Washers Buying Guide

Gone are the days when all washing machines looked alike. Today's washers show off sophisticated styles and a wealth of convenient features and special cycles for specific types of clothes. This buying guide will help you find the right model for your unique needs and space requirements.

Types of Washers

Types of Washers

Top-loading washers have long been the most common type of washing machine, but front-loading washers have become popular in recent years. Front-loaders and some top-loaders offer improved energy-efficiency, so look carefully at energy and water use when you are selecting a washer. Space-saving washers are also available; they're ideal for apartments or small homes. Here is a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of washer.

Top-Loading Washers

This type of washer opens from the top and uses an agitator to swirl the laundry around the tub. They are usually less expensive than other types of washers, and they're easy to load and unload. Because the tub fills completely with water, this type of washer uses more water than other types of washing machines. They also have limited capacity, and loads can become unbalanced more easily than in other models. Top-loaders tend to be noisier than front-loading washers.

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LG
$895.10

The 27 Energy Star Qualified Super Capacity Top Load Washerfrom LG offers a spacious52 cu ft capacityto meet your washingdemands T...hewasher provides12 wash programs Smart Thinq Technology TrueBalance Plus Anti-Vibration System SenseClean System and Tu... read more

Thorne Electric
$352.68 $171.44

This Koblenz Washing Machine is portable and can fit into even small spaces. This would be a good option for an apartment that doe...s not have washer/dryer hookups. The washer can be tucked out of sight when it is not in use and then taken out when it is... read more

High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washers

These washers also open from the top, but they don't use an agitator. They fill only partly with water, so they use less water than standard top-loaders, and their higher spin speeds help to extract more water (thus saving time in the dryer). Often they can hold more laundry than standard top-loading machines, but their higher spin speeds can tangle and wrinkle clothes. They work best when used with a high-efficiency (HE) detergent.

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Whirlpool
$1518.20

The new top load washer from Whirlpool39s Cabrio line is highly efficient and cleans well with 26 wash cycles Wash more than 3 bas...kets in one load No worries about clothes being damaged as there is no agitator instead there is a low-profile impeller ... read more

Whirlpool
$499.00

Keeping it clean is a task this high-efficiency washer takes seriously. An HE agitator with fabric softener cap provides high-effi...ciency cleaning and dispensing at just the right time. And with 3.5 cu. ft. capacity, it has enough space to wash nearly... read more

Samsung
$999.00

Samsung's 5.2 cu. ft. top load washer is not only quiet, but cleans even your toughest stains deeply, yet gently, with AquaJet wat...er jets. The stainless steel Diamond Drum is gentler on clothes than traditional washers. And with VRT Technology, you’ll... read more

Maytag
$599.00

Maytag hangs its hat on the ability to tackle the toughest laundry jobs and this Centennial washer is one powerful cleaning machin...e. It's built for the Best Cleaning in its class driven by the PowerWash cycle and handles difficult loads with an... read more

Front-Loading Washers

These washing machines have grown more popular in recent years. They open from the front and clean clothes by tumbling them—which is gentler on clothes than the agitator in standard top-loading models. They often come with more special features than standard top-loaders, but they are also more expensive. They may not rinse clothes as well as top-loaders, but their higher spin speeds help remove more water and reduce drying times (saving electricity). The rubber door seals on these models can trap dirt, detergent, and water and lead to mold growth and odor problems. The machines require a special high-efficiency (HE) detergent.

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Samsung
$659.00

Samsung WF45K6200 Front Load Washer with AddWash and Smart CareSamsung presents a front load washer with innovative performance fe...atures to guarantee you a stress-free laundry experience. With 12 preset wash cycles and 10 wash options, this washer can accommodate even heavily soiled laundry items with its outstanding wash performance.This washer features Samsung's AddWash door for the ultimate in convenience. If you discover you've accidentally left a few laundry items out of the load, you can add them even after the wash cycle has begun - no more waiting around for the cycle to finish to wash those last few items.The WF45K6200 also features Smart Care technology. You can monitor and manage your washer right from your smart phone to troubleshoot problems without having to wait on the phone with customer service.Vibration Reduction technology drastically reduces noise and vibration during washes by keeping the drum balanced, even at high spin speeds. Enjoy the quiet operation of a powerful washer that doesn't disrupt. Plus, Self Clean+ technology ensures that the washer remains nice and clean. The Self Clean+ cycle sanitizes and deodorizes the washer's interior to keep things fresh. For a powerful and efficient ENERGY STAR rated front load washer, Samsung's WF45K6200 is a superb choice. Available in white or azure. Available at AJ Madison.About SamsungSamsung is guided by a singular vision: to lead the digital convergence movement. They believe that through technology innovation today, they will find the solutions they need to address the challenges of tomorrow. From technology, comes opportunity - for businesses to grow, for citizens in emerging markets to prosper by tapping into the digital economy, and for people to invent new possibilities. It's their aim to develop innovative technologies and efficient processes that create new markets, enrich people's lives and continue to make Samsung a trusted market leader. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Samsung
$1165.10

