Having a designated spot to wash and dry your clothes in your home is a real treat. However, your laundry space can be a nuisance to use if your set is unreliable, inefficient, and constantly flashing an "error" message. Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company, advises that there are a lot of companies that manufacture washers and dryers. The best machine isn't necessarily specific to a single brand, though, and is one that fits your personal needs—whether that be a variety of settings, a smart routine that allows you to receive notifications to your phone, or a drum that's big enough for your and your family's weekly laundry.
There are several brands out there that produce high-quality washers and dryers to meet your various needs, and the challenge then becomes identifying what those needs are so your purchase is the best it can be for you. To help you discover what’s out there, we scoured top retailers to find their bestselling machines and brands. Then, we looked at the full line of products from each brand, evaluating qualities like overall value, features, ease of operation, and durability.
Our favorite washer and dryer brands include names like LG, Maytag, and Samsung, as well as more budget-friendly options like Amana and eco-friendly options like Electrolux.
Here are the best washer and dryer brands worth considering for a reliable laundry routine.
Thoughtful smart and non-smart features
Reasonable prices for the quality
Additional laundry appliances available
Can be difficult to service at times
LG is a reliable and beloved brand that produces a wide range of consumer electronics and appliances, including washers and dryers. In the laundry space, you can shop LG's full lines of washers, dryers, and washer-dryer combos. The brand also produces the LG Styler, which is a steam closet that allows you to take better care of your "hand-wash only" garments.
All of LG's appliances, including their washing machines and dryers, are super tech-focused and have lots of enviable features. However, the technology centers around efficiency, cycle settings, and proper fabric care, so you're not splurging on features that are flashy as opposed to useful. The technology also comes at a reasonable price, given the quality and reliability of the machines.
LG has become more well-known for front-loaders in recent years. These machines are highly efficient and often incorporate Wi-Fi capabilities. One of LG's latest models, the 5.0 cu. ft. Mega Capacity Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Washer with TurboWash™ 360° and Built-In Intelligence, monitors energy use and has a fabric sensor to automatically adjust itself based on what you’re washing. Dryers, which come in both electric and gas versions, are also smart and efficient. They even have very large models, like the 9.0 cu. ft. Mega Capacity Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Electric Dryer with TurboSteam™ and Built-In Intelligence. We particularly love the LG WKEX200HWA WashTower Laundry Center, as well. It stacks two machines on top of each other, which is perfect for those who are looking to save space, and features a central control panel, which is hard to find amongst stackable machines.
All in all, these washers and dryers will definitely make your life a little easier and are built to last. Just note: LG can be difficult to service at times, so make sure to take good care of your washing machine and dryer.
Eco-friendly and highly efficient line of products
"Instant refresh" cycle for tackling wrinkles
Great fabric care technology
Limited product selection
Harder to find than some other, larger brands
Electrolux is perhaps better known for its kitchen appliances, particularly refrigerators, but it makes a few washing machines and dryers worth knowing about, especially if you're in the market for a very efficient and eco-friendly option. Just be aware before you start shopping: You have to be in the market for a front-loader, as the brand doesn’t offer any top-loading machines.
If that’s not a dealbreaker for you, you’ll appreciate the functionality of any machine in their lineup of products. Each one is thoughtfully designed with multiple convenient features. The company's top dryer is the 8.0 cu. ft. Front Load Perfect Steam™ Gas Dryer with LuxCare® Dry and Instant Refresh, a model that uses an advanced moisture sensor to prevent over- or under-drying of your clothes. It has an “instant refresh” cycle that gets rid of wrinkles in just 10 minutes, too.
If there’s any downside to Electrolux, it’s that the selection of washers and dryers is more limited and hard to find at retailers compared to bigger brands like LG and Samsung. The upside to this: The brand has hyper-focused on a few reliable machines, perfecting the technology in each, so you know you’re getting a good product. Plus, the company is very open about its Energy Star and CEE Tier ratings in online product listings, so you can scope out potential opportunities to save resources and money.
