Best Washing Machines

Below you will find our list of the best washing machines with reviews on each model. At the bottom of this article you can find a spec chart comparison for all the machines on this list.

Washing machines are considered one of the most important and time-saving appliances you can have for your home. There are two main types of machines – front-loading or top-loading. Front-loading models tend to cost more and wash clothes slower, but are far more energy and water efficient, many can stack a dryer directly on top of the unit, and usually wash your laundry better. Top-loading models normally cost less and wash clothes faster, but use more energy and water, are not stackable thus taking up more space, and usually do not perform as well.

Some things you should look for in a new washing machine include the overall washing performance, the capacity, low noise and vibration, a variety of controls including automatic dispensers and temperature controls, steam setting, stainless steel tub, and a good warranty.

One other important thing you should consider is the service you get from the store you buy your machine from. Some retailers will just deliver your new appliance and it is up to you to hook it up and get rid of your old one. So you should always ask some questions like do they have free delivery? Will they install and set it up for you? Will they remove your old machine for free or do they charge more for this service?

We looked at over 50 models and took under consideration the price, performance, and other user/consumer reviews to come up with our list of the best washing machines which we review below. The prices listed were the best sale price we could find at time of publication. With these appliances you should always look for sales to get the lowest price.


9.3
#1)

LG WM9000HVA

We selected the LG WM9000HVA as the best washing machine. While it is the most expensive washing machine on our list at a sale price of $1299, it also has one of the largest capacities at 5.2 cubic feet. Overall the WM9000HVA has superb cleaning performance while also being one of the most water and energy efficient units you can buy.

The LG WM9000HVA has nearly every feature you could possibly want on a washer like auto-dispensers, auto temperature control, and steam cleaning. The normal wash time with a heavy-soil setting takes about 105 minutes, however if you need clean clothes fast you can use the SpeedWash cycle which can have a small load of clothes clean in just 15 minutes.

One slight negative is that the door is not reversable and only opens to the left which means you need to have the washer placement to the left of your dryer. The LG WM9000HVA is also not stackable.

You should consider the LG WM9000HVA if you need a large capacity washer with superior cleaning performance and do not mind the expensive price tag or need stackable units. The matching gas dryer is the LG DLGX9001V and the matching electric dryer is the LG DLEX9000V.


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Samsung WF56H9100AW

The $1100 Samsung WF56H9100AW has the largest capacity of any washing machine on our list at 5.6 cubic feet. It scores high marks for cleaning capability and both water and energy efficiency. It also is very gentle on fabrics. A normal wash time with a heavy-soil setting is 90 minutes. You can save about 15 minutes by using the SuperSpeed option without sacrificing much performance.

That large capacity also means that the Samsung WF56H9100AW takes up more space since it is the largest unit we rank and 3 inches wider than the average washer. So if you consider buying make sure you have the space for it.

The matching gas dryer is the Samsung DV56H9100GW and the matching electric dryer is the Samsung DV56H9100EW.


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Whirlpool WFW92HEFC

The Whirlpool WFW92HEFC will cost about $1079 on sale. This 4.5 cu. ft. washer cleans equally well as the top-performing models. This machine is fast since it can wash a load of laundry on a heavy-soil setting in 70 minutes which is one of fastest times on our list.

It also has a couple of nice features. First is a bulk dispenser which can hold enough detergent to wash up to 12 loads of laundry. Secondly the FanFresh option keeps clothes fresh for up to 12 hours after the cycle has ended by tumbling and fanning loads.

One slight negative is that the Whirlpool WFW92HEFC is a bit noisier than some other models.

Overall the Whirlpool WFW92HEFC is a solid washer without any major cons, so we would not hestitate to recommend it for all buyers. The matching gas dryer is the Whirlpool WGD92HEFC and the matching electric dryer is the Whirlpool WED92HEFC.


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#4)

Samsung WF50K7500AW

We chose the Samsung WF50K7500AW as the best washing machine under $1000 since you can find it on sale for around $898. Users across several stores have given the WF50K7500AW a 4.7 average rating out of 5. This model has a capacity of 5 cubic feet and provides excellent cleaning, water-efficiency, and energy efficiency. It has 14 wash cycles including a steam wash.

The cycle time for this unit is a bit longer than average at 100 minutes using the heavy-soil setting. However, with the Super Speed option you can clean a load of laundry in as little as 36 minutes.

Overall we highly recommend the Samsung WF50K7500AW due to its performance and price. The matching gas dryer is the Samsung DV50K7500GW and the matching electric dryer is the Samsung DV50K7500EW.


