Shopping for new laundry appliances can be confusing. On the surface, they all appear to do the same thing: Wash your dirty clothes; however, washers and dryers do a lot more than maintain your fabrics on Sunday afternoons. This is where our experts at Albert Lee come in.
If your intention was to simply upgrade or replace either the washing machine or dryer, a standalone appliance will do the trick, but if you want to establish a cohesive design in your laundry room, it's more than worth considering a matching laundry pair instead.
A matching washer and dryer set are designed to be compatible. If you purchase a new washer, your old dryer might not have the capacity required to handle the amount of clothes held by the new washing machine. Conversely, if you pair a new dryer next to a small-capacity washer, you’ll routinely waste energy and money heating the additional space left in the wash drum.
In addition, select laundry appliances provide additional savings when you pair them together and purchase a washer and dryer as a package. And if both appliances happen to be Energy Star certified, then your laundry pair will surely save even more energy than one energy-efficient appliance on its own.
Are you ready to do your research? This buying guide explores key features to consider when shopping for a laundry pair, and it takes an in-depth look at two top-selling models from two leading appliance brands: Samsung and LG.
Brand Overview: Samsung and LG
You may be familiar with Samsung and LG for their high-tech kitchen appliances and TVs, but these two brands are also leading the charge when it comes to quality laundry appliances.
Samsung is here to defy conventional laundry. A matching Samsung laundry pair can connect with your personal devices and other smart appliances so you and your home are always in sync. And these aren’t the run-of-the-mill appliances you’ll find at your local laundromat; Samsung laundry appliances are designed to set your laundry room apart with clean and impressive finishes like black stainless steel and champagne.
With extra-spacious, large-capacity drums, you can fit the largest loads of laundry and activate the Super Speed cycle to quickly cross laundry off your to-do list so you can get on with the rest of your day. If you’re washing delicate items, most Samsung washers feature a steam setting that will gently release steam throughout the wash drum so stains and soils can be removed without damaging your clothes.
And for added washer care, the AirDresser function recommends a cleaning cycle based on the color and fabric of your garment so you never have to worry about colors bleeding through during the wash. If you’re still not feeling confident or struggling to find enough time to finish the laundry, select Samsung laundry appliances also have a laundry planner that allows you to schedule washes and receive tips on the right cycle directly from your smartphone.
A laundry pair from Samsung is a fine investment because you can position them side-by-side or stack them for a unique fit in tight spaces like laundry closets. And if the stack of laundry never seems to let up and you’re concerned over how often you’re running your appliances, many Samsung washers are Mother-Nature-approved with an Energy Star certification.
It’s easy to create the ultimate laundry room at home with a stylish LG laundry pair. Featuring sleek and innovative technology that make it easy to wash and dry your clothes, LG delivers the form and function that you can count on to make life good.
Mega-capacity washers and dryers provide more room so you can do laundry less often. Features like TurboWash and TurboSteam freshen clothes and can reduce up to 30 minutes per cycle, as well as eliminate wrinkles for quick, touch-up dry cycles. And if you’re not already working smart, select models with LG SmartThinQ technology allow you to use an app to manage your machine.
LG offers many versatile cleaning products that make chores less of a burden. If you purchase a washer with the LG TWINWash system, you’ll also have the option to add the LG Sidekick to your appliance, which acts as a pedestal and a miniature washer for smaller cycles. It's ideal for those clothing items that just can’t wait until laundry day—gym clothes, jeans, dress shirts, and delicate items can all be cleaned with this high-power yet gentle wash setting.
And a major selling point—many LG washers have been certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). These products use pure water with no chemical additives to reduce allergens and neutralize unpleasant odors. This way, you can confidently wash your clothes, linens, pillows, and more. TubFresh is another helpful technology that maintains your washer’s freshness by cleaning the wash tub and spinning it dry.
As an added bonus, you can even upgrade your laundry room with the LG Styler. Used for suits, winter coats, or other delicate items, deep-penetrating steam and gently moving hangers reduce wrinkles and revive your clothes in just minutes. With color options like espresso and classic white, you can find the right match for your space.
