Best washer dryer 2020: flexible machines for easy and efficient laundry

The best washer dryers are clever space savers that allow for easy and efficient laundry, offering the flexibility of washing and drying laundry in one appliance

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The best washer dryer is the perfect solution when space is limited and there’s no room for a separate washing machine and tumble dryer. Plus, having the two machines combined into one can help make the process of doing laundry easier and more efficient.

In order to make the buying process easier, we've pulled together a round up of the best washer dryers, taking note of the capacity, energy rating, spin speed, finish and the dimensions of each machine, too, as these can all influence the performance of your appliance. 

For more washing machine options, browse our best washing machine buyer's guide. 

The best washer dryers you can buy right now

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1. LG WM3997HWA

The best washer dryer for families: a washer dryer with a large capacity

Specifications
Capacity: 4.2cu. ft.
Energy Star-rated: Yes
Spin speed: 1300rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: 27”W x 38.5” H x 29.75”D
Reasons to buy
+Steam function+Ventless drying+Compatible with LG SideKick for extra washing capacity+30 minute quick-load cycle
Reasons to avoid
-High price tag

Though the LG WM3997HWA is one of the more expensive models in our round up of the best washer dryers, but it’s the largest-capacity model on our list, and packed with features that really make it stand out from the crowd. 

Steam function

Use the washer's steam setting to eliminate allergens, sanitize clothes, and prevent wrinkles.

Ventless drying

No vent? No problem. The machine dries clothes through a ventless condensing system that drains condensation captured during the drying cycle. A vent-free system saves space, too. 

Quiet 

LG's Lo-Decibel technology and anti-vibration system ensure quiet wash and spin cycles.

Intelligent drying sensors

While the machine comes with pre-programmed dry cycles at 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes, there's also an intelligent sensor system that'll dry clothes to perfection. Simply choose from more dry, normal dry, damp dry, and low temp dry.

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2. Haier Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo

Best washer dryer on a budget: a high quality machine that is reliable and straightforward

Specifications
Capacity: 2cu.ft.
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: 23.5"W x 33.5" H x 22.5" D
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use (especially easy to load/unload)+Quiet+Budget-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Small (ish) dryer capacity-Basic

The Haier Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo has been perfectly designed to be easy to use and straightforward. If you are after a good value washer-dryer that can be relied upon to get the job done with plenty of wash and dry options – minus the gimmicks – this is the one.

Reliability you can count on

Haier is known for delivering affordable quality and this machine does not disappoint. It tackles the laundry with ease, including all the usual stains. 

Noise level

According to users, this machine is whisper quiet. If you are after a quiet washing machine (without the dryer option) see the best quiet washing machines.

Capacity and user-friendliness

This washer dryer can hold up to 2cu.ft. of laundry, but the manual notes that the dry function works best when the drum is half-full. That makes this a perfect pick for singles or couples who are after efficiency, but families might find this machine requires too many loads to get a household's worth of clothes clean.

The machine comes with nine pre-programmed wash cycles and three dry cycles, as well as a wash-only option.  This machine also comes with a delay option so you can time your washes to suit your schedule.

Ventless drying

Like the rest of the models listed here, this washer-dryer is ventless and requires only a water hookup and outlet to operate.

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3. GE GFQ14ESSNWW Washer Dryer Combo

Best washer dryer for quick wash: for excellent washing and drying performance, this washer dryer is the one

Specifications
Capacity: 2.4cu.ft.
Spin speed: 1450rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: 33.25"H x 23.5"W x 25.5"D
Reasons to buy
+Automatic detergent dispensing+Steam function+Quick wash
Reasons to avoid
-Loud spin cycle

The GE GFQ14ESSNWW Washer Dryer Combo has a number of innovative features designed to ensure that its washing and drying capabilities will leave your clothes looking and feeling great. Just keep reading to find out why it's made it onto our round up of the best washer dryers...

Wash cycle options

Choose from 14 different wash options for each load of laundry, including normal, whites, heavy duty, quick wash, casuals, delicates and stain wash with steam. You can also customize your cycle for soil level, temperature and spin speed.

Dry cycle options

Five drying temperatures and 14 drying cycles mean your clothes will come out exactly how you'd like them. Note, that like all washer-dryer combos listed here, getting clothes to bone dry will take around three hours. 

Helpful extras

Among the handy features programmed into this machine: an auto wash and dry option that automatically sets a dry cycle based on the wash cycle, a steam wash feature, and a sanitize cycle designed to kill common bacteria and allergens. 

Hoping for a smart washer? This model has optional wifi connectivity, though you'll need to purchase an extra part.

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4. Whirlpool WFC8090GX

Best smart washer dryer: a wifi-enabled washer-dryer with all the bells and whistles

Specifications
Capacity: 2.8cu.ft.
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: 33.25"H x 24"W x 28"D
Reasons to buy
+Smart washer-dryer+Voice assistant compatible+22 programmable wash cycles
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Large loads take a while to dry

The Whirlpool WFC8090GX's smart phone connectivity makes completing a full laundry cycle wonderfully easy. But, it's a model that's best for singles or couples, since it performs best with small loads.

SmartTechnology

If you've ever left the house and realized an hour later that you left wet clothes in the washer, this is the washer-dryer for you. Because you can control it with your smartphone, you can get an alert when your wash cycle is done, and turn on the dry cycle with the tap of a screen (even if you're a hundred miles way from home).

Special cycles 

As well as standard programs you'd expect from a washer, this one lets you program up to 22 specialty cycles. 

Load & Go dispenser

Add detergent for up to 20 loads at a time, eliminating another step to the laundry process.

Long wash times

One thing to note before purchasing this unit is that it works best with small loads, and large loads can take up to six hours to wash and dry.

How to buy the best washer dryer

With such variety available on the market, it can be difficult to know where to get started when it comes to buying a washer dryer. We'd recommend keeping the following factors in mind. 

Special wash cycles

Before you buy, consider the features and functions that are important to you, as these can all influence the performance of your appliance. If you are going for a washer-dryer to save time, you might also want to look for steam options and anti-crease settings to reduce and speed up ironing.

Vented or condensing

This is how the washer-dryer gets rid of moisture when it is in drying mode. Vented washer dryers have a hose that needs to reach an external wall, either through a whole or window. If you can't vent your washer dryer to the outside then choose a condensing washer dryer. These condense the water vapor from the drying cycle and emit down the waste tube, as they would dirty washing water.

Smart functionality

Perhaps the easiest way to do laundry ever? A washer-dryer with app-control capability and detergent storage, which allows you to complete an entire laundry cycle without even being in your home (of course, you still have to throw it in the machine, but that's the easy part).

What to know about washer-dryers

While washer-dryers can certainly save space and are a great option for home with limited square footage or no existing laundry, they perform differently than a standard, separate washing machine and tumble dryer. Specifically, the dry cycles will likely take a lot longer than you're used to, with some reviewers noting an average wash-dry cycle is up to six hours.

What is the best washer dryer?

When it comes to choosing the best washer dryer, the LG WM3997HWA is highly recommended. Though it's one of the more expensive options available, its large drum size and extensive selection of features make it worth the investment if you're looking for a washer dryer that really stands out from the crowd. 

While you'll find our pick of the best washer dryers above, there are plenty more options available if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, yet. Browse more of our buying guides for information:

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