Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW
Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW

Best front-loading washer

The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW earns more recommendations than any other washing machine in this report. Reviewers say this 4.3-cubic-foot washer does a great job of cleaning clothes, while being gentle on fabric. It's also very energy efficient, surpassing federal Energy Star standards. It has 11 wash programs, including a high-temperature sanitizing cycle and one for removing allergens. Owners say they appreciate this washer's cleaning performance, large capacity and quiet operation, but we did see some complaints about the spin cycle malfunctioning. Maytag backs its washer with a one-year warranty that extends to 10 years for the motor and washtub.
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Samsung WF210ANW/XAA
Samsung WF210ANW/XAA

Budget front-loading washer

The Energy Star-rated Samsung WF210ANW/XAA performs better than most front loaders in its price class. This 3.5-cubic-foot washer has six wash cycles, four temperature settings and three spin speeds. It also can be stacked with a compatible gas or electric dryer. Owners praise the Samsung for its quietness, efficiency and value. However, some reviewers complain about cleaning performance and long cycle times (although others point out that the washer cuts drying time by removing so much water during the spin cycle). This washer is backed by a one-year warranty, with motor parts covered for five years.
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LG WT4801CW
LG WT4801CW

Best top-loading washer

Although top-loading washers in general get lower marks in independent tests than front loaders, some people still prefer them, finding them easier to load. Also, you can also add items to a top-loader during a cycle, which won't work with many front-loading machines. Among top-loading washers, the LG WT4801CW gets good ratings from both professional review organizations and owners. The 3.7-cubic-foot washer doesn't use an agitator; instead it sends a high-powered spray of water through the clothes as they spin. This washer is Energy Star-compliant, and it excels at cleaning in professional tests. Owners love this washer's quietness, efficiency and ease of use. However, we did see several reports about malfunctions. This washer is backed by a one-year warranty, with the motor covered for an additional nine years and the stainless-steel drum for life.
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