Best Front-Load Washers Under $1,000

By Staff

Looking for a new washer? Our testing has proven that front-loaders are superior to top-loaders in almost every way. They're more efficient, have better cleaning power, and won't put as much wear and tear on your clothes as older designs.

But while you can easily spend well over a grand to get special features and controls, we're here to tell you that you don't have to. Our experts have spent countless hours in our state-of-the-art labs, testing every front-loader we can get our hands on. Along the way, we've uncovered plenty of washers that offer excellent performance for well under $1K.

So instead of draining your bank account, take a look at our picks for the five best front-loading washers you can buy today for less than $1,000. Want more info on a specific machine? Just click through to read our full review.

Updated March 14, 2017

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Electrolux EFLS617SIW

The Electrolux EFLS617SIW front-load washing machine has it all. The latest tech makes it great at removing stains, but keeps it affordable. Smart programming adjusts cycle times for temperature and soil levels, and the heavy duty cycle is the best we've tested. The 4.4-cu.-ft. drum isn't the largest on the market and the Normal cycle is long, but the 15-minute Fast cycle will clean clothes in a hurry.

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Electrolux EFLS517STT

The EFLS517 sits right in the middle of Electrolux's 2016 front load washer lineup. It's about $100 cheaper than the flagship, but still retains steam and sanitize cycles, plus the customizable StainTreat setup. Even without all the unique stain-fighting tools found on the top-of-the-line 617-series machine, the 517 is no slouch when it comes to getting clothes clean.

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Electrolux EFLW417SIW

The Electrolux EFLW417SIW is an all-around good performer with an exceptionally affordable pricetag. At just under $700 on sale, it's the best entry-level front-load washer we've ever tested. It does lack some features found on higher-end models, but we think that's a good tradeoff: It keeps things simple, focusing on cleaning instead of extras like steam or specialty cycles.

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$693.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $698.40 Home Depot Buy


At 47 inches high, this GE sits on a built-in pedestal to save you from stooping to unload your laundry. But aside from cutting your chiropractor bills, what really sets this washer apart is its performance and features. Ten cycles ranging from Sanitize to Active Wear appeal to the micromanager in all of us. With its wide array of features and a reasonable price it—quite literally—stands above most competitors.

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Maytag MHW3505FW

The Maytag MHW3505FW front-load washer balances an affordable price with premium features. The 4.3-cu.-ft. washer features a Sanitize cycle and steam, both of which make it a good fit for families, and super-low sale prices mean you can get both this washer and its matching dryer for under $1,100. Even better: Our tests show this Maytag does a good job cleaning clothes, and it won't run up your utility bills, either.

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$719.10 Home Depot Buy $719.99 Best Buy Buy $719.00 Lowe's Buy
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