Your favorite articles of clothing deserve the best care, so what is the best washer and dryer to provide you with that attention in every load? There are many laundry appliance brands on the market, and with the addition of top load washers within the past 20 years, the game is constantly changing. In this article, we’re going over the leading manufacturers that consistently perform well, are reliable, and have some of the best washer and dryer features available on the market. Follow along to see if your favorite made the list or if it’s time to find a new go-to brand.
1. Samsung Washer and Dryers
Samsung laundry appliances have been on a winning streak, accumulating top rankings for front load washers, top load washers, and dryers, according to J.D. Power’s 2020 Kitchen and Laundry Appliance Satisfaction studies. The secret behind the brand’s success is a collection of innovative washer and dryer features that help make every load a little bit lighter for you.
Samsung top load washers are some of the most advanced on the market, providing basic wash functions, including Deep Fill option, along with upgraded features. Depending on the model, that can include a built-in water faucet or an ActiveWave Agitator that produces less vibrations for quieter operation, while preventing snagging and delivering enhanced washer performance.
Samsung front load washers go a step further with even more exclusives for enhanced fabric care. Of the standout features, shoppers can expect to find OptiWash, which senses soil levels in the water to determine if more detergent or time is needed for a wash, along with other favorites such as steam. With convenience in mind, Samsung also provides a number of great user features like the AddWash front load door that allows items to be added in the middle of a cycle or CleanGuard antimicrobial technology. This special feature helps keep the drum and detergent dispenser fresh and free of mold and mildew commonly found on front load washers.
Samsung dryers might not be as robust when it comes to features, but the functions provide complete clothes care, nonetheless. Along with a rich lineup of smart dryers, Samsung also manufactures dryers with Sensor Dry technology to protect clothes from excessive heat, Steam Sanitize+ for a hygienic dry, plus upgrades like WiFi connectivity and reversible doors.
Front load washers starting price: $799
Top load washers starting price: $599
Dryers starting price: $599
Suggested Samsung Laundry Set: Samsung Laundry Pair (SALAUDVE45T6200W)
This smart washer and dryer pair was designed with big loads of laundry in mind. The large-capacity front load washer features 4.5 cubic feet of tub space, while the dryer comes with 7.5 cubic feet to properly handle even the largest washes. Both the units from this stackable washer and dryer set come with steam cleaning and Smart Care technology that allows you to operate and diagnose each appliance right from a personal device. And with Super Speed technology, you can wash a standard load of laundry in 30 minutes.
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2. LG Washer and Dryers
Some of the most exciting laundry technology on the market comes courtesy of LG. Not surprisingly, the tech-forward brand manufactures a collection of washers and dryers with the latest advancements at a mid-range price point. If you’re fluent in smart technology and enjoy having appliances to match, LG laundry appliances are one of the best options on the market for you.
Explore a series of exclusive wash features, from TurboWash 360 with five jets that deliver a full wash in under 30 minutes on front loaders, to the four-way wash action of TurboWash3D on top loaders. Also included on select washers is 6Motion Technology with enhanced agitation and wash performance, ThinQ Technology for smart diagnosis and appliance programming, plus Smart Pairing technology that allows the washer and dryer to automatically determine ideal cycles.
Innovation doesn’t end with LG dryers. In fact, of the brands on this list, LG provides some of the most dryer volume, with options reaching up to a whopping nine cubic feet of capacity, ideal for large families. Together with smart features like Sensor drying and TurboSteam technology that quickly freshens up garments, LG is a convenient option for doing laundry efficiently.
Starting price top load: $699
Starting price front load: $799
Dryer starting price: $799
Suggested LG Laundry Set: LG Black Steel Front Load Laundry Pair (LGLAUDLGX4501B)
The ultra-sleek design of this LG smart laundry pair is matched only by its superior washer and dryer performance. Inside the mega-capacity washer, TurboWash360 Technology uses five spray jets to completely cover clothes in a premium wash. Skip a step during the routine with ezDispense Automatic Dispenser that administers a precise amount of detergent for each load.
The LG gas dryer features 7.4 cubic feet of dryer space complete with TurboSteam technology that combats wrinkles and bacteria. Best of all, with AI Fabric Sensor and Smart Paring on both the front load washer and dryer, fabrics get the best care starting with an automatically customized wash and dry cycle.