Great selection for small spaces
Most machines are paired with an Energy Star rating
Lots of cycle options
Products often require a different type of outlet
One thing is for sure: Bosch washers and dryers, like the brand’s other appliances, are expensive. The line's most basic washer, the 300 Series compact washer, is just 24 inches wide. This makes it a great option for smaller spaces, but the washer has a base price of nearly $1,100 despite its tiny footprint. Bosch washers and dryers are some of the most reliable on the market, though, making the higher price tag worth it and something you can justify. The brand is known for highly engineered appliances that get the job done, and get the job done well.
As mentioned, Bosch is also a good choice for anyone who needs a fantastic compact laundry solution, since the manufacturer only makes compact models. These machines can fit in tight spaces, like in a closet or under the counter, which is ideal for apartments and other small homes. They also have some counter-depth picks, for anyone who is looking to install a washer and dryer in their kitchen and have it sit flush with their countertops. A majority, if not all, of the Bosch washers and dryers have an Energy Star rating, as well.
Despite the small profile of these washers and dryers, all three series (the 300, the 500, and the 800) have a lot to offer. The washing machines have tons of cycles to choose from, such as permanent press and delicate, and some are compatible with Bosch's Home Connect app. Now, it is important to note that the washers and dryers from Bosch often require a different type of outlet than the standard one you may have in your laundry room or living space. The way Bosch dryers operate may be a downside to some, too. They rely on condensation drying: a method that excels at drying your clothes but emits heat and moisture into your living area.
Top-loading and front-loading machines available
Helpful features like built-in faucet and custom cycles
Wide price range
Comparatively low spin speeds
If you’ve ever shopped for home appliances, you probably know the Whirlpool name. It’s a very established brand with a broad range of products—from refrigerators to laundry machines. The current lineup consists of nearly 20 different washers and 25 different dryers, plus sets that include both machines. Options include both front- and top-loaders, as well as stackable machines, so you can really narrow in on whatever best suits your needs.
There are just as many price points to choose from as there are configurations. You can get a more basic machine, like the 7.0 cu. ft. Top Load Electric Dryer with AutoDry™ Drying System, for $700, or a more sophisticated model, like the 5.2 cu. ft. Smart Top Load Washing Machine, for upwards of $1,300. This machine is great for busy families who run multiple loads in a day or week, since it features a built-in faucet for treating stains, a central agitator you can easily remove when you want to put on a bulky load, and the ability to customize 36 cycles.
Whichever route you go, users say Whirlpool machines do a fantastic job cleaning and are, overall, very reliable. It’s worth noting a few common complaints, though, including low spin speed, connectivity issues, and the need to run dryer cycles more than once (however, this issue can be common among high-efficiency machines).
Backed by 20-year warranty
TwinDos detergent system
Impressive array of features, even in basic machines
Small selection of products
Miele may not have many products in its line of washers and dryers, but a large selection of laundry machines is not what the German brand is known for. It's more known for super performance and durability, and you may get a hint of that when you see the steep price tag on these machines. All are over $1,000, making them a brand you would splurge on compared to others.
Like Miele’s other home appliances, both large and small, the brand focuses on convenience and innovations that make their products stand out from the rest as hardworking and ultra-reliable. All of their washers are front-loaders, so if you're in the market for a top-loader, then you will need to look elsewhere. Even the most basic, the WXD160 WCS, has exciting features like scheduling and automatic load recognition to make laundry day easier for you. One of the brand’s biggest claims to fame is its detergent system, the TwinDos system. It allows you to store as much as three months of detergent, plus non-chlorinated bleach. The machine then releases it in small quantities every time you do a load.
While you’ll pay up for a Miele machine, you can feel good about your purchase knowing it's protected and Energy Star qualified. While most brands offer a 10-year warranty on their machines, Miele’s is double that at 20 years.
Ample product selection that utilizes smart features
Venting system in front-loading machines
Reasonable price point for quality
Some may have trouble navigating smart features
GE is a massive name across most appliance categories, and laundry is no different—perhaps, because the brand has a wide variety of washer and dryers for you to select. Whether you’re a budget-conscious consumer who needs nothing more than a basic machine, or a large family interested in utilizing smart technology and tons of different cycle options to meet the needs of each person in the household, the brand has something for you.
