The recent recall of dozens of Samsung top-loading washing machines meant we had to update this report a few months sooner than normal. The good news is that our most credible sources, Reviewed.com, ConsumerReports.org and Good Housekeeping, had already addressed the recall and offered alternate recommendations for affected washers they had previously recommended. As always, all three of these sources do thorough, well-explained testing, making it easy to come to a consensus for the picks in this post-recall report.
Owner-written reviews rounded out the picture, especially when it comes to gauging long-term durability as well as the manufacturer's response to complaints and warranty issues, considerations that aren't measured in professional tests. We found the best user reviews for washers at retailer sites such as HomeDepot.com, BestBuy.com, and Lowes.com. Occasionally, you see some reviews at these sites that originate elsewhere, notably the manufacturers' sites. However, we took the existence of these duplicated reviews into consideration to find those washing machines that truly score with owners.