The 8 Best Smart Washers and Dryers of 2020

Harness the power of technology to power through your laundry

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Our Top Picks
Best Overall, Top Load:
GE Top Load Washing Machine at Wayfair
"This appliance is equipped with an intuitive dispense system, that senses the weight and fabric type of each load of laundry."
"You can check in on your laundry and remotely start a load, using an app on your phone that connects to this model via WiFi."
"With a spacious drum and the ability to wash two loads at once, this model is certainly ready to tackle your dirty laundry."
"Not only does this appliance operate quietly, it also has a small form that brings smart features into tight, limited spaces."
"This machine guides you through cycle selection so your clothes receive the right care, and keeps its price tag in check."
"A notable feature of this smart washer is you can store up to 30 customized cycles, and easily access them at any time."
"While saving space in your home, this model also offers a variety of unique wash and dry settings to choose from."
"The thoughtfulness of this dryer is seen in its activewear setting, steam function, and ability to reduce static from each load."

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

All of these appliances come with an enhanced, technology-based feature such as built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to 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: GE GTW840CPNDG 5.2 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Diamond Gray Top Load Washing Machine

The GE GTW840CPNDG is a go-to option if you’re shopping for a smart top-loading washer and dryer. This machine (and its matching dryer) is not just smart looking; it also has intuitive features and intelligent functionality. It features built-in WiFi and provides updates on your laundry's status while also integrating an auto dispenser for detergent.

There are 5.2 cubic feet of room inside the drum of this top load washer, with enough room to wash king size sheet sets or fluffy blankets. A water station is a handy feature when you need to scrub stains or pre-treat spots. To make the most of the features of this smart washer and dryer, use GE’s proprietary app to remotely start a load of laundry or receive notifications when a cycle is completed. This can be especially helpful if you’re prone to forgetting a damp load of laundry in the washer or frequently find a wrinkled heap of clothes in your dryer. 

You’ll also appreciate the fact that this smart top-loading washer is equipped with a SmartDispense system that senses the weight and fabric type of each load, then adds just the right amount of detergent. Plus, you can adjust the setting to increase or decrease the amount of detergent dispensed. 

Best Overall, Front Load: Samsung WF50R8500AV 5.0 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washing Machine

Check out this smart front load washer and dryer for an efficient and intelligent way to conquer your laundry. The Samsung WF50R8500AV washer boasts 5.0 cubic feet of drum space but more importantly, it has built-in Wi-Fi to keep you in the know while your laundry is on the go. 

Unlike some older models of Samsung smart washers and dryers, you won’t need to purchase a separate adaptor to make this unit integrate with your smart home. Instead, just follow the instructions for connecting the machine to your home network and download the SmartThings app to check in on your washer or dryer status, remotely start a load, or receive alerts when the cycle has ended. 

Reviewers find that the Samsung WF50R8500AV delivers a thorough cleaning experience. But what they frequently comment on is the convenience of knowing when a load is finished, instead of constantly making a trip to the laundry room to check on the cycle status.

Best High Capacity: LG SIGNATURE WM9500HKA 5.8 cu. ft. HE Mega Capacity Smart Front Load Washer

Take your biggest laundry loads from dirty to clean in no time with the help of a high capacity smart washer, like the LG WM9500HKA. This massive machine gives you nearly 6.0 cubic feet of interior space to wash your biggest loads with conveniences like cycle alerts, troubleshooting, and Bluetooth technology. You can also download new cycles or stop a cycle right from within LG’s laundry app. Or, if you prefer voice commands, sync your smart washer or dryer to a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. 

Another smart feature that makes this high capacity washer extra valuable to families with lots of laundry is the fact that it’s TwinWash compatible. You can add LG’s pedestal washer to your laundry room set up to wash two loads of laundry at once; like an extra small load of baby wear or delicates that need special care.

Best Stackable: Bosch BOWADREW867 800 Series Stacked Washer and Dryer Set

For smart cleaning power in a small space, consider the Bosch 800 series washer and dryer. This compact smart washer and dryer measure just 24 inches wide and will fit into even limited laundry areas, especially since they’re also stackable. However, you’ll need to have a 240V outlet accessible. 

