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Washers Prices, Reviews and Specifications

     
 


With multiple features and configurations available, washing machines can vary a great deal depending on the buyer's needs. Traditional top-load washers are typically the least expensive but use the most water and energy. High-efficiency top-load washers (without a center agitator) use less water and spin at higher speeds than traditional models, but wash cycles typically take longer. Front-load washers use a lot less water and energy, but take longer to wash clothes and must be cleaned regularly.

 
 

Front-Load Washers

Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4073NW 3.8 Cu. Ft. 9-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer
$754-$999
The Frigidaire FAFS4073NW is an energy-efficient, extra-large front-load washing machine that should handle most laundry needs of an average household. It has a delay start setting that will postpone the start of a wash cycle for up to 16 hours; a Ready Steam feature which Frigidaire claims removes more stains; an Energy Saving option; and a fresh waster rinse option. Note that for about $100 more, the Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4174NW comes with additional spray jets, 15 wash cycles (instead of 8), 3.9 cubic feet instead of 3.8 cubic feet and a few more bells and whistles, like an allergy setting, a prewash option and a stain pre-treat feature. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4174NW 3.9 Cu. Ft. 15-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer
$760-$1,099
The Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4174NW is an energy-efficient, extra-large front-load washer with almost all the bells and whistles; it should handle the laundry needs of most households. There are 15 automatic wash cycles, including steam, sanitize, jeans, bedding, delicates and hand wash, plus specialty settings like quick sanitize, pet beds or stain pretreat (a 10-minute special soak cycle). The start of any wash cycle can be delayed for up to 20 hours. The FAFS4174NW is a step up from the Frigidaire Affinity FAFS4073NW which costs about $100 less but has fewer wash cycles (9 instead of 15), 3.8 cubic feet instead of 3.9 cubic feet and fewer features (no extra jets at the top and no allergy, prewash, or stain-pretreat settings). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 49032 3.5 Cu. Ft. 6-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$700-$950
The Kenmore 49032 is a relatively large front-loading washing machine that should handle most of the daily washing for an average household, although extra-large items like a king-size comforter might mean a trip to a Laundromat. The Kenmore 49032 does not have a speed-wash or hand-wash cycle or other extras that may be available on slightly more expensive models, but it does include a Delay Wash feature that will start the machine up to 19 hours later. Like all Kenmore appliances, this unit is sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore Elite 4147 4.0 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer
$1,100-$1,411
The Kenmore Elite 4147 (available in white and metallic gray) is an energy-efficient, extra-large front-load washer with several high-end features; it should handle the laundry needs of most households. The Accela-Wash option cuts wash times up to 35% (making the normal cycle 38 minutes long) by mixing detergent into a unique water spray pattern. Other features include specialized wash cycles for things like kids wear or bulky bedding; steam treat, pre-wash and extra rinse options; the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 12 hours; and an end-of-signal chime that can be set for soft, loud or off. Like all Kenmore appliances, this unit is sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
LG WM2250CW 3.6 Cu. Ft. 7-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer
$647-$800
The LG WM2250CW is an energy-efficient and relatively large-capacity, front-load washer that should handle the laundry needs of a typical household, although extra-large items like a king-size comforter might still mean a trip to the Lanudromat. It doesn't have quite as many bells and whistles as some more expensive models, but it does have a spin speed of up to 1,200 rpm, which will leave clothes dry enough to cut the amount of time needed in the dryer; magnet ventilation to keep the door ajar to dry out the interior after each load; a sensor system that sets water levels based on the load size; and the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 19 hours. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
LG WM2650HWA 3.6 Cu. Ft. 9-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer
$807-$1,000
The LG WM2650HWA is an energy-efficient and relatively large-capacity, front-load washer that should handle the laundry needs of a typical household (although extra-large items like a king-size comforter might still mean a trip to the Laundromat). It has a spin speed of up to 1,200 rpm, which leave clothes fairly dry, reducing the time needed in the dryer. Other features include a delay wash option that postpones the start of a wash cycle for up to 19 hours; a magnet ventilation system that keeps the door ajar so the interior dries; a sanitize cycle; and steam settings for extra cleaning. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
LG WM3470HWA 4.0 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$987-$1,100