There are both front and top-loaders available, and, regardless of price point, most are user-friendly and relatively sleek. Those who typically shy away from front-loading machines for all the maintenance and sanitation reasons will like some of the added features of GE’s washers, namely their UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™. The system draws moisture away from areas in front-loading machines that typically collect it, such as the gaskets, seals, and drum, keeping them dry and free of bacteria. The Microban® Antimicrobial Technology also adds a layer of protection around moisture-prone areas like the door, gasket, and soap dispenser, for an easier laundry day and less worry on your end.
Overall, the price point of GE machines is fair, too. One of their smartest machines is the GE Profile™ 5.4 cu. ft. Capacity Washer with Smarter Wash Technology and FlexDispense™, and it has enviable features like a built-in voice assistant and smart dispense technology, but it won’t cost you much more than $1,000. Notably, GE is behind the luxury appliance brand Café, which features higher-end appliances that often have customizable hardware.
Wide range of products at a more budget-friendly price
Highly innovative features
Smart features can be confusing for some
Front-loading machines are prone to mold growth
You can’t go wrong with Samsung for your laundry room, because the brand has an extensive line of products—both front- and top-loaders—for all budgets. And, because the brand is highly focused on innovation and accessibility, their machines are packed with bells and whistles, even at the low, entry-level price.
One of the brand’s most basic washers, the 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with Vibration Reduction Technology+, does have a slightly smaller capacity than other machines on the market. It's intuitive otherwise, though, and doesn't leave much to be desired. It comes in three finishes—plus, more importantly, is whisper-quiet, energy-efficient, and features more than 10 cycle options. You can even control it with a smartphone app. Want a little bit more? Look toward the brand’s higher-end options, which add convenient features, like ultra-fast washes, to the list of accolades.
If there’s any downside to all of this technology, it’s that the learning curve may be steep for some, and not all of the smart features may be actually useful or practical. You may also experience mold growth in the door gasket of the front-loading washers from Samsung, which is common among front-loading machines but not ideal and could be addressed with a level of technology and newer features. It's key to leave the door ajar and wipe down the mechanism frequently.
Basic products at a budget-friendly price
Available at a variety of major retailers
Limited line of products
Limited cycle options
If you’re considering an Amana washer and dryer, there’s not much to look at. The brand has just two washers—one top-loader and one front-loader—and four dryers on the market today. And while that may seem like a drawback, it may actually make shopping easier. Rather than provide lots of options, Amana focuses on a limited number of budget-friendly machines, to offer affordability, good performance, and value.
Again, Amana’s laundry machines are relatively inexpensive. Their more advanced 4.3 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer rings in at under $1,000. Still, they deliver a better-than-average clean, and are energy efficient and relatively quiet. While Amana's machines may lack the additional cycles flashier machines have, they're very user-friendly and easy to operate, too.
All in all, if what you’re after is a bare bones but solid machine at a decent price point, Amana won’t disappoint. You can typically find this brand at a variety of major retailers, as well.
Dependable and long-lasting performance
Practical and innovative features like "Wrinkle Prevent"
Great overall value
Lack many smart features
Not many front-loading options
Maytag is one of the longest-running appliance companies, so it should come as no surprise that these machines—both washers and dryers—are ultra-reliable. There are plenty of options in their lines, too, and they’re all durable and made to last. Overall, they’re relatively affordable machines, delivering an excellent overall value.
In general, Maytag offers more top-loaders than front-loaders, for a more traditional laundry experience. (Front-loading machines are newer to the market, if you didn't already know!) All Maytag top-loaders are largely known for being great agitators, while the front-loaders offer more cycles and options for customizing your laundry experience. As for dryers, most models have roomy drums and intelligent sensors to more effectively and efficiently dry clothing. We particularly love the 7.3 cu. ft. 240-Volt White Stackable Electric Vented Dryer with Quick Dry Cycle, which features a "Wrinkle Prevent" cycle that will tumble clothes for up to 150 minutes to prevent wrinkles from setting in before you can get to your clean items.
