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.