We've made no secret of the fact that front-loaders are the most efficient, best performing washing machines out there. But some people simply prefer a classic top-loading washer.
Luckily, we've lab-tested over 300 washers and dryers. Our favorite top-load machine is the GE GTW680BSJWS, but other machines may also fit your needs.
If you don't want to empty your savings account for the latest and greatest, we've got you covered. Here are our best top-loading washers that cost less than $1,000.
Updated January 05, 2018
The GE GTW680BSJWS features the very best of top loading technology, with everything the American public wants out of a washer: a massive 4.6-cu.-ft. capacity, a warm rinse feature, powerful stain removal. We love its efficient cycles, but it bows to market pressure by letting users choose to use more water than necessary. With a sale price below $700, it proves that premium can be affordable, too.
The GE GTW485ASJWS combines state-of-the-art technology with time-honored laundry solutions. This top-load washer can calculate the exact amount of water necessary for each wash—or it can fill to the brim at the touch of a button. Whether you're frustrated by the "high efficiency" movement, or you're out to save the planet, it's a strong washer for anyone's political leanings.
Where To Buy$477.90 Home Depot Buy $479.99 Best Buy Buy
This attractive Samsung is competitively-priced, and comes with a roomy tub with plenty of room for laundry. It cleans clothes well, and it has plenty of family-friendly cycles and options. But the feature most unique to this machine is ActiveWash. It's a a faucet and hand-washing sink that's build into the top of the washer, so you can clean and soak your clothes—then dump them straight into the washer. We love it!
Where To Buy$697.50 Home Depot Buy $699.99 Best Buy Buy
The LG WT7500CW is one of our top picks for top-load washers thanks to its size, speed, and power. The 5.2-cu.-ft. drum easily accommodates a load of laundry from a family of four, and its Normal cycle can be as quick as 30 minutes. Even though it was fast, it removed most major stains in our tests, and options like Cold Wash and Water Plus cover all your bases. Its only major drawback is how much water it uses.
Where To Buy$798.30 Home Depot Buy $799.99 Best Buy Buy
The Samsung WA45M7050AW is a prime example of what a modern top loader can do. It has a 4.5-cubic-foot drum, a powerful Heavy Duty cycle, and a diamond-patterned interior. These design choices means it has better stain removal and it is gentler on your clothes. When you combine better performance and premium features, like soft-close hinges, you get a washer that's worth trading up for.