Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Samsung 4.5 cu. Washer and Dryer at Best Buy
“Reasonably priced, efficient, and boasts plenty of options.”
Best Smart: GE 5.0 cu. Smart Washer and Dryer at Home Depot
“WiFi enables you to communicate with your smartphone or tablet."
Best High-End: Bosch 800 Series Front Load Compact Pair at Home Depot
“Has 15 cycle options and an EcoSilence motor which minimizes noise."
Best Energy Efficient: Whirlpool 3.5 cu. Washer and Dryer at Lowe's
“Rated to use 206 kWh per year, which is about $25 in electricity costs.”
Runner-Up, Best Energy Efficient: Electrolux Washer and Dryer at Home Depot
“Both the washer and the dryer are Energy-Star certified."
Best Budget: Amana 3.5 cu. Washer and Vented Dryer at Home Depot
“Popular picks for their easy operation and simple design.”
Best Large Capacity: Maytag 6.0 cu. Washer and Dryer at Home Depot
“Will move mountains of laundry from your hamper into your dresser.”
Best Stackable: Maytag Stackable Washer and Dryer at Home Depot
“The stackable design leaves extra space in your laundry room.”
Best Under $1,500: Whirlpool 4.8 cu. Washer and Dryer at Home Depot
“Retails for under $1,500 and is packed with practical features.”
01 of 09
Best Overall: Samsung 4.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer and Dryer
For a washer and dryer set that's reasonably priced, efficient and boasts plenty of options, check out the Samsung High-Efficiency Front Load Washer and Dryer. This capable washer and dryer set offers more than enough space for the average laundry needs of any family, for less than $2,000.
This high-efficiency washer gives you an easy-to-load drum with 4.5 cubic feet of space. While all front load washers require you to stoop over to access the interior of the machine, pedestals are available if you want the machine to sit higher for easier access. It’s worth mentioning that people find this washing machine to be noticeably quieter since it features a direct drive motor. Without being belt or gear-driven, as many other washing machines are, less noise is produced during operation and there are fewer parts to wear out.
The generous drum capacity means that you can wash more clothes at once. In fact, one person mentioned that it cut their loads of laundry for the week in half. The ten pre-set cycles can be modified with an additional ten options (including steam for a thorough clean) to give you just the right setting for your clothes. If you find a setting you use frequently, you can save it as ‘My Cycle’ and the machine will remember it for future loads.
The dryer is likewise well-equipped, with ten preset settings and a dozen options you can use to customize the cycle. The 7.5 cubic feet of space is well-matched to the washer’s capacity so you can finish a full load of laundry easily. The dryer also includes a steam function to chase away wrinkles and banish bacteria. One other neat feature is the fact that the machine will alert you if the dryer duct becomes blocked or needs cleaning—no more forgetting to empty the lint trap!
If you need some more help finding the right machine for your home, read through our washer and dryer buying guide.
02 of 09
Best Smart: GE 5.0 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Diamond Gray Top Load Washing Machine and Dryer
If you want your washer and dryer to be as smart as it is sleek-looking, then check out the WIFI-equipped GE High-Efficiency Diamond Gray Top Load Washing Machine and Dryer. This smart washer and dryer set will keep you in the loop while cleaning your clothes and is the perfect addition to a home filled with other smart home devices.
This washing machine has loads of space, especially for a top load washer. To help maximize room for washing, this model uses an impeller plate instead of a space-stealing agitator. You can choose from 13 wash cycles and then tweak the cycle by adjusting water temperature, soil level, spin settings, and more. This smart washer meets its match with an equally intelligent dryer that has 7.4 cubic feet of space and eight pre-set cycles, plus three specialty cycles to steam or sanitize items.
Both machines are equipped with WIFI and which enables them to communicate with your smartphone, tablet, or home assistant—like Amazon Alexa. Want to know how you can use this feature in real life? You can monitor the time remaining in any cycle, download specialty cycles for your next load, and receive an alert when you’ve let the clothes sit too long in the washer or dryer. You can even extend the drying cycle if you don’t want wrinkles to set in but aren’t ready to fold your clothes.