The LG WM3470HWA is an extra-large front-load washer that should handle most clothes-washing needs for a typical family. It comes with a TurboWash feature which uses concentrated sprays to speed up the wash cycle; the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for up to 19 hours; sanitize and steam cycles; and an extra-fast spin cycle of up to 1,200 rpm to reduce the time in the dryer. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW 4.3 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$988-$1,399
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000HW is an energy-efficient, super-sized washer with a wide selection of cycles and options, making it a popular choice for large households with demanding laundry needs. This unit's 11 wash cycles include the usual range from delicate to heavy duty, as well settings for high-temperature sanitizing, removing allergens, small loads, speed wash, rinse & spin, soak and wrinkle control (circulates air in the washer for up to 16 hours after the cycle ends). Other features include sensor system that adjusts water levels based on the size of the load, an internal water heater and the ability to delay the start of a cycle for up to eight hours. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Maytag Performance Series MHWE950WW 3.9 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$832-$1,099
While not as large as some ultra-capacity machines, the Maytag Performance Series MHWE950WW front-loading washer should handle most loads for a typical family. A sensor system sets water levels and temperatures based on the load. Washing options range from delicates and hand-wash cycles to a whitest-whites cycle that raises temperatures (using a built-in 1,000W water heater) and automatically releases bleach or an oxygen-based cleaner. A Quick Wash cycle is designed to clean small, lightly soiled loads quickly, while the steam sanitize cycle is advertised as killing bacteria and reducing allergens. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Samsung WF210ANW/XAA 3.5 Cu. Ft. 6-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$629-$849
The Samsung WF210ANW is a fairly basic front-load high-efficiency washer with six wash cycles and a relatively fast maximum spin speed of 1,100 rpm. It has a large rather than an extra-large capacity, but should handle most loads for an average family. For those who want to time when the wash cycle will end, the start of the wash cycle can be delayed for up to 19 hours. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Samsung WF331ANW/XAA 3.7 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Front-Load Steam Washer
$800-$1,199
The Samsung WF331ANW is an ultra-large-capacity, front-load washer that should handle the washing needs for a typical family. It includes a steam feature for removing stains and a sanitizing cycle that Samsung advertises as eliminating 99.9% of household germs. The start of wash cycles can be delayed for up to 24 hours, so users can time when the load will need to be removed. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool Duet WFW9151YW 3.5 Cu. ft. 12-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$667-$849
The Whirlpool Duet WFW9151YW is a relatively large front-load washer that should clean most family-size loads. It has 12 wash cycles, including a cold wash setting that the manufacturer claims will clean as well as a warm water cycle. The Delay Start feature lets users time when wet clothes need to be removed from the machine; or, after the cycle is completed, the Tumble Fresh feature rotates the washed clothes every five minutes (for up to 90 minutes) to prevent wrinkles. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW 4.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$995-$1,399
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW is an extra-large-capacity, energy-efficient washer designed to clean family-size loads. Features include the ability to delay the start of the wash cycle for up to 12 hours; an internal water heater; a deep steam option; a presoak option for up to 8 hours; and an extra-high spin speed of up to 1,400 rpm. Whirlpool lists the 12-cycle WFW94HEAW as similar to the older 10-cycle WFW94HEXW model; other than the number of cycles, the main difference is that the HEXW doesn't have the deep-steam option available on the newer HEAW model. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEXW 4.3 Cu. ft. 10-Cycle Front-Load Washer
$899-$1,399
Although the 10-Cycle Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEXW was still available through many retailers in October 2012, Whirlpool has replaced it with the 12-Cycle Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW; other than the number of cycles, the main difference is that the HEAW has a steam cycle that the HEXW doesn't include.
The Whirlpool WFW94HEXW is an extra-large-capacity, high-efficiency washer designed to clean family-size loads, from multiple pairs of jeans to extra-large comforters. It comes with sensors that automatically adjust the water level and temperature based on the load; a delay start (up to 12 hours) setting that lets users time when wet clothes need to be removed from the machine; an Extra High spin cycle with speeds up to 1,400 rpm; and a Fan Fresh feature that circulates air in the washer after a cycle ends to keep the laundry fresh, or it can dry a small load. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Top-Load Washers

