The most credible sources for washing machine reviews, Reviewed.com, ConsumerReports.org and Good Housekeeping, are frequently updated and all three offer thorough, well-explained testing, making it easy to come to a consensus for our top picks. CNET and DigitalTrends.com also review washers, although not as many and they tend to focus on more high-tech options, but some of the washing machines they review are highly-rated elsewhere as well.
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.