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3. Speed Queen Washer and Dryers
American-made right out of Wisconsin, Speed Queen has been providing commercial-grade laundry care for over 100 years. While simple, Speed Queen washers and dryers keep up with demanding loads of laundry by perfecting the basics, which is a major incentive for shoppers who might not want something as forward as LG laundry appliances.
Available in both top load and front load models, Speed Queen washers grant uses award-winning wash technology. Whether it’s Perfect Wash that uses both the agitator and tub for a penetrative wash or Classic Clean that delivers a deep wash reminiscent of yesteryear, fabrics receive optimum care the good, old-fashioned way.
If hygiene is at the pinnacle of your laundry needs, you’ll be delighted to know Speed Queen Sanitize cycle uses the hottest water from the source possible, unlike competitors that mix cold and hot water. You also won’t have to compromise time for performance on front loads since quicker wash times get loads done quicker and with better results.
Speed Queen dryers go above and beyond with features including Over-Dry Protection that delivers precise heating plus a cool down phase that is gentle on clothes. And with Steam Refresh and Steam Boost options across the lineup of Speed Queen dryers, you can be sure your clothes are sanitary and clean every time.
Top load washer starting price: $1,049
Front load washer starting price: $1,779
Suggested Speed Queen Set: Speed Queen® Laundry Pair (SPQUDC5000WE)
For those with simple laundry needs, this Speed Queen washer and dryer duo delivers more than enough performance. The moderate 3.2 washer capacity is ideal for a small household, and comes with six preset cycles, plus an Auto Fill System and Deep Fill option that provide sufficient water for your largest loads. Automatic dryer settings tailored to fabrics put you in charge of how to dry your favorite garments, while the Automatic Wrinkle Out Cycle gives a refresher to clothes that have been sitting too long in the dryer.
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4. Electrolux Washer and Dryers
If efficiency matters to you when it comes to doing laundry, then consider Electrolux your best friend. With an entire lineup of Energy Star certified front-load washers, this brand is one of the leading manufacturers of eco-friendly laundry appliances. And best of all, many of Electrolux’s winning features can be found on some of their lower-end models.
That includes the LuxCare™ Wash System that delivers improved agitation, adaptive temperature control, load sensing for a trifecta performance that gets loads cleaner. Additionally, select washers feature Electrolux’s latest washer technology, SmartBoost, which premixes detergent and water before dispensing it into the wash, improving a detergent’s performance. And with an Adaptive Dispenser on many models, laundry pods, liquid detergent, or powdered detergent all work, taking the guesswork out of laundry.
To match the quality of wash, Electrolux also comes with LuxCare® Dry System on certain models. This accurate moisture sensor targets the exact moment when clothes are dry, preventing them fabrics from heat damage. Select dryers with Predictive Dry™ calculate accurate dry times within 90 seconds, so you know the moment laundry will be done drying, helping you to keep up with your busy schedule.
Washer starting price: $1,049
Dryer starting price: $999
Suggested Electrolux Laundry Set: Electrolux Laundry Titanium Pair (ELLAUEFME627UTT)
This Electrolux washer and dryer set is a stain-fighting marvel, starting with the SmartBoost technology and LuxCare wash system in the front load washer. Together, the two deliver enhanced wash temperatures, better wash action, load sensing and a powerful detergent boost to eliminate the hardest messes on clothes. Along with Predictive Dry, the electric dryer features steam to quickly relax and remove wrinkles set into fabrics and nine dryer cycles to match the nine wash cycles — a selection for each type of load.
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5. Maytag Washer and Dryers
Another American brand makes our list, this time from the manufactures at Maytag. Boasting commercial-grade construction, Maytag washers and dryers are considered some of the most dependable on the market by buyers, meaning the brand is a great option for shoppers looking for value.
Though not as diverse as other brands on this list, Maytag washers get the job done with a considerable roundup of features. If you’re a fan of top load washers, explore models equipped with the PowerWash cycle, which promises the best wash agitation in its class. Meanwhile, select Maytag front load washers include Steam and Sanitizing to keep both garments and the appliance germ-free. For a boost of performance, Maytag also equips many of its washers with an Extra Power button that uses two separate water temperatures to tackle stains better.
When it comes to drying, users can expect the standard dryer features from Maytag, including wrinkle prevention as well as Advanced Moisture Sensing. This feature available across the lineup of Maytag dryers senses both temperature and moisture levels, accurately determining when a load is finished drying.