This GE smart washer also has an auto-dispenser for laundry detergent that people really seem to like using—just know that it works best for standard liquid laundry formulas (about 1.4-1.6 ounces per wash) and if you use extra concentrated detergent, you’ll need to dilute it first before adding it to the dispenser. The WIFI connection allows the machine to alert you when the detergent is getting low so you can always keep it filled and ready. But if you prefer to just add your detergent load by load, you can also bypass the auto dispense feature altogether.
See more reviews of our favorite smart washers and dryers available for purchase.
03 of 09
Best High-End: Bosch 800 Series White Front Load Compact Laundry Stacked Pair
Bosch is a leading name in German appliance engineering and is known for their quiet, well-made home appliances. This smart looking washer and dryer set is no exception. With a stackable design, these units will maximize your floor space while still providing a high-quality laundry experience. The washer has 15 cycle options and an EcoSilence motor which minimizes noise during operation. In fact, some users report not even needing to close the laundry room door thanks to the unit’s quiet motor. This can be a big advantage if you’re sensitive to background noises or simply don’t like to be bothered with the hum of a washer and dryer.
The dryer also features 15 cycles to match the washing machine and has moisture-sensing technology to control the drying cycle. You will sacrifice a bit of load capacity with this set, as the washer has 2.2 cubic feet of space, and the dryer has 4.0 cubic feet of space. This is considerably less than some of the non-stacking pairs on our list. Still, the wide variety of available cycles and incredibly quiet operation makes this high-end stacking unit one of the best washer and dryer pairs that you can buy today
04 of 09
Best Energy Efficient: Whirlpool 3.5 cu. ft. Washer with Agitator and Dryer
If you’re a fan of top loading washing machines, but still want an energy-efficient model, then the Whirlpool 3.5 cu. ft. Washer with Agitator (model WTW4816FW) will fit the bill. This machine and its matching dryer are an affordable but energy-efficient set that will get your clothes clean while keeping utility costs low. The washer is rated to use 206 kWh per year, which is about $25 in electricity costs.
The Whirlpool WTW4816FW is a little smaller than other energy efficient washers, with a 3.5 cubic foot wash drum. But it offers plenty of cycles, covering all the basics like heavy duty, delicate, and normal—plush a quick wash option to get a small load washed in under 30 minutes. There are additional selections you can make to customize each cycle, including water temperature, rinse selections, and spin settings. The matching dryer is much-loved by users and has 7.0 cubic feet of space to tumble everything evenly for an efficient drying cycle. It also features AutoDry technology to sense how much moisture remains in each load and avoid wasting extra heat and energy on already dry clothes. If you often forget to pull your laundry right away, then select the WrinkleShield to intermittently tumble clothes and keep wrinkles away.
While top loading washers aren’t as energy efficient as their front-loading counterparts, it will save you some cash up front to buy a top loading model. Additionally, the difference in energy costs per year is relatively minor if you’re comparing two energy-efficient washer and dryer sets. If you want an easy to use top load washer that still saves on energy costs, then the Whirlpool WTW4816FW and its matching dryer make a good buy.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Runner-Up, Best Energy Efficient: Electrolux 4.3 cu. ft. Front Load Washer and Dryer
For another option that will help make your laundry room more efficient, consider the Electrolux 4.3 cu. Front-Load Washer and Dryer. Newer washing machines like this one are designed to use less energy and water, so sometimes it pays to upgrade your appliances and invest in Energy Star-certified models, even if it means more money upfront.
Electrolux is known for producing energy-efficient washers and dryers, and this washer is estimated to use just 65 kWh of energy per year—or about $8. This is among the lowest energy costs we’ve seen for an energy-efficient front load washer and it could save you a bundle in the long run. While there may not be as many cycles as some more advanced washing machines, the included normal, heavy duty, and delicate cycles are enough to clean your clothes. In addition to the pre-set cycles, there are options to modify spin, temperature, and soil level, or add an additional rinse. The 4.3 cubic feet of space is an average size for a front load washing machine, so you aren’t losing any space by opting for an energy efficient washer.
The matching Electrolux dryer offers a surprisingly roomy 8.0 cubic feet of space and proudly bears an Energy Star certification. Dryers are not the most energy-efficient machines by design (they produce hot air and movement, which together can rack up energy costs), but Electrolux has designed model EFDE317TIW to be energy efficient and capable.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best washing machines.
