This is one of the most reliable and easy-to-use washing machines you can buy. It features an attractive design, it's quiet, and it effectively washes large loads of laundry.
The Samsung WF42H5000AW may not be the most powerful or feature-filled washing machine, but it's a reliable and affordable pick that does its job well.
This luxurious pick features an illuminated interior, a steamer, and a downloadable app that lets you install new cycle options and tells you when your wash is done.
This top-loader from LG is perfect for big families. It's equipped with a large drum for tackling massive loads of laundry, an impressive cycle selection, and steam technology to reduce wrinkles.
If you're looking for an impressive washing machine that gets out lots of stains, sports an attractive design, and has a super speedy 15-minute wash cycle, you can't go wrong with this one from Electrolux.
If you're looking for a high-powered washing machine that'll remove the worst of stains and get your clothes looking fresh in no time, these front- and top-loading washing machines are the best you can buy. Our picks are filled with features, like high-pressure cycles — which rapidly clean clothes in almost half the time of your average washer, vibration-reduction technology — so your downstairs neighbors won't heckle you if you tackle a load of late-night laundry — and NSF-certified allergen and sanitize cycles, which eliminate household bacteria that can trigger allergies.
Scroll down for our washing machine suggestions. We've sifted through several models to help you discover which one is best for you, your budget, and, ultimately, your laundry room when you're ready for an upgrade.
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Best Overall Washing Machine
Pro: It does a fantastic job at removing stains
Con: Its control panel is cluttered, and it isn't as intuitive as other washing machines
If you're looking for the most bang for your buck, the LGWM3770HVA washing machine won't disappoint. Based on our extensive evaluation, LG is one of the most reliable brands of washers. Yale Appliance found that only 6.7% of LG appliances sold throughout 2016 and 2017 needed service in the first year of ownership. J.D. Power also ranks LG as the second-most reliable washing machine brand (behind Samsung).
The washing machine comes in white or stainless steel, and it offers a spacious 4.5-cubic-foot capacity. That's plenty of room for a king-sized comforter or 20 pounds of laundry. If you want to take your laundry to the next level, you even have the option to add a second washer to it, so you can finish two loads at a time.
Some may be overwhelmed by how many cycles it offers, but using the LG WM3770HVA is easy — just press the power button, turn its single knob to select your cycle, then press the start button. One cycle we love, the Super Clean Cycle, heats water up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to remove stains, and it meets the sanitization and anti-allergen standards set by the NSF and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Another cycle, the LG's Speedwash Cycle, is also a game-changer. It can have a small load of clothes finished in just 15 minutes. If you want to save some money and don't need steam-, speed-, or turbo-wash cycles, the Wi-Fi-connected LG WM3500CW is another excellent offering worthy of your consideration.
This washing machine runs very quietly, with little to no vibrations, and you shouldn't notice it when it's running — especially if it's in the other room. If you have an open-concept floor plan, you don't have to worry about interruptions. Another plus is that the washing machine is incredibly energy- and water-efficient. It uses just under 11 gallons of water during its normal cycle, and it'll cost you less than $20 to run each year.
Best Budget Buy
Pro: Extremely affordable
Con: No steam clean or high temperature sanitizing cycles
If you're willing to put up with fewer and louder cycles and forfeit some advanced features for a much more affordable price, we think this stackable front-loading washing machine from Samsung is a great pick for those on a budget. It features a large 4.2-cubic-feet capacity and an attractive white stainless steel finish.
With this washer, you get just seven basic cycles. There are no sanitize cycles for the allergy-prone, or speed cycles like LG's TurboWash cycle we mentioned earlier. There's no built-in steamer for killing bacteria, so it isn't ideal for washing cloth diapers, either. What you do get, though, is an easy-to-use, energy- and water-efficient washing machine that works. Its heavy-duty cycle may take an hour, but it'll remove grass stains and grime, no problem. We think this washer should meet the needs of most users who'll appreciate its attractive price.
