Best Washing Machine

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Washing machines come in so many varieties, it can often be hard to figure out what you want. From the two basic styles of top-loading and front-loading, these appliances have branched out into a variety of models offering a range of wash cycles, load capacities, and technological features like smartphone compatability. Knowing your laundry needs is the first step and choosing the right model is the second. Fortunately, we've provided a helpful washer buyer's guide below to aid you in making the right choice for your household.  

Best Washing Machine Overall:

When choosing overall best washer, it's not always about being the most expensive or having the largest list of features. Depending on your preferences and needs, the ideal unit may be a front-loader or a top-loader. The washers on this list were chosen to meet a variety of needs, also satisfying many different budgetary needs. We've chosen durable and reliable washing machines that are protected by solid, lengthy warranties should anything go wrong. These selections are also very efficient without losing their ability to effectively clean even heavily soiled loads. Although their features vary, all of the following washing machines make good use of modern technology to ensure doing laundry is as convenient and hassle-free as possible. Overall, each pick represents a well-rounded package that isn’t excessively expensive.

Samsung WA50F9A8DSP Stainless Platinum Top Load Washer

The Samsung WA50F9A8DSP uses Samsung's Vibration Reduction Technology to run extremely quiet, allowing this top-loading washing machine to be used at almost any hour without disturbing anyone. Its extra large capacity and multiple useful settings make it a great overall choice. Read Full Review

Samsung WA50F9A8DSP Stainless Platinum Top Load Washer

Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

Thing front-loading washing machine exemplifies what these modern appliances are capable of, with a large capacity, load-sensing technology, and easy and convenient features. The Maytag MHW7100DC can also remember the options you like with each cycle and apply them automatically to the next one, and offers a 10 year limited parts warranty. Read Full Review

Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

LG Wave Series WT5170HV Graphite Steel Washer

For those who prefer a top-loading washer, this LG offers a large capacity and excellent cleaning power. Although the WT5170HV is not the cheapest washer option available, it definitely delivers on performance. Read Full Review

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    LG Wave Series WT5170HV Graphite Steel Washer

    Whirlpool Duet 4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

    This front-loading washing machine offers efficient, powerful, and customizable performance, giving it the ability to properly cleanse anything from touch stains to delicate fabrics. The Whirlpool WFW95HEDU has a good capacity that allows it to accommodate large and bulky loads, and many convenient features that make doing the laundry a simpler task. Read Full Review

    Whirlpool Duet  4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

    GE 5.1 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer - GTW860SPJMC

    This top-loading washing machine from GE offers a huge 5.1 cu. ft. capacity and plentiful convenient features. The GTW860SPJMC is quiet and efficient, and includes options such as the ability to have the washer hold up to a two-month supply of detergent and fabric softener, automatically dispensing what’s needed for each load.
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    GE 5.1 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer - GTW860SPJMC

    Best Steam Washing Machine:

    Steam Washing is still a relatively new technology available for home washing machines, so these models option tend to be a bit more expensive. It's well worth the price for most, however, given the amount of benefits this technology offers. Steam sanitizes clothes and reduces allergens while reducing the amount of water used and leaving clothes coming out smelling clean and fresh. It also allows for the freshening up of more delicate fabrics from certain dry-clean items to a stuffed animal can be cleaned using steam.

    We've chosen washing machines that offer an ideal combination of efficient cleaning performance and modern convenience features. All of the following picks can efficiently and effectively clean garments, with their performance enhanced by adding steam into the mix. Each of the washing machines we've chosen also include numerous features to add even their convenience, while remaining surprisingly affordable when considering everything that they offer.

    Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

    The Maytag MHW7100DC is an excellent all-around washing machine. This front-loading washer has a good capacity, quiet performance, and numerous features. Steam can be added to multiple cycles to accomplish anything from deeper cleaning and stain removal, sanitizing delicate items, or preventing/removing wrinkles from clothing.
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    Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

    Whirlpool 7.4 Cu. Ft. Electric Steam Dryer - WED95HEDC

    The Whirlpool WFW95HEDU is quite reasonably priced for everything it offers, with excellent performance and features. This front-loading washing machine includes an effective steam feature, allowing steam to be added to multiple cycles to increase their effectiveness or accommodate more delicate items.
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    Whirlpool 7.4 Cu. Ft. Electric Steam Dryer - WED95HEDC

