Electrolux EFLS627UTT Front Load Washing Machine
Electrolux has quietly made a name for themselves by offering reliable, high-performance washing machines that focus on one thing in particular: top-of-the-line clothing care. The EFLS627UTT is the company's home laundry flagship, combining its renowned washing capabilities with all of the features you'd expect from today's best washing machines.
In terms of basic specifications, the EFLS627UTT is a front-loading washing machine with a 4.4 cubic foot capacity. Unlike other manufacturers pushing design boundaries with multiple washers and a literal built-in sink, Electrolux has opted to refine its design and focus on functionality. The control panel carries the trademark circular display that has graced the company's consumer washers for years. Each of the 9 wash cycles can be accessed by pressing the dedicated buttons on the panel, and the display shows the estimated time left to complete the washing cycle.
In addition to its performance when it comes to washing clothes, the EFLS627UTT also includes a long list of convenience-enhancing features. The loading compartment for the detergent has been redesigned to accept detergent pods; when paired with the SmartBoost detergent pre-mixing feature, it ensures that there is a consistent ratio of detergent to water before it ever reaches the washing drum. Several other features allow the EFLS627UTT to stand out from the crowd, including a pre-soak feature designed to lift stubborn stains from clothes. As with other machines in this category, steam clean functionality can help remove stains in a more gentle manner than tumbling the clothes in the drum. If you're in a rush, there's also a 15-minute fast wash feature that will deliver passably clean clothing.
As with all other front-loading washers, the EFLS627UTT is Energy Star certified and uses less water to complete cycles than top-loading designs. The SmartBoost mixing and soaking features tend to use more water than other front-loaders, but the trade-off is unmatched washing performance, especially when considering stain removal. It's not the most feature-packed washing machine we've come across, but the ones that Electrolux included are real-world useful and contribute to overall performance. With all things considered, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT is our top recommendation for the best washing machine overall.
The matching dryer for the Elecrolux EFLS627UTT is the EFME627UTT (electric) or the EFMG627UTT (gas).
LG WM8100HVA Front Load Washing Machine
LG has established itself as a major player in the laundry appliance industry, winning multiple quality and dependability awards over the years in addition to consistently high consumer feedback. It's no surprise, then, that the company's higher-end offerings are some of the best washing machines on the market, with the WM8100HVA being the sweet spot in the lineup.
The square loading door is one of the most distinctive features of the WM8100HVA, setting it apart from an array of similar-looking machines that utilize a round door instead. The front-mounted control panel features a prominent cycle selector dial and an easy-to-read display to its right, while the detergent drawer resides to the left. Another minor detail - the WM8100HVA is stackable, unlike the WM9000HVA and WM9500HKA models that round out the top of LG's lineup.
Of course, there's more to our recommendation than an eye-catching design; the WM8100HVA is one of the best performing washing machines on the market today. There's a dizzying array of wash cycles meant to cover any type of fabric placed in the washer, and the SenseClean sensor-based wash cycle removes guesswork. The 6Motion feature means the drum is designed to move in 6 different ways in order to effectively clean just about anything. The Turbowash feature speeds up the wash cycle by up to half an hour without a noticeable drop in washing performance; if time allows, the steam function can be utilized to remove odors and wrinkles from stained clothes.
Beyond its washing performance, the WM8100HVA includes a wide array of thoughtful features as well. At 5.2 cubic feet, the WM8100HVA is one of the largest capacity front loading washers on the market. Even if you don't regularly take advantage of the extra capacity, it's nice to know that the washer can handle just about anything in a single load. There's an option for quiet operation in case you need to run a load without disturbing others, and the TrueBalance Anti-Vibration system monitors the drum and water levels to eliminate annoying vibrations. LG has also solved the age-old problem of smelly/moldy front-load washing machines - the TubClean Cycle sprays the washer's hot water jets during an empty load, flushing out any odor-causing contaminants before it becomes an issue.
Even with the elevated performance and long list of features, the WM8100HVA carries LG's renowned reputation for reliability. LG's warranties are also some of the best in the industry - the Neverust stainless steel drum carries a limited lifetime warranty, while the direct drive motor is covered by a 10 year warranty against defects. All of this comes at a price - with an MSRP of $1,499.99, the WM8100HVA carries a stiff price tag, even when compared to its direct competitors. That said, it's unlikely you'll need to replace this machine for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment.
The matching dryer for the LG WM8100HVA is the DLEX8100V (electric) or the DLGX8101V (gas).
Whirlpool WTW8000DW Top Load Washing Machine
As one of the biggest names in home appliances (if not the biggest), it should come as no surprise to find that Whirlpool offers one of the best all-around top-loading washing machines on the market today. The WTW8000DW sits squarely in the middle of Whirlpool's lineup, and it's the one we'd recommend as the best top loading washing machine if that's specifically what you're in the market for.
The external appearance is a modernized take on Whirlpool's tried and true cabinet design, with pushbuttons and a circular LCD screen taking the place of the dials found on older generation models. The tinted glass lid adds a modern touch to the overall design, and has a practical benefit in that it allows users to observe into the machine during the wash cycle. The lid is also equipped with a soft close mechanism, avoiding the irritating metallic slam that owners of older top-load units are all too familiar with.
Between the cavernous stainless steel drum and impeller design, the WTW8000DW offers 5.3 cubic feet of capacity - enough to handle a weeks' worth of dirty clothes from the entire family. There are over two dozen wash cycles offered, and Whirlpool goes one step further by separating out "What To Wash" and "How To Wash" controls that make it nearly impossible to select the wrong cycle. While the WTW8000DW isn't equipped with the latest features like Wi-Fi connectivity or Smart Home compatibility, the control panel and wash cycles are carefully thought out for real-world convenience and everyday usability.
