The Best Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)

The Best Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)

Our pick

LG WM3900H

LG WM3900H

Fast, gentle, effective, reliable

This front-loader is quicker, gentler, and better at removing all types of stains than almost any other washer we’ve tested, and it has a solid reputation for reliability from multiple expert sources.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
LG DLEX3900

LG DLEX3900

A matching LG dryer

This is the matching electric dryer for the LG WM3900H washer, though most LG dryers (even older models) will stack on it. It’s also available in a black finish or with gas power.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy

The LG WM3900H is an excellent cleaner, better at removing all types of stains than almost any other washer we tested, while also handling fabrics more gently. It can wash a typical load almost twice as fast as a typical high-efficiency washer, and it has one of the widest varieties of wash settings, including a stain-loosening prewash option, super-hot temps, and extra rinses. Like most front-load washers, it has a huge capacity, runs quietly, and is very efficient with water and energy. It even has a unique door-prop feature to help prevent the dreaded mildew smell. Reliability is tough to predict, but in recent years, LG front-loaders have proved to have some of the lowest repair rates among mainstream washers, according to multiple sources. (They still won’t last as long as your parents’ old Maytag, though.) The matching LG DLEX3900 dryer runs with an ineffective energy saver mode on by default, but that option is easily switched off.

The big downsides to the LG washer and dryer are that the control panels are hard to use in dim lighting, and LG’s customer service stinks, so in the unlikely event that you need a repair under warranty, it might be a hassle.

The WM3900H and its matching dryers (available in electric or gas, with a heat-pump option coming in 2020) are stackable—in fact, you can stack any 27-inch LG dryer (new or old) on top of the WM3900H. LG makes a couple of similar models, the WM3700H and WM3500C, which are missing some useful features but cost less, as well as the WM4370H, which has a different door and control-panel design.

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Runner-up

Electrolux EFLS627U

Electrolux EFLS627U

An exceptional stain remover

This is the best stain remover we’ve ever tested, and it’s one of the few washers with a reversible door. It’s a bit rougher on fabric than other front-loaders and may not be as reliable as models from other brands.

Buying Options

$940* from AJ Madison

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $900.

Electrolux EFME627U

Electrolux EFME627U

The matching Electrolux dryer

This is the matching electric dryer for the EFLS627U washer, though some lower-end Electrolux models will stack, too. It’s known to have reliability problems if the vent line is narrow, however. A gas-powered version is also available.

Buying Options

$900 from Home Depot
$900 from Abt

The Electrolux EFLS627U front-loader is the best stain remover we’ve tested by a wide margin, and other reviewers have found the same thing. It has a few unusual features that might be important for some people, including a reversible door and a special compartment that helps evenly dissolve detergent pods. The downsides are that it might beat up your clothes more than a typical front-loader will, the cycles take longer than the LG’s, and the washer could be more likely to need repairs than our other picks. The EFME627U dryer does a good job even on its default setting, and without getting too hot. Note, however, that Electrolux dryers have a known reliability problem stemming from narrow vent lines (you can pair this washer with another brand’s dryer as long as you don’t need to stack the machines).

Upgrade pick

Miele W1

Miele W1

Compact and durable

Although the Miele W1 holds only half as much laundry as most front-loaders, you can expect it to last at least twice as long. It’s also great at removing stains, and it’s one of the gentlest on fabrics.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection
Miele T1

Miele T1

The matching Miele dryer

The matching, stackable dryer for the Miele W1 washer is a ventless heat-pump model, so it takes twice as long to dry a load as a vented model. But it can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet and is much more efficient.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection

Only a few brands make durable washers anymore, and some of those heavy-duty machines are essentially laundromat washers—often loud, rough on fabric, inefficient, and not so great at cleaning. The Miele W1 is the opposite of all those things, and still somehow built to last for 20 years. In our tests, it was just as effective at removing stains and gently handling fabrics as the LG WM3900H—but it should last twice as long, and it costs only a few hundred dollars more. The catch is that it’s a compact washer: It has about half the capacity of a typical 27-inch model. Finding Miele models and technicians in some parts of the country can be hard, too. Another quirk is that its matching dryer, the Miele T1, is a ventless heat-pump model. As a result, the T1 takes about twice as long as a standard vented dryer to dry clothes but is much more energy-efficient, and you can hook it up wherever you have a standard 120-volt outlet.

Also great

LG WT7300C

LG WT7300C

Top-performing top-loader

If you prefer the design and odor resistance of a top-loader to a front-loader’s stain-removing ability and gentle fabric handling, this non-agitator model is a relatively efficient, effective cleaner with short cycles, and it’s made by a brand that has a reputation for reliability.

Buying Options

$800* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $700.

LG DLE7300

LG DLE7300

The matching LG dryer

The matching electric dryer for the LG WT7300C washer has a door that opens two ways: from the side, as on a typical dryer, or from the top, as if you’re dropping laundry into a chute. We haven’t tested this dryer or the gas version.

