The 11 Best Washer & Dryer Sets of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall, Front Loading: LG WM3900HWA & DLEX3900W at Home Depot

"This laundry duo can wash a load of clothes in under 30 minutes and use a drying sensor to get them the perfect level of dry."

Best Overall, Top Loading: Samsung WA54R7600AC & DVE54R7600C at Home Depot

"Both the washer and dryer include a steam function, while help revive wrinkled clothing and loosen set-in stains."

Best Smart, Top Loading: GE GTW840CPNDG & GTD84ECPNDG at Home Depot

"You can check the status of your laundry on GE's smartphone app or use voice control technology to get your laundry started."

Best Smart, Front Loading: Samsung WF50R8500AV & DVE50R8500V at Home Depot

"Both machines use Samsung's Bixby assistant and an app to help you get your laundry done when you're on the go."

Best High-End: GE GFW850SPNDG & GFD85ESPNDG at Home Depot

"The washer automatically transfers its settings to the dryer, so your towels come out fluffy and your delicates don’t get toasted."

Best Stackable: LG WM3700HVA & LG DLEX3700V at Best Buy

"With powerful stain fighting, efficient drying, and a depth of just 30 inches, this set does everything you need in less space."

Best Energy Efficient: Electrolux EFLS627UTT & EFMG627UTT at Home Depot

"This set has an estimated annual energy usage of only 60 kWh and has been given and Energy Star rating of 'Most Efficient.'"

Best Large Capacity: Maytag MVWB965HC & MEDB955FC at Lowe’s

"These large-capacity machines can handle a king-sized comforter and sheets without an issue—and won't take forever to get them dry."

Best Compact: Bosch 500 Series at Home Depot

"Because the dryer doesn't require any external venting, you can place this set in a multitude of tight spots."

Best Budget: Amana NTW4516FW & NED4655EW at Home Depot

"Without many special features, this washer and dryer set often costs less than just one washer or dryer from another manufacturer."

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    Best Overall, Front Loading: LG WM3900HWA & DLEX3900

    White LG

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    Wash and dry large loads with less water and energy with this efficient front loading washer and dryer set from LG. One of the best washer and dryer sets on the market, users appreciate the fact that these machines clean thoroughly, are easy to operate, and have proven to be reasonably reliable, despite their many functions and features. 

    The LG WM3900HWA washing machine has a sizable drum capacity of 4.5 cubic feet. It’s large enough to wash even oversized loads and includes 12 different cycle options. The power of steam helps to eliminate stubborn stains and common allergens. While some skeptics of front loading washers have been doubtful of this machine’s ability to thoroughly saturate and clean a bulky load, reviewers point out the machine’s advanced washing motions and the ability to customize soil level and rinse settings ensures that everything comes out clean. The SpeedClean cycle is an option not to be overlooked; this front loader can wash a load of clothes in under 30 minutes. This is a huge timesaver if you need something in a hurry or have a large family with many loads of laundry to do. 

    There are so many good things to say about this front loading washer, but we’ll save space to talk about the matching dryer. The LG DLEX3900W has 7.4 cubic feet of drum space and can refresh clothes with a 10-minute SteamFresh cycle. People love the drying sensor that does an excellent job of ending the cycle once the items inside are thoroughly dry. 

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    Best Overall, Top Loading: Samsung WA54R7600AC & DVE54R7600C

    Samsung

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    If you’re shopping for a top loading washer and dryer, then the Samsung WA54R7600AC and coordinating dryer are sure to catch your eye. In addition to striking finishes—like champagne or black stainless steel—that will look great in your laundry room, this laundry pair has plenty of features and benefits you’ll appreciate on laundry day. For example, the washer drum is stainless steel with a modern impeller plate to leave more room for bulky items. In addition, reviewers consistently comment on how quiet this top loading washer is. 

    The dryer is just as worthy of a mention. In addition to moisture sensors that control the drying cycle, this dryer includes a vent sensor that alerts you to clogging or obstructions—improving the efficiency and safety of your dryer. 

    Both the washer and dryer include a steam function. In the washer, this helps to eradicate stains, while the dryer’s steam function can be used to quickly revive wrinkled clothing or sanitize items like pillows or stuffed animals. The washer also has a ‘Deep Fill’ option that lets you override automatic water sensing technology to fill the washer for bulkier blankets or large loads of towels. One thing you should be prepared for, though, is longer cycle times. This HE washer aims to clean with less water waste and energy and tends to work at a slower pace. However, a speed wash setting shortens the cycle to 36 minutes if you’re pressed for time.

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    Best Smart, Top Loading: GE GTW840CPNDG & GTD84ECPNDG

    GE

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    A smart home isn’t complete without a smart washer and dryer set. If you’re specifically set on a top loading washer, then the GE GTW840CPNDG and its matching dryer are an excellent option. These machines are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT technology. Best of all, you don’t need an additional hub, plug, or adaptor to integrate this laundry pair into your existing smart home setup. 