27 Inch 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Steam Washer with AddWash DoorThe WF45K6500A washer from Samsung presents to you 14 powerful wash c...ycles as well as steam options to tackle large loads of even heavily soiled laundry. Plus, with Samsung's SuperSpeed cycle, this washer can finish a full load of laundry up to 40% faster than inferior models. With a generous 4.5 cu. ft. of capacity, you can wash up to three laundry baskets in a single load.Samsung's AddWash door allows you to add more items into the washer after starting the wash cycle. Save time and energy by not having to wait to begin a new cycle. This washer features Samsung's Vibration Reduction Technology, ensuring that the washer operates quietly without noisy disruptions. For safety purposes, the washer door can be locked with the Child Lock feature. With the Self Clean+ cycle, you can ensure that the washer itself stays clean after repeated usage.For an outstandingly powerful washer that presents you with innovative convenience features, a generous capacity and the power of steam cleaning, consider Samsung's WF45K6500A front-load steam washer. Available at AJ Madison.About SamsungSamsung is guided by a singular vision: to lead the digital convergence movement. They believe that through technology innovation today, they will find the solutions they need to address the challenges of tomorrow. From technology, comes opportunity - for businesses to grow, for citizens in emerging markets to prosper by tapping into the digital economy, and for people to invent new possibilities. It's their aim to develop innovative technologies and efficient processes that create new markets, enrich people's lives and continue to make Samsung a trusted market leader. read more

Samsung
$1435.10

5.6 Cu. Ft. Capacity Front-Load Washer with SuperSpeedThe Samsung 9100 Series Front Load washer has a 5.6 cu. ft. capacity, the la...rgest in its class, and can wash two 6-pound polyester king-sized comforters. Samsung's breakthrough SuperSpeed technology provides a faster and more thorough wash cycle. Simply press the button to select SuperSpeed and save time on 5 wash cycles - without sacrificing cleaning performance. With SuperSpeed, you can quickly wash a full load in only 30 minutes. Power through your laundry like a pro. Samsung's PowerFoam technology uses an innovative mixture of water, air and detergent to penetrate deep into the heart of fabric. Confidently deep clean even your bulkiest items with the power of foam.About SamsungSamsung is guided by a singular vision: to lead the digital convergence movement. They believe that through technology innovation today, they will find the solutions they need to address the challenges of tomorrow. From technology, comes opportunity - for businesses to grow, for citizens in emerging markets to prosper by tapping into the digital economy, and for people to invent new possibilities. It's their aim to develop innovative technologies and efficient processes that create new markets, enrich people's lives and continue to make Samsung a trusted market leader. read more

Samsung
$669.00

Samsung WF45K6200 Front Load Washer with AddWash and Smart CareSamsung presents a front load washer with innovative performance fe...atures to guarantee you a stress-free laundry experience. With 12 preset wash cycles and 10 wash options, this washer can accommodate even heavily soiled laundry items with its outstanding wash performance.This washer features Samsung's AddWash door for the ultimate in convenience. If you discover you've accidentally left a few laundry items out of the load, you can add them even after the wash cycle has begun - no more waiting around for the cycle to finish to wash those last few items.The WF45K6200 also features Smart Care technology. You can monitor and manage your washer right from your smart phone to troubleshoot problems without having to wait on the phone with customer service.Vibration Reduction technology drastically reduces noise and vibration during washes by keeping the drum balanced, even at high spin speeds. Enjoy the quiet operation of a powerful washer that doesn't disrupt. Plus, Self Clean+ technology ensures that the washer remains nice and clean. The Self Clean+ cycle sanitizes and deodorizes the washer's interior to keep things fresh. For a powerful and efficient ENERGY STAR rated front load washer, Samsung's WF45K6200 is a superb choice. Available in white or azure. Available at AJ Madison.About SamsungSamsung is guided by a singular vision: to lead the digital convergence movement. They believe that through technology innovation today, they will find the solutions they need to address the challenges of tomorrow. From technology, comes opportunity - for businesses to grow, for citizens in emerging markets to prosper by tapping into the digital economy, and for people to invent new possibilities. It's their aim to develop innovative technologies and efficient processes that create new markets, enrich people's lives and continue to make Samsung a trusted market leader. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Compact Washers

