Kenmore, LG and Maytag are among the many brands that offer washer-dryer combos. In 2014, LG pairings were giving top-ratings for both sound control and efficiency from Consumer Reports.
The Kenmore Elite 41073 front-loader and Kenmore Elite 81073 electric dryer were voted the quietest pair of the brand by Consumer Reports in 2014. Both feature SmartDiagnosis operation that allows Kenmore technicians to solve issues over the phone. While this combo can tip the price scale for some consumers, the less expensive Kenmore Elite 41472 front-loader and Kenmore Elite 81472 electric dryer are stackable.
The top-rated LG WM8500HVA front-loader and LG DLEX8500V electric dryer made Consumer Reports' recommended list. The washer comes with a TurboWash option which cuts its regular 90-minute wash by about 20 minutes. Much like the Kenmore combo, the LG pairing comes with a SmartDiagnosis feature as well.
Other brands offering washer-dryer combos include Whirlpool and Samsung. Brands such as Haier, Ariston, Magic Chef and LG offer an innovative all-in-one washer and dryer system. The LG WM3997HWA is the most expensive unit, according to Home Depot. Rather than using the usual external vent, this machine uses electricity to dry clothes. It also features TrueBalance, an anti-vibration system designed to reduce noise and smooth out the performance.