    Electrolux 4.7 Cu. Ft. Front-Load Washer - EIFLS55IIW

    The Electrolux EIFLS55IIW has earned its popularity thanks to its excellent all-around performance, numerous features, and relatively low price. This front-loading washing machine includes features such as steam and a sanitize cycle, making it an excellent overall choice for the money. Read Full Review

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      Electrolux 4.7 Cu. Ft. Front-Load Washer - EIFLS55IIW

      LG TurboWash Series WM8000HVA Graphite Steel Washer

      This front-loading washing machine offers a massive 5.2 cubic foot capacity, which is plenty of space even for extremely large and bulky loads. The LG WM8000HVA tends to be fairly expensive, but its efficient and ultra-quiet performance more than justifies the price. Read Full Review

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        LG TurboWash Series WM8000HVA Graphite Steel Washer

        Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

        This washing machine stands out for being a top-loading model amongst a list of predominantly front-loading washers. The Samsung WA56H9000AP/A2 offers a very generous capacity and a steam feature which has been designed to release from the bottom of the tub as opposed to the top, allowing it to better penetrate clothing.
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          Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

          Best Front Loading Washing Machine:

          While front-loading washers tend to be more expensive, they typically offer superior washing performance and energy efficiency compared to top-loading washers. In addition to consuming less water, detergent, and energy, they typically offer quieter operation though top loading models often have faster wash cycles. We’ve selected the best overall front load washing machines based on their washing performance with good capacities and numerous features to help get the job done. All of the following washing machines are also exceptionally efficient, using less water and energy than a traditional washing machine. Finally, we've chosen washers that offer top-notch convenience features, right down to their low noise and vibration levels during operation.

          Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

          This top-notch front-loading washing machine is an excellent overall choice. The Maytag MHW7100DC can easily accommodate large and bulky loads or small, delicate loads, and everything in between. With the inclusion of options such as steam and wrinkle control, this is a powerful and convenient appliance to have. Read Full Review

          Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

          Whirlpool Duet 4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

          The Whirlpool WFW95HEDU has a lot of value for the money, offering top-notch performance with plenty of customization and control. This efficient front-loading washing machine can even dry a small load right in the washer, thanks to a built-in fan and venting system. Read Full Review

          Whirlpool Duet  4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

          Electrolux 4.33 Cu. Ft. Titanium Front Load Washer - EIFLS60LT

          While most modern washing machines have extremely long wash cycles, the Electrolux EIFLS60LT stands out by offering a fast, 15 minute wash cycle. This versatility combined with overall excellent performance makes the EIFLS60LT a top-notch choice. Read Full Review

          Electrolux 4.33 Cu. Ft. Titanium Front Load Washer - EIFLS60LT

          GE 4.8 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - GFWR4800FWW

          This front-loading washing machine isn’t the cheapest, but it offers excellent all-around performance and convenient features. The GE GFWR4800FWW allows for cycle customization so you can clean things exactly how you want, while the appliance itself runs very quietly. Read Full Review

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            GE 4.8 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - GFWR4800FWW

            TurboWash Series 4.3 Cu. Ft. Front Loading Washer - WM4070HWA

            The LG WM4070HWA is an excellent overall washing machine, combining efficiency with performance and convenience. This front-loading washing machine offers numerous useful features while still being easy to use. Read Full Review

            TurboWash Series 4.3 Cu. Ft. Front Loading Washer - WM4070HWA

            Best Budget Front Loading Washing Machine:

            Front-loading washing machines are energy efficient, as well as often being quite stylish and well-designed. Although many people previously stayed away from this design due to their propensity to get mildew in the gasket, their popularity for household use has been growing. This has allowed priced to come down, leaving open some good budget-friendly options. A front-loading washing machine usually won't be as affordable as a top-loader, but if you're willing to give up a bit of capacity and style, there are good deals to be had. These picks have been chosen for their decent load capacities and extra features which ensure that almost any laundry task can be completed quickly and conveniently, with the most focus placed on washing performance.

            Samsung Energy Star 4.2 Cu. Ft. Front-Load Washer - WF42H5000AW

            The Whirlpool WFW72HEDW offers excellent overall value, with a large capacity and good performance for an affordable price. This front-loading washing machine is relatively basic, but offers plenty of cycles to choose from and easy-to-use touch controls. Read Full Review

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              Samsung Energy Star 4.2 Cu. Ft. Front-Load Washer - WF42H5000AW

              LG 4.0 Cu. Ft. Stackable Front Load Washer - WM3050CW

              Although the WM3050CW is a bit on the expensive side, it offers LG quality and features for a lower price than might be expected. If you can stretch your budget just a bit further, this is an excellent choice for a front loading washer. Read Full Review

