If you’re looking for a high-powered washing machines that’ll remove the worst of stains and get your clothes looking fresh in no time, these front- and top-loading washing machines are the best you can buy. we have picked the best using various criteria.
Best Overall Washing Machine
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the LG WM3900HWA washing machine won’t disappoint. Based on our extensive evaluation, LG is one of the most reliable brands of washers as it currently holds the number-one spot in both product and service quality in the American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings; more J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Awards for appliances than any other manufacturer for 2 years running; and its washing machines require less servicing in this first year of ownership than most other brands. LG was also the second-most recommended brand of washing machine by repair technicians at Puls, coming only behind Whirlpool.
With a spacious 4.5-cubic-foot capacity, there’s plenty of room for a king-sized comforter or 20 pounds of laundry. If you want to take your laundry to the next level, you even have the option to add a second washer to it, so you can finish two loads at a time.
Using this model is easy — just press the power button, turn its single knob to select your cycle (there are 13, with the option to upload additional ones with a smartphone), then press the start button. There’s an additional panel to adjust water temperature, spin speed, and soil-level settings, along with a handful of buttons for triggering specific settings like an extra rinse, steam function, or enabling LG’s exclusive TurboWash setting.
This option tackles large loads in less time by combining the rinse and spin cycles and spraying a detergent/water mixture directly onto your clothes using five nozzles. It can cut washing times in half, and will clean a regular-sized load in just a half-hour! There’s also a steam setting to reduce common household allergens by more than 95%, making it certified asthma- and allergy-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
You can control the washing machine using your smartphone, Google Home, or Amazon Alexa-powered speaker, too. This functionality comes in handy for starting the laundry while you’re out and about. The machine will even send a notification to your phone when your clothes are finished washing.
Another plus is that the washing machine is incredibly energy- and water-efficient — it’ll cost you about $10 to run each year.
Best at Removing Stains
This Electrolux washing machine was in the running for our best overall pick, but we discovered that LG was a more reliable brand.
Its controls are straightforward and aren’t cluttered and confusing like LG’s can be, and it only has nine cycles, compared to other model’s 12 to 20 cycles. We also love its convenient dispenser drawer that accommodates single-dose detergent packs — making it a great pick for those who prefer to use Tide Pods.
What makes the Electrolux shine, however, is its SmartBoost feature. Basically, the washer uses an extra water pump that pre-mixes detergent or fabric softener with water that’s then evenly distributed onto your clothes. This ensures that each fiber in your load gets exposure. It even uses steam to help lift dirt out of your clothing and linens.
A 15-minute fast-wash cycle will come in handy when you’re in a bind and need to quickly wash something before heading out. There’s also another exclusive “StainSoak” feature that selects the perfect combination of tumble, detergent concentration, and temperature for removing a number of stains that you select from the washer’s intuitive display, including difficult substances like blood, chocolate, and red wine. Editors at Digital Trends, who named the washer their best overall pick, even said it got clothes cleaner than any other model they tested.
This 4.4-cubic-foot, front-load washer has a normal wash cycle time of 47 minutes, while its heavy-duty cycle can take more than 2 hours — a tad on the slow end. In comparison, LG offers a TurboWash setting that cuts wash times in half to just 40 minutes, while offering the same performance as a normal cycle.
The pros outweigh the cons, though, and we still feel confident in recommending this Electrolux washing machine.
Best Budget Buy
If you’re willing to put up with fewer and louder cycles and forfeit some advanced features for a much more affordable price, this stackable front-loading washing machine from Samsung is a great pick for those on a budget. It features a large 4.2-cubic-foot capacity and an attractive white stainless steel finish. Plus, Samsung is Yale appliances’ second most reliable brand (following LG), and Puls repair technicians’ third most-recommended brand.
With this washer, you get just seven basic cycles. There are no sanitize cycles for the allergy-prone, nor speed cycles like Electrolux’s or LG’s TurboWash cycle we mentioned earlier. There’s no built-in steamer for killing bacteria, so it isn’t ideal for washing cloth diapers, either.
What you do get, though, is an easy-to-use, energy- and water-efficient washing machine that just works. Its heavy-duty cycle may take an hour, but it’ll remove grass stains and grime, no problem.
