Best Washers for Large Families

By Staff

If you have a big family, you probably find yourself spending more time in the laundry room than you'd like. Whether it's just load after load or a last-second cleaning job on your kid's grass-stained soccer jersey, it can seem like there's no end to the washing.

But here's some good news: Our team of laundry experts have spent countless hours in the lab to find the best washers for everyone's needs, including yours. A high-capacity washer isn't right for everyone, but it might be the silver bullet you're after. Luckily, we've got those models covered, too.

If you're looking to cut down on your chores and have space for the biggest machines, consider our picks for the five best washing machines for large families. For more details on how a particular model's performance, just click through to read the full review.

Updated February 13, 2017

8.6 score Tested by Experts

Samsung WF50K7500AW

The Samsung WF7500 is a victim of its own marketing. While most of the hype surrounding it is focused on its AddWash feature–an extra door on the front that does nothing extra–it should be focused on its solid stain removal and fast cycles. Families should buy this washer because it gets through mountains of laundry more efficiently than its competitors.

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Tired of doing multiple loads of laundry a week? It might be time to super-size your washing machine. Despite its relatively compact design, the 1701 is absolutely huge inside. We use standard 8-pound loads for all our tests, and they looked positively lonely inside the gaping maw of this machine's drum. As a high-efficiency top loader it isn't perfect, but for doing a lot of laundry at once, it gets the job done.

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Where to Buy
AppliancesConnection $895.10 Buy
Home Depot $899.10 Buy
Best Buy $899.99 Buy
Lowe's $899.00 Buy

Kenmore Elite 31633

When it comes to washing machines, you can't get much bigger than the Kenmore Elite 31633. Able to wash 32 towels at once, the 31633 can turn a mountain of dirty laundry into a molehill chore. Not only does this washer have the size, but it also has the speed. Utilizing Kenmore's Accela Soak Technology, all of the 31633's cycles take less than an hour. Speed and size come together in perfect balance with this washer.

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Where to Buy
Sears $1,149.99 Buy

Maytag MVWB955FW

The Maytag MVWB955 is what happens when washing machine companies get into a size war. The 955 is Maytag's ringer, coming in at 6.2 cu. ft.–easily able to hold an entire family's laundry. But an immense capacity is not the only thing that Maytag is bringing. The 955 also packs a punch, utilizing Maytag's famed PowerWash system, one of the most powerful on the market.

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Where to Buy
AppliancesConnection $1,074.10 Buy
Home Depot $1,079.10 Buy
Best Buy $1,079.99 Buy

Maytag Bravos XL Series MVWB855DW

Need to do a lot of laundry? The Maytag MVWB855DW is worth a look. This titan of a washer boasts a massive 5.3-cu.-ft. drum, which can fit bulky sheets and comforters as well as everyday messes. But it's not all about size: In our tests, this Maytag removed stains just as well as similarly priced machines with smaller drums. High-end touches, a Made in USA badge, and a long warranty also set it apart from the pack.

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Where to Buy
AppliancesConnection $984.10 Buy
Home Depot $989.10 Buy
Best Buy $989.99 Buy
Lowe's $989.00 Buy

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