Product Overview: Samsung Laundry Pair
Starting off this product comparison with one of our favorite brands, this Samsung Laundry Pair in Champagne (SALAUDVE45R6100C) feels like a celebration every time you do laundry with its sleek and shiny champagne finish. This laundry pair features the power of steam and lets you gently remove stains without any time-consuming pretreatments. When you start the wash cycle, steam is released from the bottom of the drum so every item in the load is thoroughly saturated, ensuring a deeper clean.
You can always keep your appliance fresh and clean with Self Clean+ technology, which eliminates 99 percent of bacteria that forms inside the wash drum. Self Clean+ will automatically notify you every 40 wash cycles when it’s time for a cleaning.
One of the most dreaded aspects of laundry is the noise. Luckily, you can do your laundry without disturbing anyone in your home with the innovative VRT Plus technology. This function reduces noise and vibration for smooth and quiet washing.
That's only one half of the laundry pair—we can’t forget about the dryer. The spacious 7.5 cubic feet front-load dryer uses Steam Sanitize+ that helps remove over 95 percent of pollen, 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria, and 100 percent of dust mites. And for added fabric maintenance, the Multi-Steam function infuses your laundry with steam, removing odors, static, and wrinkles.
There's no need to constantly check on the status of your laundry every 30 minutes—Sensor Dry automatically optimizes the time and temperature of your drying cycle to protect your clothes from heat damage while conserving energy use. And just like the washer sensor that alerts you when it’s time to clean the drum, the dryer also has a Filter Check Indicator light on the control panel that will provide you with a helpful reminder when it is time to clean the filter.
Product Overview: LG Laundry Pair
Laundry pairs are typically installed side-by-side, but some laundry pairs can be stacked with a stacking kit, and others are already attached as a matching stacked unit. This LG White Front Load Laundry Stack (WKEX200HWA) is a full-size set with the washer on the bottom and the dryer attached on top. Also known as a WashTower, this single unit takes up far less space than a side-by-side pair, giving you room to add a sink, an ironing board, or anything else you need for laundry day.
Unlike conventional stacked pairs, LG’s exclusive Center Control panel is perfectly positioned with both washer and dryer controls at an accessible height. You can forget about sorting or choosing cycles, built-in sensors use A.I. technology to detect fabric texture and load size, then customize wash motions and dry temperatures for advanced fabric care.
You can save time and simplify your laundry routine with ultra-large capacity (4.5 cubic feet for washer and 7.4 cubic feet for dryer) to fit more clothes with each cycle. The ThinQ app controls laundry remotely when you’re in a rush to get out the door, and it can pair your appliances to select compatible washer and drying cycles.
And we can’t forget to mention TurboWash 360 and TurboSteam 360. TurboWash powers through large, bulky wash loads in less time with the help of five powerful jets and varying spray levels that deliver a complete clean in under 30 minutes. TurboSteam technology is part of the dryer, which refreshes clothes in between washes and helps sanitize delicate items like down pillows, decorative blankets, children's toys, and other items that are typically reserved for handwashing.
Product Comparison Chart
For a more comprehensive breakdown to help you get down to the nitty-gritty of each laundry pair, here is a side-by-side comparison chart laying out specifications for an easy overview.
|Energy Star Certified
Washer: 4.5 cubic feet
Dryer: 7.5 cubic feet
Washer: 4.5 cubic feet
Dryer: 7.4 cubic feet
|Steam Wash, Self Clean+, VRT Plus, Steam Sanitize+, Sensor Dry, Multi-Steam, Filter Check Indicator
Stackable WashTower, Center Control Panel, Smart Pairing, TurboWash 360, Allergiene Wash Cycle, TurboSteam,
ThinQ Technology withProactive Customer Care, Tempered Glass Doors
Our Expert Recommendations
Whether you decide upon a Samsung laundry pair or an LG laundry pair, you’re making a solid investment. After comparing the differences and similarities of each appliance, it comes down to which product will better adapt to your needs.
If spacious capacity, sleek appearance, and convenient wash settings are what you desire the most, we suggest the Samsung Laundry Pair in Champagne finish. If energy-efficiency and a compact design are better for your needs, the LG Front Load Laundry Stack will be a great fit. Whichever model you choose, you’re sure to experience great performance from a reliable household appliance.
For all your laundry and appliance needs big or small, be sure to contact our appliance experts here at Albert Lee; we're happy to help in any way we can. Give us a call or chat with us today!