Pro: You can monitor your laundry remotely, and even stop cycles with a smartphone app
Con: TwinWash pedestal washer is sold separately, despite its already expensive price
The LG Signature WM9500HKA has it all, and with its 5.8-cubic-feet capacity, it's one of the largest front-loading washing machines you can buy. It requires more than 23 cubic feet to install, and to open its door fully, you'll need 57 inches of space. A small laundry closet just won't cut it for this mammoth machine. If you can fit it in your home, its large capacity will certainly help you tackle large piles of dirty clothes, so you can spend less time doing the wash and more time doing other things. Besides its truly massive size, the washer sports a black stainless steel exterior that'll go perfectly in any laundry room. Plus, it has a fingerprint-proof finish, which keeps it looking sleek and smudge-free at all times.
It not only looks premium, but it performs fantastically as well, especially combined with LG's TwinWash pedestal washer that sits underneath the machine. With this optional add-on, you can complete two loads of wash simultaneously. We would have liked to see LG include the TwinWash with its LG Signature washer, especially because Samsung sells its dual FlexWash series at a similar price point. But, even if you don't pay the premium for the additional washer, the WM9500HKA is still a workhorse when it comes to washing. Compared to other washing machines, it does a better job at removing stains, has wicked fast cycle times, and is equipped with LG's impressive TurboWash feature.
Surprisingly, it's quite water- and energy-efficient. Additionally, its motor spins at 1,300 RPM, meaning it retains water well, which lessens the workload for your dryer and saves even more energy.
If you have a big family and need a big washer, or just hate doing laundry, the LG Signature WM9500HKA is packed with all the bells and whistles you need to make your laundry less of a chore and life a little easier. We just wish it were a little cheaper.
Best for Convenience
Pro: It offers a large, 5.2-cu.-ft. capacity — the largest of any top-load washer available
Con: Lengthy wash times
Top-loading washing machines don't clean as thoroughly as front-loading ones do, and they also use significantly more water and energy. They aren't as harsh on your clothes as older agitator washers were, but they aren't as good at removing stains. However, if you're looking for a top-load washing machine, we think the LG WT7600HKA is the best one you can buy.
If you're lazy, don't sift through your clothes, and just dump your laundry basket straight into the machine, the LG will have your back. It's equipped with a large 5.2-cu.-ft. drum that can tackle the largest of loads. While it has the space and the strength for cleaning large quantities, its standard cycles aren't the speediest (some will take over an hour to finish). This can make laundry day much more of a drag when you have several loads to tackle.
To make up for this, the LG has a TurboWash setting, which saves up to 20 minutes. The way it works is by combining the rinse and spin cycles, and using dual nozzles to spray a concentrated detergent solution directly onto your clothes, making the cycle clock in at just under 40 minutes. Another nifty cycle, called "Allergiene," uses steam to powerfully penetrate fabrics to eliminate dirt, odors, allergens, and wrinkles. This cycle will definitely come in handy for those who have skin allergies or asthma.
Unfortunately, this washing machine isn't very gentle on fabrics, and it doesn't remove stains as well as front-loading machines, but it's relatively quiet, and it's quite affordable considering its wide feature set.
Best for Serious Stain Removal
Pro: Its heavy-duty cycle and SmartBoost feature remove pretty much any stain
Con: It's a tad bit louder than other washing machines, and some of its cycles can take longer than two hours
This Electrolux washing machine was in the running for our best overall pick, but the LG we went with is more reliable and affordable. Yale Appliance found that only 6.7% of LG appliances sold throughout 2016 and 2017 needed service in the first year of ownership, compared to Electrolux's 15%. However, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT is still an effective washing machine that's definitely worthy of your consideration.
We're huge fans of the washer's stainless steel exterior, which comes in either white or black. Its controls are straightforward and aren't cluttered and confusing like LG's can be, and it only has nine cycles, compared to other model's 12 to 20 cycles.
What makes the Electrolux shine is its SmartBoost feature. Basically, the washer uses an extra water pump that pre-mixes detergent or fabric softener with water that's then evenly distributed on your clothes. This ensures that each fiber in your load gets exposure. It even uses steam to help lift dirt out of your clothing and linen.
