The 40 Best Washers and Dryers for Doing Laundry

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Jan. 28th, 2016

Modern washers and dryers have made light work of what used to be a tedious chore only 100 years ago. But with so many features and options available, how do you find a model that’s right for you? Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for a washer and/or dryer:

Washers

There are several types of washers that will suit different family’s needs, and it’s important to consider which features are important to you when shopping for a washer. Load size, soil settings, sanitize cycles, delay wash and steam clean are all features to consider when you’re comparing models. Ensure you measure accurately to find a model that fits your space and that your electrical is up to snuff.

Top Load Washing Machines

Top loading washer models are generally less expensive than their front loading counterparts, but they use more water in order to clean your clothes, since the drum must fill to the selected level before the wash cycle begins. They tend not to remove as much water from clothes during the spin cycle, so drying times can be longer.

Front Load Washing Machines

Front loading washer models will generally use less water than their top loading counterparts, but some consumers complain they do not clean as effectively as top loading models. Another frequent complaint is their longer wash times, though they do remove most of the water from your clothes which results in shorter drying times. Of note is that you will need to use an HE-approved laundry detergent when washing your clothes, as they produce less suds and are better for the machine.

HE

High efficiency (HE) washer models offer all the cleaning power of a classic washing machine, but with built-in energy saving benefits. An HE washing machine will use less water than its standard counterpart in order to clean your clothes, and will often use less energy. Of note is that you will need to use an HE-approved laundry detergent when washing your clothes, as they produce less suds and are better for the machine.

Dryers

Ensure you measure accurately to find a model that fits your space and that your electrical is up to snuff. You’ll also want to ensure venting is done correctly. Features to consider on both kinds of models include sensor dry, time dry, the various settings, and even a ‘keep fresh’ option which will tumble your clothes for a set amount of time after they’re dry in order to reduce wrinkling.

Gas Dryers

Gas-powered dryers perform as well as the more popular electric models, but run on your gas supply rather than your home’s electrical (though they’ll still need a 120V outlet). They tend to be slightly more expensive than electric models, but can save on the cost of operation over the long term.

Electric Dryers

Electric dryers are the most popular kind, and are easy to install since they only require a 240V outlet.

With the above tips and information in mind, in no particular order here are 20 of the washers and 20 of the dryers that we consider safest, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

The Safest Washers

1. LG WM8000HVA

This front-loading washer boasts a 5.1 cubic foot capacity and 14 wash cycles to handle nearly anything your family might throw at it. It also boasts TurboWash and steam technology to help keep your threads looking fresh.

Key features:

  • Choose from 5 temperature settings
  • Freestanding installation
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,273

2. Samsung WA52J8700AP

This visually stunning top loading washing machine offers a choice of 15 different wash cycles to help clean your clothes and boasts a patented, built-in sink that allows you to pre-wash clothes to remove those hard-to-treat stains.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 5.2 cubic foot capacity
  • SuperSpeed setting washes clothes up to 40% faster

Cost: *Est. $ 904

3. GE GTW485ASJWS

This top loading washer features a 4.9 cubic foot capacity and features more washing combinations than any other brand within its class.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Stain pre-treat setting
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $799

4. LG WM1377HW

This washing machine is slightly slimmer than most models, making it great for those in apartments, dorm rooms, or other small spaces. It features 2.3 cubic feet of washing space and a NeveRust stainless steel drum.

Key features:

  • Choose from 9 wash cycles
  • Anti-vibration system
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $948.99

5. GE GTW680BSJWS

This top loading washer features a 4.6 cubic foot stainless steel tub and 14 different wash cycles and precise-fill load sensing technology that senses just the right amount of water necessary to clean your clothes.

Key features:

  • Matching dryer available
  • Stain removal guide included
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $699

6. Electrolux EIFLS20QSW

This compact washing machine boasts a 2.4 cubic foot capacity and easy-to-use touch controls. Its deep clean sanitation cycle removes 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens for cleaner, fresher clothes.

Key features:

  • Optional steam wash
  • Automatic water level adjustment
  • Optional pedestal and stacking kit available

Cost: *Est. $893.10

7. Samsung WF42H5200AW

This front loading washer offers a high efficiency way to clean your clothes and thanks to its self-clean feature, it eliminates the need for harsh chemicals. You can even troubleshoot issues from your smartphone.

Key features:

  • Choose from 9 wash cycles
  • Anti-vibration system
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $758.49

8. Summit Ariston ARWL129NA

This front loading washing machine boasts a 1.82 cubic foot capacity and choice of 16 wash cycles to get your clothes as clean as possible, no matter the fabric or stain. Its compact design makes it ideal for apartments and other small spaces.

Key features:

  • Made in Italy
  • Super silent operation
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $855.49

9. LG WM3477HW

This front loading washing machine features a 2.3 cubic foot capacity with 9 different wash cycles to choose from. It’s also a dryer with 4 different drying cycles. Thanks to its compact design, it’s ideal for apartments and other small spaces.