Buying Options

$700 from Best Buy

Top-loaders don’t clean quite as thoroughly, gently, or efficiently as front-loaders. But it’s rare that they smell like mildew, and some people find them more comfortable to unload. Still others just prefer the style. If you prefer a top-loader, we recommend the LG WT7300C. This high-efficiency, no-agitator model removed more stains than any other top-loader we tested, using less water by default, and with a relatively short cycle time. It’s even good at cleaning large loads, something that other top-loaders (particularly HE models) can struggle with. And, yes, it has an Add Water option, if that’s important to you (but it won’t actually get your clothes any cleaner). We don’t know what to expect in terms of reliability or longevity, but LG’s front-loaders are widely respected as one of the better options you can find in a big-box store. Customer service is crummy, however.

Budget pick

Maytag MVWC465HW

Maytag MVWC465HW

Cheap and decent

If you need to save money up front, this top-loader with an agitator is a decent cleaner that’s pretty efficient by default and includes several popular features. It might cost you more in the long run, though.

Buying Options

$450* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $477.

Maytag MEDC465HW

Maytag MEDC465HW

The matching Maytag dryer

The matching electric dryer for the Maytag MVWC465HW washer has a moisture sensor, but otherwise it’s as bare-bones as a dryer can get. A gas-powered version is available, too (but note that we haven’t tested either dryer).

Buying Options

$630* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $496.

If you can’t or won’t spend much on a washer, you could consider a top-loader with an agitator from Whirlpool or Maytag (they’re the same basic machines, with slightly different features) that’s somewhere in the range of $500. We tested the Maytag MVWC465HW and found that it was a decent cleaner. Although it’s pretty efficient and not too rough on its default Normal cycle, the MVWC465HW has some settings that can make it act more like the traditional washers some people are more comfortable with, including a Deep Water Wash option for additional water and a Powerwash setting, if you want stronger agitation. We don’t know if it will be especially reliable or long-lasting—this isn’t the Maytag of old, and Whirlpool’s reputation isn’t what it used to be. (We actually broke one part of the washer during testing, though we weren’t using it as it was intended to be used.) You might also end up spending more on utilities and new clothes than you would using a gentler, more efficient machine (such as a front-loader, which can sometimes cost as little as $600). But if your priority is to save cash on the purchase, we think something like this Maytag is your best bet. Look around for sales on similar Whirlpool and Maytag models while you’re shopping.

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Our pick

LG WM3900H

LG WM3900H

Fast, gentle, effective, reliable

This front-loader is quicker, gentler, and better at removing all types of stains than almost any other washer we’ve tested, and it has a solid reputation for reliability from multiple expert sources.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy
LG DLEX3900

LG DLEX3900

A matching LG dryer

This is the matching electric dryer for the LG WM3900H washer, though most LG dryers (even older models) will stack on it. It’s also available in a black finish or with gas power.

Buying Options

$990 from Best Buy

Runner-up

Electrolux EFLS627U

Electrolux EFLS627U

An exceptional stain remover

This is the best stain remover we’ve ever tested, and it’s one of the few washers with a reversible door. It’s a bit rougher on fabric than other front-loaders and may not be as reliable as models from other brands.

Buying Options

$940* from AJ Madison

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $900.

Electrolux EFME627U

Electrolux EFME627U

The matching Electrolux dryer

This is the matching electric dryer for the EFLS627U washer, though some lower-end Electrolux models will stack, too. It’s known to have reliability problems if the vent line is narrow, however. A gas-powered version is also available.

Buying Options

$900 from Home Depot
$900 from Abt

Upgrade pick

Miele W1

Miele W1

Compact and durable

Although the Miele W1 holds only half as much laundry as most front-loaders, you can expect it to last at least twice as long. It’s also great at removing stains, and it’s one of the gentlest on fabrics.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection
Miele T1

Miele T1

The matching Miele dryer

The matching, stackable dryer for the Miele W1 washer is a ventless heat-pump model, so it takes twice as long to dry a load as a vented model. But it can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet and is much more efficient.

Buying Options

$1,200 from Appliances Connection

Also great

LG WT7300C

LG WT7300C

Top-performing top-loader

If you prefer the design and odor resistance of a top-loader to a front-loader’s stain-removing ability and gentle fabric handling, this non-agitator model is a relatively efficient, effective cleaner with short cycles, and it’s made by a brand that has a reputation for reliability.

Buying Options

$800* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $700.

LG DLE7300

LG DLE7300

The matching LG dryer

The matching electric dryer for the LG WT7300C washer has a door that opens two ways: from the side, as on a typical dryer, or from the top, as if you’re dropping laundry into a chute. We haven’t tested this dryer or the gas version.

Buying Options

$700 from Best Buy

Budget pick

Maytag MVWC465HW

Maytag MVWC465HW

Cheap and decent

If you need to save money up front, this top-loader with an agitator is a decent cleaner that’s pretty efficient by default and includes several popular features. It might cost you more in the long run, though.

Buying Options

$450* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $477.

Maytag MEDC465HW

Maytag MEDC465HW

The matching Maytag dryer

The matching electric dryer for the Maytag MVWC465HW washer has a moisture sensor, but otherwise it’s as bare-bones as a dryer can get. A gas-powered version is available, too (but note that we haven’t tested either dryer).

Buying Options

$630* from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $496.

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