the app to remotely control your washer or dryer.

There's also a built-in fan in the washer that keeps clothes fresh for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle has ended, that'll bring your heart rate down. If your day didn’t go quite as planned, don’t stress over your clean laundry sitting idle. Use the app to tell the machine to keep things tumbling, until you get a chance to empty out its drum.

Final Verdict

When it comes to smart washers and dryers, the Whirlpool WTW7120HW and WED7120HW (view at Home Depot) are our overall pick for a top-loading duo. The washer has a bulk dispenser, delay start function, and intuitive technology that recognizes what your laundry needs in terms of water and drum motions. For a front-loading model, the Samsung WF50R8500AV and DVE50R8500V (view at Home Depot) are great picks. You can remotely start these models, and have alerts sent to your phone when a cycle is complete.

What to Look for in Smart Washers and Dryers

Type

The two types of smart washers and dryers you should consider are front-loading and top-loading. These terms refer to the door of the appliance, and how you will access your clothes. To compare, a front-loading appliance is easier to unload and load. You can find this design in washers and dryers, but the washer does require more maintenance to keep the drum fresh and mildew-free. You won't likely find a top-loading dryer on the market, but a top-loading washer is more spacious inside, and can be a great option for large households.

Power source

When it comes to buying a smart dryer specifically, you need to consider if the model is powered by electricity or gas. The layout of your home may require you to buy a gas model, which typically only needs a standard, 120-volt outlet, opposed to a 240-volt one. If you have easy access to a 240-volt outlet, however, than an electric model can be a cost-effective pick upfront. It's easier to install, but also can be harsher on clothes than a gas model. To find the best one for you, consider your home's structure and layout, but also what types of fabrics you're frequently drying.

Voice commands

Being able to control your washer or dryer via voice commands is common for smart models. To use this feature, you have to download the brand's app to your smartphone or tablet, and then connect your model to your home's WiFi network. Once the connection is built, you'll be able to register your appliance in the app, and then start controlling it within the app, or by giving commands to a Google Assistant or Alexa device. This feature is worth considering when you're already in the market for a smart appliance, and like your household to be as connected as possible.

Standout Features

Custom cycle storage

Custom cycle storage is a new feature in many smart washers. It allows you to save settings you create and frequently use, and access them via the washer’s digital touchscreen or compatible smartphone app. Some models can store up to 30 custom cycles, which is most ideal for households who are always tending to items that need special care like wool sweaters, handmade quilts, swimsuits, and activewear.

Dryer syncing

A new smart feature in washers is dryer syncing, which allows the washer to “speak” to its matching dryer. Once the two compatible models connect, the washer can easily transmit the cycle settings you selected for your load. The dryer then picks settings for your clothes to tumble at. This is ideal if you’re frequently washing specialty items like activewear, wool, or babywear, since those items often need special treatment both during washing and drying cycles.

Advanced wrinkle care

Once a cycle has finished, if you can't get to your wet clothes right away, some smart and high-end washers can start the tumbling process. They can act like a dryer, and occasionally tumble your load with steam to prevent wrinkles from developing. Typically, this feature can go for up to 12 hours, and is most useful for busy households, or those who don't mind their appliances running while they're at the store, work, or completing other tasks.

FAQs

What makes a washer or dryer smart?

Simply put, a washer or dryer is classified as "smart" if it has extra technology that makes your chores more streamlined. This technology works behind the scenes, so your go-to cycles are stored, you can check in on your laundry from a remote location, or sync your units for an easier laundry day. If you're looking into smart appliances, it may be easiest to think of what they're not. For instance, a washer or dryer isn't "smart" if it just has a digital control panel or automatic dispenser. The technology must be more intuitive than that.

Are smart washers and dryers reliable?

Like standard washers and dryers, smart models are very reliable. Their technology is meant to add to your experience, not hinder it. Like any other form of technology, you might run into hiccups—such as an occasional connection issue. However, this won't deem your model "out of order." If the technology acts up, you'll still be able to properly wash and dry your clothes. You just may not be able to check in on your cycle remotely. Remember: smart features are add-ons.

Do smart washers and dryers use less water and energy?

Compared to standard washers and dryers, smart models can use less water and energy per load. This is because they're more prone to have auto-detection technology, Energy Star ratings, and even high-efficiency designs. Auto-detection technology, in particular, reads the size of a load, and adjusts water and detergent levels accordingly. However, depending on what type of models you have, your bills can definitely fluctuate. To save the most water and energy, opt for a smart, high-efficiency washer, paired with a smart, gas-powered dryer.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was edited and updated by Marisa Casciano, who is the large appliance expert for The Spruce. Throughout her career, she's researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, cooktops, and more in the home and lifestyle space. As someone with smart home devices, she always knows what is up and coming, and actually useful, when it comes to smart appliances.

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