Best WashersBy Reviewed.com Staff
Whether you're washing your baby’s blanket or a blouse you want to wear to a big interview, you rely on your washing machine.
For better or worse, today’s washers are different than the ones you grew up with. At Reviewed, we’ve tested them all, washing thousands of pounds of laundry so we can tell you exactly which ones to buy. The best washers may not come cheap, but they'll rid your clothes of stains, treat expensive fabrics with care, and help you spend less time on chores.
No matter how much space you have or what kind of laundry you do, we’ve got you covered. These are the best washing machines right now.
Updated February 16, 2017
A remake of the LG WM8000HVA, the Kenmore Elite 41072 improves on a winning formula to create an impressive washer. It has an enormous 5.2-cu.-ft. drum—the largest available to consumers—that can handle eight pounds of laundry in a mere 38 minutes. It's rare that a washer can combine size, speed, and strength into one package, but thanks to a partnership with LG, Kenmore has created a laundry behemoth.
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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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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The Kenmore 41583 lives up to its “Elite” branding, acing each of our tests in record time. Its performance is on par with competitors, while its features put it above and beyond. These factors combine to make the 41583 a jack of all trades for nearly any laundry situation. There are also a lot of little usability touches that make it a joy to own and operate. Bottom line: This is a washer to be proud of.
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The MHW8200FC is Maytag's flagship front-loader. It has PowerWash, which is one of the most effective cycles in the residential market. The Optimal Dose feature lets you store up 12 loads worth of detergent in a single go. Last, but not least, Fresh Hold keeps your laundry from getting musty, so you can have a load laundry going while you're at work and not have to worry about mildew on your clothes.
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