Washers and dryers come in all shapes and sizes. From traditional top-loaders to high-tech heat pump dryers, there are more ways to do laundry than ever before.
But which machines are the best for you and your particular needs? It depends. You can spend just a little money for a basic machine, or a lot for a more advanced one with all the bells and whistles. You can choose a machine that saves energy and water, cuts down on cycle times, or fits incredibly large loads.
Whatever your needs, these are the best machines out there.
Best Washing Machine of the Year: LG WM8000HVA / Kenmore Elite 41072
Under the skin, the Kenmore 40172 and LG WM8000HVA are identical. They both fit a massive amount of laundry, and wash a small load in under 30 minutes. No matter which one you choose, they'll get stains out while going easy on delicate clothes, which is why they've won this award two years in a row. Both regularly dip below $1,000, so pick whichever one is on sale.
Best Dryer of the Year: Electrolux EWMED70JIW
Electrolux's flagship dryer not only fits a lot of laundry, but it dries quickly and gently, offering the user a great deal of features in the process. Want a custom cycle to dry a pet bed, or a way to steam stuffed animals clean? The Electrolux EWMED70JIW has it. It's also a proven winner: this is the fourth year in a row Electrolux has won this award. Read our review.
Best Washing Machine Feature: Samsung ActiveWash
One of the coolest appliance innovations in years is also one of the simplest: Samsung put a small sink that doubles as a scrub board inside the lid of its ActiveWash-equipped washing machines. After you're done scrubbing or soaking, just tilt the sink and dump your dirty clothes into the drum. It's a brilliant idea that makes washing clothes a lot easier. Read our review.
Best Value Front-Load Washing Machine: LG WM3575CV
With such features as a 30-minute Turbo Wash cycle, superior stain removal, and above-average water removal at the end of a cycle, LG makes some seriously great front-load washing machines. At $750 on sale for the silver WM3575CV and $700 on sale for the white WM3575CW, this washer offers a perfect blend of price and performance. Read our review.
Best Top-Load Washing Machine: GE GTW680BSJWS
Many consumers prefer a top-loading washing machine, and GE's all-new GTW680BSJWS is the best you can buy. Built in Louisville, KY, this washer gets clothes clean more effectively and efficiently than any of its competitors, but still lets users choose to add extra water if they prefer. It's all those options that make this GE a great overall choice. Read our review.
Runner-Up: LG WT1701CV
Best Washing Machine Under $500: Kenmore 25132
Best Value Dryer: Whirlpool Cabrio WED7300DW
Where To Buy$575.99 Best Buy Buy
There are dryers less expensive than this Whirlpool, but none offers such an unbeatable value. In addition to a unique control panel that makes doing laundry easier than ever, the WED7300DW also lets users add steam to refresh clothes or clean delicate items like stuffed animals. Read our review.
Best Compact Laundry: Blomberg DHP24412W
There's a lot of novel technology behind Blomberg's latest compact dryer, which uses a heat pump to dry clothes. The details of the technology are complex—but suffice it to say, if you live in a small space and need a ventless dryer, this is the one to buy. Read our review.