As of 2015, Consumer Reports recommends Kenmore, LG Duo and Maytag washers and dryers. Consumer Reports points out that the location of the appliances is an important factor to consider. For example, if the appliances are located near a bedroom, consumers should pick washers and dryers that are relatively quiet while in operation.
Consumer Reports recommends the Kenmore Elite 41072 front-loader and Kenmore Elite 81072 electric dryer. Positive factors for the appliances include the washer having 14 cycles, that it can hold approximately 25 pounds of laundry, and that it is very gentle on fabrics. The dryer holds a similarly large capacity and can be stacked above or below the washer.
The LG Duo washer and dryer set most favored by Consumer Reports is the LG WM8500HVA front-loader and LG DLEX8500V electric dryer. Both appliances hold approximately 26 pounds of laundry, and the washer is very efficient and handles fabrics very well. These machines can also be stacked, and the washer has a Turbowash option that takes 20 minutes off of the typical 90-minute washing time.
The recommended Maytag washer dryer set is the Maytag Maxima MHW8100DC front-loader and Maytag Maxima MED8100DC. They hold approximately 22 pounds of laundry, and Consumer Reports claims the dryer was one of the quietest models that they tested. Like the other machine sets, these appliances can be stacked together.