The 8 Best Washer & Dryer Sets to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best washer and dryer combos on the market

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Shopping for a washing machine and dryer set makes sense, particularly if you want appliances with a uniform finish, similar profiles, and complementary technologies. But not all pairs are perfect couples, so it's important to consider what you want out of your laundry experience and set-up before buying a washer and dryer.

If your home has a dedicated laundry room or big basement, you can probably accommodate side-by-side machines of any size. However, for city dwellers or those otherwise short on space, who may be looking to retrofit a closet or fit a washer and dryer in a tight corner, front-loading washers are the way to go since a dryer can be stacked on top of most models. The biggest drawback of a stacking unit is that you’ll have to purchase a separate stacking kit, which installs them securely and prevents them from toppling. And you will have to reach higher to load and unload your clothes from the dryer drum, so shorter folks or those with mobility issues might not want that inconvenience.

Whatever unit you choose, it's important to carefully measure the area you have to work with before you buy. From a high capacity dynamic duo to a smart-enabled laundry system, read on to find out which washer and dryer sets are the best on the market.

Before you decide which washer and dryer set is for you, here’s a quick recap:

  • Top/front Load: Front loading machines are more expensive, but gentler on clothes because they don’t have agitators. They also use less energy, since they’re faster and extract more water during spin cycles.
  • Capacity: If you do a lot of laundry, opt for a machine that holds at least 4.5 cubic feet (about 20 pounds). Don’t have a lot? You can get away with a machine that only holds 4 cubic feet (about 12-16 pounds).
  • Stackable: If you’re short on space, stackable front loaders are the way to go. Just remember you’ll probably need to purchase a separate stacking kit. And you will have to reach higher to load and unload your clothes from the dryer drum — not ideal for shorter people or those with mobility issues.



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    Best Overall: Samsung WF45M5500AP Washer and DVE45M5500P Dryer with Steam

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    For a washer and dryer pair that offers top value overall, look to this advanced set from Samsung.

    This matching front-loading set will look great in your laundry room, but will also give you an advanced cleaning system to keep your clothes looking and smelling great. Both machines are equipped with steam technology, allowing you to sanitize and refresh clothing with the touch of a button. One important thing to know about Samsung’s Steam Wash technology is that it releases steam from the bottom of the drum — ensuring that it reaches every article of clothing as the drum rotates clothes.

    There are 10 cycles available on both the 4.5 cubic foot washer and the 7.5 cubic foot dryer, making this pair capable of tackling any laundry challenge you have in mind. Almost everyone agrees that this washer and dryer set is very quiet and does a superior job of cleaning even tough stains. Buy this quality set from Samsung for the features and enjoy it for the quiet operation and efficient cleaning capabilities.

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    Best High-End: Bosch 800 Series White Front Load Compact Laundry Stacked Pair

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    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 (the most of any pair on this list) 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 has 15 cycles to match your laundry needs and has moisture-sensing technology to control the drying cycle. You will sacrifice a bit of load capacity with this set, however. 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 to buy in 2017.

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    Best Budget: Whirlpool WTW4816FW Washer and WED4815EW Dryer

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    For a reliable pair of laundry machines on a budget, this set from Whirlpool is a top choice. Designed with savings in mind, both the washer and dryer have settings built-in to improve efficiency and save you time and money.

    On the washer, you can take advantage of load sensing technology to avoid wasting unnecessary water on smaller loads. Though the drum is only 3.5 cubic feet, many users report that it holds a surprising amount of laundry.

    Moving over to the dryer, select the AccuDry setting to automatically stop the cycle when clothes are dry and ready for folding. And if you don’t get to the laundry room right away, an optional Wrinkle Shield setting will periodically tumble the clothes to prevent pesky wrinkles from becoming a problem. Each of these features translates into savings on water, energy, and time.

    If you want to enjoy basic laundry functions without sacrificing several thousand dollars, stick with this budget washer and dryer pair. You’ll get clean clothes, reliable machines, and ongoing water and energy savings.

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    Best Smart Top-Loading: GE 5.0 cu. ft. Washer and 7.4 cu. ft. Smart Dryer

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    If you want to stay in sync on laundry day, a smart washer and dryer is a huge help. For the smartest top-loading washer and dryer, our pick is the new GE 5.0 cubic foot Smart High-Efficiency Top Load Washer and matching 7.4 cubic foot dryer (also available in gas). The large capacity washer has an impeller, to accommodate even bulky loads – like comforters or large loads of towels. The cavernous dryer has plenty of room to tumble laundry and features 14 cycles with five heat settings.