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#5)

Samsung WF45K6500AW

The Samsung WF45K6500AW is very similar to the WF50K7500AW with the main difference being a 4.5 cubic feet capacity and a cheaper price of around $750. The washing performance is excellent including gentleness while water and energy efficiency are also superb.

The WF45K6500AW also offers some control via the Samsung Smart Home app which can detect problems with your washer and perform an immediate diagnosis. The AddWash feature includes a small door on the door on the front which lets you add a stray garment after a wash cycle has begun, although you still need to stop the cycle first.

With no major negatives, we highly recommend the Samsung WF45K6500AW especially if you do not need a larger capacity of 5 cubic feet or more. The matching gas dryer is the Samsung DV45K6500GW and the matching electric dryer is the Samsung DV45K6500EW.


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Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW

The $718 Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW scored the highest rating by the leading consumer magazine. It scores max ratings thanks to cleaning, water efficiency, and energy efficiency.

This 4.5 cu. ft. front load washer has 10 wash cycles with a max time of 70 minutes on the PowerWash cycle and about 45 minutes for a normal cycle. It also has a Fresh Hold option which will keep your clothes fresh for 12 hours by tumbling and fanning loads that are left in the machine.

We could not find any major flaws in the Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW, so we recommend this washing machine for all buyers. The matching gas dryer is the Maytag MGD5500FW and the matching electric dryer is the Maytag MED5500FW.


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Maytag MHW3505FW

The $719 Maytag MHW3505FW was rated as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine. It is very similar to the MHW5500FW with a price nearly the same when on sale. It received excellent grades in terms of water efficiency, energy efficiency, and cleaning. This 4.4 cubic feet machine has a max wash time of 85 minutes on a heavy-soil setting.

The main drawback to the MHW3505FW is that it is relatively noisy. It also is not the most gentle on delicate fabrics.

Overall we feel that the MHW5500FW is a better value for around the same price, but if you can find the Maytag MHW3505FW on sale even cheaper then this one would still make an incredible buy. The matching gas dryer is the Maytag MGD3500FW and the matching electric dryer is the Maytag MED3500FW.


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LG WM4370HWA

Buyers can find the LG WM4370HWA on sale for about $863. This 4.5 cubic feet capacity washer has 14 wash cycles including steam and received the Energy Star Most Efficient designation.

The WM4370HWA can wash clothes fast; it took around 75 minutes to wash a load on heavy-soil settings. Normal setting takes less time, plus there is a TurboWash option which can cut times down another 20-30 minutes without sacrificing much performance. It also has a smart phone app that lets you change and customize cycles.

In testing against other models, the cleaning capability was found to be just a tick below some other top-rated machines. That knocked the LG WM4370HWA down a touch in our final ratings, but overall this washing machine is still really good. The matching gas dryer is the LG DLGX4371W and the matching electric dryer is the LG DLEX4370W.


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Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC

We picked the Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC as the best compact washing machine. This 2.2 cubic feet capacity machine sells for about $1260. If you do not have a lot of room and need a compact washer then this one is ideal due to its size of 34″ x 24″ x 26″. It excels in energy and water efficiency and time it takes to wash a load of laundry which is about 60 minutes on a heavy-soil setting.

While the WAT28402UC is also the quietest washing machine on our list, it can be prone to some vibration. The overall cleaning ability is really good, but quite up to par with the best models especially since it does not have automatic temperature controls or a steam option.

At this price buyers should only consider the Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC if space is a limiting factor in what machine you can use. The matching electric dryer is the Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC.


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#10)

Kenmore 41262

The $650 Kenmore 41262 is the best washing machine under $700. This 4.5 cubic foot front-loader is energy and water efficient, gentle of delicate fabrics, and very quiet. Overall cleaning performance is really good, but not quite excellent.

The control panel is simple to use and comes with 5 soil settings and 5 spin settings. With a handy Add Garment feature, you can add clothing after the washing cycle starts.

Overall the Kenmore 41262 is a good value for the price with no major flaws, although it is not quite as outstanding as other models in any area either. The matching gas dryer is the Kenmore 91182 and the matching electric dryer is the Kenmore 81182.


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Samsung WF42H5000AW

The $546 Samsung WF42H5000AW is one of the best selling washing machines at Home Depot, Sears, and Best Buy. Despite a much cheaper price tag this machine scored equally as impressive grades in terms of cleaning capability to the top-rated units.