Key features:

  • Ventless design
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1,491.99

10. Speed Queen AWNE82SP

This classic-looking, top loading washing machine features a 3.3 cubic foot capacity and stainless steel drum for long use. It provides a superior clean thanks to its 210 agitation at 68 strokes per minute.

Key features:

  • No lock lid stops cycle when lifted
  • Choose from 6 preset cycles
  • Electronic touch controls

Cost: *Est. $899

11. Miele W3038

This front loading washer boasts a compact, space-saving design that makes it ideal for use in apartments and where space is at a premium. Choose from 18 different wash cycles to get all your clothes their cleanest.

Key features:

  • 24-hour delay start
  • Integrated self-diagnostics
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $1,999

12. Electrolux EWFLS70JIW

This front loading washing machine boasts a large 5.0 cubic foot capacity that is perfect for large families and removes 99% of bacteria thanks to its deep clean sanitation cycle. It boasts a fastest wash time of just 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Optional pedestal drawer available
  • Energy Star rated
  • Integrated control lock

Cost: *Est. $1,208.10

13. Avanti TLW21PS

This top loading washer offers a futuristic and modern design that boasts a stainless steel wash tub with 2.1 cubic foot capacity. Thanks to a pulsating bottom, there’s no agitator for your clothes to get stuck around.

Key features:

  • Electronic control panel
  • Energy Star rated
  • Freestanding installation

Cost: *Est. $424.54

14. LG WT1701CV

This washing machine boasts a 5.0 cubic foot capacity that makes it ideal for families. It boasts a NeveRust stainless steel drum and 12 washing cycles with optional TurboWash for an even better clean.

Key features:

  • Front, electronic controls
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Slam-proof lid

Cost: *Est. $901

15. Frigidaire FFFW5100PW

This front loading washer features 3.9 cubic feet of capacity and a choice of 7 different wash cycles to help get your clothes clean. It can be stacked if necessary to provide you with space savings.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Fresh water rinse for cleaner clothes
  • Antimicrobial door seal

Cost: *Est. $846

16. LG WT1101CW

This high efficiency top loading washing machine offers a choice of 8 washing cycles to help clean your clothes effectively. It features 4.3 cubic feet of washing space and a NeveRust stainless steel drum.

Key features:

  • Slam-proof lid
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Integrated anti-vibration technology

Cost: *Est. $794.99

17. Electrolux EIFLS60JIW

This front loading washer boasts a 4.33 cubic foot capacity and choice of 11 different wash cycles to help get your clothes their cleanest. Its deep clean sanitation cycle removes 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens for cleaner, fresher clothes.

Key features:

  • Optional steam wash
  • Energy Star rated
  • Optional pedestal drawer available

Cost: *Est. $983.10

18. Haier GWT560BW

This top loading washer features a 3.6 cubic foot load capacity and deluxe pulsator washing system that helps to get your clothes clean without being harsh on fabrics. It boasts a stainless steel drum and self-cleaning cycle.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Electronic controls
  • Choose from 12 wash cycles

Cost: *Est. $672.38

19. LG WM8500HVA

This front loading washing machine boasts a massive 5.2 cubic foot capacity that makes it perfect for families. It comes complete with an electronic control panel with easy-to-read LCD display.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • TurboWash technology cuts wash time by 20 minutes

Cost: *Est. $1,596.75

20. Bismi Mini Portable Washing Machine

Ideal for those in extra small spaces or who travel frequently, this portable mini washer makes doing small loads of laundry a breeze and at just 11 pounds it’s lightweight for ease of portability.

Key features:

  • Largest capacity in its class
  • Spin dry basket included
  • 6.6 pound capacity

Cost: *Est. $89.99

The Safest Dryers

1. Electrolux EWMED70JIW

This electric, front loading dryer boasts an 8.0 cubic foot capacity with a total of 92 different drying cycles. It comes complete with electronic controls and an easy-to-read LCD display screen.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Perfect steam technology
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,211.99

2. GE GTD42EASJWW

This front loading electric dryer has a 7.2 cubic foot capacity and durable aluminized alloy drum that resists chips, rust, and abrasion. Automatic drying sensors help sense the ideal drying time, saving you time and energy.

Key features:

  • Matching washer available
  • Choose from 4 drying cycles
  • Removable upfront lint filter

Cost: *Est. $898.50

3. LG DLE1101W

This top loading electric dryer boasts a 7.3 cubic foot capacity and LoDecibel™ quiet operation. With LG’s SmartDiagnosis™ feature, their service center can diagnose problems over the phone or via a smartphone app.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-use front control panel
  • Choose from 9 different programs
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $775

4. Frigidaire FARE1011MW

This sleek-looking front loading dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and choice of 8 different dry cycles. Thanks to the brand’s TimeWise technology, both your washer and dryer will have the same cycle times for increased washing efficiency.

Key features:

  • Limited 10-year warranty
  • Matching washer available
  • One-touch wrinkle release

Cost: *Est. $623.10

5. Ariston Elegance Line ARWDF129NA

This front loading machine boasts a unique, space-saving two-in-one design that offers both a washer and dryer in one compact unit. Ideal for apartments, dorms, and other small spaces, it boasts a 1.8 cubic foot capacity.