GE GTWN2800DWW 3.9 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Top-Load Washer
$467-$599
The GE GTWN2800DWW is one of the last old-style top-load washing machines that has a center agitator and lets users select the exact water level, temperature and length for each cycle (instead of setting everything automatically). This is a basic, straightforward washer with none of the fancy settings of the modern, high-efficiency machines. It has simple dial controls; automatic bleach and fabric softener dispensers; and a spin speed of up to 630 rpm. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
GE GTWN4250DWS 3.9 Cu. Ft. 16-Cycle Top-Load Washer
$479-$649
The GE GTWM4250DWS is an extra-large, energy-efficient machine that should handle the washing needs of most households. It uses a modern version of the center-agitator, designed to use less water and energy than old top-load washers. The GTWN4250DWS offers an auto-fill setting that determines the size of the load and sets the appropriate water level or allows the user to manually choose from five water levels, from small to super. Its 16 wash cycles vary from delicates to heavy duty, and include specialty settings like jeans, towels/sheets and drain & spin. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 20022 3.4 Cu. Ft. 6-Cycle Top-load Washer
$400-$530
The Kenmore 20022 is a no-frills washer that has better energy efficiency than similar top-load models built prior to 2004, but nowhere near the water and utility savings of modern-style high-efficiency machines. To save energy, in most cycles the 20022 uses a spray rinse rather than immersing the clothes in water, and the wash cycles last longer than on older machines. The 20022 has an automatic bleach dispenser, but not a fabric softener dispenser. Although Kenmore claims the 20022 can wash 22 XL T-shirts in a single load, its capacity is only average compared to the extra-large machines currently on the market. Its maximum spin speed of 700 rpm will extract a fair amount of water from the clothes, but not nearly as much as high-efficiency models with speeds of 1,000-1,400 rpm. All Kenmore appliances are sold only at Sears, Kmart of Kenmore.com; in October 2012, this model was not available through Kmart. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 21102 3.4 Cu. Ft. 6-Cycle Top-load Washer
$472-$588
The Kenmore 21102 is a basic mid-size machine with a conventional top-load center-agitator design, and it should handle the laundry needs of a small household, or one that doesn't do extra-large loads or frequent washes. It has six wash cycles -- normal, heavy duty, casual, delicates, rinse & drain and rinse & spin, with a choice of regular and super settings for the normal or heavy duty cycles. Digital dials let the user select load size (extra small, small, medium, large, extra large), wash temperature (cold, cool, warm, hot) and type of rinse (one rinse, 2nd rinse, one rinse with fabric softener, 2nd rinse with fabric softener). With a maximum spin speed of 700 rpm it should extract a reasonable amount of water from clothes before the cycle ends, but not as much as more expensive high-efficiency models with spin speeds of 1,000-1,400 rpm. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore 28002 3.6 Cu. Ft. 5-Cycle Top-Load Washer
$800-$950
The Kenmore 28002 is a high-efficiency machine which loads from the top like a traditional washer, but has no center agitator. It's good for consumers who prefer a top-loading washing machine but still want energy efficiency. The manufacturer estimates it uses 73% less water and 77% less electricity than traditional top-load models. With its relatively high capacity, the Kenmore 28002 should handle most typical household laundry loads. It automatically adjusts the water level based on the load and offers an extra rinse cycle. However, because it uses a minimum amount of water it's important to follow directions and not overload the machine. Like all Kenmore appliances, this unit is sold only at Sears, Kmart or Kenmore.com. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
LG WT4801CW 3.7 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-load washer
$672-$750
The LG WT4801CW is a high-efficiency (no center agitator) top-load washer with an average capacity that should handle the laundry needs of a small to mid-size household. In addition to a range of automatic wash cycles from delicates to heavy duty, its features include the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 19 hours; a custom program option that stores a favorite wash setting so it doesn't have to be entered each time; rinse and spin, soak and extra rinse options; and an end-of-signal chime (instead of a buzzer) that can be set to loud, soft or off. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Samsung WA5451ANW/XAA 4.7 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Top-Load Washer
$720-$1,099
The Samsung WA5451ANW/XAA has an extra-large capacity that should handle the laundry needs of most large households while using a minimum of water and energy. Its maximum spin speed of 1,100 rpm should leave most loads relatively dry at the end of the wash cycle, and Samsung advertises the sanitizing cycle as eliminating 99.9% of household germs. This washer comes with an internal water heater, a feature that will delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 24 hours, and a child lock. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Whirlpool WTW4800XQ 3.4 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Top-Load Washer
$424-$549
The Whirlpool WTW4800XQ is a traditional top-load washer for those who want a basic, conventional center-agitator machine without a lot of extras. It should handle moderate laundry needs for an average family, but items like a thick king-size comforter could mean a trip to a Laundromat. The WTW4800XQ has electronic dial controls and allows the user to choose the desired water level (rather than having it automatically set by sensors). Because of its relatively high spin speeds for a traditional top-load washer (700 rpm), this unit has a locking lid. Its agitation methods have been modified slightly to decrease the total amount of water used, so wash times vary from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the settings chosen. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]