Best Washing Machine

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A washing machine is not something that is frequently purchased by customers, but it's an essential household appliance nonetheless. Whether you're in the market because your old washing machine broke down or you've simply decided that it's time for an upgrade, you'll definitely want to select the best one to suit your needs, budget, and available space. There are excellent choices in both the front-loading and top-loading categories, and we've identified the best washing machine in each respective category with respect to performance, features, pricing, and availability. If you'd like to research your purchase further, we've included a washing machine buyer's guide below our recommendations.

Best Washing Machine Overall:

When choosing the best washing machine, it's not always about being the most expensive or having the largest list of features. We recommend durable and reliable washing machines that are protected by solid, lengthy warranties should anything go wrong. Our recommendation for Best Washing Machine Overall represents the perfect balance of washing performance, real-world useful features, reliability, build quality, and value for money.

Electrolux EFLS627UTT Front Load Washing Machine

The Electrolux EFLS627UTT offers class-leading washing performance and a refined design, paired with useful features such as detergent pre-mixing and a separate detergent pod dispenser that takes the guesswork out of setting up a load. For the money, it's easily the best washing machine overall. Read Full Review

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    Electrolux EFLS627UTT Front Load Washing Machine

    Best Steam Washing Machine:

    One of the most practical innovations to grace washing machines within the past decade is the development of steam wash technology. Rather than utilizing a full wash cycle to remove stains and odors from delicate materials, a steam-equipped washing machine injects a stream of hot steam into the wash drum. This has the effect of gently lifting stains and neutralizing odors, and can be used to clean garments or stuffed animals that would otherwise not survive a normal wash cycle.

    Samsung WV60M9900AV FlexWash Front Load Washing Machine

    With two separate wash compartments built into a single cabinet, the Samsung WV60M9900AV stands out from a field crowded with competitors. The front compartment also offers various steam functions, including cycles that incorporate steam during the wash. It's expensive, but we recommend the WM60M9900AV based on its performance and unbeatable flexibility. Read Full Review

    Samsung WV60M9900AV FlexWash Front Load Washing Machine

    Best Front Loading Washing Machine:

    Front-loading washing machines offer superior washing performance and more efficient operation compared to their top-loading counterparts. A front-loading washing machine uses less water and detergent per wash cycle by design, as they require a smaller pool of water to tumble and wash clothes compared to a top-loading washing machine. On the other hand, front-loading washers tend to be more expensive, though the added cost is balanced out by their lesser impact to utility bills. We’ve selected the best front load washing machine based on washing performance, load capacity, numerous features to help get the job done.

    LG WM8100HVA Front Load Washing Machine

    With its distinctive squared-off loading door and myriad of wash options, the LG WM8100HVA is an outstanding front-loading washing machine. This front-loader is extremely easy to use thanks to its sensor-based automatic wash cycles, and the massive 5.2 cubic foot drum is up to the task of handling even the largest loads of laundry. Read Full Review

    LG WM8100HVA Front Load Washing Machine

    Best Budget Front Loading Washing Machine:

    Although front-loading washing machines tend to cost more than a traditional top-loading machine, it's still possible to find a budget-friendly option. We recommend choosing one that offers top-notch cleaning performance, but you'll forgo some features in exchange for a lower price tag.

    Electrolux EFLW317TIW Front Load Washing Machine

    Despite its budget-friendly price, the Electrolux EFLW317TIW performs nearly as well as the company's top offerings. It's light on features, but its washing capabilities and superb build quality are worth the cost alone. Read Full Review

    Electrolux EFLW317TIW Front Load Washing Machine

    Best Top Loading Washing Machine:

    Top-loading washing machines are sometimes seen as being more of a "classic" design, and may be preferable to a front-loader because they are easier to load and unload. Despite their lingering reputation for being old-fashioned, today's top loaders have incorporated the latest in washing technology and are much more energy-efficient than their predecessors. We selected our best top-loading washing machine based on washing performance and energy efficiency.

    Today's top-loading washing machines are split into two designs: impeller and agitator. The former utilizes a low-profile impeller at the base of the wash basket, and spins back and forth to create its washing action against the inside of the wash basket. The latter is a continuation of the decades-old design, relying on a large agitator that rotates in the middle of the wash basket to pull clothes through to the bottom. We recommend an impeller-equipped top loader when possible, as an agitator-equipped model eats into load capacity and can be much rougher on clothes.