Overall, the brand is a top performer and great for large families, thanks to both its power and dependability. You can run many, many loads in a Maytag machine before you ever even have to begin thinking about replacing it. If what you really want is a smart machine that's bursting with tech-focused features, like smartphone controls and voice assistant, you'll want to look elsewhere. Keep in mind that Maytag marries practicality with functionality and all the best and brightest features, as well.
Powerful, commercial-like performance
Great for big and bulky loads
Easy to repair
Agitator can be rough on clothes
Machines aren’t very attractive
There aren’t many appliance brands fully devoted to manufacturing washers and dryers, but that’s exactly what Speed Queen’s claim to fame is. The result is a line of great machines with few frills (nothing flashy here!) but exceptional focus on efficiency and durability.
All of Speed Queen’s machines are built with a minimal amount of heavy-duty parts to make any fixes a breeze. However, they also have heavy-duty motors to keep them running better, even if you’re washing huge loads or bulky items, like towels and bedding. The machines can handle washable sports equipment and shoes. Wash cycles are quick, too—just 30 minutes for a thorough wash. The dryers are just as efficient. The machines have built-in moisture sensors to automatically adjust the heat to prevent over-drying, which can add lots of unnecessary wear and tear to clothing.
The downside to the workhorse nature of these machines is that the agitator in the washers can be rough on clothes. The machines are relatively utilitarian-looking, too. You're really opting for simple, powerful performance, whether you opt for a front-loader like the FF7 or a top-loader like the TR7.
Basic machines that are easy to operate
Good option for a first home or apartment
Lack smart features
Lack CEE Tier ratings
Hotpoint washers and dryers aren’t flashy or tech-focused, but they are high-performance machines that are great for families and anyone else who needs a workhorse appliance at a budget-friendly price. The models are simple, but they get the job done well and would be a great addition to a first home, apartment, or household that isn't looking for the newer bells and whistles.
The prices of these machines are all well under $1,000, proving that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get the laundry machines you need. However, you’ll have to be comfortable forgoing extra features and functionality like built-in WiFi. That doesn’t mean there’s no customization, though. You can still choose from standard options, like load size and temperature, as well as a few different cycles, including one for delicates.
Notably, the 3.8 cu. ft. White Top Load Washer with Agitator features a stainless steel basket, which is typically more durable over time. While it's significantly smaller than others, and the machine also isn't backed by a CEE Tier rating, the washer can be paired with an electric or gas dryer from the brand.
What to Look for in a Washer and Dryer Brand
Types of Machines Offered
The first thing to look at when you're perusing washer and dryer brands, in order to ensure that you get the one that will suit your needs, is the range of machines the brand offers. Some brands offer primarily front-loading machines, while others focus on manufacturing efficient, top-loading machines that are relatively basic. One type of machine isn’t necessarily better than the other, though top-loaders and front-loaders have their individual perks and downsides. Top-loaders, for example, are typically more spacious and easier to maintain, but they can be hard to reach and aren't stackable. Front-loaders, on the contrary, can collect moisture easily, but they're often stackable, more accessible, and gentle on clothes and fabrics.
When shopping, ask yourself a few questions. Do you have a small space? A basic stacked washer and dryer could be the right option for you. Do you have a large family, and do you do dozens of loads per week? A smart machine with lots of different cycle options, including quick cycles to help you get the job done more quickly, might be more ideal for you. Before you start shopping, think about what your ideal washer and dryer might look like, so you can save yourself some time by focusing your search.
In addition to the overall type of machine you want, think about the size and efficiency type of your desired machine. Does the brand focus on producing efficient, eco-friendly options? Are smaller or counter-depth options available?
Basic washer and dryers—like the ones from Hotpoint or Amana—are the most budget-friendly. Sometimes you can find these machines for less than $500, but they don’t have many features. You simply put the detergent in and turn the machine on. If you want to spend a little more up front, you can get a more feature-packed product with bells and whistles like built-in Wi-Fi, a faucet for stain-fighting, and an Energy Star rating. These features can be incredibly helpful on laundry day, when you have the option to do a quick cycle or give a wrinkled dress new life by steaming it in the dryer. LG, Whirlpool, and Samsung all offer longer lists of amenities.
