Best Washers 2019 - Top Washing Machines for Large, Small Homes
We have spent hundreds of hours researching washing machines in every cleaning category. Our washing machine comparison was first published in 2010. Over many years we have developed expertise in everything that matters for washers, including capacity, features and functionality. We have further specialized our research to find you the best of each specific washer type: front-loaders, top-loaders, washer-dryer combos and portable washers.
In all categories, we research the intersection between reasonable price, energy efficiency and sensible features. We look at which machines are selling as a starting point to get an idea of what price range and features interest the most people. We then research expert and user reviews and government websites to find the most efficient and best-regarded machines. We interview experts along the way, including those involved in manufacturing washing machines and those who repair them, to help us determine the very best appliances in each category.
Best Top Load
The energy efficient LG WT7200CV has a broad range of cycles and features, an outstanding warranty and reasonable price. The wash drum can fit king-sized comforters so you won't have to take them to the cleaners. Even with all of its capacity it’s only 27 inches wide, which is compact. It is built to last, judging by its long and strong warranty. The wash drum is covered for life and the motor is covered for 10 years. Lots of the competing units offered only one year of warranty coverage on everything. It should be fairly inexpensive to run for the duration of its life. The estimated annual energy cost is only $16, well below the cost of others we compared.
Best Front Load
The LG WM1388HW is a compact machine that still houses a lot of cleaning power. It costs less than $1,000, but boasts impressive energy efficiency and more than the average variety of cleaning cycles. Lesser common cycles include Baby Wear, Sanitary and Sports Wear. This machine also provides more choices for water temperatures and even spin speeds, so you can really tailor your cleaning preferences on every load.
Best Washer-Dryer Combo
The Haier HLC1700AXS has a reasonable initial pricetag and can also save you money over time with its impressive energy efficiency. It will cost about $8 a year to run. That is low even when you compare it to machines with the same capacity. Also, you get what you need for different laundry situations because there are many ways to customize each load, including 11 wash cycles, five water temperatures, five spin speeds and five soil levels. There are many choices when it is time for drying, including an Auto Dry setting and no-heat drying.
The GE WSLP1500HWW has a large capacity compared to most portable washing machines, and it's highly efficient. It costs less than $23 per year to operate, substantially less than other units that can cost $30 or more. This efficiency is bolstered by a compact design that makes this unit great for small spaces, such as apartments or RVs.