There's also another exclusive "StainSoak" feature that selects the perfect combination of tumble, detergent concentration, and temperature for removing a number of stains that you select from the washer's intuitive display, including things like blood, chocolate, and red wine.
This 4.4-cubic-feet front-load washer has a normal wash cycle time of 47 minutes, while its heavy-duty cycle can take more than 2 hours. Slow cycle speeds are our biggest complaints with this washer. In comparison to other models, LG offers a TurboWash setting that cuts wash times in half to just 40 minutes, while offering the same performance as a normal cycle. To be fair, Electrolux does have an extremely fast and convenient 15-minute cycle with this model that's effective at cleaning small loads of clothes, but we wish its regular everyday cycles were just a tad quicker.
The pros outweigh the cons though, and we feel confident in recommending this Electrolux washing machine. It has a sleek and intuitive design, is efficient, and is equipped with fancy features like a steamer and several stain-removing options.
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Best Washing Machine for its Large Capacity
Pro: Gorgeous design
Con: Its slanted top and tall, 46-inch height make it difficult to fold clothes on
With a combined capacity of 6.9 cubic feet, this dual washing machine from Samsung is sure to please large families that need to conquer mountains of laundry. The Samsung has a large 5.8-cubic-feet front-loading drum, in addition to a mini 1.1-cubic-foot washer at its top.
This washing machine is quite similar to the LG's TwinWash pedestal washer that can be added to the LG WM3770HWA we mentioned earlier, but rather than being located at the base like the LG, Samsung's small washer is at its top instead. The mini washer can fit four T-shirts, three pairs of sweatpants, or 25 smaller items like bras, underwear, and socks. If you want to use warm water on the top washer and cold on the bottom, you're free to do so, too.
Whether you're washing bedding or active wear, there's sure to be a cycle (there's 12 total!) for your laundry needs. Some cycles use a built-in steamer to help remove stains, and because the washer is equipped with an internal water heater, your hot water will reach temperatures up to 153 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to kill bacteria. Even hotter ... this washer has Wi-Fi and sends push notifications to your smartphone when cycles are done! The front-loader does a fine job at cleaning whatever you throw at it, it's gentle on fabrics, and it's water- and energy- efficient. The mini washer isn't that water-efficient and it doesn't clean as effectively, making it ideal for quickly washing delicates or lightly soiled clothes.
This washing machine is absolutely stunning, and it comes in a sharp black stainless steel finish or a white color. Samsung really has a fine attention to detail, and it shows; this washer is just as gorgeous as its Galaxy S8 smartphone, and the washer's large touch display is inviting and easy to use. The FlexWash's door has a sturdy hinge, with a strong, thick glass window, and, thanks to its built-in drum light, your clothes are illuminated as soon as you open the door.
Best Top-Load Washing Machine for Those on a Budget
Pro: Great appliance at an even greater price
Con: Isn't as water-efficient or gentle as other washing machines
If you're in search for a top-loading washing machine but are on a budget, we recommend the LG WT7500CW. It combines the features and performance of more expensive models at a much more affordable price point, and it'll still look great in your laundry room. It even has a sharp-looking glass lid, so you can see the washer work its magic without interrupting the cycle.
The washing machine has 12 cycles for delicates, cotton, wool, and heavy duty, among others, and you're able to select various wash and rinse water temperatures. Despite not having a built-in hot water heater, this washer is still strong enough to eliminate stains. This is all thanks to LG's "WaveForce technology," which uses rapid drum movement and powerful water jets to clean your clothes. However, the WT7500CW isn't the most gentle washer, so there's a chance that overtime it'll cause more wear and tear on your clothes than more expensive models would. On the plus side, we were glad to see that the washer features the 30-minute TurboWash cycle that cuts wash times by half. Best of all, though, is that it offers owners a large 5.2-cubic-feet capacity, so you can plow through heaps of laundry with ease.