    You’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to check the cycle status of your laundry load and receive a notification when your laundry is ready for drying or folding. Plus, you can use GE’s Geneva voice control technology along with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to give your machine voice commands. If you like the idea of bossing your washer and dryer around—or just want to get your laundry done quicker, then you’ll like this smart washer and dryer pair. 

    In addition to smart home functionality, these picks are roomy. The washer has a capacity of 5.2 cubic feet, which is impressive for a top loader. However, you should know that you might have to really stretch to reach that last sock in the bottom of the deep drum! The dryer is also well-equipped for large loads, with a 7.4 cubic foot capacity.

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    Best Smart, Front Loading: Samsung WF50R8500AV & DVE50R8500V

    Samsung WF50R8500AV & DVE50R8500V

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    Consider a smart front loading washer and dryer if you want appliances that aren’t just modern, looking but also include the latest in technology. Available in a slick black stainless steel finish or a crisp white, this washer and dryer set delivers laundry updates and gets your clothes clean efficiently. 

    Both machines include built-in Wi-Fi and use Samsung’s Bixby assistant to keep you on top of your laundry game. Using the proprietary app, you can schedule run times for your machines, remotely start a cycle, receive an alert when the cycle ends, and more. 

    Aside from the tech features of this smart front loading washer and dryer, reviewers are also impressed by the speedy cycles of the washer. A Super Speed setting allows a load to be finished in just 30 minutes. In addition, this washer and dryer both include the power of steam for fighting stains and wrinkles.

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    Best High-End: GE GFW850SPNDG & GFD85ESPNDG

    GE GFW850SPNDG & GFD85ESPNDG

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    For a washer and dryer set worth the splurge, it's tough to beat this innovative pair from GE. This high-end washer and dryer duo is designed to require less maintenance and includes a number of useful features to improve your laundry routine. 

    Most significantly, the GE GFW850SPNDG washer has the new UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock from GE. This means that the door of this front loader includes built-in vents to allow the drum of the machine to dry out in between uses—without needing to leave the door open! Anyone who has ever dealt with a smelly front loading washer will understand just how valuable this feature is. In addition, parts of the washer that have a reputation for harboring mold and mildew—like the gasket, detergent dispenser, and drain—are made with Microban technology to help prevent the growth of bacteria. As an added bonus, this washer can also dry a small load of laundry (under 2 pounds) with just air and the rotation of the drum. 

    But for regular or supersized loads of laundry, the 7.8 cubic foot dryer will have no problem delivering on its promise of dry clothes. One neat feature of this washer and dryer set is the fact that the washer can automatically transfer its settings to the dryer, using the power of GE’s Washer Link technology. Just move your wet laundry into the dryer, push start, and the dryer does the rest to make sure that your towels come out dry and fluffy and your delicates don’t get toasted.

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    Best Stackable: LG WM3700HVA & LG DLEX3700V

    LG

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    Go vertical with your laundry room set-up by opting for a stackable washer and dryer. The LG WM3700HVA is a popular washer that supports its coordinating dryer—the LG DLEX3700V. Together, this stackable washer and dryer set will clean and dry your clothes efficiently and, with a depth of only 30 inches, can do so in less space than a side-by-side pair. 

    The washer has a 4.5 cubic foot drum that is plenty of room for large loads or bedding. In addition, a steam function helps to provide extra stain-fighting power and eliminates allergens for even more powerful cleaning. The dryer is also spacious, with a capacity of 7.4 cubic feet. Reviewers consistently comment on how fresh and bright clothes are when they’ve been washed and dried in these machines.

    In addition, the built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to keep track of the cycle status. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the display panel is dim and hard to read according to some users—especially if there is limited light in your laundry area. Some reviewers fix this with a simple LED light stuck onto or next to the machine.

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    Best Energy Efficient: Electrolux EFLS627UTT & EFMG627UTT

    Electrolux

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    "Do more with less" might as well be the motto of this energy efficient washer and dryer set from Electrolux. Designed to maximize water savings and conserve energy, you may think that this washer and dryer would drop the ball on through and efficient cleaning—but you’d be wrong. Instead, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT and its matching dryer are frequently praised for superior stain-fighting, an abundance of options, and short cycle times. 

    This Electrolux washer has received an Energy Star rating of "Most Efficient" and a CEE Tier III rating. According to the manufacturer, it has an estimated annual energy usage of only 60 kWh, or about $6 annually. The dryer includes an automatic drying sensor to ensure that extra energy isn’t wasted on already dry clothes. This energy efficient washer and dryer set happens to look great too, which makes it an aesthetically-friendly and eco-friendly option for your laundry room.

