The Best Washer and Dryer Sets
Power through laundry day with one of these top washer and dryer sets. Check out our picks for the best of 2022.
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Buying a Washer and Dryer Set
Sifting through the huge selection of matching washer and dryer models on the market right now can be confusing. There’s a lot to think about besides price, color and design.
Before buying a washer/dryer set, narrow the options by considering the following:
- Space available: Measure the width, depth and height of the space before you shop to be sure your new set will fit. Allow a few inches around all sides for airflow, vent and water hook-ups.
- Drum capacity: In general, you’ll need four- to 4.5 cubic feet of drum capacity for a family of three or more. This translates to approximately 20 pounds of laundry per load.
- Type: Side-by-sides are great if you have a big laundry room. Stackables and all-in-ones are excellent space savers.
- Style: Front-loading washers accommodate bulkier items like comforters and typically use less water and energy. Top-loading washers are easier to maintain, but their agitators may damage more delicate items.
- Budget: Expect to pay $1,000 to $3,000 for the set, depending on features and options.
Don’t forget to think about:
- Settings and cycles;
- Hookups (gas or electric);
- Agitator vs. impeller (washers);
- Ventless or condenser (dryers);
- Energy and water consumption;
- Premium features like wrinkle guard, odor eliminator, speed drying, WiFi connectivity, etc.
Best Washer and Dryer: Stackable
Standing six feet tall, the vertical LG Electronics Black Steel WashTower Laundry Center with 4.5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer and 7.4 cu. ft. Electric Dryer provides full-size capacity in half the space.
Slim enough to fit inside a closet, this monolith of cleaning power uses LG’s TurboWash technology with five powerful jets to spray clothes from different angles. The single-unit tower has an easy-to-reach center control panel, with doors positioned for direct laundry access. No step stool needed.
One pleased HomeDepot.com writes: “We have a small washroom and using the stack unit allowed us to put in more shelving and cabinets.”
Best Washer and Dryer: Budget
No need to fork out a small fortune for performance. The Amana 3.5-cu. ft. Agitator Top-Load Washer and the Amana 6.5-cu. ft. Electric Dryer lack WiFi connectivity and auto-dosing, but offer all the straightforward functions you need to do laundry right.
The washer comes with eight cycles, five temperature settings and a helpful Late Lid Lock feature that allows extra time to throw in forgotten items before the spin cycle begins. There’s also a special dual-action agitator that cleverly rolls clothes to the bottom of the porcelain drum while protecting fabrics from snagging.
The electric dryer (add $100 for gas) has 11 cycles with automatic temperature sensor controls to prevent over-drying, plus a wrinkle-prevention option if you can’t fold your laundry right away.
If you’re okay with only one choice of color — white — then this pair is a competitive choice for the money.
Best Washer and Dryer: Compact
The combination 24-inch Bosch 300 Series Compact Washer and Condensation Dryer is ideal for those with a busy family but limited space. When stacked, you need only two feet across of floor space. Even if you place them side by side, they take up a lot less room than two full-size models.
Along with space efficiency, you’ll save on utilities, too, since both units are Energy Star certified.
Best Washer and Dryer: Smart
The Samsung 6.0 cu. ft. Total Capacity Smart Dial Washer with FlexWash and Super Speed Wash and matching 7.5 cu. ft. Smart Dial Electric Dryer with FlexDry and Super Speed Dry are two intelligent machines that go beyond basic swishing and tumbling.
Both use artificial intelligence (AI) to learn your favorite laundry cycles and recommend them. Plus, they can automatically set the right dry cycle based on the wash cycle you select.
Equipped with a main and secondary washer, the FlexWash feature allows each to be controlled individually. Same for the dryer. It combines a conventional large-capacity unit with a smaller drying rack that uses optimized air temperature to gently dry items like undergarments.
The units connect through the Samsung SmartThings App, which supports Android OS 4.0 or later and iPhone iOS 7 or later. You’ll get notifications on your smartphone when washing is complete or your clothes are dry. The units also respond to voice commands through Alexa and Google Assistant. Oh, and the brushed black finish is on-trend at the moment.
Best Washer and Dryer: Top-Loader
The Maytag 5.2 cu. ft. Smart Capable Top-Load Washing Machine and matching 7.4 cu. ft. 240-Volt Smart CapableElectric Vented Dryer with Hamper Door and Steam offer impressive features under their lids.
The washer has a built-in water faucet for rinsing loose soil off clothes. An extra-power button activates a stain-fighting booster in any load. Customize each wash cycle or, to save time, let the Cycle Memory recall the settings from the last time you did the laundry.
The steam-enhanced hamper-door features advanced moisture sensing that makes sure clothes dry evenly and prevents wrinkles. The reduced static option cuts down on annoying cling. Both machines are Energy Star-certified and come in white or a metallic slate finish. They feature slow-close glass lids that provide a clear view of your laundry.
Best Washer and Dryer: All-In-One
The GE High-Efficiency All-in-One Washer and Dryer makes it easy to wash and dry laundry in one simple step. You know what else is simple? Installation. This unit doesn’t require an outside vent, so all you need is a standard 120-volt electrical outlet to set it up.
The space-savvy design means this single appliance fits in small spaces, like under the bathroom counter or in that awkward spot beneath the stairs.