This washer should meet the needs of most users who’ll appreciate its attractive looks and stellar price. A senior lab technician at Reviewed agrees. He called the washer efficient and a good choice if you’re looking to upgrade into the front-loader market.
The LG Signature WM9500HKA has it all, and with its 5.8-cubic-foot capacity, it’s one of the largest front-loading washing machines you can buy.
It requires more than 23 cubic feet to install, and to open its door fully, you’ll need 57 inches of space. A small laundry closet just won’t cut it for this mammoth machine. If you can fit it in your home, its large capacity will certainly help you tackle large piles of dirty clothes, so you can spend less time doing the wash and more time doing other things.
It not only looks premium, but it performs fantastically as well, especially combined with LG’s TwinWash pedestal washer that sits underneath the machine. With this optional add-on, you can complete two loads of wash simultaneously. We would have liked to see LG include the TwinWash with its LG Signature washer, especially because Samsung sells its dual FlexWash series at a similar price point. But compared to other washing machined, the WM9500HKA does a better job at removing stains, has wicked-fast cycle times, and is equipped with LG’s impressive TurboWash feature.
Surprisingly, it’s quite water- and energy-efficient. Additionally, its motor spins at 1,300 RPM, meaning it’s good at retaining water, which lessens the workload for your dryer and saves even more energy.
The LG Signature WM9500HKA is packed with all the bells and whistles you need to make your laundry less of a chore and life a little easier. We just wish it were a little cheaper.
Best Top-Load Washing Machine
Top-loading washing machines don’t clean as thoroughly as front-loading ones do, and they also use significantly more water and energy. But if you’re looking for a top-load washing machine, the LG WT7800CW is the best one you can buy.
If you’re lazy, don’t sift through your clothes, and just dump your laundry basket straight into the machine, the LG will have your back. It’s equipped with a large, 5.5-cubic-foot drum that can tackle the largest of loads. While it has the space and the strength for cleaning large quantities, its standard cycles aren’t the speediest (some will take more than an hour to finish). This can make laundry day much more of a drag when you have several loads to tackle.
To make up for this, the LG has a TurboWash setting, which saves up to 20 minutes. It combines the rinse and spin cycles while using dual nozzles to spray a concentrated detergent solution directly onto your clothes, which brings cycle time to less than 40 minutes.
Another nifty cycle, called “ColdWash” uses cold water and enhanced motions to effectively clean your clothes. The washer’s tub and motor rotate independently and in opposite directions, which creates a powerful water flow that causes your clothes to rub against each other. This gives the cleaning performance of warm water, with the added benefit of saving energy.
For allergy-sufferers we recommend the more expensive LG WT7900HBA top-loader, which is equipped with an “Allergiene” cycle that eliminates 95% of pet dander and dust mites.
While top-load washing machine don’t remove stains as well as front-loading machines, this LG remedies this with a powerful jet spray that shoots water deep within the fibers of your clothes to tackle stains. We think given this washer’s large tub, its quietness, and wide feature set, it’s definitely worthy of your consideration.
With a combined capacity of 6.9 cubic feet, this dual washing machine from Samsung is sure to please large families that need to conquer mountains of laundry. The Samsung has a large 5.8-cubic-foot front-loading drum, in addition to a mini 1.1-cubic-foot washer at its top.
This washing machine is quite similar to the LG’s TwinWash pedestal washer we mentioned earlier, but rather than being located at the base like the LG, Samsung’s small washer is on top instead. The mini washer can fit four T-shirts, three pairs of sweatpants, or 25 smaller items like bras, underwear, and socks. If you want to use warm water on the top washer and cold on the bottom, you’re free to do so, too.
Whether you’re washing bedding or activewear, there’s sure to be a cycle (there’s 12 total!) for your laundry needs. Some cycles use a built-in steamer to help remove stains, and because the washer is equipped with an internal water heater, your hot water will reach temperatures up to 153 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to kill bacteria. Even hotter: This washer has Wi-Fi and sends push notifications to your smartphone when cycles are done!
