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I was with my folks over the weekend, and their washer is clearly on its last legs. After 16+ years, it’s time for a new one. Yet, the dryer is going strong.

It always seems to be the case. The washer dies, yet the dryer soldiers on.

Unfortunately, you may still have to buy both when stacking the drying, unless the new one will use the same stacking kit.

In this article, you will learn we will look at the fail rates of both gas and electric dryers.

Then we will match them up to their washer so you can find the most reliable pair.

Reliable Dryers At A Glance:

The three best electric dryers are:

  1. GE 2.28%
  2. LG 5.66%
  3. Whirlpool 6.93%

The three best gas dryers are:

  1. GE 2.67%
  2. LG 5.66%
  3. Samsung 6.19%
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How We Calculate Appliance Reliability

best-front-load-washers-in-hanoverFront Load Washers And Dryers at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Our appliance reliability formula is simple. We look at service calls and divide them by sales within 12 months.

We try to correct customer education calls with techs over the phone. However, if we have to dispatch a truck to your home, it counts as a service call.

We track the first year only because we provide a free warranty service. After that, it's hard to know if people use us (or know too).

Read More: Most Reliable, Least Serviced Appliance Brands

Most Reliable Full-Size Clothes Dryers For 2020

Full-size electric dryers January 2020 to September 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Speed Queen 17 61 27.87%
Maytag 39 307 12.70%
Amana 5 52 9.62%
Samsung 56 739 7.58%
Whirlpool 17 245 6.93%
LG  54 880 6.13%
GE 14 613 2.28%
Grand Total 202 2901 6.96%

Full-Size Gas Dryer Reliability Cleaned From January 2020 to September 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Maytag 18 126 14.29%
Whirlpool 9 71 12.68%
Speed Queen 5 40 12.50%
Samsung 7 113 6.19%
LG 15 265 5.66%
GE  5 187 2.67%
Grand Total 59 802 7.35%

Gas and electric dryers are statistically the same in reliability.

If these numbers seem low, we do not sell every brand. In our last survey, it was 9.6% for electric and 15% for gas.

One manufacturer had a defect with their lint screens. It was 100% fail. We are no longer representing that brand.

Wonder if they fixed the problem? Somehow I doubt it.

What Are The Most Dependable Laundry Pairs?

The most reliable laundry pairs to consider are:

  1. GE Appliances - 6.22%
  2. Whirlpool - 6.77%
  3. LG - 7.53%
  4. Samsung - 6.65%
  5. Maytag - 24.21%

Below are our washer stats from January 2020 to September 2020.

Front Load Washer Reliability From January 2020 to September 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Speed Queen 6 7 85.71%
Maytag 104 232 44.83%
LG 107 1192 8.98%
GE 54 973 5.55%
Samsung 28 515 5.44%
Whirlpool 15 289 5.19%
Grand Total 314 3208 9.78%

If you're considering a washer and dryer pair, here are the best laundry pairs to consider for 2020 based on our washer and dryer stats.

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GE Appliances Steam Laundry Pair - $1,889

1173 Laundry Units Sold | 73 Laundry Units Serviced - 6.22%

GE-Appliances-Laundry-Pair

GE GFW650SSNWW | GE GFD65GSSNWW

 

 

GE Steam Laundry Upgrade Pair - $1,979

1173 Laundry Units Sold | 73 Laundry Units Serviced - 6.22%

GE-Appliances-Laundry-Pair-upgrade

GE GFW850SSNWW | GE GFD85ESSNWW

 

Whirlpool Premium Front-Load Laundry Pair - $2,899

605 Laundry Units Sold | 41 Laundry Units Serviced - 6.77%

whirlpool-front-load-laundry-gasWhirlpool WFW9620HW | Whirlpool WGD9620HW

 

  • Whirlpool WFW9620HW - Whirlpool(R) 5.0 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Washer with Load & Go(TM) XL Plus Dispenser - White
  • Whirlpool WGD9620HW - Whirlpool(R) 7.4 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Gas Dryer - White

LG Premium Front-Load Laundry Pair - $1,989

2337 Laundry Units Sold | 176 Laundry Units Serviced - 7.53%

LG-Premium-Front-Load-LaundryLG Electronics WM3900HWA | LG Electronics DLEX3900W

 

  • LG Electronics WM3900HWA - 27 Inch Front Load Washer
  • LG Electronics DLEX3900W - 27 Electric Steam Dryer White

Gas $2,079

  • LG Electronics WM3900HWA - 27 Inch Front Load Washer
  • LG Electronics DLGX3901W - Front Load Gas Dryer

Samsung Steam Front-Load Laundry Pair - $1,899

1367 Laundry Units Sold | 91 Laundry Units Serviced - 6.65%
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Samsung WF45R6300AW | Samsung DVE45R6300W 

 

Maytag Maxima Front-Load Laundry Pair - $2,499

665 Laundry Units Sold | 161 Laundry Units Serviced - 24.21%

Maytag-Laundry-electricMaytag MED8630HW | Maytag MHW8630HW

 

  • Maytag MED8630HW - Maytag(R) Front-Load Electric Dryer with Extra Power and Advanced Moisture Sensing with industry-exclusive extra moisture sensor - 7.3 cu. ft. - Chrome Shadow
  • Maytag MHW8630HW - 5.0 cu. ft. Front Load Washer

Gas - $2,599

  • Maytag MGD8630HW - Maytag(R) Front-Load Gas Dryer with Extra Power and Advanced Moisture Sensing with industry-exclusive extra moisture sensor - 7.3 cu. ft. - Chrome Shadow
  • Maytag MHW8630HW - 5.0 cu. ft. Front Load Washer

 

For front load washer and dryer pairs, GE is the best followed by Whirlpool, Samsung, and LG. Maytag and Whirlpool are the same machines.

However, Maytag has its auto dispenser on the top, which is susceptible to mold and future service calls. You should not have a problem if you maintain it.

GE and Whirlpool have theirs in the front where it has not been an issue.

For a top load, basic Whirlpool or Maytag is fine. Even a Frigidaire top load set is OK (we do not sell Frigidaire appliances).

Should You Buy An Extended Warranty?

Maybe. First, don’t bother to buy an extended warranty from any store without a service department. Most of these contracts are third party companies without techs.

You will spend money just to become aggravated.

Let's assume you are buying your washer dryer from a store with service, so you actually will have a repairman show up when needed.

Washers and dryers are reliable, so there is less of a need to buy a warranty extension.

However, they are some of the most technical and expensive to fix.

It is less expensive to give you a new washer than spend the time, parts, and manpower fixing a front-load motor.

Also, with COVID-19 affecting the supply chain, many parts, including dryer repair kits, are unavailable.

An extended warranty will protect you from that in the short term as well.

There is an argument either way. Treat it like any insurance.

Read more: Are Appliance Extended Warranties Worth It?

What To Know Before Buying A Dryer

yale-appliance-hanover-laundry-displaySamsung Front Load Laundry at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Samsung/LG both have exploded in popularity, but their service has struggled to keep up, especially Samsung.

Be sure you know who can fix your appliance before you buy it.

We service what we sell and will log more than 38,000 service calls this year with 32 techs.

Many service companies don’t fix the Korean brands well, so be careful.

All these products are way lower than the average rate of repair for an appliance at 13.4%.

If there isn't adequate service or products available on a brand, then opt for another manufacturer.

The reliability numbers and features are close enough where better product service should be the deciding factor.

Additional Resources

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications such as the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

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