The best washer and dryer

The LG WM3770HWA is the best front-loading washer, while the matching LG DLEX3370W makes a great dryer.

By Liam McCabe

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After more than 100 hours of research, we think that the LG WM3770HWAwasher is the best front-loading washer for most people. This machine checks off all the boxes: It’s an excellent stain remover, versatile enough to clean almost any load of laundry, and gently handles different fabrics. If you want a matching dryer for stacking or just aesthetics, the LG DLEX3370W electric dryer (also available in a gas version) is a solid companion. It boasts an Energy Star efficiency badge—not too many dryers do—and its steam feature can dewrinkle and deodorize clothes in a hurry.
How we picked

If you’re deciding between a front-loader and a top-loader, here’s the takeaway: Both can work, but front-loaders have the edge on performance and efficiency. So our search for the best overall washer boiled down to finding a front-loader with strong cleaning performance, useful features, and a reasonable expectation for reliability. If your heart is set on a top-loader, see our full guide.

For price, the sweet spot is $800 to $900 (for the washer alone). Cheaper models can work great, too, but the washers in our target price range come with life-improving features like extra-hot wash options and faster wash cycles. Higher-end models usually don’t offer any practical advantages, unless you’re willing to spend about twice our target range.

The defining features we looked for in our washer picks are quiet operation, reliability, a built-in water heater, and accelerated wash options. See our full guide for more on our testing criteria.

After sifting through roughly 65 different front-load washers, we settled on a handful of finalists. They include the LG WM3770HWA (and other models in the 3000 series), the Electrolux EFLS617SIW, the Whirlpool Duet WFW90HEFW, the Maytag MHW5500FW, and the Samsung WF45K6500AW.

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