The 7 Best Smart Washer/Dryers to Buy in 2018

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Best Overall: Samsung High-Efficiency Front-Loading Washer

Samsung - 7.5 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle High-Efficiency Electric Dryer with Steam - Black stainless steel
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Get your laundry done as quickly as possible with this smart Samsung washer and dryer (sold separately). The washer can handle a full load of laundry in only 36 minutes without sacrificing cleaning power. Forget something? Even once the cycle has started, you can use the convenient AddWash door to toss in forgotten items. With 14 wash cycles, five spin speeds, and five temperature settings, you can create truly custom wash conditions for everything from delicates to comforters. The washer’s diamond drum interior and special sensors keep loads balanced for quieter washing.

When it comes to the dryer, choose from 14 preset drying cycles, ff dryness levels and five temperature settings for the perfect results. A smart sensor automatically stops the dryer when your clothes are actually dry so you don’t waste energy or damage your clothes by drying them longer than you need to. The vent sensor sends you reminders to clean the lint trap, helping to keep the dryer running efficiently and preventing any safety issues. You can even control your washer or dryer from anywhere with Samsung’s Smart Care app that can be used on Android or iOS phones. If there’s ever a problem when you’re away from home, the app can even alert you and take you through any actions needed to solve it.

Most Versatile: LG - 4.5 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Loading Washer

LG - 4.5 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Loading Washer - Graphite Steel
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Do you hate ironing? Say goodbye to wrinkles with this LG smart washer and dryer (sold separately). You can select a special steam option with certain wash cycles to help cut way back on wrinkles, while the companion dryer uses TrueSteam technology to further eliminate any wrinkles or lingering odors. This set is a great choice for families – with the 4.5-cubic-foot washer and dryer capacity, you can do large loads or bulky items with ease.

Vibration reduction technology helps cut down on laundry noises, and the doors of each appliance are reversible, allowing you to choose what works best for your space. What makes this set so smart? You can use LG’s app to run custom laundry cycles directly from your smartphone, plus near-field communication tag-on technology allows you to pair your washer and dryer wirelessly with select devices.

Best for Big Loads: Kenmore Smart 26-41982 5.2 cu.ft. Front Load Washer

This Kenmore smart washer and dryer (sold separately) allows you to start, control and monitor your washer directly from your smartphone or tablet using the Kenmore Smart App, so you can make laundry happen on your schedule instead of having to spend precious weeknight or weekend hours getting your clothes clean. Download 14 different pre-set wash cycles and drying cycles or create your own custom cycle using the app.

At a massive 5.2-cubic-foot capacity, the washer can hold up to 28 extra-large towels, so you can run fewer loads, and the special Cold Clean Cycle means that cold water cleans just as efficiently as warm water, which is better for your clothes and your energy bills. Try the dryer’s sanitize cycle, which is able to kill up to 99.9 percent of household germs and bacteria or try out the steam refresh setting that smooths away wrinkles and freshens clothes in just ten minutes.

Using Kenmore’s smart technology, you can set precise start and finish times or even remotely start the laundry while you're away, so it will be ready for you to dry when you get home. You can also receive advance notice when filters need to be replaced, the washer needs to be cleaned or maintenance is required.

Best Top-Loading Set: LG - 5.0 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Top-Loading Washer

Top-Loading Washer - Black stainless steel
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If top-loading washers and dryers are your preference, this smart set from LG might be right for you. Top-loading sets can often handle larger loads and may be easier to fit in small spaces since the doors open up instead of out. Plus, you can load and unload from a standing position, which many people find easier on their backs, and you can add forgotten items without worrying about disrupting the cycle.

With this 5.0-cubic-foot washer, you can wash large loads with ease. Choose from 12 different preprogrammed wash cycles to get each load cleaned the best way possible. An anti-vibration feature keeps loads balanced and reduces noise.

When it’s time to try, turn on steam technology to penetrate deep within your laundry’s fibers to dry and sanitize without creating wrinkles. This LG SteamDryer (sold separately) has 12 preprogrammed cycles and five temperature settings to create efficient drying cycles no matter what types of fabric you’re working with. Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to start and stop the dryer remotely, so you can get laundry done more efficiently.

Best for Tough Stains: GE - 5.0 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Top-Loading Washer

GE Washer Dryer Combo

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Does your family create tough stains every week? If so, you’re probably no stranger to pre-washing. Make this chore easier on yourself with this GE 13-cycle top-loading washer. A special faucet inside the washer dispenses water and detergent ideal for pre-treating, so your clothes are primed for stain removal before you even start the load. This washer has a built-in detergent holder that automatically dispenses the right amount for each load – talk about smart! Plus, it has a special auto-soak feature that helps dissolve even the toughest stains before the main wash, as well as a deep rinse at the end of the cycle that helps to ensure that any remaining residues will be swept away.

The Energy Star-qualified 7.4-cubic-foot GE electric dryer (sold separately) features the HE Sensor Dry setting, which detects moisture in the dryer’s drum to prevent premature shutoff, and its extended tumble setting drys clothes without heating them to prevent wrinkles and creases – less ironing for you! You can even use GE’s Wi-Fi Connect to control and monitor your laundry from anywhere with a smartphone, tablet or voice-activated device such as Alexa.

Best Budget: GE 3.8 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Washer and 5.9 Cu. Ft. 4-Cycle Dryer

GE - Unitized Spacemaker 3.8 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Washer and 5.9 Cu. Ft. 4-Cycle Electric Dryer Combo
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Short on space? Like a skyscraper, build up, not out, to maximize the room you have with this budget-friendly GE Unitized Spacemaker. Ideal for apartments, townhomes, condos or rental properties, this 3.8-cubic-foot washer and 5.9-cubic-foot dryer combo helps you clean your clothes quickly and efficiently. Six wash and rinse settings and eleven different wash cycles give you all the control you need for temperature controlled-cleaning that is optimized based on fabric type and how much power you need to remove tough stains or extra dirt.

Four dryer cycles allow you to make the right choices based on fabric types, energy savings and how quickly you need the items dried. With GE’s ConnectPlus adapter, this set becomes Wi-Fi compatible, meaning you can use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT to control your laundry with just the sound of your voice.

Maximum Customization: Whirlpool - Cabrio 26-Cycle Top-Loading Washer

Whirlpool - Cabrio 5.3 Cu. Ft. 26-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washer With Wi-Fi Connectivity - Chrome Shadow
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Connect your washer and dryer (sold separately) to your smart home with this Whirlpool Cabrio smart set. Choose from 26 preprogrammed wash cycles and 23 dry cycles, or download even more free specialty cycles from the app for the ultimate customized laundry experience. The quad baffles on this electric dryer help ensure balanced tumbling for perfectly dry clothes while minimizing noise. If you have a Nest thermostat system, you can easily integrate these appliances with your system. Even without the Nest, you can download Whirlpool’s laundry app for simple control at your fingertips using your smartphone or tablet, so you can keep an eye on your laundry no matter where you are. You can even use the app to start a cycle while you’re out shopping, get alerts when your laundry is ready or even access the diagnostic tools that keep your appliances in top shape.