Choosing a washer and dryer set is an unwelcome chore for many busy families. During the selection process, most people are simply overwhelmed by a myriad of options. You also don't want to miss out on modern features, but can't dismiss budget considerations.

Below, we'll list the best washer and dryer models of 2020 that are on sale. We just added the new Ultrafresh GE washer to our list due to its innovative features. This review will highlight the cleaning performance of our top picks. We'll also give you valuable tips so that you can avoid making costly mistakes. After all, it's essential to understand what some of your constraints are, such as available space and fuel type (gas or electric).

Let's get started.


Best Washer and Dryer Sets of 2020

Washing Machine Types

At Designer Appliances, we represent 17 different brands. Our catalog contains about 500 various washers and dryers (approximately 200 washers and 300 dryers). The performance of these products differs when it comes to cleaning power, water usage, energy efficiency, capacity, noise, and vibration. However, the manufacturers don't even report many of these parameters. Moreover, marketing jargon can make the selection process puzzling. We also reviewed the best dryers on the market in our indepth article.

  • Front-Load Washers (High Efficiency, HE): Front-load washers clean better than top-loaders. The wash times are longer on front-load machines, and they are far more gentle on clothes. These washers also use less water and spin at higher speeds. High RPM spin speed, in turn, extracts more water from your laundry and cuts down on drying duration (which saves energy in the dyring process). Front-load washers and dryers are generally stackable. You can also place them on storage pedestals to use them side by side.

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  • Top-Load Washers with an Old-Style Agitator: These washers are relics of the olden days and cost less than their HE cousins. The wash cycle is substantially faster, but they use a lot of water.

Still, many people opt for traditional washing machines due to their simple controls. It's also intuitive to think that more water might yield a better clean. We ranked the best agitator top load washers in our in depth review.

  • Top-Load Washers without an Agitator (a.k.a. HE): Top-load washers are still a popular choice in the US. Considering the superior cleaning performance of the front-load washers, manufacturers decided to marry these two technologies.

HE rated top-load washers generally have a larger capacity than that of their agitator versions. They also use less water and spin faster for better drying performance.

If you're still wondering which type of washer to purchase, read our top load vs front load washer comparison, where we cover the pros and cons of each type.

  • Apartment Size, Compact Washer and Dryers: This set of laundry is 24-inches slim so that you can place them in a closet or under a countertop. If you live in a single-family home, you can even enjoy the convenience of a second set of laundry.

These washers generally pair with ventless dryers. Dryers that feature a Heat-Pump system are at the pinnacle of technology and not only save energy but dry clothes faster compared to condensing dryers. We ranked and reviewed the best compact washer dryer models in our comprehensive review.


Best Washer and Dryer Set, Our Top 8 Picks

1) Best Speed: LG WM4200HWA

Width: 27-inch | Height: 39-inch | Depth: 33 1/4-inch | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14/13 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

LG WM4200HWA

The LG WM4200HWA is one of the most energy efficient washers on the market. It even earned the coveted "Most Efficient" badge from Energy Star.

Front-load washers typically take their time when cleaning your clothes. It's not uncommon for a normal load cycle to last an hour. Thanks to the TurboWash 360 technology, this LG can clean a 10 lb load in under 30 minutes.

You can use the LG SideKick as both a pedestal and an additional wash capacity for your delicates.

The WM4200HWA comes in white as well as a black stainless color. You can stack it with the associated steam dryer in gas or electric, or use them side-by-side.


2) Best XL Capacity: LG WM9000HVA

29-inch 5.2 cu. ft. Steam Washer and Steam Dryer

Width: 29-inch | Height: 41 1/4-inch | Depth: 33 3/4-inch | Capacity: 5.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: Graphite Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Most Efficient CEE Tier 3

LG wm9000hva Washer

The LG WM9000HVA costs approximately $1,100 during promotional seasons. This model has excellent cleaning ability, energy, and water efficiency. It also has vibration and noise suppression technology from LG. The WM9000HVA even incorporates all the latest wi-fi/smartphone integration.

This LG washer is a gentle giant with a 29-inch width and 5.2 cu. ft. extra large capacity. This means that king size sheets and comforters are not a problem. The one downside to this machine is that you can't stack it.

Another nice feature is that you can pair this washer with either a regular storage pedestal or a WD200CV "sidekick twinwash" pedestal, which acts as a small washer to multiply your capacity.

The graphite steel color is trendy and helps to showcase the laundry setting in your home. Due to the recent "tariffs" debacle, LG opted to focus on this color rather than using their quota on the "white" version of this product (this is our delicate way of saying don't purchase white unless you can wait until next year to receive it).

