Washing Machine Rating Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org lists 145 front-loading and top-loading washers that have been either tested by the editors, or that are similar enough to tested models that they should perform similarly. Ratings are given for washing performance, energy efficiency, water efficiency, capacity, gentleness, noise and vibration. Brand reliability is also assessed. Discussion is somewhat brief. A number of washing machines are discontinued, including some recommended models, but might still be available at retail.
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentTesters at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluate 44 washing machines -- including front loaders, top loaders and high-efficiency top loaders -- for cleaning power, ease of use and gentleness to clothes. Machines are also rated on their operating costs (water and energy use) and on how much water they extract from clothing to cut drying time. Each washer receives a letter grade, with results ranging from A to C. Some washing machines are recently tested, while other reviews are years old, and some of the listed machines, including those with good grades (A- or better) are discontinued.
Washing Machine Reviews
by Editors of Reviewed.com
Our AssessmentReviewed.com is a relative newcomer to reviewing washing machines, but its feedback appears to be very credible and free from bias. Testing is exceptionally well documented. The site looks to factors such as design, usability, performance and features to name top choices. Value, though not apparently spelled out, also looks to be a factor and several less-expensive washers out-dual their pricier counterparts to earn Editors' Choice recommendations. A few washers rise above even that threshold to be named a Washer of the Year. All reviews were done in the last few years, though some washing machines are now discontinued.
2014 Clothes Washer Ratings – Top-Load and Front-Load
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates doesn't test individual washing machines; rather, it attempts to gauge overall customer satisfaction with the major appliance brands. Most recently, the 2014 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study is based on the responses of 6,600 consumers who had purchased washing machines over the previous 24 months about their overall satisfaction. In the top-load category, Kenmore Elite amassed the best score, followed by LG and Samsung. Among front-load machines, Samsung does best, followed by LG.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells more than 90 models of front- and top-loading washing machines, and some washers attract a good number of user reviews. The site's star-based rating system makes it easy to see at a glance which washing machines stand out and which models fail to measure up. Several models from LG and Samsung -- including top loaders as well as front loaders -- earn high marks from a significant number of users.
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentAJMadison.com is an online appliance retailer that allows customers to post reviews of washing machines. Finding the best-rated products is easy, as the site allows you to sort by both average star rating and total number of reviews. There are almost 100 washers available here, and many receive considerable feedback, but some of the reviews originate on other sites such as those of manufacturers.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com sells more than 130 different models of top- and front-loading washing machines, many of which receive more than 100 reviews from users. One thing that makes searching reviews on this site a little tricky is that otherwise identical models of different colors are shown on different pages, so you must make sure to check all versions of a given washer to make sure you've seen all the reviews. Some washers offered are models that are exclusive to Lowes. Some reviews are drawn from other sites, including manufacturers' sites.
by Editors of EnergyStar.gov
Our AssessmentEnergy Star is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that is designed to help Americans save money and energy. This site does not review washers, but it does provide a list of Energy Star-compliant washing machines, as well as a handy search tools for finding a model that meets your requirements. A buyer's guide is also included. This is a good site to check be sure a model you are considering meets Energy Star guidelines, and to see which ones do the best job conserving energy and water. However, unless your only concern is efficiency, this article won't help you choose a specific washer.
by Editors of Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Our AssessmentThe Consortium for Energy Efficiency is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy-efficient practices and products. CEE has three tiers of standards for efficient washers, with the lowest tier equivalent to the Energy Star-rating, so it's interesting to cross-reference washing machines here. The list of qualified models is updated monthly, but no specific washers are rated on any aspect other than efficiency. U.S. and Canadian models are included, as are those that are intended for commercial rather than residential use.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com sells nearly 100 top-load and front-load washing machines, and many of them receive a significant number of reviews from users -- more than 1,000 in a few cases. The overall user ratings and the number of user reviews is posted on the main navigation page. Useful sorting tools make zeroing in on the brand, capacity, features, finish and more very easy. In addition to its own reviews, HomeDepot.com also includes reviews posted at manufacturer and other third-party sites.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentNavigating the user reviews on Sears.com can be a time-consuming process. Star ratings and the number of reviews can be seen at a glance, but you must click through to the product page to learn the model number. Also, because each color is listed separately, you must sort through the full list of reviews to pull out all the reviews for washers that are identical except for color. Still, lots of washing machines are listed here -- nearly 150 at last glance -- and many get hundreds of reviews. It is also the only source for user reviews of Kenmore washers, though those of other brands get more feedback.
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentABT.com is another online appliance retailer that allows customers to post reviews of its products. Although ABT.com sells a good selection of washing machines, few models receive reviews from this site's users. However, ABT.com does pull in washer reviews from third-party sites, including those posted on manufacturers' sites, so it's worth checking out, at least for a second opinion.
Washing Machine Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com hosts a good selection of owner-written reviews for washing machines. Although most washers receive only a handful of reviews, a few have 50 or more. However, many of the washers reviewed on this site are now discontinued.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentNearly 700 washing machines and accessories are listed at Epinions.com. Most of those receive only a handful of reviews, however, and most of those with significant numbers of reviews receive only average ratings from users. Many of the listed washers are discontinued.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAlthough Amazon.com has a fairly good selection of washing machines, the majority of washers have only a few reviews or none at all. The only washers with a substantial number of reviews are portable models. Thus, this site is not as useful as BestBuy.com or HomeDepot.com in narrowing down your choices, though it may be worth a look if you are interested in a specific machine.