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The Best Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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After washing hundreds of dollars’ worth of fabric stained with pig blood and body oils of mysterious origin, visiting some washer brands’ quality-testing labs (and one factory), investigating the sorry state of appliance reliability, and trying to unravel some urban legends about laundry, we’ve found a handful of great washing machines to suit different budgets and ways of washing clothes (and the best dryers to match). At the top of our list: the LG WM4000H front-loader.

LG WM4000H, fast, gentle, effective, reliable

LG WM4000H

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 among multiple expert sources.
We recommend
LG DLEX4000, a matching lg dryer


A matching LG dryer
This is the matching electric dryer for the LG WM4000H washer, though most LG dryers (even older models) will stack on that washer. It’s also available in a black finish or with gas power.
We recommend
GE GFW650, extra features, but loads take longer


Extra features, but loads take longer
GE’s GFW650 does a great job of cleaning clothing and is better at reducing mold issues than any washer we’ve tested. But compared with our LG pick, it’s slower to wash clothes and potentially less reliable.
Another good choice
GE GFD65, a matching ge dryer


A matching GE dryer
The GE GFW650’s matching dryer worked perfectly well in our tests, although it dried clothes a tad slower than our pick from LG. It’s available in a white or nickel finish, and in a gas or electric version.
Another good choice
Miele WXD160, compact and durable

Miele WXD160

Compact and durable
Although the Miele WXD160 holds only half as much laundry as most front-loaders do, you can expect it to last at least twice as long. It’s also great at removing stains.
A better upgrade
Miele TXD160, the matching miele dryer

Miele TXD160

The matching Miele dryer
The matching, stackable dryer for the Miele WXD160 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.
A better upgrade
Maytag MVWC465HW, cheap and decent

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.
Budget friendly
Maytag MEDC465HW, the matching maytag dryer

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.
Budget friendly

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