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    Best Large Capacity: Maytag MVWB965HC & MEDB955FC

    Electrolux

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    Do more laundry in fewer loads with a large capacity washer and dryer set, like the Maytag MVWB965HC and its dryer (model MEDB955FC). The very first thing you’ll notice about the top load washer is that it’s massive. There is a nearly unbeatable 6.0 cubic feet of drum space inside this washing machine and it can handle your biggest loads without skipping a beat. The dryer does its part with a capacity of 9.2 cubic feet. Just remember that this supersized laundry pair may require more space in your laundry room, so measure to make sure that these machines will fit!

    Inside this large capacity washer from Maytag, you’ll notice a stainless steel wash basket (great for long term durability) and a center agitator. Despite having an agitator in the middle of the wash basket, there is still plenty of room for loads that would never fit inside of a standard washer—like king sheets and a comforter. Some people critique the agitator for not doing enough to move clothes during the wash cycle, but it’s important to properly fill the washer and leave room for items to move freely during the cycle. 

    It only makes sense to pair a large capacity washer with an equally capable dryer. The Maytag MEDB955FC is perfectly sized to accommodate your wash loads and impresses reviewers with its ability to quickly dry large loads. The PowerDry cycle really turns up the heat and airflow to dry drippy loads at fast speeds.

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    Best Compact: Bosch 500 Series

    Bosch 500 Series

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    You can still have a superior laundry experience in a small space with a compact washer and dryer set, like the Bosch 500 series. A hands-down favorite, both of these machines measure just 24 inches wide and fit well into closets or super small laundry spaces. They’re also popular if you need to put your washer or dryer in the kitchen or bathroom and don’t want to sacrifice too much floor space to your appliances. 

    While Bosch offers a few different models of compact washers and dryers, the 500 series represents an excellent combination of features and value. The washer has 2.2 cubic feet of interior space, which may not sound like much, but is plenty for the laundry needs of a couple or small family. You might not be able to cram a week’s worth of clothes into one load, but reviewers don’t feel shortchanged by the more limited capacity of this machine. Additionally, the cycle selection provides excellent garment care—something that Bosch is known for. Choose from standard cycles, like Normal and Delicates, or specialty cycles, like Hand Wash/Wool or Jeans. 

    The dryer is a great match for the washer, especially since you can plug the 240V outlet of the washer directly into the dryer. The dryer itself utilizes condensation drying, so no external venting is required, so you can put this pair into just about any home.

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    Best Budget: Amana NTW4516FW & NED4655EW

    Amana Side by Side

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    With simple features and basic operations, there isn’t anything too fancy about this budget washer and dryer set from Amana. But don’t let that deter you from buying this reliable and highly recommended laundry pair. This washer and dryer set often costs less than just one washer or dryer from a competing manufacturer. 

    The Amana NTW4516FW washer has a familiar center agitator that delivers enough action to get clothes clean but doesn’t cause excessive wear and tear. And while the 3.5 cubic feet of space in the wash basket may sound limited in comparison to many of the supersized washers on the market, reviewers report that it’s plenty to wash even king size sheet sets and bulky items like blankets and comforters. Be forewarned, though, that the maximum spin speed on this washer is 700 RPM. This is lower than the top spin speeds on some other more full-featured washer models and it may leave especially heavy loads (like jeans or blankets) still somewhat saturated. 

    The dryer has 6.5 cubic feet of space inside the drum and includes moisture sensors to regulate the length of the cycle and prevent over-drying. And despite the budget price point for this dryer, you’ll be happy to know that it includes a setting to help prevent wrinkles from setting in if you won’t be able to empty the dryer right away. 

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    Best Budget, Runner-Up: Whirlpool WTW5000DW & WED4815EW

    Whirlpool WTW5000DW & WED4815EW

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    For a budget washer and dryer set with a few extras, the Whirlpool WTW5000DW and matching dryer are an excellent option. This top load washer goes beyond the most basic level by featuring a stainless steel wash basket for rust-free and snag-free operation, and an impeller plate for gentle but effective agitation. It also adds a shortened wash cycle that clean clothes in less than 30 minutes. 

    The dryer is more limited in its extra features but earns very high recommendations from users. People love the fast, efficient drying. The automatic moisture sensors seem to do an excellent job of accurately assessing when a load is done. In addition, this budget dryer also has a wrinkle prevention option. There are no smart features to this budget washer and dryer and it’s only available in a classic white, but it does deliver on its ability to clean your laundry effectively.

Final Verdict

For a well-designed and efficient washer and dryer combo, you can’t go wrong with the LG 4.5 cu. ft. High Efficiency Front Load Washer & Dryer. Users love that it’s large enough to wash even oversized loads and includes 12 different cycle options. However, if you prefer a top-loading machine, opt for the Samsung 5.4 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Champagne Top Load Washing Machine.

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.