Although top-loading washing machines tend to cost less than their front-loading counterparts, the WTW8000DW carries a comparable price tag in exchange for its superior washing performance. At $900, it's not what we'd refer to as affordable, but it's certainly reasonably priced. Whirlpool appliances are widely available, so you should have no trouble locating this machine either online or in a brick-and-mortar store. Paired with Whirlpool's excellent reputation for reliability and durability, the WTW8000DW a great choice for anyone shopping for a top-loading washing machine.
The matching dryer for the Whirlpool WTW8000DW is the WED8000DW (electric) or the WGD8000DW (gas).
Electrolux EFLW317TIW Front Load Washing Machine
If you care more about having consistently clean clothes over having the latest and greatest features, it's hard to do better than the Electrolux EFLW317TIW. This front-loading washer has a smaller 4.2 cubic foot capacity compared to our top pick, but Electrolux chose to pare back on features instead of compromising washing performance in pursuit of a more affordable price tag. As such, the EFLW317TIW comes with the same LuxCare Wash System that you'll find in the company's higher-priced offerings. The 5 wash cycles seem limiting compared to similarly-priced washing machines from LG and Samsung, but the EFLW317TIW is equipped with enough flexibility to care for any garment or fabric meant to be machine-washed. As with all other front-loading washers, the Electrolux EFLW317TIW is Energy Star certified, and uses far less water to wash a load than comparable top-loaders.
The matching dryer for the Electrolux EFLW317TIW is the EFDE317TIW (electric) or the EFDG317TIW (gas).
Whirlpool WTW5000DW Top Load Washing Machine
If your old washing machine unexpectedly gave out and you're in the market for an affordable replacement, we would recommend prioritizing performance over features. Whirlpool's WTW5000DW is one of the best examples of a budget-friendly top loading washing machine without resorting to an agitator-equipped model. Outwardly, the WTW5000DW looks plain and unassuming; the unadorned cabinet is topped by a row of more traditional-looking dials on the control panel. There are 12 different wash modes available, including a quick wash cycle that takes less than half an hour to wash a moderate load. The impeller mechanism frees up space in the wash basket, and the 4.3 cubic foot capacity provides enough room for bulky items like blankets and comforters. There are a few sacrifices in exchange for the lower price, none of which impact washing performance. The most obvious one is the lack of Energy Star certification, which is somewhat surprising for a high efficiency machine. Additionally, the feature list on the WTW5000DW is rather short, limited to the aforementioned quick wash cycle as well as a pre-soak option for heavily soiled clothing. The old-school looks and strict emphasis on washing performance allow for an impressively affordable price tag; this machine can be found on sale regularly and can be brought home for well under its $749 MSRP.
The matching dryer for the Whirlpool WTW5000DW is the WED5000DW (electric) or the WGD5000DW (gas).
Samsung WV60M9900AV FlexWash Front Load Washing Machine
The first thing that stands out about the Samsung WV60M9900AV is not its control panel or cabinet color; rather, it's the height of the thing even without adding its matching pedestal. Upon closer inspection, you'll see that the reason for the extra height is that Samsung has somehow included a second washing compartment in the same cabinet - a truly unique feature amongst its main rivals.
The front-load compartment shares many of its specs with other higher-end Samsung washing machines, including its 5.0 cubic foot capacity. The extra-large drum size means it's particuarly well-suited to handle bulky items such as comforters or a whole family's worth of winter jackets, and the Direct Drive Motor is strong enough to spin the drum easily and without making a racket. Samsung's Steam Wash feature releases hot steam into the drum to lift stains and sanitize hard-to-wash items, and it can also be integrated into different wash cycles to treat especially stubborn stains. The steam function is also found in the matching dryer (see below), though that function is designed to prevent and remove wrinkles instead.
For smaller loads, the top-mounted 1.0 cubic foot washer is more than up to the task. This washer compartment is completely separate from the front-load section - it's even equipped with its own soap dispenser and water line (don't worry, the entire washer only requires a standard hookup, so you won't need to schedule an appointment with a plumber). This is done to ensure that the two compartments never mix, meaning it's possible to wash otherwise incompatible loads at the same time.
As Samsung's flagship washing machine, the WV60M9900AV comes with just about every single feature found on the company's lesser models. Between the dozen wash cycles, there's also a PowerFoam feature that can create suds and lather out of even the most notoriously stingy HE detergent. The Super Speed mode can shorten a full wash cycle to just over half an hour, similar to how long an older agitator-equipped machine takes - all without beating up your clothes. Samsung's VRT Plus technology balances the tub and utilizes weight sensors to eliminate vibrations, making the WV60M990AV particularly well-suited for second floor installations. There are smart features as well; one optional part of initial setup is adding the WM60M9900AV to your Wi-Fi network, which allows access to the built-in Smart Home features. The free app can be used to monitor washing cycles and troubleshoot any errors, and there's also an option to send an alert to your phone once the cycle is complete.
The Samsung WV60M9900AV is a superb performer and is packed with thoughtful features and modern touches, making it easy to recommend. That said, we see two drawbacks that can restrict its appeal. First, the washer itself is noticeably larger than most other units, so you'll want to make sure there's room in your laundry room or cabinet to house this machine. The second comes down to price - at a hair under $1,500 at the time of writing, this washing machine alone costs more than some washer/dryer matched pairs. That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find another washing machine that offers this level of flexibility and performance in a single unit.
The matching dryer for the Samsung WV60M9900AV is the DVE60M9900V (electric) or the DVG60M9900V (gas).