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Washer and Dryer Sets: Why Buying a Pair is a Good Idea

Washer and dryer sets work together to get the job done right. They come in different configurations designed for different spaces and laundry needs, such as a standard top load pair or a space-saving stacked laundry center. Besides the convenience of buying two appliances at once, laundry pairs will help bring a cohesive look to your space, match up washer and dryer cycles and even cut down on costs. Read on to learn more about how to find the right washer and dryer set and why these essential appliances are better together. 

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What are the Types of Washer and Dryer Sets?

Matching washer and dryer sets come in four main types: top load, front load/stackable, laundry centers and all-in-one combos. Top and front load pairs are separate but complementary appliances. Laundry centers are stacked but attached, while all-in-one combos wash and dry in one single machine.

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Top load washer and dryers sets

Top load laundry pairs are simply side-by-side top load washers and dryers from the same brand that complement each other. While dryers always load from the front, they are called “top load” because they match top load washers. The controls for both are located on the top back panel of the machine but you lift the lid on top of the washer to load. Learn more about top load washers and top load dryers by browsing some Maytag® top load laundry sets.

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Front load/stackable washer and dryers sets

Front load pairs are also separate, complementary machines, but their controls are located on the front of the appliance. However, many front load pairs can be stacked to save space or or lifted up with the installation of laundry pedestals for more storage and easier loading. Ask a sales associate in a store or check product specifications online to find out if a model is stackable. For instance, all Maytag® front load washers and front load dryers are stackable. Read more about how to stack a washer and dryer, how to install a front-load washer, or browse all Maytag® front load laundry sets.

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Laundry centers

These laundry powerhouses are technically one appliance with a dryer stacked on top of a washer. They can not be separated, and both sections are controlled from a panel at the top. Laundry centers tend to be small enough to fit in a closet so are an optimal solution for apartment or other small space living. Learn more about the dimensions of stacked washer dryers.

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All-in-One Washer and Dryer Combos

Some models combine a washer and dryer into a single appliance with a single drum. You can think of it as a washing machine that will also dry your clothes. All-in-one washer and dryer combos are easy to tuck away if you don’t have a dedicated laundry space.

What is the Difference between a Washer Dryer Set and a Combo?

A washer and dryer set is a laundry pair consisting of two separate appliances, whereas a washer and dryer combo will do the job of a washer and dryer in one appliance. All-in-one combos tend to be washer-sized so will take up significantly less room than a washer and dryer set.

How do I find a washer and dryer set?

If you’re shopping in a store, some laundry pairs will be displayed together but many won’t. Ask a sales associate for information on the matching washer or dryer, or check the product information on the appliance. If you’re shopping online, many retailers will suggest a matching machine on the product’s page to help you complete your pair. Maytag brand offers a shopping experience that helps you browse and compare washer and dryer sets quickly and easily. Another quick way is to look at the model numbers: a laundry pair should have similar numbers for both the washer and dryer, with only the letters changing. 

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Reasons to Consider Buying a Matching Washer and Dryer Set


Should you buy a washer and dryer together, you’ll enjoy a cohesive, clean look in the laundry room. Laundry pairs from the same brand are designed to look good together. Small style details will be the same like button type, knob sizes and trim style. It’s also the best way to ensure the washer and dryer color and finish match exactly. 


Many retailers offer a discount when you buy a washer and dryer as a bundle. Plus, depending on your needs, you could potentially save on any fees associated with delivery and installation. 


Washer and dryer sets are built to work together. For example, if the washer has a delicate or heavy duty cycle, the dryer most likely will too. 


If your laundry loads aren’t coming out correctly, your dryer isn't drying or you’re having an issue with one or both of your appliances, a matching laundry pair can make finding solutions simpler. If you need to schedule a service call or do some troubleshooting, you can trust a single person or resource to help you get back up and running. Make sure you understand the basic workings of a washer and dryer.


Maytag offers a shopping experience designed specifically to help you find your optimal washer and dryer set. Trust Maytag to help you maximize the power of your washer and dryer by finding a pair that works together.

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