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                LG 4.0 Cu. Ft. Stackable Front Load Washer - WM3050CW

                Frigidaire 3.4 Cu. Ft. Stackable Front Load Washer - FFFW5000QW

                The Frigidaire FFFW5000QW offers basic performance for a budget-friendly price. This front-loading washing machine doesn’t have a long list of features or fancy styling, but it works well, operates quietly, and is easy to use. Read Full Review

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                  Frigidaire 3.4 Cu. Ft. Stackable Front Load Washer - FFFW5000QW

                  Maytag 2.0 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - MHWC7500YW

                  The Maytag MHWC7500YW is not the cheapest option on this list, but offers quite a lot of features and technology for a low price. If you need something smaller and less expensive, but don't want to sacrifice features, this is a good choice. Read Full Review

                  Maytag 2.0 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - MHWC7500YW

                  Kenmore 4.3 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - 41162

                  Kenmore products are usually of good overall quality while being very easy on the wallet. This front-loading washing machine offers overall good value, with quiet performance and a large capacity for a low price.
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                  Kenmore 4.3 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - 41162

                  Best Stackable Washer Dryer:

                  Stackable washers and dryers deliver the full performance of individual washers and dryers, but in a more compact space. Most manufacturers have multiple models that can be paired together using a stacking kit which is usually sold separately (but typically not too expensive). For obvious reasons stackable units will all be front-loaders in order to offer excellent loading efficiency.

                  These stackable washer/dryer combinations were chosen for their top-notch performance not only as individual units, but ability to complement each other as a pair. They have useful features which make doing laundry more convenient (such as delay start, wrinkle release, and quick cycle options), and modern technology such as steam cleaning and sensors to get clothes clean every time. We've included picks in a variety of price ranges, but each pair will offer you good value for your money.

                  Samsung WF457ARGSGR And Samsung DV457EVGSGR

                  With all the most up-to-date technology currently available on home appliances, these Samsung models make an excellent stackable pair. A number of specialty cycles and features ensure consistent cleaning performance every time. Read Full Review

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                    Samsung WF457ARGSGR And Samsung DV457EVGSGR

                    LG WM8500HVA and LG DLEX8500V

                    The LG WM8500HVA washer and DLEX8500V dryer offer top-notch performance and features to justify the premium price tag. This stackable pair have large capacities and the latest technology to make laundry a painless task. Read Full Review

                    LG WM8500HVA and LG DLEX8500V

                    Maytag MHW6000AG and Maytag MGD6000AG Stackable Washer and Dryer

                    The Maytag MHW6000AG and MGD6000AG deliver a good balance of features, performance, and quality. Though this washer and dryer aren’t the most budget-friendly options available, they’re more than worth the investment. Read Full Review

                    Maytag MHW6000AG and Maytag MGD6000AG Stackable Washer and Dryer

                    Frigidaire FFFS5115PW and Frigidaire FFSE5115PW

                    Compared to the relatively expensive models dominating this list, the Frigidaire washer and dryer stackable pair are very affordable. While they don’t have the flashy styling and massive capacities of more expensive options, they offer good performance and basic features for a reasonable price. Read Full Review

                    Frigidaire FFFS5115PW and Frigidaire FFSE5115PW

                    Samsung WF56H9100AG and Samsung DV56H9100EG

                    Although this expensive Samsung washer and dryer are stackable, their extra large size requires them to be installed somewhere with quite a bit of space. If you have the room and capacity is extremely important to you, the WF56H9100AG washer and DV56H9100EG dryer offer the largest capacities currently available. Read Full Review

                    Samsung WF56H9100AG and Samsung DV56H9100EG

                    Best Top Loading Washing Machine:

                    Top-loading washing machines are sometimes seen as being more of a "classic" design, without having all the modern technology found on front-loaders today. Although top-loaders cost much less than any front-loader would, there’s a wealth of efficient and stylish options available. The picks on this list showcase the best in modern top-loading washing machines with all the convenience features you need. We've chosen washing machines with excellent energy efficient washing capabilities without skimping on their cleaning power. Finally, these washing machines are just as stylish looking and packed with features as any front-loading model, while often costing slightly less.

