Best Washer and Dryer Sets For 2021
For big family loads or small-space living, we compared some of the latest washer and dryer sets for this list of today's best choices.
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Buying a Washer and Dryer Set
Doing laundry is a chore we all need to face, if not daily then certainly weekly.
Buying a washer and dryer that meets your laundry and lifestyle needs may feel like a daunting task given the number of options on the market. Although it might take some research, it’s actually easier than it seems, thanks to the loads(!) of customer, professional and independent reviews online. Use them to your best advantage — they can prove invaluable in helping you narrow your choices.
Before you begin, consider the following:
- Type (standalone, stackable or all-in-one);
- Style (front or top load);
- Gas or electric;
- Energy rating.
Fabric expert Eve Tokens, owner of The Creative Curator, says it’s also essential to consider the fabrics and fibers you will be laundering. “Many natural fibers such as cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and wool will shrink by varying degrees when heat is applied,” she says. Therefore, Tokens suggests choosing a washing machine that offers variable wash temperature settings to maintain garments made from natural fibers.
“For the best results use the correct heat setting for the fiber content,” she says.
Best Stackable Washer and Dryer
First, the smart WiFi connectivity lets you monitor and control your laundry from a distance; you’ll never have to guess when your clothes are done. Front-load washers can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, but this washer’s built-in antimicrobial technology protects your clothing and linens against odor-causing bacteria. It also has an UltraFresh Vent system to keep the drum smelling fresh and clean.
Tumble-drying small loads takes 23 minutes or less. The dryer prevents wrinkles by extending the dry time without heat.
Best Budget Washer and Dryer
The high-efficiency washer, with a two-way wash action agitator and stainless-steel drum, gives clothes a deep and gentle clean. The washer also has a quick wash cycle to clean small, lightly soiled loads in just 30 minutes. The dryer offers 14 cycles.
Best Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer
When you’re looking for energy savings, the last thing you want is a power hog. According to Energy Star, among 6.0-cubic-foot washers, the Samsung High-Efficiency Smart Front Load Washer with Steam and FlexWash ($1,400) is estimated to consume 105 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. That makes it 25 percent more efficient than a non-certified model in its same class.
As for dryers, the Bosch Stackable Ventless Electric Dryer ($1,399) holds a top spot, using 125 kWh a year. Although initially more expensive, gas dryers cost slightly less to operate than electric dryers depending on utility rates. If you’re looking for a larger washer and dryer, note that energy usage will increase with the size of the machine.
Best Front-Load Washer and Dryer
For fans of front-loading machines, the LG Signature 5.8-cubic-foot 14-Cycle Front-Load Smart WiFi Washer ($2,000) and matching nine-cubic-foot dryer ($2,100) are pricey but worth the investment for their elegant style, app-controlled capabilities and humongous laundry capacity.
The TurboWash function utilizes high-pressure nozzles to cut as much as 30 minutes off wash time. What’s more, both the washer and dryer have more than 28 programmable cycle settings between them. LG’s rising reputation is well-earned.
Best Top-Load Washer and Companion Dryer
The Maytag 5.2-cubic foot Smart Capable Top Load Washing Machine and matching 7.2-cubic-foot dryer ($1,099 each) offer a sleek metallic slate exterior, but what’s under the hood is what counts.
In this case, the washer doesn’t hold back. It features a deep-fill drum with a large capacity for handling heavy loads of laundry, along with an extra-power button to boost stain-fighting performance. With 13 wash cycles and five temperature selections, plus a delayed start option to take loads straight from soaking to washing, it’s built to clean.
The steam-enabled hamper-door dryer shines, too, thanks to its advanced moisture sensing ability that helps dry loads evenly.
Best All-In-One Washer and Dryer
If you live on a boat (or an apartment the size of one), the LG Electronics 2.3-cubic-foot All-in-One Front Load Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer Combo ($1,198) is a stellar space-saving solution. Measuring just 24 inches wide, it easily fits underneath kitchen counters or in a closet.
SenseClean technology sets water levels and wash cycles for optimal cleaning and energy savings, so this machine expertly handles a wide range of fabric types. Its small capacity and longer-than-average drying times are its main drawbacks. But on the plus side, it’s simple to install. Just plug into any three-pronged, grounded outlet — no external venting required.
Best Washer and Dryer, Overall
Enjoy a much quieter wash thanks to innovative dynamic balancing that reduces vibration. The smart assistant modifies wash cycles to target the most common dirt and stains. Another handy helper is the clever dispensing feature that automatically adds bleach and fabric softener when the time is right.