If space is an issue, you might want to consider a compact washing machine. They are typically 24 inches wide (instead of the standard 27 inches), and you can usually stack the washer with a dryer to conserve even more floor space. They can be stored in a closet and rolled out to a sink for water if necessary. However, they have a much smaller capacity than many other models.

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Amana
$1477.61

This compact washer by Amana offers 15 cu ft capacity and a stainless steel tub that provides durability and resists rusting This ...washer also features 6 wash cycles 3 temperature settings quiet wash motor and versatile installation to help you save space read more

Amana
$1348.00

This compact washer by Amana offers 15 cu ft capacity and a stainless steel tub that provides durability and resists rusting This ...washer also features 6 wash cycles 3 temperature settings quiet wash motor and versatile installation to help you save space read more

MAGIC CHEF
$445.00 $329.99

Featuring touchpad controls and a digital display for easy operation, this portable washer is a space-saving solution for washing ...clothes. 6 fully automatic cycles for customized cleaning see-through viewing lid pulsator generates strong and weak water... read more

The Laundry Alternative
$72.99 $61.99

The Laundry Alternative 4.5 cu. ft, Top Load Super Compact Washer Entry-level model that comes with a new and improved motor funct...ion. Features: -Compact and lightweight.-Fits on a countertop for easy draining.-Connects to any 110V outlet.-Stylish... read more

Laundry Centers

The washer and dryer in these laundry centers come as a set; they may be stacked in a closet to save on space. You can choose a top-loading washer or a front-loading washer, depending on how much you want to spend.

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Wildlife Research Center
$14.44

Proprietary multi-surfactant blend. Twice as many loads per ounce compared to regular Scent Killer Liquid Clothing Wash. Special H...-E Formula with No U.V. Brighteners! Wildlife Research Center Scent Killer Gold Laundry Detergent, 18 fl oz: Deep Cleaning... read more

ESQ Watches
$1,718.00 $1145.33

EQUA1075 Features 1200 RPM spin speed in washer 180 Degree door opening Auto dry/Timed Dry Child lock; Delay start Stainless steel... drum Set includes a washer and a dryer read more

Product Features

Product Features

When you're shopping for a washer, look for features that will enhance convenience and improve washing ability. Many models offer an array of different cycle choices and temperature settings. Some of them are very useful, but others may not be necessary for your household. Consider what items you usually launder, and look for features that match those needs. Models with additional features usually cost more, so think about which features are worth the extra money.

Automatic Dispensers

These dispensers release powder or liquid detergent at the appropriate time in the cycle, so you don't have to pour detergent directly onto clothes. Some models hold many loads' worth of detergent and will dispense it as necessary, so you don't have to refill the compartment every time.

Automatic Temperature Control

This feature allows the washer to adjust the water to the best temperature for the cycle you have selected. Most washers mix set amounts of hot and cold water, but this feature can adjust the proportions to compensate for extra cold water coming into the washer.

Touchpad Controls

Instead of dial controls, a lot of higher-end models feature touchpad controls that give you step-by-step instructions for washing a load or allow you to save customized settings. Models with these controls usually offer more wash and temperature settings, which add convenience, but they can be trickier to use.

Delay Start

This feature lets you program the time the washer will start running, allowing you to run the washer when it's convenient for you or when utility rates are lower.

Steam Setting

Some washers include a steam setting that promises to remove stains better and help prevent wrinkles. Expect to pay more for models with this feature.

Special Cycles

Higher-end washers include a variety of special cycles. Examples include a quick-wash setting that lets you wash a small load in about half the time (handy if you forget to wash a special outfit for work or a sports uniform) and an extra rinse cycle, which is ideal for people who are sensitive to detergents. Some models even allow you to wash and dry a load in the washer.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping, look carefully at construction quality and energy and water use to determine how well the machine will hold up and how much it will cost to operate. Consider where you'll place your washer (and accompanying dryer) to determine the best size for your space, and think about how much capacity you need. Style and finish also differ among models, allowing you to choose a machine that coordinates with the surrounding room.