06 of 09
Best Budget: Amana 3.5 cu. ft. Top Loading Washing Machine and Vented Dryer
If you don't want to spend a fortune on your washer and dryer, a budget-friendly set like the Amana 3.5 cu. Top Load Washer and Vented Dryer is a great option. While it may not have the bells and whistles of fancier models, it has a decent capacity and offers reliable performance. Plus, the lack of integrated electronics means less to break or repair as time goes on.
Clocking in under $800, the Amana NTW4516FW and its matching dryer are popular picks for their easy operation and simple design. The Amana 3.5 cubic foot washer still has enough room to do average-size loads of laundry, and its eight cycles include Normal, Delicate, Bulky, and Casual. We especially like that the ‘Normal’ cycle lets you opt for either a regular or heavy setting, giving just a little extra cleaning power if you need it. You can set the water temperature to your preferred setting for each load and customize the water fill level—or let the auto-sensing feature do it for you. The only negative is that it takes a couple of minutes after the wash cycle finishes for the lid to unlock. Note that this washer only uses high-efficiency detergent.
The matching 6.5 cubic foot dryer is equipped with both low and high-heat automatic drying cycles, plus timed dry and air-dry settings. The wrinkle prevent option doesn't tumble clothes as frequently so there are significantly fewer wrinkles. This should cut down on the number of clothes that need to be ironed or steamed afterward. In terms of more negative reviews, there's no buzzer to alert you when the drying cycle is done, which reviewers say can be a minor annoyance, and the reversible door is complicated to change yourself.
Looking to cut back even more? A portable washing machine is still capable of cleaning clothes and will cost you significantly less than your average machine.
07 of 09
Best Large Capacity: Maytag 6.0 cu. ft. Top Load Washing Machine and Dryer
If you’re looking for a washer and dryer set that can keep pace with a large family, look no further than this attractive pair from Maytag. This large capacity washer and dryer will move mountains of laundry from your hamper into your dresser—you’ll just need to be around to load and fold it!
The washer offers a nearly unbeatable capacity of 6.0 cubic foot, which even outdoes the most popular front load washers on the market. Inside the drum, you’ll find an LED light that makes it easier to ensure you’ve rescued every last sock from the machine’s deep drum. A PowerWash feature circulates soap and water up to the top of the drum to make sure everything in the wash benefits from a thorough clean. People love this washer, but they’re quick to point out that you might need a step stool to be sure you can reach all the way to the bottom. This large capacity washing machine is a perfect choice if you have a large family or wash many bulky items (like a down comforter or throw blanket) at once. To give you an idea of its capacity, one person reports successfully washing two king-size blankets at once in the oversized wash drum.
The matching Maytag dryer looks equally impressive when sitting side-by-side with the washing machine. It has a capacity of 9.6 cubic feet, which is enough to handle max capacity loads from the washer. An extra fin inside the drum assists in keeping clothes tumbling freely. There are plenty of settings and options to meet all of your needs, including a steam refresh to release stubborn wrinkles and freshen clothes even more (if clothes do come out of the wash with wrinkles, use an iron or clothing steamer to make garments look brand new).
08 of 09
Best Stackable: Maytag 10-Cycle High-Efficiency Front-Loading Stackable Washer and Dryer
Don’t sacrifice capacity for the sake of space—you can have both with the Maytag 10-Cycle High-Efficiency Front-Loading Stackable Washer and Dryer. And if you choose a vertical set, it leaves extra space in your laundry room for hanging clothes, storing items, or anything else you can think of.
The Maytag MHW5630HW has 4.5 cubic feet of space in its wash drum, making it plenty big to keep pace with the laundry needs of larger families. One notable feature of this washer is Quick Wash, which can clean a small load in 15 minutes. Other cycles include more familiar options such as Normal, Heavy Duty, and Delicates, plus useful options like Whites, Towels, and Wrinkle Control. In the center of the shiny dial is an ‘Extra Power’ button, which will engage a dual-temperature wash for additional help in removing stains.
