If you’re looking for a high-powered washing machine 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. Our picks are filled with features, like high-pressure cycles — which rapidly clean clothes in almost half the time of your average washer, vibration-reduction technology — so your downstairs neighbors won’t heckle you if you tackle a load of late-night laundry — and NSF-certified allergen and sanitize cycles, which eliminate household bacteria that can trigger allergies.
Scroll down for our washing machine suggestions. We’ve sifted through several models to help you discover which one is best for you, your budget, and, ultimately, your laundry room when you’re ready for an upgrade.
LG WM3670HVA 4.5 Cu. Ft. Graphite Steel With Steam Cycle Front Load Washer – Energy Star
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the LGWM3770HVA washing machine won’t disappoint. Based on our extensive evaluation, LG is one of the most reliable brands of washers. Yale Appliance found that only 6.7% of LG appliances sold throughout 2016 and 2017 needed service in the first year of ownership. J.D. Power also ranks LG as the second-most reliable washing machine brand (behind Samsung).
The washing machine comes in white or stainless steel, and it offers a spacious 4.5-cubic-foot capacity. That’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.
Some may be overwhelmed by how many cycles it offers, but using the LG WM3770HVA is easy — just press the power button, turn its single knob to select your cycle, then press the start button. One cycle we love, the Super Clean Cycle, heats water up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to remove stains, and it meets the sanitization and anti-allergen standards set by the NSF and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Another cycle, the LG’s Speedwash Cycle, is also a game-changer. It can have a small load of clothes finished in just 15 minutes. If you want to save some money and don’t need steam-, speed-, or turbo-wash cycles, the Wi-Fi-connected LG WM3500CW is another excellent offering worthy of your consideration.
This washing machine runs very quietly, with little to no vibrations, and you shouldn’t notice it when it’s running — especially if it’s in the other room. If you have an open-concept floor plan, you don’t have to worry about interruptions. Another plus is that the washing machine is incredibly energy- and water-efficient. It uses just under 11 gallons of water during its normal cycle, and it’ll cost you less than $20 to run each year.
Samsung 6.0 Total Cu. Ft. White FlexWash Washer
If you’re willing to put up with fewer and louder cycles and forfeit some advanced features for a much more affordable price, we think this stackable front-loading washing machine from Samsung is a great pick for those on a budget. It features a large 4.2-cubic-feet capacity and an attractive white stainless steel finish.
With this washer, you get just seven basic cycles. There are no sanitize cycles for the allergy-prone, or speed cycles like 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 works. Its heavy-duty cycle may take an hour, but it’ll remove grass stains and grime, no problem. We think this washer should meet the needs of most users who’ll appreciate its attractive price.
LG WM9500HKA Signature 5.8 cu. ft. Mega Capacity Washer in Black Stainless Steel
The LG Signature WM9500HKA has it all, and with its 5.8-cubic-feet 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. Besides its truly massive size, the washer sports a black stainless steel exterior that’ll go perfectly in any laundry room. Plus, it has a fingerprint-proof finish, which keeps it looking sleek and smudge-free at all times.
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, even if you don’t pay the premium for the additional washer, the WM9500HKA is still a workhorse when it comes to washing. Compared to other washing machines, it does a better job at removing stains, has wicked fast cycle times, and is equipped with LG’s impressive TurboWash feature.
LG WT7500CW 5.2 Cu. Ft. White High Efficiency Top Load Washer
Top-loading washing machines don’t clean as thoroughly as front-loading ones do, and they also use significantly more water and energy. They aren’t as harsh on your clothes as older agitator washers were, but they aren’t as good at removing stains. However, if you’re looking for a top-load washing machine, we think the LG WT7600HKA 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 5.2-cu.-ft. 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 over 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. The way it works is by combining the rinse and spin cycles, and using dual nozzles to spray a concentrated detergent solution directly onto your clothes, making the cycle clock in at just under 40 minutes. Another nifty cycle, called “Allergiene,” uses steam to powerfully penetrate fabrics to eliminate dirt, odors, allergens, and wrinkles. This cycle will definitely come in handy for those who have skin allergies or asthma.
Unfortunately, this washing machine isn’t very gentle on fabrics, and it doesn’t remove stains as well as front-loading machines, but it’s relatively quiet, and it’s quite affordable considering its wide feature set.
Electrolux EFLS627UTT 27 Inch Front Load Washer with 4.4 cu. ft. Capacity, in Titanium
This Electrolux washing machine was in the running for our best overall pick, but the LG we went with is more reliable and affordable. Yale Appliance found that only 6.7% of LG appliances sold throughout 2016 and 2017 needed service in the first year of ownership, compared to Electrolux’s 15%. However, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT is still an effective washing machine that’s definitely worthy of your consideration.
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We’re huge fans of the washer’s stainless steel exterior, which comes in either white or black. 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.
What makes the Electrolux shine 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 on 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 linen.