Our Best Front Load Washers article is an article that we update frequently as rebates change from month to month. Recommendations can change with prices.
Washing machines have become as much about energy and water savings as they are about washing clothes. Front loaders offer the larger size with better efficiency and a higher spin. This in turn reduces drying time.
There are tons of washers on the market, below are the ones to consider for features and price.Washers
Pricing updated for August, 2016
Samsung has made a name for themselves in laundry market by creating features that people will actually use as opposed to some of the more gimmicky brands out there.
Their entry line machine will come with their Diamond Drum interior that will be gentler on clothes than most other machines.
Electrolux EFLW417SIW - $699 after rebates
Electrolux has just reintroduced their new laundry with a new control panel. Their basic front load has 5 speeds and 5 wash rinse temperatures and just about every cycle you need.
Elecrolux is also reliable and has a second floor guarantee for noise and vibration for placing a machine above the basement.
This model also has a 20 minute wash cycle.
Samsung WF45K6500AW - $649 after rebates
This Samsung is the largest at 4.5 cubic feet. Steam is great for loosening tough stains as well as wrinkles and can also refresh clothes without a washing cycle. We also wrote a post about steam washers, and Samsung has good technology and controls.
It will also include the AddWash system, allowing you to add laundry mid cycle which is an industry first (pedestal is extra).
Electrolux EFLS517SIW - $799 after rebates
The new 517 series is the upgrade with two pumps for the only machine with a fresh water rinse, so your clothes have less detergent imbedded in the clothes.
This unit also adds steam to loosen dirt and other stains. Electrolux is also the only machine with a second floor guarantee for quietness and less vibration.
Maytag has a few interesting features such as Pre-soak, Steam and Adaptive Cold Wash Technology, combined with HE Detergent, Maytag cleans the best in cold water. It is large at 4.3 cu. ft. capacity and has a 12-hour tumble cycle, so your clothes won't wrinkle.
Electrolux EFLS617SIW - $989 after rebates
The 617 has brand new “SmartBoost” technology in addition to the two pumps. The third pump holds the right amount of detergent and water releasing it in mid cycle for better cleaning action.
It is great for heavily soiled fabrics and has a 15 minute wash cycle.
Speed Queen AFNE9BSP113TW01 - $1,499
Speed Queen is the most expensive washer sold, but is built better than other brand with solid stainless steel parts. For people who remember the old dependable machines, Speed Queen is a throwback to that era.
Every Speed Queen is warrantied for 5 years.
Top Front Load Washer & Dryer Laundry Pairs
Most people concentrate on the washer as part of a laundry purchase, yet the dryer is very important.
Most of the front load dryers now have sensor dry, which automatically shut down the heat by sensing moisture in clothes. This will save you money and prevent shrinkage of clothes.
Maytag Top Load Laundry - Electric $749 | Gas $859
I threw this in as top loaders haven't changed price in the 30 years I have been at Yale. WIth that being said, sometimes people want your basic top load washer and dryer. Maytag will give you 11 wash cycles and an 800 RPM spin cycle which is actually pretty fast for a traditional top load machine.
Electrolux Front Load Laundry Pair - Electric $1,299 | Gas $1,399
This new Electrolux pair can wash a small load in 40 minutes along with every other major cycle. You can place this on a second floor, because it runs quiet and has second floor guarantee.
Electrolux Front Load Laundry with Steam - Electric $1,499
We just purchased 100 sets of the older discontinued in July model. It has a very different interface, but the same cycles, 2 pumps for fresh water rise and second floor vibration guarantee. It is $300 cheaper than the current model. Limited availability.
Samsung Front Load AddWash Laundry - Electric $1,299 | Gas $1,399
Samsung is a company known for innovation, but not just for the sake of doing it. There latest washer adds the ability to add a small article of clothing to a load that has already started.
When front loaders first emerged this was one of the bigger complaints, over a decade later someone finally answered the call. They will also give you steam and a litany of other features, but the ability to throw in the inevitable missing sock is the key feature here.
Maytag Front Load Laundry - | Electric Charcoal $1,699
The top of the line Maytag Maxima set will give you every conceivable feature you could really want in a machine. Steam, 1400 RPM spin speed and 11 wash cycles are pretty standard on most high end machines. What isn't standard is the overnight wash cycle which allows for a small load to be washed AND dried overnight.
Speed Queen Front Load Pair - Electric $2,799 | Gas $2,899
Speed Queen is a throwback to the old more reliable washers with all steel instead of plastic. Both machines carry a 5 year complete warranty. Speed Queen is the best constructed machine on the market.
Which Should You Buy?
Confused? Don’t be. All the machines have an abundant number of cycles and features. Every unit has 5 speeds and different temperature selections for every fabric type. Back when I started, it was 1 speed and three temperatures.
Samsung is the largest and fastest. Maytag is the best in cold water. I like the Electrolux for second floor installation and their fresh water rinse leaves less detergent in the clothes as well.
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