                    Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

                    The Samsung WA56H9000AP/A2 offers the quality, style, and modern technology that is typically expected from Samsung. This top-loading washing machine is quiet and efficient, as well as having multiple convenient features and a massive 5.6 cubic foot capacity. Read Full Review

                    Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

                    GE 5.1 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer - GTW860SPJMC

                    A large capacity and functional features help the GE GTW860SPJMC make doing laundry a quicker and more convenient task. This top-loading washing machine offers features such as a recirculation pump to ensure water is properly distributed throughout the load, and built-in WiFi that allows it to tell the matching dryer what dry cycle to have ready when the wash cycle is complete. Read Full Review

                    GE 5.1 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer - GTW860SPJMC

                    LG Wave Series WT5170HV Graphite Steel Washer

                    If you're willing and able to spend a bit more on a top-loading washing machine, the LG WT5170HV offers a good amount of modern technology and features. With its stylish appearance and excellent performance, it's hard to go wrong with this choice. Read Full Review

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                      LG Wave Series WT5170HV Graphite Steel Washer

                      Whirlpool 5.3 Cu. Ft. High-Efficiency Top Loading Washer - WTW8000DW

                      Whirlpool has been a trusted household appliance brand for years, so finding their WTW8000DW top-loading washing machine highly recommended should come as no surprise. This washer offers a large capacity and functional features such as detergent dispensing and an option to help prevent color fading from garments. Read Full Review

                      Whirlpool 5.3 Cu. Ft. High-Efficiency Top Loading Washer - WTW8000DW

                      Maytag Bravos XL HE 27" Load Washer - MVWB980BW

                      The Maytag MVWB980BW has a large capacity, convenient features, and the performance of a washing machine that would usually cost more. If you're looking for an excellent overall top-loading washing machine, this is an excellent option. Read Full Review

                      Maytag Bravos XL HE  27" Load Washer - MVWB980BW

                      Best Budget Top Loading Washing Machine:

                      Although some sacrifices are made to offer top-loading washing machines at ultra-affordable prices, these budget-friendly options will nonetheless reliably get your clothes clean. In this price range, there will be less features and modern technology, generally less efficient performance, as well as less capacity and not much attention given to style. We’ve chosen the following picks primarily for their ability to effectively and reliable do your laundry, getting even heavily soiled loads clean. Other than being easy on the wallet, these top-loading washing machines are also straightforward to use, with intuitive controls and thoughtful design. Finally, although no budget-friendly washer is feature-laden, the features included with the following models are functional and convenient, such as load-sensing technology, status indicators, and automatic fabric softener dispensing.

                      Whirlpool 3.5 cu. ft. Top Load Washer - WTW4815EW

                      Since Whirlpool typically excels at making affordable household appliances, it should come as no surprise to find one of their products on this list. The WTW4815EW top-loading washer is basic, but offers a good capacity and reliable performance for a budget-friendly price. Read Full Review

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                        Whirlpool 3.5 cu. ft. Top Load Washer - WTW4815EW

                        LG 4.3 Cu. Ft. 27" Top Load Washer - WT1101CW

                        LG appliances are usually associated with high prices, modern styling, and lots of technology. The WT1101CW top-loading washer is quite affordable, while having a front control panel to allow for easier access and a sleek appearance. Read Full Review

                        LG 4.3 Cu. Ft. 27" Top Load Washer - WT1101CW

                        Maytag .5 Cu. Ft. Capacity PowerWash Top Load Washer - MVWC215EW

                        This affordable top-loading washing machine from Maytag offers basic performance at an affordable price. The MVWC215EW has load-sensing technology and multiple cycles to choose from, as well as a ten-year limited parts warranty for peace of mind. Read Full Review

                        Maytag .5 Cu. Ft. Capacity PowerWash Top Load Washer - MVWC215EW

                        General Electric 3.9 Cu. Ft. Top Loading Washer - GTWN4250DWS

                        The GE GTWN4250DWS is an option for those who prefer a classic-style washing machine with an agitator. This top loading washer stands out on our list for having the largest capacity on this list at 3.9 cubic feet. Read Full Review

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                          General Electric 3.9 Cu. Ft. Top Loading Washer - GTWN4250DWS

                          Hotpoint 3.7 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - HTWP1400FWW

                          If you're looking for one of the most basic and affordable washing machines that can still be trusted to wash clothing properly, the Hotpoint HTWP1400FWW might be a good choice. Although very simple, this appliance is ultra-affordable and without lots of fancy features there's less to worry about malfunctioning. Read Full Review

                          Hotpoint 3.7 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - HTWP1400FWW

                          Best Quiet Washing Machine:

                          While top-loading washing machines have gotten much better in terms of energy efficiency and noise levels, front-loaders continue to have a natural advantage due to their design. Some higher-end washers include special sound insulation and vibration reduction technology to achieve the quietest performance possible. Generally, you won't find too many budget-friendly options if you're looking for a washing machine that will be outright as quiet as possible. Because of this, the following picks have not been chosen with affordability in mind but most are quite reasonably for the performance they offer.