LG TwinWash Pedestal

The LG WM9000HVA pairs with either a large capacity electric or gas dryer with a steam feature.

LG

If you love LG but the 29" laundry is too big for you, you may want to consider the 27" WM3500CW washer with 4.5 cu. ft. capacity. This unit goes for approximately $750 during seasonal promotions and pairs with electric or gas dryers. However, this set does not include the steam feature. If steam is an important factor in your decision, consider the WM3700HWA This model is still 27" and is priced at approximately $850.


3) Best for Saving Time: Samsung WV60M9900AV

27-inch 6.0 cu. ft. FlexWash, Tackle 4 Loads At the Same Time

Width: 27-inch | Height: 46 15/16-inch | Depth: 34-inch | Capacity: 6.0 cu. ft. (5.0 + 1.0) | Cycles/Options: 12 | RPM: 800 | Color: Black Stainless Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: No | Energy Star: Most Efficient CEE Tier 3

Samsung Washer wv60m9900av FlexWash

The Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV is a truly innovative product. The FlexWash incorporates two washers in one body. The dryer pair, as you may have guessed, is called FlexDry and has two dryers under one roof. Priced at around $1,300, this Samsung has the latest "smart" features, and connects to Alexa and Google Home. You can run two loads independently, and the "Super Speed" feature wraps up washing in 30 minutes, without sacrificing cleaning.

This 27-inch width Samsung washer has an impressive 6.0 cu. ft. capacity. Keeping your front-load washer clean can be challenging but with the Self-Clean+ feature, the drum stays fresh and odor-free without the use of harsh chemicals.

Consider Samsung's WF45K6500AW for a conventional 27-inch 4.5 cu. ft. stackable front-load washer. This washer features steam so you can remove stains without pre-treatment.

Samsung

The WF42H5000AW is the "doorbuster" model that Samsung is pushing this season for $599. This machine is smaller in terms of interior space at 4.2 cu. ft., and does not have the fastest spin speed or the steam action. If you are merely searching for a reliable, no-frills laundry solution, this is a solid model to consider.

Samsung

4) Best Fabric Care: Electrolux EFLS627UTT

27-inch 4.4 cu. ft. Electrolux Stackable Steam Washer with Steam Dryer

Width: 27-inch | Height: 38-inch | Depth: 32-inch | Capacity: 4.4 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 9 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: Titanium or White | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Most Efficient CEE Tier 3

Electrolux EFLS627UTT washer

Regarding stain removal, Electrolux gets the job done better than any other brand. The EFLS627UTT is Electrolux's flagship product. The EFLS627UTT is stackable and comes with a large interior space. Its 15-minute express wash option is impressive and designed to handle lightly soiled clothes (which is great for when you're in a rush!) The price point after rebates is approximately $899 this season.

This season, the Electrolux stackable washer and dryers start at $649. As you go up in price for Electrolux washers and dryers, you benefit from additional features such as steam, faster spin speeds, express wash options, and more stain treatments.

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5) Best Top Load with Agitator: Speed Queen TC5000WN

Width: 25 5/8-inch | Height: 42 3/4-inch | Depth: 28-inch | Capacity: 3.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 6 | RPM: 710 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Stackable: No | Energy Star: No

Speed Queen TC5000WN

Speed Queen washers have become a family favorite, due to the brand's reputation for dependability. It is the only American manufacturer that still makes (not just assembles) appliances in the US. If you want a no-frills machine that fills up the tub and cleans your laundry, consider the Speed Queen TR3 a.k.a. the TC5000WN.

Maytag's MVWB865GW and GE's GTW685BSLWS also get good press in this category, but we do not have in-depth reliability data on these products.


If You Prefer High Efficiency (HE) Top Loaders

Concerning High Efficiency (HE) Top Load laundry, LG is the market leader in terms of both technology and the breadth of products offered. In this category, the following products shine due to their price vs. performance.

The LG WT7300CW, and its sibling WT7300CV in graphite, have large interiors at 5.0 cu. ft. The spin speed, which equates to energy and dry time savings, is the fastest for a top-load washer at 950 RPM. Price points with rebates will start below $699 for this washer.

Although the WT7300 model gets a ton of press, occasionally we notice a great deal on the LG WT7800CW during promotional season. You can get the WT7800 with a small upcharge compared to WT7300. This model, however, can be loaded with features like steam, an effective internal heater, and a larger 5.5 cu. ft. capacity.

LG

Samsung, which owns approximately 20% of the US appliance market, also has a decent solution with the WA54M8750AW. Handsome in white or black stainless steel, it comes with a built-in sink for your convenience. As usual with the Samsung pedigree, you will get a nifty wi-fi enabled app to manage your laundry.