    Whirlpool WTW8000DW Top Load Washing Machine

    Whirlpool's WTW8000DW is about as good as modern top-loading washing machines get without going overboard in terms of features. This 5.3 cubic foot top-loader is equipped with an impeller as opposed to an agitator, and offers an extremely user-friendly control panel and thoughtful features such as a soft-close lid. It's pricey for a top-loader, but we feel that its simplicity and washing performance justify the expense. Read Full Review

    Whirlpool WTW8000DW Top Load Washing Machine

    Best Budget Top Loading Washing Machine:

    Most budget-friendly top-loading washing machines are agitator-equipped models, which we'd recommend staying away from. While impeller-equipped machines tend to cost more, the benefits that come from gentler wash cycles and increased load capacity outweigh the lower cost of entry that agitator-equipped units offer. Our recommendation is based on its ability to effectively and reliably clean soiled garments over all else.

    Whirlpool WTW5000DW Top Load Washing Machine

    Whirlpool's WTW5000DW is a great example of the best budget-friendly top-loading washing machine. The plain design and traditional controls present in an entirely familiar manner, and the impeller-equipped wash tub is a rarity in this price range. We selected the WTW5000DW based on its washing performance and reliability, which stands heads and shoulders above any other top-loading washing machine priced similarly. Read Full Review

    Whirlpool WTW5000DW Top Load Washing Machine

    Washer Buyer's Guide

    Modern washing machines are stylish machines that barely resemble traditional models from decades past. That said, the market is saturated with many brands, models, and styles. If you know your budget and needs before beginning a search, you’ll be less likely to overspend or end up with a washer incompatible with your household.

    When buying a washing machine, you should first consider how heavy your usage is both in terms of frequency and load size/type. If you have a large family, you might want to invest in a larger capacity washer with more features and settings. You should also determine which settings and features will be most beneficial to avoid spending money on unnecessary options.

    After determining your basic needs, review various brands and models to narrow down your list of available options. If possible, look at washers in person get a feel for the machine; ensure the controls and display are user-friendly, and see if the door is easy to open and close. If you aren’t in a rush, sit tight and keep an eye out for any sales on the model you want.

    Washer Types

    Top-loading washing machines are available in either traditional or high-efficiency configurations. Many top loading washers are now available with high-end features and styling, often for less money than a comparable front-loading model. However, these models tend to be less efficient overall, and models with agitators are harder on garments.

    Front-loaders are typically more expensive than most top-loading washers, but they tend to perform better while being more efficient. These machines are popular for their larger capacities which accommodate larger, bulkier loads. Front-loaders also tend to have modern designs and the latest technological features, and many are also stackable with compatible dryer units.

    Typical top and front loaders in this category are about 27 inches wide and anywhere from 25-27 inches deep. Most won’t look fancy or have lots of features, but they’ll get the job done. These units are perfect for individuals with limited space or renters without the proper hookups for a washing machine. Options range from portable washers requiring no electricity to units which plug into a standard household electrical outlet, faucet, and sink.

    Stackable and All-In-One Combos
    Stackable washers and dryers are often front-loading units which can be stacked securely with the purchase of a separate attachment. All-in-one units combine a washer and dryer into a single machine with just one tub. While they seem great on paper, we noticed that these units tend not to perform as well with either washing or drying as a dedicated washer/dryer pair.

    High-Efficiency (HE)
    A high efficiency (HE) washer uses less water, detergent, and energy than a traditional machine, resulting in considerable energy savings over time. All front-loading washing machines are HE models, but an increasing number of top-loading models are certified as such.


    Front-loaders can typically handle the largest and heaviest loads, although many top loaders now have the same load capabilities. Most standard washers can easily handle the needs of a single adult or couple, but a larger family will want a unit geared for larger loads. Overloading a washing machine will considerably shorten its lifespan, so choosing a model with sufficient capacity is essential.

    Noise Management
    If noise levels are a major concern for you, look to higher-end washers emphasizing quiet operation. Many modern washers have noise-dampening features so they can be installed almost anywhere without disturbing members of your household.

    While most people are familiar with basic settings such as a normal cycle, delicate cycle, heavy duty, and permanent press, modern washers have more wash options. Some split these typical cycles apart to create more specific options such as prewash, bulky cycle, steam, and more.

    Adjustable Water Levels
    Some washers have a dedicated presoak option or allow custom water level adjustment. Others are equipped with wash sensors which automatically detect the load size and adjust the water level accordingly.

    Most modern washers currently use a large screen to display wash cycle information. Some budget models still rely on the tried-and-true selector knobs, though this is becoming increasingly rare.

    Certain washers are equipped with a steam function to cleanse and sanitize delicate clothing items and fabrics.

    Water Temperature
    Some washers offer the ability to change to water temperature for different portions of the cycle, as opposed to locking users in to a single setting for the entire cycle.

