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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Samsung
$715.10

This top load washer by Samsung offers 48 cu ft of washing capacity and comes with VRT Plus technology to reduce vibrations provid...ing you with a more quiet wash compared to standard vibration reduction technology This washer also features diamond dru... read more

LG
$775.40

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

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

Maytag
$699.00 $629.10

We combined the Best Cleaning in its class driven by the PowerWash system with the steel rod construction of the industry-exclusiv...e Smooth Glide drawer. This means you can count on added movement from the Power Impeller for deep cleaning and consistent... read more

Samsung
$799.00 $719.10

This Samsung 4.5 cu. ft. capacity high efficiency ENERGY STAR rated top Load washer with VRT is not only quiet, but cleans even yo...ur toughest stains. At 4.5 cu. ft., it can wash more than a king size comforter. The stainless steel Diamond Drum is... read more

Whirlpool
$699.00 $629.10

Keep clothes looking newer longer with better clean and better care with the Whirlpool 4.8 cu. ft. Cabrio top load washer. It uses... Adaptive Wash technology with Active Bloom wash action to sense and adapt to the needs of each load. Plus, it features... 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
$902.70

Samsung 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Steam Washer with AddWashSamsung presents a front load washer with innovative new design features, ex...ceptional cleaning power and a ton of capacity.The WF50K7500 front load washer features Samsung's AddWash door, which allows you to add more items to the washer after the cycle has already begun. Plus, with 5.0 cu. ft. of capacity, this is the highest capacity 27" inch washer available on the market. You can wash over 3 baskets of laundry in a single load. With the Super Speed cycle, you can wash a full load in only 30 minutes - that's 3 baskets of laundry cleaned in only a half hour. With its unprecedented level of performance, the WF50K7500 washer makes residential laundry easier and more convenient than ever before.This washer is also steam-equipped. The steam wash option allows you to sanitize, dewrinkle and deodorize laundry items better than any non-steam washer. Samsung's PowerFoam feature optimizes your HE detergent performance to penetrate and cleanse fabric more deeply. When the washer itself needs a cleaning, the Self Clean+ cycle takes care of it, keeping your washer fresh and odor free. And, with Vibration Reduction Plus Technology, you'll get all this performance without any noisy disruptions from your washer. The WF50K7500 operates quietly for a peaceful home laundry routine.Choose Samsung's highest-capacity steam washer and enjoy the superb cleaning performance of the WF50K7500 front load 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. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Samsung
$1019.00

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
$902.70

Samsung 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Steam Washer with AddWashSamsung presents a front load washer with innovative new design features, ex...ceptional cleaning power and a ton of capacity.The WF50K7500 front load washer features Samsung's AddWash door, which allows you to add more items to the washer after the cycle has already begun. Plus, with 5.0 cu. ft. of capacity, this is the highest capacity 27" inch washer available on the market. You can wash over 3 baskets of laundry in a single load. With the Super Speed cycle, you can wash a full load in only 30 minutes - that's 3 baskets of laundry cleaned in only a half hour. With its unprecedented level of performance, the WF50K7500 washer makes residential laundry easier and more convenient than ever before.This washer is also steam-equipped. The steam wash option allows you to sanitize, dewrinkle and deodorize laundry items better than any non-steam washer. Samsung's PowerFoam feature optimizes your HE detergent performance to penetrate and cleanse fabric more deeply. When the washer itself needs a cleaning, the Self Clean+ cycle takes care of it, keeping your washer fresh and odor free. And, with Vibration Reduction Plus Technology, you'll get all this performance without any noisy disruptions from your washer. The WF50K7500 operates quietly for a peaceful home laundry routine.Choose Samsung's highest-capacity steam washer and enjoy the superb cleaning performance of the WF50K7500 front load 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. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Samsung
$909.00

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

Della
$145.97

Our portable compact washing machine is perfect solution for doing laundry in a compact environment. Easily select wash or dry spi...n and the machine will automatically stop when the load is done. This machine features a drainage tube which allows you to... 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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Ace Trading - Plstic Faucts Bk
$49.99 $16.13

Antisiphon: No Brand Name: B & K Faucet Centers: 4 in. Packaging Type: Clamshell Flow Rate: 2 gpm Finish Type: Chrome Frost-Proof:... No Finish: Chrome Faucet Type: Laundry Maximum Pressure: 60 psi Material: Chrome Product Type: Faucet read more

Whirlpool
$1164.10

The 24 laundry center is an excellent solution for small spaces with its 15 cu ft washer and 34 cu ft dryer It features 5 washing ...and 5 drying cycles 3 drying temperature settings and 2 washer spin speeds The smooth porcelain basket resists scratches... read more

Zurn
$629.98

Made of durable and strong cast iron, this enameled service sink has a 9-inch backlash and an 8-inch center faucet hole. This sink... features a hanger plate and a stainless steel U-type rim guard. All grates feature beautiful brushed finish. A faucet is... read more

Zurn
$629.98

Made of durable and strong cast iron, this enameled service sink has a 9-inch backlash and an 8-inch center faucet hole. This sink... features a hanger plate and a stainless steel U-type rim guard. All grates feature beautiful brushed finish. A faucet is... 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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