This 4.2 cubic feet capacity model has 8 preset wash cycles, however it is lacking a steam clean option. We have seen some complaints about vibration issues, which is not uncommon among some cheaper washing machines.

Overall the Samsung WF42H5000AW is a really solid machine for this price when it is on sale and we highly recommend it to anyone who needs a more affordable washing machine. The matching gas dryer is the Samsung DV42H5000GW and the matching electric dryer is the Samsung DV42H5000EW.


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Samsung WA45K7600AW

We selected the Samsung WA45K7600AW as the best top-loading washing machine. Available for around $530 this unit has 4.5 cubic feet of capacity and 12 wash cycles, although no steam option. It uses more water and electricity than front loading machines (although it is more water efficient than other top-loaders) and the cleaning performance is quite good, but not excellent.

The noise of the WA45K7600AW is reasonable and we found vibration was not an issue. One area it is really weak is in terms of gentleness on delicate fabrics.

If for whatever reason you need a top loading washer then we would recommend the high efficiency Samsung WA45K7600AW. The matching gas dryer is the Samsung DV45K7600GW and the matching electric dryer is the Samsung DV45K7600EW.


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Maytag MVWC416FW

If you are looking for a cheap washing machine then we recommend the best top-loading agitator washing machine the Maytag MVWC416FW which sells for $429. The MVWC416FW has 3.6 cubic feet capacity and is actually very good at cleaning. However, it is not very water or energy efficient, it is noisy, and is not very gentle on fabrics.

If price is of utmost concern you should consider the Maytag MVWC416FW, especially if you can find it on sale for even cheaper than we found it. However, just be aware that there is a reason why front-loading washers are superior to top-loading machines.

The matching gas dryer is the Maytag MGDC215EW and the matching electric dryer is the Maytag MEDC215EW.


Washing Machine Comparison Chart

Washing Machine Model Rating Price Type Capacity
(Cu Ft)
Cycle Time
(Minutes)
Energy
Star
Stackable Dimensions
(H” x W” x D”)
Warranty Require
HE Detergent
SS Tub Auto Temp
Control
Auto Bleach
Dispenser
Auto Detergent
Dispenser
Auto Fabric
Softener Dispenser
Extra
Rinse Cycle
End of Cycle
Signal
Steam
Option
Matching
Gas Dryer
Matching
Electric Dryer
LG WM9000HVA 9.3 $1,299 Front-Loading 5.2 105 Yes No 41 x 29 x 35 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes LG DLGX9001V LG DLEX9000V
Samsung WF56H9100AW 9.3 $1,099.99 Front-Loading 5.6 90 Yes Yes 43 x 30 x 33 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Samsung DV56H9100GW Samsung DV56H9100EW
Whirlpool WFW92HEFC 9.2 $1,079 Front-Loading 4.5 70 Yes Yes 40 x 27 x 33.3 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Whirlpool WGD92HEFC Whirlpool WED92HEFC
Samsung WF50K7500AW 9.2 $898 Front-Loading 5 100 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 35 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Samsung DV50K7500GW Samsung DV50K7500EW
Samsung WF45K6500AW 9.2 $752 Front-Loading 4.5 100 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 35 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Samsung DV45K6500GW Samsung DV45K6500EW
Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW 9.1 $718 Front-Loading 4.5 70 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 34 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maytag MGD5500FW Maytag MED5500FW
Maytag MHW3505FW 9.0 $719 Front-Loading 4.4 85 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 33 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maytag MGD3500FW Maytag MED3500FW
LG WM4370HWA 9.0 $863 Front-Loading 4.5 75 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 31 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes LG DLGX4371W LG DLEX4370W
Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC 8.9 $1,259.99 Compact 2.2 60 Yes Yes 34 x 24 x 26 1 year Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No NA Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC
Kenmore 41262 8.9 $649.99 Front-Loading 4.5 90 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 31 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Kenmore 91182 Kenmore 81182
Samsung WF42H5000AW 8.8 $546 Front-Loading 4.2 80 Yes Yes 39 x 27 x 33 1 year Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Samsung DV42H5000GW Samsung DV42H5000EW
Samsung WA45K7600AW 8.6 $529.99 Top-Loading HE 4.5 75 Yes No 43 x 27 x 29 1 year Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Samsung DV45K7600GW Samsung DV45K7600EW
Maytag MVWC416FW 8.0 $429 Top-Loading Agitator 3.6 40 No No 44 x 27 x 27 1 year Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No Maytag MGDC215EW Maytag MEDC215EW


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