    Modern washers often come in a wide range of visually appealing colors which will often raise the price more than you’d expect. Be sure to compare the price difference between your available options to see if a special color is absolutely necessary.

    Additional Features
    Many washers include added features such as delayed start, a speed cycle, and a dedicated sanitize cycle to accommodate a variety of laundry situations.



    Leave a Question or Comment
    • nbpretzelfan nbpretzelfan

    The LG exploded in my basement! Yep, that's not even a loose term. The top launched off of it and the back blew out. There was water on walls over 6 feet away and pieces that far on the floor. This is a problem with all the new high efficiency top loaders so they have "corrected" the problem by making a software adjustment that slows down the spin (everyone complains of wet clothes now) and they add a sticker to the front of your machine that says "Warning do not wash...." And they list particular bedding items even though you have paid a lot of money for a machine that has a "Bulky Bedding" setting. Just a heads up! Nothing like an explosion in your basement!

    Posted on 4/28/2013 5:27 pm | Reply
    • larry.roge larry.roge

    Hello ,According to me LG and SAMSUNG are the best appliances present in the market. So for buying a washing machine one must go for a LG product.

    Posted on 12/6/2012 3:12 am | Reply
    • jennyjones697499016 jennyjones697499016

    This is the washer that I have: It gets the job done and was pretty cheap as well.

    Posted on 11/24/2012 8:01 am | Reply
    • james_oliver james_oliver

    We recently purchased the Amana Front Load WasherIt was a great buy- It saves us about 60% in energy- It also saves us about 70% in water in comparison to our previous washing machine- Our clothes felt and looked amazingly clean- There is an automatic self clean mechanism- Very competitive on price- Very quiet during wash cycle

    Posted on 1/9/2012 12:19 pm | Reply
    • james_oliver james_oliver

    I would definitely recommend a front load washer, e.g. one of the front load washers from Electrolux

    Posted on 3/22/2012 7:50 am. In reply to james_oliver | Reply
    • UtahBlueRider UtahBlueRider

    So sad to hear about all the terrible Washers/Dryers out there. I have the Whirlpool Duet Front Loader Washer & Dryer. I purchased them in 2003-- two moves later and lots of loads later they are going strong. I recently had to call a technician to restore the settings on the Dryer as it said "it was locked." It cost me $80, so I'm pretty happy with my Duet W&D. These are my commendations/recommendations:WHIRLPOOL DUET (FRONT LOADER)COMMENDATIONS: Withstood military moves without problems, I perceive it to be somewhat normal as far as noise goes-- pretty quite until the spin cycle starts. I think it's pretty normal to me. Minor non-costly problems. We save in water and energy-- not sure how much but at least $20 a month.RECOMMENDATIONS: I did have to get used to the High Efficiency or HE detergents-- not a great variety out there. I had an error message about 3 months ago that said "P2." I thought it was shaking more than usual, so I repositioned it and adjusted the legs and it went away. The time on the washer will say it has 1 minute, but the minute takes like 5. The time has always been funky-- it's not "real" time or human time, but it doesn't bother me anymore. I know that if it says 5 minutes, I'm looking more at 10 or 15. I also think it shakes more than it should, but I think it's due to it's own shaking that every so often you have to readjust the legs.WHIRLPOOL DUET DRYERCOMMENDATIONS: I also perceive it to be quiet or quieter than what I remember growing up. It has a wrinkle shield option that does a good job. It also has settings for more or less heat (which I like), and the option to have the beeping at the end of the cycle be low, medium or off--it comes in handy with my dogs.RECOMMENDATIONS: I can't think of any. Things will break, just like with everything and I wasn't too distressed over the issue I had it. It cost $80 to fix, so I can't complain. It was a very easy fix-- the technician was in and out in no time.If anyone else has a Whirlpool Duet W&D, I'd love to hear how they're working for you.

    Posted on 11/23/2011 12:25 pm | Reply

    You seem like an advertisement for Whirlpool on a list that does not contain any. How strange :) Let me clarify, Whirlpool does not make this list, because they do not continue to make high quality products. There quality is hit and miss depending on model, they have legendary atrocious customer service, and they continue to ride on accomplishments they made in the market years ago. This is why they only make my lists occasionally. I prefer reliability and manufacturers who are taking new and interesting steps, as opposed to those just duplicating what other manufacturers are producing. If Whirlpool steps up their game someday, I will consider coming around. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Posted on 11/24/2011 6:36 am. In reply to UtahBlueRider | Reply
    • bridgett42 bridgett42

    I purchased a maytag bravo in 2010. Can you say the worst washer I have ever bought. In order to get clothes clean you have to wash them at least 2 or 3 times. A technician just left, and said that the washer is working ok. Everyone that has purchaesd a maytag bravo needs to file a lwasuit against maytag. I am not happy with this washer by a long shot. As soon as I save up enough money to replace this one I will never purchase another maytag product.