Key features:

  • Ventless design
  • Choose from 13 wash cycles
  • Choose from 3 dry cycles

Cost: *Est. $1,259.99

6. GE GFDS170EHWW

This front loading electric dryer boasts a 7.5 cubic foot capacity and comes complete with a steam feature to help prevent wrinkles. It also features integrated HE sensor dry, to help cut down on your energy costs.

Key features:

  • Choose from 10 automatic cycles
  • Stainless steel drum helps resist rust
  • UL listed, and ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $746.90

7. LG DLG3171W

This front loading gas-powered dryer boasts a 7.4 cubic foot capacity, and features a selection of 8 drying cycles to keep your clothes looking new and fresh. It features a sensor dry system and LG’s SmartDiagnosis™ feature.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Optional pedestal available
  • LoDecibel™ quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $845.99

8. Speed Queen ADE3SRGS

This classically-styled front loading electric dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and features a commercial-grade steel cabinet to provide your family with years of long-lasting use.

Key features:

  • ADA compliant
  • Up-front lint filter
  • Choose from 3 temperature settings

Cost: *Est. $712.99

9. LG DLGX8001W

This sleek and modern-looking front loading gas dryer boasts a massive 9.0 cubic foot capacity that is ideal for families and drying large loads. It offers a choice of 14 dry cycles and 5 different temperature settings.

Key features:

  • Reversible door
  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1,410.10

10. Electrolux EIED50LIW

This front loading electric dryer offers a large 8.0 cubic foot capacity that is suitable for larger loads and features 11 drying cycles to keep your clothes looking new and fresh. There’s even an 18-minute fast dry cycle for when you’re crunched for time.

Key features:

  • Integrated moisture sensor
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $803.10

11. LG DLEC855W

This compact, electric front loading dryer boasts a 4.2 cubic foot capacity and space-saving design that is ideal for apartments, dorms, and other tight spaces.

Key features:

  • Integrated sensor dry system
  • LoDecibel™ quiet operation
  • Choose from 9 drying cycles

Cost: *Est. $979.95

12. GE GTD18ESSJWW

This classically-styled electric front loading dryer boasts a 6.8 cubic foot capacity and 6 drying cycles with 4 heat settings to help keep your clothes looking newer, longer. Thanks to its Quiet-By-Design technology, noise is minimized for use near bedrooms.

Key features:

  • Cycle complete signal
  • Dura Drum for long lasting use
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $526.90

13. LG DLGX8501V

This sleek and modern-looking front loading gas dryer boasts a massive 9.0 cubic foot capacity that is ideal for families and drying large loads. It offers a choice of 14 dry cycles including a wrinkle care option.

Key features:

  • Reversible door
  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1,399

14. Samsung DV45H7000GW

This front loading gas dryer offers a sleek and elegant design with a 7.4 cubic foot capacity that’s capable of handling large loads. It features 9 different preset cycles and choice of three temperature settings.

Key features:

  • Integrated sensor dry system
  • Integrated child lock
  • Reversible door

Cost: *Est. $923.80

15. Speed Queen ADG3SRGS

This classically-styled front loading gas dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and features a commercial-grade steel cabinet to provide your family with years of long-lasting use.

Key features:

  • ADA compliant
  • Up-front lint filter
  • Choose from 3 temperature settings

Cost: *Est. $769

16. LG DLGX5781WE

This sleek-looking gas front loading dryer boasts a 7.3 cubic foot capacity and choice of 14 different drying cycles to handle nearly anything your family can throw at it.

Key features:

  • Wrinkle care setting
  • Reversible door
  • CSA certified, ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $928.99

17. Smart+ Products SPP98D Compact Electric Tumble Vented Laundry Dryer

This electric front loading dryer offers a compact design that makes it ideal for use in apartments, dorm rooms, and other tight spaces. It boasts a 2.65 cubic foot capacity and choice of 5 preset drying cycles.

Key features:

  • Double layer, removable lint filter
  • Wall mounting kit included
  • Stainless steel drum

Cost: *Est. $699.99

18. Blomberg DV17542

This is another compact dryer that offers the versatility of side-by-side or stackable installation for those with space constraints. It boasts a 3.67 cubic foot capacity and choice of 15 programs that suit your family’s laundry needs.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Automatic sensor dry
  • End of cycle signal

Cost: *Est. $768.99

19. Amana NED4655EW

This simple front loading electric dryer features a 6.5 cubic foot capacity and choice of 11 drying cycles at an affordable price point. Automatic dryness control helps to prevent overdrying, helping to keep your clothes looking newer, longer.

Key features:

  • Wrinkle prevent option
  • Reversible door
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $545

20. LG DLEX8000W

This sleek and stylish-looking electric dryer boasts a mega 9.0 cubic foot capacity that’s perfect for families and tackling large loads. It comes complete with 14 drying cycles to choose from and the steam feature ensures your clothes come out without wrinkles.

Key features:

  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,386

 
 
   
 
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