WTW7500

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6) Best Compact Washer and Dryer: Miele WWH860WC

24-inch 2.3 cu. ft. Stackable Washer with Ventless, Heat-Pump Steam Dryer

Width: 23 1/2-inch | Height: 33 1/2-inch | Depth: 25 5/16-inch | Capacity: 2.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12 | RPM: 1,600 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

Miele wwb020wcs compact washer

When it comes to space-saving, apartment-sized appliances, there are now more options than ever. However, Bosch and Miele make the best apartment size, compact washers an dryers. Miele recently edged up in this category by embracing energy efficient and fast heat pump technology.

The WWH860WCS is Miele's flagship washing machine. It pairs with the only 110/120V ventless, heat-pump dryer in the market, dubbed as the T1 dryer.

Miele washers come with price points starting at $1,199. Both the W1 and T1 are stackable and can be placed in a small laundry closet.

Earlier this year, we conducted an extenisve review of the Miele washer and dryer lineup.

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7) Best Reliable Washer and Dryer: Bosch WAT28402UC

24-inch 2.2 cu. ft. Stackable Compact Washer with Ventless Dryer

Width: 24-inch | Height: 33 1/4-inch | Depth: 25-inch | Capacity: 2.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 15 | RPM: 1,400 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Most Efficient CEE Tier 3

Bosch wat28400uc compact washer

The 800 series is the way to go for Bosch. The WAT28402UC heats water to 170F for a sanitized clean. It has been on the market for over five years, and regularly receives glowing reviews from our customers. This washer is stackable with the ventless, 220V dryer. Its shallow depth makes it an attractive choice for an urban apartment.

Bosch makes less expensive models in the compact laundry line up. You can also find the value model WAT28400UC for well under $999.

We wrote extensively on Bosch's washer and dryer selection, including the differences between 300, 500, and 800 series in our in-depth review article.

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8) Best Overall: GE GFW850SPNRS Ultrafresh

28-inch 5.0 cu. ft. Stackable SteamWasher and Dryer

Width: 28-inch | Height: 39 3/4-inch | Depth: 34-inch | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12/10 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Sapphire Blue, Diamond Gray | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

GE GFW850SPNRS Ultrafresh with Steam Washer

After years of simply following the Korean manufacturers, GE has finally introduced innovative washer and dryers.

The most stylish and feature-rich washer from GE is the GFW850SPNRS, which includes three stunning color options: sapphire blue, diamond gray, and white. It is also one of the largest washers, with a whopping capacity of 5.0 cu. ft.

Some of the features that set this new GE washer apart from the competition include the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™, SmartDispense™, and 1 Step Wash + Dry.

The UltraFresh vent system gets rid of extra water and moisture on the circular door opening. This innovative feature does not give mold a chance to gain a foothold on the door area. The rubber gasket on the door is also protected with "Microban," which eliminates unwanted odors.

You can even load the detergent dispenser once and use the washer multiple times. SmartDispense will save you time with its large deposit area. Most amazingly, if you have a a small load, you can skip the hastle of unloading the washer and moving everything to the dryer.

The GFW550SSNWW, and GFW650SSNWW are some of the other models that are in the same product family.


How to Avoid Pitfalls When Selecting a New Washer and Dryer?

  • The number one mistake people make when purchasing a new washer and dryer is miscalculating the size and space. Before narrowing down your choice, it's imperative that you measure your access to your laundry room, as well as the area intended for the washer and dryer. Unfortunately, the fact that you have an existing washer and dryer does not mean that you are covered, as the new machines tend to be wider, deeper and taller than their previous incarnations.
  • As a general rule of thumb, 27" width is considered regular size, and
    29" width is extra large. Apartment size compact laundry is 24" wide. However, the depth of these machines is wildly different from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  • Know your fuel type. Yes, all dryers need electricity to function, but all dryers need a fuel source to heat up. Make sure that you scope this out before making your purchase to determine whether the dryer requires an electric 208/240V 4-prong giant outlet or a natural gas connection.
  • Know when it's time to replace your parts. When changing a washer, it's a good idea to upgrade your old hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. In terms of the dryer, you will need a new electric cord (if an electric dryer is selected) as well as a new vent kit for vented dryers. As for the gas dryers, by code, you will need to use a new gas flex hose.

Make sure to make a copy of our washer dryer installation checklist to protect your investment.


Conclusion

With so many choices on the market, we're here to help simplify the buying process with tips and insights on the latest washers, dryers, and more. With this information handy, you’ll feel confident making the best decision for your household. If you live in New Jersey, feel free to stop by one of our stores and our sales staff will be happy to help guide you. You can also see several of these models in person.

What were some of the challenges you faced while making this decision? Let us know in the comments section below.

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