Longevity and Reliability
While no brand will tell you that its machine doesn't last as long as another, there’s no doubt you want long-lasting and reliable models when you’re spending so much money on a washer and dryer. In general, some of the more expensive washers and dryers can be expected to last for many years—up to 10 or 15 years. You might be surprised to learn that some of the less-expensive models are also significant workhorses, though, and that they last because they aren't outfitted with lots of features that could eventually break or lose their functionality.
To get a quality machine, it’s key to read through the reviews. Other people’s experiences will help you understand the potential longevity of the machines you’re considering. What’s more, no matter what machines you end up purchasing, it’s vital to take good care of them. Read the user’s manual, so you'll understand how to properly maintain your washer or dryer once you receive it. Using the right type of detergent, running cleaning cycles, and properly cleaning the lint trap of your dryer can go a long way toward extending the lifespans of your machines, too.
Cycle Options and Special Features
Some brands—such as more luxury brands like Miele and more tech-focused brands like Samsung—offer special cycles, like a quick cycle or a steaming function, drum technology (extra agitation, for example), or multiple dispensers for different types of detergent. You may want to look into them if you think certain features could help improve your laundry routine. All in all, while some of the new features are nice to have and definitely upgrade the experience, they are not necessary to have to get the job done.
Where You Can Shop
Lastly, consider where you can and want to shop for a brand. Some brands can only be found online, while others have a presence in brick-and-mortar stores in select areas of the country or put a small fraction of their offerings on their showroom floors. If a brand is in a brick-and-mortar store or major retailer, you can typically expect the experience to include a user-friendly website, competitive prices, and package deals.
Some people don't like the fact that they can’t see the appliance in person before buying it. If you need to touch and feel a product—particularly one of such value—before making a purchase, head to a local appliance shop or large showroom. Ultimately, you can get a good deal at any appliance store, and where you shop is more a matter of personal preference.
What is the average life of a washer and dryer?
Like any machine, a washer and dryer—no matter how sophisticated—will eventually see the end of its usable lifespan. Just how quickly that happens depends on two factors: quality and frequency of use, says Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company.
“Depending on how many loads you run per week, a good pair can last anywhere from seven to 12 years if well maintained,” Shimek says. Of course, maintenance is important. Be sure to read your instruction manual for specific use and care instructions for your machines.
What are the best places to buy a washer and dryer?
You can purchase a washer and dryer online or in person at a showroom or big-box retailer like Home Depot. “This is a personal preference,” says Shimek. “Do research online, looking at the features and sizes and then reading reviews.” Once you’ve narrowed down your options, consider visiting a showroom to look at the specific models you’re considering.
“It’s also good to touch the machines before buying them and [make] sure you’re comfortable using them,” Shimek says. Just remember that you don’t have to make a purchase on the spot. Sometimes, a better deal can be found online, but most stores will match or beat the prices of their competitors, notes Shimek.
What is the most reliable washer and dryer brand?
Some of the most reliable washer and dryer brands are big names, like Miele, Bosch, LG, and Samsung, all of which we recommend. Shimek recommends considering your needs above all, as that can affect reliability as you see it.
Do you have a large family, and do you need large-capacity machines, or will a smaller machine suffice, since you have just one or two people in your household? Do you work in an office, and do you and have mostly dress clothes, and do you need a machine with a good hand-wash cycle, or do you work outside and need a machine with a good heavy-duty cycle? Do you live in a dry climate and need one that uses less water, or do you need stackable machines because you're limited on space at home? If you consider your personal needs and preferences, you’ll be more likely to be satisfied with the washer and dryer you select.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent nearly 15 years writing about consumer products like home appliances. Brigitt has a large family of six, including four children under the age of four. Needless to say, there’s a lot of laundry to do in her house, and she needs a quality, yet budget-friendly, washer and dryer to get the job done.
To curate this list, Brigitt leaned on her own personal experience (she loves her LG machines) and scoured the most popular retailers to find out what the top-selling and top-rated brands of washers and dryers are. Then, she interviewed experts like Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company, to find out what’s most important when shopping for a washer and dryer. With that information, she vetted each brand being considered to ensure that the final list contained only the most reliable, high-quality brands on the market today.