Pros / The built-in sink will make it easier to pre-treat stains.

Cons / This is not a stackable option so if you are short on space it might not work.

 Verdict / The generous proportions will make it great if you need to do large loads often but don't expect to fit it into smaller laundry rooms.

The Samsung WA54M8750AV/A4 is the epitome of what's different about the new generation of top load washing machines. This is not the old beater you grew up with – one of those loud, water-guzzling giants that were the standard for decades. This is a Wi-Fi connected machine that has an Energy Star from the Environmental Protection Agency, and that is only a small part of the difference from top-loaders past.

One way it is unlike the old machines is its vibration reduction features. There are integrated sensors that help keep big loads balanced even if they are spinning rapidly.

The controls also are much more sleek on the WA54M8750AV/A4 than the old dial style units. They are integrated into the lid and lay flat. You push buttons and rely on a lighted display rather than clicking a dial into place. This had the most options of any washer we compared, including 15 different cycles and 11 wash options. You can choose from all the expected ones plus less common cycles like Bedding/Waterproof, Super Speed and Brilliant Whites. The cycle types can be even more specific with options like Pre-Soak and Delay End.

There is a built-in sink with this high-efficiency top load washer that sits atop the tub for the pretreating that is often part of laundry duties. You can soak and scrub stained items with the help of a built-in water source and then dump the pretreated clothing directly into the tub for a normal cycle.

Another thing your old washing machine didn't have is a steam feature, and even today that is something more common on front-loading washers, but this Samsung unit has a steam wash to help you remove stains and kill bacteria for deeper cleaning.

This is one of the larger top load washers available with its 5.4 cubic feet of capacity. That means this washer isn’t compact, so if you have a smaller laundry space this likely isn’t the right fit. If you need a more compact washer, check out the Amana NTW4516FW. For bigger families, though, this can be a great addition. The speed loads are helpful for families, too, powering through a full load in 36 minutes. That could be a sanity saver on a school night.

The Wi-Fi connectivity means you can get alerts when a cycle is complete, wherever you are. The app also helps you troubleshoot problems with the washer so repairs are easier. This machine also reminds you to clean it every 40 wash cycles. Its matching dryer, the Samsung DVE54M8750V, is also Wi-Fi connected, so you can monitor the drying cycle and receive alerts when clothes are dry.

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The Samsung WA54M8750AV/A4 does not stack. That fact combined with the relatively wide width means this machine takes up a lot of space. If you have a small laundry room that might be a problem, but for all other households it should be a great fit. It integrates the best top load washer ideas out there for an energy efficient way to get clothes clean.

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