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Top-Load Washers Prices, Reviews and Specifications


Traditional top-load washers that use a center agitator to spin and swirl laundry are typically the least expensive machines but are also the least efficient and often the noisiest option. High-efficiency top-load washers (without a center agitator) use less energy and water, but cost more and take longer to clean clothes.

GE GTWN2800DWW 3.9 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Top-Load Washer
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
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
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; 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
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
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 [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
LG WT4801CW 3.7 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-load washer
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
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
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]