Best Front Load Washers 2013 (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)
Our Best Front Load Washers article will be another 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. In addition to the traditional top loader, there are the more economical front loading washers as well as the somewhat temperamental hybrid washer (or cross between the two of a top load with no agitator).
I still like the front load washer. It has a larger capacity (3.8 cubic foot versus 2.5), uses much less water (40 gallons to an average 10-18 in a front load) and half the electricity as well. There is also no agitator to "agitate" your clothes (think about it). The average spin speed on a front load is 3 times faster than a top load so the clothes do not need as much time in the dryer. Many people like the hybrid, but I just do not see the design currently cleaning efficiently.
You will save money by washing more with far less resources. Savings should be $100-150. Energystar rates these based on a comparison of 7-8 loads per week, but in reality, you will have far less loads in the larger front loading machine.
The Seven Best Washing Machines to Buy in 2013
Although I am not a fan of top loading washing machines, the Frigidaire is a great price at $299 which is ironically the same price and features as when I started in 1986 at $100 less. It even has a stainless tub. Frigidaire is the best overall value for a front load washer at $499 and offers inexpensive steam capability at $799.
Steam is great for loosening tough stains as well as wrinkles. Steam can also refresh clothes as well without a washing cycle. We also wrote a post about steam washers.
The other piece to consider is the Electrolux, because it is a big washer with great controls with $160 in rebates ($100 more than last month).
This Electrolux washer adds steam with the venting capability of the EIFLW50. Also, Whirlpool has a few interesting features such as presoak and Adaptive Cold Wash Technology. Combined with HE Detergent, Whirlpool cleans the best in cold water. It also has up to a 6-hour no heat tumble dry, so you have plenty of time to retrieve your clothes without wrinkles. Maytag is the same machine as Whirlpool but is larger at 4.3 cubic feet vs 4.1 in the Whirlpool and has a 12-hour tumble dry.
Top Laundry Pairs
Most concentrate on the washer as part of a laundry purchase, yet the dryer is very important. Most of the front load dryers have sensor dry, which automatically shut down the heat by sensing moisture in clothes. This will save money and prevent shrinkage of clothes. Add $100 for gas dryers for all these pairs.
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