    Posted on 11/8/2011 11:47 am | Reply

    Readers, Thanks for your feedback and advice. I have taken your personal accounts into mind when re-crafting this list. I hope you enjoy the content and explore more of my own, and my appliance partners articles here at Thank you once again for reading, Jerry Arlen

    Posted on 10/17/2011 5:50 pm | Reply
    • 2088bob 2088bob

    meile needs to be on this list

    Posted on 10/14/2011 4:20 pm | Reply

    Meile has made their name known in small appliances. Sadly, the reviews are just not in enough to warrant them for top just yet in the area of large appliances. However, the more customers such as yourself buy and rate them, the more feedback we will have to rate them.

    Posted on 10/17/2011 5:42 pm. In reply to 2088bob | Reply
    • 2088bob 2088bob

    are you kidding whirlpool maytag and kenmore all come from whirlpool the biggest maker of junk appliances on earth you need to google some of the class action suits against whirlpool

    Posted on 10/14/2011 4:17 pm | Reply
    • bridgett42 bridgett42

    The products are a piece of crap. I will not purchase another Maytag or Kenmore. They use to be good 20 years ago What Happened!

    Posted on 11/8/2011 11:51 am. In reply to 2088bob | Reply
    • House Plan Man House Plan Man

    Whirlpool and MayTag have treated me well in my house.

    Posted on 9/2/2011 2:15 pm | Reply
    • mbrugmann mbrugmann

    We bought a Frigidaire all electric washer/dryer Laundry Center Jan 2009. It leaked oil out the bottom after the first load. A new transmission/tub unit was replaced while under warranty. Now 2 years later the transmission has locked up again and needs replaced (out of warranty and $800 to repair). The service man said it is common with these units. They tend to only have a 5 year life span and I paid $1000. Unbelievable! My last washer, a Kenmore, lasted 17 years and I paid $300.

    Posted on 5/14/2011 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Mechelle Mechelle

    We thought we were getting the best when we splurged and bought the Maytag Neptune front loading machine. I have not regretted a purchase more than this. Our clothes & especially towels smell horrible. There is black mold inside the front rubber guard that will not come off. We were advised to run a bleach cycle once a month and to leave the door open when the machine is not in use. Have since found out that there was a class action lawsuit against Maytag for this very reason and hear that his is a common issue with the front loading machines. One friend just bought the Maytag Bravo top loading and one got an LG front loading and they both shake the house when they are spinning out the laundry. I'm ready to go back to the old fashion top loading machine - but I need one with a large capacity.

    Posted on 7/23/2010 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    I am looking for a new washer and dryer pair, I don't want to go wrong on purcahasing the wrong one. I need one that will last where I don't have to worry about the bearing and other things going out on it with in 6 months of use. I have been looking and looking. What do I go with? Please help. I have 2 boys and a hubby that are hard on clothes already and like to get really dirty living in the county so I need a good washer.

    Posted on 7/2/2010 6:49 am | Reply
    • jiffer4 jiffer4

    If you're looking for some reviews on a number of great all in one washer and dryer products you should check out as there is a whole load of high quality washer and dryer reviews on this website.

    Posted on 6/20/2012 11:00 am. In reply to Anonymous | Reply
    • Tammy Tammy

    I have usd both front and top loaders....I would recommend the front loaders any day of the week. My set has a pedestal under both the washer and dryer, so they are not sitting directly on the floor. I do not have to bend over to put my clothes in or to remove them from the washer or dryer. I can wash 20 pair of jeans at a time or 20 pairs of socks and my washer has never gotten out of balance. It automaticly adjusts the water level and I never have to worry about how much water it will use. As for the time span it takes to wash, it has several different settings----the lowest being 2 minutes and the longest, for sanitary wash, is 3 hours BUT my washer also has its own built-in hot water heater so it doesn't interfere with the water from my water heater. Yes, they are more expensive than the top loaders but I save on an average of $30.00 a MONTH on my water bill too !!! The dryer is awesome too. I can put 20 pair of jens in to dry, the setting is for 45 minutes and they are usually finished in 30 AND completely dry too !!! I own a top loader washer/dryer set made by MAYTAG EPIC Z and I would never go back to the top loaders........

    Posted on 6/2/2010 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    need info on best TOP LOADING washers and WHY they are the best in your mind

    Posted on 5/5/2010 8:27 pm | Reply
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