The 2.2 cubic feet inside is enough for small to average-sized loads and the suite of cycle options gives you plenty of control of the laundry experience. This smart washer and dryer are equipped with Bosch’s Home Connect technology, which allows you to make cycle selections within the brand’s app to match the specifics of each load you do. You can also start a load from anywhere—your couch, car, or office. While the biggest complaint is that this washer has long cycle times, this tends to be true of front-load washers in general. Overall, however, this smart washer from Bosch lives up to the brand’s reputation for delivering a quiet and thorough clean, and it makes a good choice for condos or in an apartment.

Best Budget: Samsung WF45R6300AW 4.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency White Front Load Washing Machine

Savvy shoppers don’t have to compromise on smart features with the Samsung WF45R6300AW. This front load machine covers all the essentials in a smart washer while keeping the price tag in check. Despite costing less than the majority of other smart washers and dryers on the market, this model from Samsung has built-in Wi-Fi and uses the brand’s Bixby assistant to help you manage your laundry. 

You’ll find the usual features common to smart washers and dryers, like notifications when a cycle has ended, the ability to schedule a load, or in-app diagnostics if your machine is having an issue. But reviewers also appreciate the intuitive way that this machine guides you through cycle selection. Select one of the preset cycles or use the app to guide you through the right options for the fabric type, soil level, and load size. The app sends the cycle information to your machine, which buzzes into action. 

The bottom line is that this budget smart washer offers many options but is easy to use and won’t break the bank. 

Best for Custom Cycles: Whirlpool WFW9620HC 5.0 cu. ft. High Efficiency Smart Stackable Front Load Washing Machine

If you’re interested in customizing your laundry experience, go with a smart washer that allows you to make cycle selections store frequently used settings, and get in-app info at the push of a button. The Whirlpool WFW9620HC does all this and more and is a spendy option but includes plenty of bells and whistles. 

The touchscreen interface gives this smart washer and its matching dryer a modern feel and provides you the ability to choose from dozens of settings easily. One of the best features of this smart washer is that you can store up to 30 of your customized cycles for easy recall in the future. Connect the machine to your Wi-Fi and use the app to remotely control your washer or dryer. 

One of the smart and efficient features of this model is the built-in fan that keeps clothes fresh and mildew-free for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle has ended. If your day didn’t go 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 the washer. 

Best All-in-One: LG SIGNATURE LUWM101HWA 2.8 cu. ft. Compact Smart All-in-One Front Load Washer

For a smart washer and dryer that saves space without sacrificing features, check out the LG LUWM101HWA. This model has Wi-Fi capability and also gives you handy features like LG’s Turbo Wash. The built-in connectivity means you can keep an eye on the machine’s status from your smartphone or use Amazon Alexa or Google Home commands to control the machine’s operation. 

Saving space is always a smart idea, but you don’t have to worry about losing valuable cycle settings. The LG LUWM101HWA includes plenty of unique wash and dry cycles, like wool and babywear wash settings or drying settings for ‘delicate’ and ‘outdoor.’ 

Best Dryer: GE GFD65ESPNSN 7.8 cu. ft. Smart Stackable Electric Vented Dryer

Looking for a smart dryer to solve your damp clothes dilemma once and for all? The GE GFD65ESPNSN will certainly do the trick. It's both modern and deluxe, with a boatload of features including a steam function, activewear and sanitize settings, and a reversible door. Like many smart units, you can start, stop, and check in on your cycles using an app on your phone. Any home with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant can control this dryer using voice commands, too.

Aside from its smart features, this dryer also puts functionality and accessibility on the forefront of its design. The 7.8 cubic foot drum is spacious, and the unit itself is stackable, so you can tuck your laundry into a closet or corner of your home. The appliance comes in both a white and satin nickel finish, which will look sleek beside an existing unit or the matching washer.

Despite the fact that the app can be spotty at times, this dryer is a great pick that'll tackle wrinkles, reduce static in your clothes, and make laundry day feel efficient and custom.

Final Verdict

When it comes to smart washers and dryers, the GE GTW840CPNDG (view at Home Depot) is our best overall pick for a top-loading model. This appliance can be remotely started via an app on your phone, and has a smart dispense system to recognize how much detergent your laundry actually needs. As for a front-loading model, the Samsung WF50R8500AV (view at Home Depot) is a great pick. It can also be remotely started, and sends alerts to your phone when a cycle is complete.

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