Top 5 Washer and Dryer Sets
When it comes time to pick a new washer and dryer for your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options. They’re surprisingly diverse household appliances, coming in different sizes, with different settings, and at a wide range of prices. It can be tough to tell which washer and dryers are going to be right for you. In this article, we’ll break down our top five picks and give you the pros and cons of each to help you make the right choice.
Types of Washing Machines
Before we dig into these household appliances, we should break down the different kinds of washing machines, so you’re familiar with the lingo.
High-Efficiency (HE) Front-Load Washers
HE front-load washers are more gentle on clothes than their top-loading cousins. They also use less water and have a more intense spin cycle, which squeezes out more water and makes things easier on your dryer. They can also be stacked with a dryer, taking up less space in your home. The tradeoff to all these benefits is that they tend to have a longer cycle than top-load washers, and some bigger families will find them less useful.
HE Top-Load Washers
These modern top-load washers use less water than traditional top-loaders and have a larger capacity. Their spin cycle offers better performance than old-fashioned top-loaders with agitators, too.
Older styles of top-load washers might cost less than their high-efficiency brethren, but they also use more water. The wash cycle is faster, but the agitator inside them is tougher on clothes.
Compact Washers and Dryers
These smaller washers and dryers are great for apartments and other small spaces. They’re slim, allowing you to place them in a closet or under a table or countertop.
1. Bosch 500 Series White Front Load Compact Laundry Pair
If money is no object and you simply want the very best washer and dryer set you can find, check out this set from Bosch. The appliances are stackable to maximize your space, and they look much sharper than your average washer and dryer. The front-loading washer comes equipped with a whopping fifteen presets cycles and an EcoSilence motor that keeps things quiet.
The dryer matches the washer with fifteen presets of its own, moisture-sensing technology, and four temperature settings. Bosch’s household appliances are known for their high quality and quiet operation, and that’s what you get here. As you’d expect, this premium performance comes at a premium price: getting both the washer and the dryer will run you around $2300.
2. GE 5.0 Cu. ft. High-Efficiency Diamond Gray Top Load Washing Machine and Dryer
This GE set features an HE top-loader washer without an agitator that features more space than the average top-loader. It packs thirteen preset cycles and the ability to fine-tune everything from temperature to the soil level. The dryer is equally feature-packed, with seven presets and three specialty cycles for steaming, sanitizing, and more.
The awe-inspiring features on this GE set come from its smart home functionality, though. You can set them up to communicate with your smart home assistant, like Amazon Alexa, and use an app to monitor how much time is left in your cycle, get reminders when laundry is sitting in the machines, or even extend a drying cycle to keep wrinkles from setting in while you’re not home. It’s an all-around impressive package that you can get for around $1900, with the chief downside being that they’re not stackable.
3. Miele WWB020WCS W1 Washer and TWB120WP Dryer
Each of these household appliances is a mere 23.5 inches across, and because the washer is a front-loader, they’re stackable. This set is one of the highest-quality small space washers and dryers available today. The washer comes with a dozen programs and is gentler on fabric than most other washers on this list. It even has specialized programs for materials like wool and silk.
The dryer is a ventless heat-pump model, which means it takes longer to dry than the average dryer. On the flip side, it can run efficiently on a standard 120V outlet and, like its matching washer, is gentle on fabrics. If you want to save space and don’t mind spending a little extra, you can get the washer and dryer for around $2400 all-in.
4. Kenmore 29133 Washer and 69133 Dryer
Kenmore’s large-capacity 29133 excels at stain removal thanks to its extended time wash option, and its 5.3 cubic foot capacity is big enough for even a California King comforter. It’s also one of the best top-loaders on the market, with only a few small drawbacks like a fiddly digital control pad and the lack of an extra-hot option for water. Its eleven cycles are also a little on the low end for a premium-priced washer, but the performance more than makes up for it.
The dryer is equally strong, with a large capacity to handle all the laundry a large family can throw at it. Like the washer, it lacks all its competitors’ cycles, but it trades those features for a fast and thorough drying cycle. To cap it off, this washer and dryer set is among the sleekest out there, thanks to its futuristic stainless steel finish. This set can be purchased for around $2200.
5. Maytag MVWC465HW Washer and MEDC465HW Dryer
While it can’t compete with the top-of-the-line models on this list, this set from Maytag is a great pick for those on a budget. The washer is a top-loader with an agitator, and as you might expect. The whole set comes without much in the way of bells and whistles. It still boasts twelve cycle options, a quick wash cycle, and five temperature options, though.
Likewise, the matching dryer features twelve presets, a dryness sensor, and a wrinkle control option. The real draw of this Maytag set of household appliances is its price: you can get both for under $1100.
There are tons of other washers and dryers out there to choose from, but these models are our favorites. There’s something here for everyone, from people on a tight budget to those looking for the absolute top-of-the-line, to those in small homes. Keep up with House Life Today to learn more tips for the best home appliance choices and more.