Top load starting price: $749
Front load starting price: $949
Dryer starting price: $749
Suggested Maytag Laundry Set: Maytag® Laundry Pair (MALAUMED6630HC)
With enough room to wash up to 30 towels at once, the Maytag large-capacity washer featured in this laundry pair is an essential for larger households. On both the washer and the steam dryer, Maytag’s Extra Power button can be used to add a boost of performance for heavy-duty loads. Aside from performance, convenient features such as Quick Wash and Dry cycles and Advanced Moisture Sensing provide efficient wash and dry options complete with premium fabric care.
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6. Whirlpool Washer and Dryers
Whirlpool has become one of the most recognized names in the industry, thanks to the brand’s affordability and dependability. The brand even nabbed a win for the Best Gas Dryer of 2021 according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 360 Reviews, while Whirlpool washers and dryers aim to deliver the same performance.
On Whirlpool washers, shoppers can find easy user features such as Load & Go™ XL dispenser that holds enough detergent for up to 40 loads or a 12-Hour FanFresh® option that keeps clothes tumbling and ready for the dryer. Upgraded top load models feature Active Bloom™ wash that senses the size of a load and adjusts water levels and agitation accordingly, while others come with a built-in faucet to pre-treat stains.
Whirlpool is also revolutionizing the top load performance with the industry’s first 2-in-1 removable agitator on select models. Use as an agitator washer for a traditional wash or remove the agitator for more wash capacity as an impeller washer.
Throughout Whirlpool dryers, a range of efficient features can be found, like the AutoDry drying system that knows when clothes have reached the right dryness. Others include AccuDry Sensor that measures both moisture and dryness, providing additional fabric protection from over-drying.
Starting price front load: $949
Starting price top load: $549
Dryer starting price: $649
Suggested Whirlpool Laundry Pair: Whirlpool® Laundry Pair-White (WHLAUWGD5620HW)
Designed to fit right into a closet, this Whirlpool laundry set is space-saving yet powerful. Enjoy 4.5 cubic feet of washer capacity, plus the Load & Go feature that stores up to 20 loads worth of detergent. For stubborn stains, this washer also includes a Steam Clean option that effectively penetrates through fabrics. The gas dryer comes with presets that can be customized up to 36 different ways or select from EcoBoost option or Sanitize Cycle for specific laundering needs. Either way, with Advanced Moisture Sensing and 7.4 cubic feet of dryer capacity, this dryer can handle it all.
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7. GE Washer and Dryers
With reliability at the forefront of every appliance it manufactures, GE washers and dryers are a safe choice for buyers looking for trusted performance. Still, some of the most innovative washer and dryer features can be found exclusively from GE products.
On many GE top load washers, that includes a Deep Clean Cycle that delivers 67 percent more cleaning power compared to common wash cycles like Normal or Colors. On other top load models, shoppers can find a built-in water station ideal for treating stains before a wash.
GE front load washers have made an impact with the introduction of Microban® antimicrobial technology and the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™. Together, the two technologies help combat common front loader issues, such as mold and odor, helping keep the machine in tip-top performance. Another smart feature to keep an eye on is the 1 Step Wash + Dry that lets you do a complete load of laundry — washing and drying — right from the washer. While not ideal for all situations, having the flexibility to do two loads simultaneously can help speed through loads of laundry faster.
With a GE dryers in your home, you can enjoy quality dries with a selection of drying functions like Auto Dry (monitor air temperature) or Sensor Dry (monitors air temperature and moisture levels) that protect clothes from overexposure to high temperatures. Additionally, Washer Link found on GE smart dryers uses WiFi to synchronize a dryer cycle based on wash settings, allowing you to go from wash to dry without any guesswork.
Top load starting price: $649
Top load starting price: $949
Dryer starting price: $629
Suggested GE Laundry Set: GE® White Laundry Pair (GELAUGTD33EASKWW)
While this might be the only laundry pair on our list with a top load washer, it’s the outstanding washer performance and affordable price point that make it stand out. On the washer, users will find a Deep-clean Cycle which complete with a heavy-duty agitator to efficiently clean clothes. A spacious electric dryer with 7.2 cubic feet of capacity serves as the perfect complement to the washer. Simple by design, this dryer provides standard features such as auto drying and a specially designed dryer drum that is durable and improves energy efficiency.
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