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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washing Machine Comparison Chart
|Washing Machine Model||Rating||Price||Type||Capacity
(H” x W” x D”)
|SS Tub||Auto Temp
|End of Cycle
|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|