Best Washing Machine for Convenient Portability
Pro: Small size, budget-friendly price
Con: Noisy, the hose adapter it comes with is small and won't attach to most sinks
If you're renting your place and your landlord won't pay to have a washing machine installed (or if you don't have enough room for a full-sized one, or even the right hookups) you should get a portable washing machine. This small but mighty one from Giantex is perfect for those who want to avoid the laundromat at all costs. The twin tub may not have a large capacity, spin the fastest, or even be the most effective at removing stains, but it's affordable, energy-efficient, and doesn't require any special electrical or water hookups. Plus, you can fit it practically anywhere. It even has a built-in side dryer!
Our biggest complaint with the machine is that its built-in spout doesn't fit most sink spigots. Instead, you'll need to fill it up with a bucket or pot (it takes 6 gallons of water). Also, you should keep a close eye on it because it has two tubs: one on the left for washing, and another on the right for rinsing and spin drying. After the first cycle is complete, you have to move half of your clothes to the smaller tub on the right. When every cycle is complete, you let gravity and the Giantex's drain pump push all the water out through a hose where the water drains in your sink, bathtub, shower, or toilet.
You have a choice of two capacities: 16 or 17.6 pounds, and you can expect each load to take around 20 minutes. The 16-pound model has enough space for washing five pairs of pants or four towels. Lastly, it's important to note that this portable washing machine can be noisy and vibrate a lot, so it has the potential to disturb you or your neighbors.
Best Energy-Efficient Washing Machine
Pro: Packed with impressive features despite its affordable price
Con: PowerWash cycle takes 3 hours
If you're on the hunt for an affordable, effective, and energy-efficient washing machine, we think you should go with this one from Maytag. This washing machine only uses an estimated 88kWh of energy per year, which should cost $11 with an electric water heater, or just $5 with a gas water heater.
It's a basic machine with a large 4.3-cubic-feet capacity, steam functionality, and an effective PowerWash cycle that does an incredible job at removing stains from your clothes. The latter comes at the expense of a sluggish 3-hour cycle run time. Best of all, this washer has an attractive price — sometimes it costs less than $600 when it goes on sale. This is rare, especially considering it has an internal hot water heater, a sanitize cycle that removes 99.9% of household bacteria, and a 27-minute quick cycle. Although its solid white finish is a little boring, we have to say we were pleasantly surprised with this affordable machine and admit that sometimes looks aren't everything.
One last thing: Maytag says the washer is equipped with an "advanced vibration control" feature that uses a six-point suspension system and two ball-bearing balancing rings to limit noise. However, some users report that it's a tad loud. We think this is forgivable, though, considering the MHW3505FW's affordable cost and wide feature set.
Best Washing Machine for Small Spaces
Pro: Its narrow design accommodates the tightest of spaces
Not to be confused with our top dishwasher pick with the same name, the Bosch 300 series washing machine is the best compact washing machine for those who can't fit a full-sized washer in their home. If a lack of room is the situation you're in, we recommend the Bosch 300 Series WAT28400UC. Unfortunately, the smaller size doesn't result in a smaller price. Regardless, this front-loading Bosch is a stylish washing machine with fast 1,400 RPM spin speeds and short cycles. Its 2.2-cubic-feet capacity is half as small as our top pick, so it can tackle a 15-pound load, which is the equivalent to 16 towels. Cleaning performance is strong, and the washer should have little to no issues with removing stains.
It offers users 15 different cycles, ranging from delicates to heavy duty, and there's even a cycle specifically for denim. We were glad to see an additional hot-water cycle for allergy-prone users who need their washer to kill germs and dust mites. Similarly to LG's TurboWash setting, the Bosch boasts a SpeedPerfect mode that provides up to 40% faster washing times. Features like its anti-vibration circular side walls and EcoSilence Motor ensure that it keeps quiet as to not disturb you or your downstairs neighbors.
FAQs: Everything Else You've Wondered About Washing Machines
Don't worry! If it's been years since you've had to buy a washer, we have you covered with a few of the most commonly asked questions about washing machines. (You're welcome!)
Q: Where are the best places to buy a washing machine?
A: Home Depot offers financing options and free standard delivery on appliance purchases of $396 or more, which includes basic hook-up service. This includes everything from uncrating to setup, leveling, and connecting the dryers. The retailer also tests your new appliances after install to make sure everything is working correctly, then they remove all of the packing materials. You can get more information and read frequently asked questions about delivery and installation here.