Our sister site Good Housekeeping named this washer as a top pick because of its flexibility and excellent cleaning performance. The front-loader does a fine job at cleaning whatever you throw at it, it’s gentle on fabrics, and it’s water- and energy- efficient. The mini washer isn’t that water-efficient and it doesn’t clean as effectively, making it ideal for quickly washing delicates or lightly soiled clothes.
Another selling factor: This washing machine is absolutely stunning, and it comes in a sharp black stainless steel finish or a white color. Samsung really has a fine attention to detail, and it shows; the washer’s large touch display is inviting and easy to use.
Most Affordable Top-Loader
If you’re in search for a top-loading washing machine but are on a budget, we recommend the LG WT7300CW. It combines the features and performance of more expensive models at a much more affordable price point, and it’ll still look great in your laundry room. It even has a sharp-looking glass lid, so you can see the washer work its magic without interrupting the cycle.
The washing machine, which is also a Wirecutter top pick, has 14 cycles for delicates, bedding, deep-fill washes, and others, and you’re able to select various temperatures for washing and rinsing. We found that the similar WT7500CW isn’t the most gentle washer, meaning there is a greater likelihood it would cause wear and tear on your clothes overtime. This one is much better suited for delicates.
This option has a TurboWash 3D feature that creates a powerful water flow to cause your clothes to run against each other without the beating and excessive vibration an agitator would provide. We were glad to see that the washer has Wi-Fi connectivity for easily checking the status of your wash or starting cycles remotely. Best of all, though, is that it offers owners a large 5-cubic-foot capacity, so you can plow through heaps of laundry with ease.
Best Portable Washing Machine
If you’re renting your place and your landlord won’t pay to have a washing machine installed (or if you don’t have enough room or the right hookups for a full-sized one) you should get a portable washing machine.
This small but mighty one from BLACK+DECKER is perfect for those who want to avoid the laundromat at all costs. The 0.9-cubic-foot tub may not be the biggest, spin the fastest, or even be the most effective at removing stains, but it’s affordable, energy-efficient, and doesn’t require any special electrical or water hookups. Plus, you can fit it practically anywhere thanks to its small footprint.
It’s also one of the few portable washers that has several spin cycles for your specific washing needs. You have the choice of heavy, gentle, normal, rapid, and soak modes. The washer comes with an adapter for attaching it to your sink, as well as a hose for draining. Best of all, it spins quietly and doesn’t vibrate, so it won’t keep you or your neighbors up at night.
If you’re on the hunt for an affordable, effective, and luxurious washing machine, you should go with this one from Samsung. It’s equipped with a generous 4.5-cubic-foot capacity and an ultra convenient Super Speed cycle that finishes a load in just 30 minutes. Best of all, this washer has a unique mini door on its top that lets you add extra items even after you’ve started the wash cycle. The washer pairs with your smartphone and alerts you when the rinse cycle begins — that way you can add prewashed items for rinsing. The door also comes in handy for adding additional fabric softener and venting after every cycle is complete.
The washer features 14 cleaning cycles in total, plus it has an internal water heater and steam functionality for superior cleaning. It’s stackable, compatible with Samsung’s laundry pedestal, and runs quiet. You have the choice of white or black finishes.
Best for Small Spaces
The Bosch 300 is the best compact washing machine for those who can’t fit a full-sized washer in their home.
Unfortunately, the smaller size doesn’t result in a smaller price. Regardless, this front-loading Bosch is a stylish washing machine with fast 1,400 RPM spin speeds and short cycles. Its 2.2-cubic-foot capacity is half as small as our top pick, but can tackle a 15-pound load, which is the equivalent to 16 towels. Cleaning performance is strong, and the washer should have little to no issues with removing stains.
It offers users 15 different cycles, ranging from delicates to heavy duty, and there’s even a cycle specifically for denim. We were glad to see an additional hot-water cycle for allergy-prone users who need their washer to kill germs and dust mites. Similarly to LG’s TurboWash setting, the Bosch boasts a SpeedPerfect mode that provides up to 40% faster washing times. Features like its anti-vibration circular side walls and EcoSilence Motor ensure that it keeps quiet.
Bosch is also one of the most reliable appliances you can buy according to Yale Appliance and the American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings, so you can be almost certain that it’ll last for several years.