                          We've chosen these washing machines for their excellent overall performance, with the ability to thoroughly and gently clean both small and large loads. These picks also meet modern energy efficiency requirements, often including dedicated wash cycle options to further reduce their energy consumption. Finally, each of the following picks is quiet enough for use almost anywhere in the home, even located right next to a bedroom.

                          Electrolux Wave-Touch Series Washing Machine - EWFLS70JIW

                          With too many wash cycles, options, and features to list, the Electrolux EWFLS70JIW doesn't skimp on style or performance. This ultra-quiet front-loading washer comes with a high price tag, but is worth the extra cost for those willing to pay it. Read Full Review

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                            Electrolux Wave-Touch Series Washing Machine - EWFLS70JIW

                            Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

                            The Maytag MHW7100DC includes convenient features such as the ability to keep clothing fresh for up to 12 hours after the cycle completes, while vibration control technology reduces the noise created when the washer is on. This quiet front-loading washer is easy to use and effective at thoroughly cleaning laundry. Read Full Review

                            Maytag Maxima 27" Front Load Steam Washer - MHW7100DC

                            Whirlpool Duet 4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

                            The Whirlpool WFW95HEDU offers good performance and a multitude of convenient features. This front-loading washing machine is efficient, effective, and quiet when operating, making it an excellent overall choice. Read Full Review

                            Whirlpool Duet  4.5 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer - WFW95HEDU

                            LG TurboWash Series WM8000HVA Graphite Steel Washer

                            Offering extremely energy efficient and ultra-quiet performance, the LG WM8000HVA easily justifies its higher asking price. If you're willing to pay more for a front-loading washer that compromises on nothing, this is a great option. Read Full Review

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                              LG TurboWash Series WM8000HVA Graphite Steel Washer

                              Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

                              This top-loading washing machine from Samsung uses vibration reduction technology to help it operate as quietly as possible. The Samsung WA56H9000AP/A2 also has a huge 5.6 cubic foot. capacity and numerous useful features and settings that help making doing laundry as convenient as possible.
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                                Samsung 5.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Steam Washer - nWA56H9000AP

                                Best Portable Washer:

                                Portable washers can be useful in a wide variety of situations. Anything from needing a budget-friendly option for a first apartment that doesn't have laundry hookups, to camping or traveling, to trying to be more eco-friendly and not using a large washer for small loads. The selection below is also quite varied to meet this wide range of needs. The top portable washers should be able to effectively clean clothes while being compact and easy to use in a variety of situations. Beyond portability and performance, we've chosen picks that won't break the bank.

                                Wonderwash Mini Portable Washer

                                Although the WonderWash is a bit different from the other picks on this list, it earns the number one spot simply due to its outright portability. This small washer requires no electricity, allowing it to be used in a wide variety of situations. Read Full Review

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                                  Wonderwash Mini Portable Washer

                                  Danby DWM17WDB Portable Top Load Washing Machine

                                  Though the Danby DWM17WDB is not especially flashy or fancy, it offers solid, basic performance in a portable package. It is a bit pricier than many of the other picks, but it offers the largest capacity. Read Full Review

                                  Danby DWM17WDB Portable Top Load Washing Machine

                                  Haier HLP21N White 18" Portable Washer

                                  The Haier HLP21N is budget-friendly, while including features that one might not expect to see on a compact, portable washer - such as cycle status lights. This washer does have a smaller capacity, but is a solid overall choice. Read Full Review

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                                    Haier HLP21N White 18" Portable Washer

                                    Danby DTT100A1WDB Danby 9.90 lbs Twin Tub Portable Washing Machine

                                    The less expensive of the two Danby products on this list, the DTT100A1WDB offers slightly less in terms of capacity and wash options. However, it is a good portable option for those seeking a washer with a full-length agitator. Read Full Review

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                                      Danby DTT100A1WDB Danby 9.90 lbs Twin Tub Portable Washing Machine

                                      Eco-egg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

                                      Made by The Laundry Alternative, the same company that makes the WonderWash, the Eco-egg is an affordable, compact, and portable washer. It hooks up easily and is excellent for small loads. Read Full Review

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                                        Eco-egg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

                                        Best All-In-One Washer & Dryer Combo:

                                        Though the performance of all-in-one washer/dryer combos won’t usually be up to the standards of dedicated washing machines and dryers, they’re perfectly capable of getting the job done. We've chosen the following all-in-one washer & dryer combos because they combine the best of both worlds as effectively as possible. All of the following selections offer ventless drying and a minimum of basic features such as multiple wash and dry cycles to choose from. We’ve chosen washer-dryer combos which provide effective cleaning performance, with loads consistently coming out clean and fresh. Finally, although none of these selections are cheap, they will typically cost considerably less than purchasing equivalent washers and dryers separately.