Lowes also offers free delivery seven days a week, up to 75 miles from a fulfillment location, for its appliances. They occasionally have free next-day delivery during sale periods, too, and they offer financing packages. Lowes' installers will connect the appliance, test it, and haul away the old appliance for an additional fee.
AJ Madison also sells most major appliances and includes free nationwide delivery on orders over $499. However, they only deliver products to your front door, and they won't install your new appliance or haul away the old one unless you live in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.
Best Buy delivers appliance purchases totaling $399 or more for free. They’ll unbox and install your new washing machine, plus remove the old one for an additional fee.
Sears and Sears Outlet stores offer great prices on washing machines, and the retailer has several installation services available. They’ll deliver and unpack your washer, inspect it for damages and defects, determine if any additional work needs to be done prior to installation, connect your new appliance, explain codes and permits, level and secure it, test it, and even teach you how to use it. They’ll also remove all packaging materials, and they’ll haul away your old washer for an additional charge.
Q: How much should you expect to spend on a high quality washing machine?
A: Non-commercial, full-sized washing machines can cost anywhere between a closeout $250 price and $2,100. Portable washers can cost as little as $100. We recommend spending $400 minimum on a full-sized model to get a reliable washer that’ll last you and your family several years. If you want a feature-filled one with steam cycles, smart functionality, and a modern-looking design, you can expect to pay at least $900.
Q: How do you clean a washing machine?
A: Soap builds up residue and scum, which can eventually turn to mold, so you'll want to occasionally clean your washing machine. We recommend filling your washer with hot water and mixing in a little vinegar and baking soda to clean it. You can check out all the steps here!
Q: What brand of washing machine is most reliable?
A: Whirlpool, LG, and Maytag are the most reliable brands of washers. Yale Appliance found that less than 7% of the sales of these units required a servicing. J.D. Power also ranks LG as the highest-ranking manufacturer in customer satisfaction.
Q: Can you stack any compact washer with any compact dryer?
A: Stacking a dryer on top of a front-load washing machine is a great way to save space in your laundry room. However, stacking the two is a lot more difficult than it sounds. You need to ensure the machines are secured so vibrations don't cause them to tumble, make sure you have the proper venting, and measure several times.
Q: Do washing machines without agitators clean well?
A: Even though front-load washing machines are more energy-efficient and use less water, a lot of buyers prefer older agitator-style washing machines. There are good and bad things with both models. Our verdict is that top-load agitator models are harsher on clothes and don't clean as well as other washers. On the plus side, they typically have shorter cycle times and are cheaper.
Q: How long does a washing machine last on average?
A: The average life expectancy of a new washing machine is about 11 years. If you purchased your washing machine in the early 2000s, we think you're definitely overdue for a replacement. Older models just aren’t nearly as energy- or water-efficient as today's models, so you’ll have some peace of mind knowing your electric bill will go down if you splurge for a new upgrade.
Q: What size washer do you need to wash a king-size comforter?
A: Capacity is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new washing machine. When you’re buying a new washer, you need to consider not only how much laundry you’re doing now, but how much you expect to do in the future. A size of 4 cubic feet is enough to wash 12-16 pounds of laundry, and should suffice for a family of two. A larger-capacity unit, at 4.5 cubic feet, can hold up to 20 pounds of laundry, a must for a larger family. A king-size comforter will fit into a 3.8-cubic-foot machine, but you shouldn't add anything else to the load while you're washing it. You’ll need 5.8 cubic feet of space to wash king-size comforters and full sets of bedding in a single load.
Q: What’s the best laundry detergent to use?
A: If you're in a rush and don't want to fuss with liquid, we recommend Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs. For washing your baby's clothes and linens, we're fans of Dreft Pur-Touch liquid detergent. As for washing your clothes, we stand by Arm & Hammer 2X Ultra Clean Burst liquid detergent, and love Seventh Generation Natural liquid laundry detergent. You can check out all our reviews of detergents here!