Construction

Look for a stainless-steel or plastic tub (rather than a porcelain tub) that won't rust if it's chipped. Smooth interior surfaces are also easier on clothes. If you opt for a top-loader, look for a porcelain lid that won't scratch as easily as a painted metal top.

Spin Speeds

As you're shopping, also consider the spin speeds of various models. Washers with higher spin speeds extract more water from the clothes, allowing you to reduce drying times and save electricity.

Size/Capacity

Be sure to measure your space carefully, and take those measurements with you to the store when shopping for your new washer. When measuring, allow for about 36 inches of space in front of your washer (and 42 inches in front of your dryer) to make loading and unloading easy. Also make sure the washer can fit through existing doorways. In addition to overall size, consider how much capacity you will need. Do you usually wash small loads, or are you regularly faced with huge piles of laundry? Front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loaders offer the largest capacity.

Placement

If you'll be placing the washer in a main living area or near a bedroom, look for models with sound-dampening material and vibration reduction to minimize noise. Also look for a model that allows you to turn off the end-of-cycle signal. If you purchase a front-loading washer, consider whether you want to also purchase a storage pedestal, which raises the washer and makes loading and unloading easier.

Finish

Today's washers are available in an array of finishes. You can find white, black, and stainless steel, but also bold and stylish colors such as orange, red, blue, and gray.

Energy/Water Use

Keep in mind that front-loading washers are more efficient than top-loaders—although high-efficiency top loaders offer considerable water and energy savings when compared with traditional top-loading washers. Look for the Energy Star label, and read the EnergyGuide labels when comparing models.

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GE
$699.00 $499.00

Your GE ENERGY STAR 4.6 cu. ft. DOE Top Load Washer in White features a stainless steel wash drum that won't rust, chip or snag cl...othing. It is ENERGY STAR qualified to meet or exceed federal efficiency guidelines for year-round energy and money... read more

Samsung
$1,499.00 $943.00

The largest capacity 27 in. front load washing machine lets you wash over 3 laundry baskets in a single load to save you time and ...energy. The AddWash door lets you conveniently add in laundry after the wash cycle has begun without having to restart.... read more

Samsung
$999.00 $549.00

Samsung 4.5 cu. ft. Washer with AddWash featuring VRT Plus Technology keeps the house quiet by minimizing noise and vibration. Ope...n the AddWash door to conveniently add in any forgotten laundry after the wash cycle has begun. The combination of large... read more

Samsung
$999.00 $549.00

This powerful front load Samsung washer is full of innovative features designed to simpify the way you do laundry. From the steam ...wash cycle, to troubleshooting from you smartphone, self-cleaning capabilities, and more, this washer is built to take on... read more

GE
$649.00 $449.00

Your GE 4.2 cu. ft. DOE Top load Washer in White features a large dual-action agitator to help turn clothes over and a stainless s...teel wash basket that won't chip, rust or snag clothing. The load size is automatically measured and adjusts settings and... read more

Samsung
$799.00 $449.00

This Samsung front load washing machine helps you save time by fitting more into each load. Its Diamond Drum is gentle on your clo...thes to help them last longer, while the self-clean mode helps keep the drum itself sanitized with cleaning reminders... read more

GE
$599.00 $399.00

Your GE 4.2 cu. ft. DOE Top load Washer in White features a large dual-action agitator to help turn clothes over and a stainless s...teel wash basket that won't chip, rust or snag clothing. The load size is automatically measured and adjusts settings and... read more

Hotpoint
$449.00 $269.00

Delivering a variety of features including a bleach dispenser and Dual-Action Agitator, the Hotpoint 3.6 cu. ft. Top Load Washer f...eatures eight cycles to provide flexibility that fits your fabrics. Designed for easy customization with every load, it... read more

Samsung
$1,099.00 $599.00

Samsung 4.5 cu. ft. Washer with AddWash featuring VRT Plus Technology keeps the house quiet by minimizing noise and vibration. Ope...n the AddWash door to conveniently add in any forgotten laundry after the wash cycle has begun. The combination of large... read more

Samsung
$899.00 $499.00

This powerful front load Samsung washer is full of innovative features designed to simpify the way you do laundry. From the steam ...wash cycle, to troubleshooting from you smartphone, self-cleaning capabilities, and more, this washer is built to take on... read more

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