On average, a washer and dryer will usually last you about a decade (and some brands claim even longer). But if your washing machine starts leaking or your dryer starts making a loud banging noise (or worse, you pull out wet socks after 45 minutes of drying time) it’s probably time to upgrade. Lucky for consumers the market is flushed with some of the best washers and dryers we’ve seen in recent years. There are some important new features you might want to consider if it’s been awhile since you’ve shopped around for laundry room appliances.
First and foremost, you’ll need to think about size, capacity, and your budget. But also know that some of the best new washers and dryers out there also have fancy pants upgrades that are worth the splurge, including steam dry, extra rinse cycles, Wi-Fi connectivity, and pet dander removal (especially handy if your dog likes to nap on your laundry piles). All to say these washers and dryers are all about making laundry day less of a chore.
Best Overall Washer
LG 12-Cycle Front-Loading Smart Wi-Fi Washer
- Size: 3.25 by 2.25 cubic feet
- Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet
If you’ve been getting by with your old washer for too long, this machine will actually make you look forward to laundry day. Not only can it steam clean, it has an Allergiene cycle to remove more than 95% of pet dander allergens. SmartThinQ technology allows you to pick a cycle, start or stop your machine, and get notifications about what your laundry is done, all from your phone. You can even sync your washer up to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to manage it with the power of your voice. If you need a set, we also like LG’s ThinQ 7.4 cubic feet dryer which has a shallower depth if you’re working with a smaller laundry room or need to tuck into a closet.
Best Overall Dryer
Samsung Smart Gas Dryer with Steam
- Size: 3.2 by 2.25 cubic feet
- Capacity: 7.5 cubic feet
There’s a little of everything packed into this dryer. It helps you choose the best cycle option for your load and pings you—in person and on your phone—when your clothes are dry. A steam sanitize option gets rid of 99.9% of germs and bacteria (perfect for refreshing those masks in a hurry). The dryer’s multi-steam technology eliminates wrinkles, while its sensor dry feature optimizes cycle time and temperature to dry clothes gently without jacking up your electrical bill. Choose from pretty finishes, including classic white, black stainless steel, and champagne. You can also pick up Samsung’s 4.5 cubic feet Smart Front Load Energy Star Washer if you’re in the market for a matching set that’s also stackable.
Best Stackable Washer and Dryer
Amana High Efficiency Stackable Front-Load Washer & Electric Dryer Set
- Size: 3.2 by 2.25 cubic feet (washer), 3.2 by 2.25 cubic feet (dryer)
- Capacity: 4.3 cubic feet (washer), 7.4 cubic feet (dryer)
Amana’s sizable washer features an automatic fabric softener dispenser to make your clothes as pillowy soft as possible. And at a 7.4 cubic feet capacity, the dryer is big enough to handle large loads even on towels and bedding day. It also has sensor drying to help detect how much moisture is left in your load, meaning the cycle ends when your clothes are actually dry. If you’re trying to save on utilities, know that both machines are Energy Star certified.
Best Front Loading Washer and Dryer Set
G.E. UltraFresh Vent System Front-Load Washer & Electric Dryer Set with OdorBlock
- Size: 3.3 by 2.3 cubic feet (washer), 3.3 by 2.3 cubic feet (dryer)
- Capacity: 5 cubic feet (washer), 7.8 cubic feet (dryer)
If you’re serious about laundry, this is the set for you. The washer has an UltraFresh Vent System With OdorBlock to get rid of excess moisture—and make sure musty smells are eliminated from week-old gym clothes and wet towels that have been sitting in the hamper for way too long. The washer also features Microban antimicrobial technology that delivers a seriously deep clean, while a one-step wash and dry feature lets you clean and dry a small load from the same machine. Both machines are Wi-Fi connected, so you can stop, start, and monitor your laundry from anywhere. The dryer features power steam technology, allowing you to refresh and de-wrinkle loads. Both come in sapphire blue or steel gray finishes that are pretty much Pinterest-board ready.
Best Top Loading Washing Machine
Maytag Top Load Washer with Deep Fill
- Size: 3.5 by 2.3 cubic feet
- Capacity: 4.8 cubic feet
This top-loading washer has the power to tackle big loads, so you don’t have to sweat that laundry pile that’s been building for days. Another nice perk of the deep fill option: you can choose deeper water levels when you need some serious washing oomph. The machine’s power impeller keeps clothes saturated with water and concentrated detergent during the cleaning cycle to get your clothes really clean. There’s also a quick wash option that cleans those I-have-to-wear-these-tonight jeans in only 30 minutes. We also like the matching Maytag electric vented dryer, which holds seven cubic feet of laundry and has moisture-sensing technology.
Best Front Loading Washing Machine
Electrolux High Efficiency Stackable Steam Cycle Front-Load Washer
- Size: 3.2 by 2.25 cubic feet
- Capacity: 4.3 cubic feet
This washing machine approaches cleaning a little differently than other models. It uses steam that rises from the bottom to gently lift dirt and stains from your clothes. It also has an adaptive dispenser that holds detergent packs or liquid detergent—and it mixes with water before the suds actually hit your clothes. (This means stains are more likely to come out.) A nice perk: An 18 minute fast wash helps you get clean laundry when you’re under a time crunch. And the matching dryer has a whopping eight cubic feet of space as well an 18 minute dry option.
Best Large Capacity Washer
Samsung High-Efficiency FlexWash
- Size: 5 by 1 cubic feet
- Capacity: 6 cubic feet
Whether you’re washing for a family of five or you have a giant wardrobe, this washer has the space to handle your stuff. It features two separately controlled washers in one, allowing you to wash your lights and darks at the same time. The lower washer is the larger of the two and also features sanitizing and steam options. The upper is smaller and designed for things like single items and delicates. The washer even features Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to monitor the remaining cycle time, receive alerts when the cycle is complete, and schedule cycles. Pressed for time? This baby can wash a full load in 30 minutes using its super speed feature. The best part The matching dryer also has two dryers in one. Bottom line? You should never be without clean socks.
Best Front Loading Dryer
G.E. High Efficiency Gas Dryer with HE Sensor Dry
- Size: 3.8 by 2.25 cubic feet
- Capacity: 7.4 cubic feet
If your pet peeve is pulling out damp sweats from the dryer after you swore the timer went off, this dryer is for you. It has innovative venting to maximize airflow and enhance drying capabilities to give you ready-to-wear clothes right out of the machine. A wrinkle care system lets you tumble your clothes without heat to reduce creases. There’s even a Wi-Fi hook-up so you can use your Amazon Echo or Google Assistant to tell your dryer when it’s time to go to work. A sensor dry system that constantly monitors the dryer’s internal moisture and temperature helps prevent over-drying. Its matching washer also has Wi-Fi connectivity and an extra rinse cycle for those tough stains.
Best Large Capacity Dryer
LG Large Smart Front Load Electric Dryer
- Size: 3.4 by 2.4 cubic feet
- Capacity: 9 cubic feet
With a massive nine cubic feet capacity, this LG dryer is not messing around. It can tackle a king size comforter and full set of bedding in one load. But this dryer offers more than impressive capacity. It has a sensor dry feature to adjust drying time as needed, so your massive load of laundry doesn’t come out damp. The machine also features LG TurboSteam technology to zap wrinkles and odors in just 10 minutes. The dryer is energy efficient, using about 20% less energy than the competition. It even has an app to help you monitor your laundry from anywhere you have service. Of course, a huge dryer needs a gigantic washer, too. Make it a set with LG’s 5.2 cubic feet mega-capacity washer.