Purchase the stacking kit, and you can mount the matching dryer on top of the washer for a truly space-saving design. The Maytag 7.3 cu. ft. HE Dryer (model MED5630HW) gives you plenty of room to dry everything you washed down below and includes ten settings, plus a control pad to customize the specifics of each dryer cycle. Like the washing machine, this Maytag dryer has an ‘Extra Power’ button that will help eliminate wet spots on thicker clothes—like coats and jeans. One thing to note is that the control panel is tilted slightly upwards on this machine, making it a little harder to read when stacked on top of the washing machine.
Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best stackable washers and dryers can help you find what you're looking for.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Under $1,500: Whirlpool 4.8 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer and Dryer
If you don’t want to spend $2,000 or more on a washer and dryer set but still want a full-featured laundry experience, then the Whirlpool 4.8 cu. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer and Dryer might be your perfect match. This washer and dryer set retails for under $1,500 and is packed with practical features.
The Whirlpool WTW7500GC washing machine has a capacity of 4.8 cubic feet, which is a large-capacity drum, but people still find it easy to reach the bottom of the tub. The most notable thing about this washer is the built-in water faucet that lets you pre-treat stains before tossing an item in. People often say that they find themselves using this feature even more than they thought they would, so don’t be quick to dismiss its value. There are 27 wash cycles, so it’s good for washing just about anything—and will even help you choose the right cycle.
The 7.4 cubic foot dryer (Whirlpool model WED7500GC) makes it easy to complete the laundry process. It has a hamper-style door that is easy to load laundry into, and it features the same intuitive control panel. Tell it what needs to be dried and how you want it done (normal, quick, delicate, etc.), and the machine gets to work.
Overall, people that buy this laundry pair say that clothes come out cleaner and softer. For a washer and dryer set under $1,500, you can’t beat the good looks and cleaning capabilities of this Whirlpool set.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought and tested two top-rated washer and dryer sets. Our reviewers spent 40 hours running cycles, trying out the different settings, and observing their overall performance. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these sets, from their capacity to their energy efficiency. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Washer & Dryer Set
Design One of the most important decisions to make when buying a washer and dryer set is its design. First, you’ll need to choose between top- or front-load washer. Front-loading machines are typically more expensive but faster and gentler on clothes. Depending on where you’re putting the set, you may also want to look for stackable appliances, which will take up less space but require a special installation kit.
Capacity Different washer and dryer sets have different capacities. Some washers have a capacity of only 2 cubic feet, while high-end models can hold up to 5 cubic feet or more. If you have a one- or two-person household, a smaller set may work just fine, but those with larger families might want to consider machines that can hold multiple loads of laundry at once.
Energy efficiency Many modern washer and dryer sets are Energy Star-certified, but some budget options don’t include this feature. (Energy Star-certified appliances are designed to be more efficient to help you save electricity and water.) However, the downside of these appliances is that many of them require special high-efficiency detergent to run optimally.
Test Results: Samsung WF45M5500AP Washer and DVE45M5500P Dryer with Steam (Best Overall)
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Metal surface scratches easily
Small items get stuck in rubber door closure on washer
This washer and dryer set earned high marks from our testers across the board. “The set is extremely attractive, quiet, and works very well,” one reviewer raved. “It has a large capacity, is water efficient, and has eco-dry options that use less electricity.” One of our testers also reported that the washer “cleaned all loads of laundry very well” and the dryer “worked perfectly on all the different settings.” In terms of negatives, one tester expressed concern that the top of the washing machine doesn't seem very durable. “I was keeping my bottle of detergent on top and it created a deep scratch,” she said.” One reviewer also reported getting socks and small clumps of hair stuck in the rubber door closure on the washing machine.
Test Results: GE 5.0 cu. ft. Washer and 7.4 cu. ft. Smart Dryer (Best Smart)
What We Like
Automatic detergent dispenser
Steam refresher option
What We Don't Like
Difficult to reach washer basin
In addition to this set being “extremely efficient in limiting water and detergent use,” our reviewers were fans of its convenient WiFi feature and accompanying GE app that alerts you when a load is finished. “The steam de-wrinkle and steam refresh options on the dryer are great for fluffing up and de-wrinkling clothes right before you head out of the door,” one of our testers noted. One thing to be aware of is its size: Because the washer is tall and the basin quite deep, according to one of our reviewers, it can be difficult to pull the clothes out at the end of the cycle.