Washer & Dryers

Choosing the Best Washer & Dryers

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Laundry can be a tedious task. All that sorting, loading, fluffing, and folding can be a drag. But when it comes to the dirty work—the actual cleaning—an efficient Washer & Dryers machines can lighten your load for years to come. That is, if you choose the right one.

Modern washers look sleek and high-tech, but not all are created equal. Some clean clothes are better, some wash clothes more gently, some save energy, and some are more likely to last. The most eco-friendly washers, which earn our Green Choice designation, are the most efficient and have the smallest environmental footprint.

Washers sell for $500 up to $2,500 on the high end, depending on the type, capacity, efficiency, and features. But most range in price from $500 to $1,400. At appliance stores, you’ll find multitasking machines that allow you to wash two loads at once, smart washers that respond to Alexa voice commands, and washers with a steam option. Some even deploy downloadable updates or offer remote access, so you can control your washer with your smartphone.

Shopping to fit your laundry space.

Many factors will come into play as you shop for new washers and dryers — including choosing models that will ultimately fit where they need to go. Whether you’re dealing with a dedicated laundry room, a closet or an open basement space, some laundry configurations may suit your arrangement better than others.

  • Full-size washers and dryers
  • Side-by-side: This common layout works equally well for all washer and dryer types. Most often, the washing machine is on the left with the dryer to the right for one simple reason — door hinges. The typical dryer is hinged on the right, so by positioning it on that side, the door opens out of your way as you transfer wet clothes from the washer. (If you prefer to flip this around, many dryers do offer reversible hinges. For the washer half, though, you will most likely need to choose a top-load design, as few front-load models feature reversible or right-side hinges.)
  • Stacked: Many front-load washers let you stack the matching dryer on top by using a stacking kit (sold separately). By going vertical, you can save floor space without sacrificing capacity. Keep in mind, though — the dryer’s elevated height could make the control panel hard to reach.

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