                                        LG WM3455HW 24 Front Load Compact Washer/Dryer Combo

                                        Although the capacity is a bit smaller with this model, the LG WM3455HW offers excellent overall performance for a washer/dryer combo. Good features and a stylish design make this appliance a solid choice. Read Full Review

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                                          LG WM3455HW 24 Front Load Compact Washer/Dryer Combo

                                          LG WM3997HWA 4.3 Cu. Ft. Electric Washer & Dryer Combo

                                          If you’re looking for an all-in-one washer and dryer that sacrifices almost nothing in terms of space or features, the LG WM3997HWA is an excellent choice. This washer/dryer combo offers a large capacity and quiet, effective performance.
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                                            LG WM3997HWA 4.3 Cu. Ft. Electric Washer & Dryer Combo

                                            LG WM3477HW 2.3 Cu. Ft. White Electric Washer/Dryer Combo

                                            This all-on-one washer and dryer combo offers convenient features such as LG’s SenseClean, allowing the appliance to automatically select the correct water level and wash time. While the LG WM3477HW might not have the largest capacity or the lowest price tag, it is an excellent option for those who want performance and technology in a compact package. Read Full Review

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                                              LG WM3477HW 2.3 Cu. Ft. White Electric Washer/Dryer Combo

                                              Haier HWD1600BW 1.8 Cu. Ft. Ventless Front Load Combo Washer Dryer

                                              The Haier HWD1600BW all-in-one washer and dryer combo offers modern technology such as sensor drying, but in a conveniently compact and budget-friendly package. This washer/dryer has plenty of cycle options and requires no venting to operate. Read Full Review

                                              Haier HWD1600BW 1.8 Cu. Ft. Ventless Front Load Combo Washer Dryer

                                              Ariston Elegance Line Front-Load Washer & Dryer Combo - ARWDF129NA

                                              If you’re looking for a washer/dryer combo on a budget, the Ariston ARWDF129 is a good option. This all-in-one washer and dryer offers quiet performance and multiple wash cycles to choose from, as well as a child lock feature for safety.
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                                                Ariston Elegance Line Front-Load Washer & Dryer Combo - ARWDF129NA
                                                 

                                                Washer Buyer's Guide

                                                Modern washing machines are technologically-enhanced, stylish machines barely resembling traditional models from decades past. While newer washers tend not to last as long due to their amount of plastics and electronics, these appliances a worthwhile investment regardless. 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, see if the door is easy to open and close, etc. Lastly, 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
                                                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-Loading
                                                Front-loaders are considerably more expensive than most top loading washers but they’re also more efficient. These machines are popular for their larger capacities which accommodate larger, bulkier loads. Front loaders also tend to have modern designs, the latest technological features, and some are also stackable with compatible dryer units.

                                                Portable/Compact
                                                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 normal, 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 and are good for when space is very limited and you don’t have especially large loads on a regular basis.

                                                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. These machines don’t use agitators meaning more room inside for large items and less wear and tear on garments. However, many users complain HE washers have extremely long cycles and are missing the ability to soak loads before washing them; however, some models have special settings to address this issue. All front-loading washing machines are HE models while only some top loading models have this rating.

                                                Features

                                                Capacity
                                                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. Consistently 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.

                                                Settings
                                                While most people are familiar with basic settings such as a normal cycle, delicate cycle, heavy duty, and permanent press, modern washers have considerably more 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 simply have sensors which automatically detect the load size and adjust the water level accordingly.

                                                Controls
                                                Most modern washers currently use a large screen to display wash cycle information while some higher end models are now incorporating touch screens.

                                                Steam
                                                There are now washers which use the power steam 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.

                                                Style
                                                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.

                                                 

                                                 

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                                                28 comments
                                                • 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.http://www.allstarappliancerepair.com/washing-machine-repair.html

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

                                                This is the washer that I have: http://amzn.to/Wp19MW 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 Bestcovery.com 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 http://www.echeapwasheranddryer.net 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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