Best Washer and Dryer Pairs Under $750By Christopher Snow
If you're willing to spend $3,000, you could easily get a washer and dryer pair with all the latest features. But... what if you could find everything you need in a laundry set for under $1,500? Under $800?
Even though machines at this price generally look the same on the outside, it's what you can't see that matters. That's why we put a half dozen of the most popular low-cost laundry sets through our rigorous lab tests: to find out exactly how well they remove stains and how gentle they are on your clothes.
In the end, we found real differences between even the most basic washer and dryer pairs. The wrong laundry set can cost extra in lifetime utility consumption, the cost of replacing damaged clothes, or—worst of all—wasted time spent dealing with repairs or waiting around for cycles to finish.
We’ve spent years testing laundry machines in our state-of-the-art labs. And while the following pairs won't remove stains or protect gentle fabrics as well as the best pairs we've tested, we have to admit they’re pretty good. If you want clean, dry clothes at an affordable price, consider these laundry sets.
Updated March 30, 2017
Kenmore 20222 Washer & 60222 Dryer
Where To Buy$299.99 Sears Buy
Kenmore 20222 Washer - The 20222 washer is a high-efficiency model that uses a hybrid pole agitator and impeller wash plate. What the heck does that mean? Well, for you, it means you get the same old-school clean as a classic washer, but with added water savings and a gentler touch on fabrics. It cleans as well as washers that cost twice the price, yet does so without destroying your clothes and, thus, your upfront savings. The dedicated Delicates cycle isn’t just a label: In our tests, this setting produced five times less clothes wear than the Normal cycle—which itself was relatively gentle.
Beware: This model auto-senses water level, and some user reviews claim that results in poor performance for bulky loads. We couldn’t repeat the problem, and just suspect those users were loading too much laundry. This is a smaller drum (3.3 cu. ft.), so you may not be able to dump in your entire basket.
Where To Buy$299.99 Sears Buy
Kenmore 60222 Dryer - The 60222 electric dryer is straightforward and uses a moisture sensor to dry clothes without wasting energy or time. There are still some dryers in this price range that lack sensors, which can lead to overdrying, clothes damage, and wasted time and energy. A few customers have reported early failures, but were satisfied with Sears’ prompt service. Overall, customer satisfaction is high: 84% of owners would recommend it.
A gas model is also available. Gas dryers tend to cost a bit more up front than electric models, and the Kenmore 70222 is no exception. On sale, you can buy it for around $449.
Amana NTW4605EW Washer & NED4655EW Dryer
Amana NTW4605EW Washer - This Amana is identical to the Kenmore 20222, and can be yours for just $279 if you wait for a sale. Whirlpool Corp. makes both Amana and top-load Kenmore laundry and the two sets are fraternal twins, so much of the praise we have for the Kenmore models carries over directly. However, the Kenmores still have an edge. For example, the Amana washer lacks the Soak and Heavy Duty cycles found on its Kenmore counterpart.
Amana NED4655EW Dryer The Amana dryer is almost the same as the Kenmore 60222 washer, but it lacks an audible buzzer. One reason you may want to choose the Amana: it's sold at many major retailers, while the Kenmore is sold only at Sears. If you don't have a Sears nearby or if Sears isn't having a sale, the Amana is a fine choice. The gas model—the NGD4655EW—sells for $399 at its lowest sale price.
Whirlpool WTW4815EW Washer & WED4815EW Dryer
Whirlpool WTW4815EW Washer - This Whirlpool washer is a little nicer than the most basic machines we've tested. It even comes with convenient extras like Deep Water wash and dedicated Bulky and Delicates cycles. Clothes got as clean as they did in the best top-loaders we tested, but sadly that Delicates setting doesn’t work as promised. In fact, our tests showed delicate loads were subjected to almost the same rigor as normal ones.
Whirlpool WED4815EW Dryer - The WED4815EW dryer is also a step up from the most basic machines on the market, adding features like an energy-saver cycle and a wrinkle release—which keeps clothes tumbling at the end of a cycle. Overall, we found Home Depot user reviews praising overall reliability. On sale, you can buy it for $329.
A gas model of this dryer is also available. Its model number is WGD4815EW, and it sells for about $429.
Hotpoint HTWP1400FWW Washer & HTDX100EMWW Dryer
Hotpoint HTWP1400FWW Washer - Yes, this washer does the best job cleaning stains of any on the list. But to do so, the old-fashioned corkscrew agitator is tough on fabric, so your clothes may wear out long before their time. Choose a Large load size and this will be the most efficient washer on the list—you’ll save up to $40 per year on hot water and electricity versus the models above. However, you’ll likely have to replace delicate clothes and vibrant colors more frequently.
In addition, some customer reviews complain of intermittent loud knocking from unbalanced loads in the washer, which our tests verified: Despite loading the washer carefully, the knocking even startled us once or twice.
Hotpoint HTDX100EMWW Dryer - Yes, it sells for just $299, and wears GE's budget badge. However, user reviews complain about long cycle times from the dryer, and our tests backed up this complaint. Compared to other machines in this guide, the dryer needed an extra 25 minutes to get clothes dry on similar settings.
The HTDX100EMWW is the electric model, while the HTDX100GMWW is the gas model—which costs about $100 more.