The Best Washer and Dryer Sets for 2021 – Reader’s Digest

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Having a high-quality washer and dryer can be a total game changer. They can get the job done faster and more efficiently—and save you a bundle in the long run. Plus, if you choose wisely, your washer and dryer should last 10 years or more. If you haven’t invested in a new set for a few years, now’s the time. According to Eric Hagerman, Consumer Reports‘ Home & Appliance Editor, washers and dryers have undergone some serious technological improvements over the last few years. “Research shows that consumers say doing laundry takes too much time,” he explains. “Manufacturers have been trying to address this problem with machines that have bigger capacities, speed cycles, or built-in pretreat features.”

Companies have also been attempting to create dryers that simplify the experience for consumers. “The dryer also isn’t as humdrum as it once was,” Hagerman adds. “You’ll see multitasking dryers that allow you to dry two loads at once, all-in-one machines—front-loading washers that go straight into dryer mode—and dryers with movable control panels.”

So, how should you begin shopping for a pair? Start with the washing machine. “We recommend you pick based on the washer. The washer does most of the work and is a more complicated machine than the dryer,” Hagerman says. But make sure you do your research before buying your washer’s drying counterpart: “Manufacturers design some dryers so that they can be paired with a matching washer, but we’ve found in our testing that not