    This new introduction to GE’s product line takes the advances that the appliance company has made with smart home products and incorporates an automatic WiFi connection. Several other models of smart washers and dryers (including the smaller 4.5 cu. ft. GE Smart Washer) require an additional component to be purchased and installed for the machine to be capable of WiFi functions. This recent arrival to the GE lineup eliminates the separate purchase and hassle of installing additional components since the washer and dryer are smart home compatible straight off the delivery truck.

    Use the GE laundry app to track the progress of wash or dry cycles, add additional drying time, or download additional laundry cycles for special care items. Additionally, the machine features auto-dispensers for detergent and fabric softener – and it’s capable of re-ordering through Amazon when supplies run low (if the feature is enabled). Both units can also respond to voice commands, thanks to an Amazon Alexa and Google Home integration. Maybe one of the most useful reasons to splurge on a smart washer and dryer is the ability to receive a reminder when a load is finished but the door hasn’t been opened yet. No more forgotten towels or work clothes!

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best smart washers and dryers

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    Best Smart Front-Loading: LG 5.2 cu. ft. Washer with Steam and 9.0 cu. ft. Dryer

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    If you are looking for a smart washer and dryer set that offers the aesthetics and functionality of front-loading machines, LG’s 5.2 cubic foot Washer with Steam and Wi-Fi Connectivity paired with the matching 9.0 cubic foot dryer won’t disappoint.

    LG has been developing its SmartThinQ technology for several years, and these machines combine smart appliance features with an advanced laundry care system. The washer and dryer both feature 14 cycles to match any garment care needs that you may have. Additionally, the washer is part of LG’s TwinWash system – meaning you can add an additional pedestal washer for additional washing capacity and flexibility.

    Using the LG laundry app, you can see remaining cycle times and receives alerts when a cycle is done or if a problem pops up. One neat capability is that you can start the washer or dryer from anywhere using your smartphone. Additionally, these appliances are Smart Grid-ready, meaning that they can choose operating times when energy costs are lowest.

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    Best High-Capacity: Kenmore Elite Front Load Washer and Dryer Bundle

    Are you looking for a large capacity washer and dryer that will conquer your laundry baskets once and for all and impress your friends with its mammoth size? The Kenmore 5.2 cubic foot Front Load Washer and 9.0 cubic foot Front-Loading Dryer are among the largest pairs of washers and dryers on the market today.

    The spacious 5.2 cubic foot drum of this front-loading washer features a tumble action agitator and a stainless-steel wash basket for years of rust-free and chip-free use. The machine features nine wash cycles and an internal heater that assists detergent in removing tough stains. Steam treat and accelerated wash options let you breeze through large loads of laundry in no time. It delivers thorough cleaning power with all the bells and whistles on a modern washing machine.

    Once you’ve washed a super large load, you’ll need a super-sized dryer to finish the job. The matching 9.0 cubic foot dryer is up for the task. Equipped with six cycles, the dryer has the right settings for any type of load. The machine also has a steam cycle to loosen wrinkles.

    Together, this Kenmore pair is tough to beat in terms of capacity and keeps up with the competition in terms of features and benefits. If large laundry loads are a frequent occurrence in your household, this is the set for you. 

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    Best Budget: Amana 3.5 CU.' Top Loading Washing Machine

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    For a washer and dryer set that works well, but won’t break the bank, there’s this duo by Amana. For just under $500 a piece, they don’t provide all the bells and whistles of some of the pricier models, but they will get your clothes clean. The top loading washing machine has nine cycles and four water level choices, so you can match the water usage to the size of your load. It has a 3.6 cubic feet capacity. Customers say it’s a great washer for the price and has exceeded their expectations.

    The 6.5 cubic feet dryer has 11 cycles to choose from, as well as an automatic dry sensor, which stops a cycle when your clothes are dry, so no energy is wasted. The door is reversible, so you can choose which direction it will swing to best accommodate your space. Customers say it’s quick, quiet and gets the job done.

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    Best for Small Spaces: GE Washer and Electric Dryer Laundry Center

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    If space is tight, this washer and dryer pair may be just the right fit. The single unit is equipped with a 2 cubic foot washer below and a 4.4 cubic foot electric dryer on top. Altogether, the until measures 74.5 x 23.75 x 43 inches.

    The washer has 12 wash cycles and six rinse temperatures to choose from, as well as auto-load sensing that will automatically adjust the right amount of water to each load. The dryer has four cycles and will automatically turn off when it senses that clothes are dry. It offers a dewrinkle option as well as a quick fluff option to freshen up fabrics. Customers say it works well and is a great space saver, though some complain that it’s noisy.