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The Best Front-Load Washers (2024 Update)

April 12th, 2023 | 15 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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The three most popular front-load washer brands are GE, Samsung, and LG, which have the best features and overall reliability.

They all manufacture many models, which we will narrow down to the best eight.

Like always, there are pros and cons to every model and brand, so this article is designed to help you find the best model for your space and how you wash your clothes.

Additionally, you will learn how to buy a front-load washer.

Stay to the end, and we'll show you how to save 10-35%, not just on these washers but on appliances in general.

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The 8 Best Front-Load Washers for 2024

Budget Pick: LG WM3400CW

The WM3400CW is one of the most popular and affordable front-load washers sold.

Affordability doesn't equate to cheapness, and that's precisely why it's worth considering.

LG WM3400CW: Top Features and Benefits

Cycles and Options

The WM3400CW still has eight cycles, six options, and the same spin speed and reliability as LG's better machines.

For perspective, our parents, for instance, washed with three cycles, one or two speeds, three temperatures, and 2.5 usable capacity versus the 4.5 in LG.

The GE 5.0 cubic feet is 34 inches.

At 4.5 cubic feet, the WM3400CW is only 30.25 inches, which is a world of difference when stacking in a closet.

Spin Speed

LG's 1300 RPM spin speed is fast, with an average of about 1000 to 1200 RPM for a full-size front load washer.

Faster spin speeds mean less time in the dryer because the clothes are not as wet as the washer.


LG's service rates are the lowest at 2.1%. The average appliance is 9.7%, for perspective.

Potential Problems with the LG WM3400CW

The WM3400 is a good basic machine and is still an upgrade to your present machine.

It lacks better cycles, like steam and Allergen cycles, to remove pet dander and other irritants.

The washer is not reversible on any LG washers. The doors won't line up if you're stacking with a dryer. It can be annoying if the washer and dryer are on opposite sides.

This washer has no automatic dispenser, nor does the next washer, the LG WM4000. Auto Dispensers are the best new feature for front-load washers.

LG also does not have a service department like most brands, so check available services in your area before you buy one.

Pros & Cons of the LG LG WM3400CW

  • Pros: Affordable, high 1300 RPM spin speed, compact size for smaller spaces, good basic features.
  • Cons: Lacks advanced cycles like steam and allergen, non-reversible door, no automatic dispenser.

Ideal for: Budget-conscious consumers looking for a reliable, compact option without the need for advanced features.

Read More: Best LG Front Load Washers

Most Reliable: LG WM4000HWA

The LG line is now the most reliable you can buy from the major brands.

The WM4000HWA is an upgrade from the WM3400CW. It adds three cycles, including the TurboWash 360, Steam, and Allergen cycles.

LG WM4000HWA:Top Features and Benefits

TurboWash 360


TurboWash 360 employs five high-pressure nozzles to turn any cycle into a 30-minute wash.

Most brands have a 15-minute cycle for small loads. You can wash larger loads in 30 minutes using the TurboWash 360 cycle.

Steam Cycle

Steam loosens tougher stains like grass and wine. My seven-year-old always has dirt caked on the knees of her pants. Steam is great for that type of tough stain.


Additionally, this model adds Wi-Fi, which will even send a push notification when it's done.

Potential Problems with the LG WM4000HWA

They lack an automatic dispenser even on the WM4000HWA. You must buy their WM6700HBA model (featured below) for the dispenser.

Pros & Cons of the LG WM4000HWA

  • Pros: TurboWash360 for fast washing, steam feature for tough stains, WiFi-enabled, good reliability.
  • Cons: No automatic dispenser, non-reversible door.

Ideal for: Those needing quick washing capabilities and efficient cleaning, especially for tough stains.

Best Overall: LG WM6700HBA

The WM6700 incorporates many of LG's best features from the WM6700HBA, like TurboWash 360, steam, Wi-Fi, and other advanced cycles.

LG WM6700HBA: Top Features and Benefits

5 Cubic Feet

The size is five cubic feet or a half cubic foot bigger than the other two models, but the exterior depth increases from 30.25 to over 33 inches.



Their AI (Artificial Intelligence) DD (Direct Drive) (Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive) sets the proper cycle based on the weight and type of fabric.

It also sets the proper dryer cycle.

Automatic Dispenser


The WM6700HBA is LGs first model with an 18-load automatic dispenser.

The machine calculates the exact amount of detergent and the best time to release it in the cycle.

Auto dispensers also save you from potentially expensive service calls.

Many people use too much detergent, and the excess suds stay in the machine for an expensive future service call.

Potential Problems with the LG WM6700HBA

The dispenser is smaller than GE. Maytag had mold issues in the same top location as LG.

Speaking of mold, let's look at the next brand that virtually eliminates the problem.

Pros & Cons the LG WM6700HBA

  • Pros: Large capacity, AI Direct Drive technology, 18-load automatic dispenser, excellent feature set.
  • Cons: Larger size may not fit all spaces, potential mold issues with top dispenser.

Ideal for: Consumers looking for a top-of-the-line washer with advanced features and large capacity.

Best Mold Fighter: GE GFW655SSVWW

GE redesigned its washer and dryer with new features three years ago. It's entirely different than any other washer on the market.

GE GFW655SSVWW: Top Features and Benefits

Microban Coating


In a public restroom, the changing table for diaper changes is protected with a Microban surface.

Microban is an antimicrobial agent to stop the growth of bacteria. It can be nasty in public restrooms.

GE integrated Microban in their best washers to prevent mold in your washer. Their front load washer uses Microban for the gasket, dispenser, and draining system.

UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock


The UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock is another feature designed to eliminate moisture.

With OdorBlock, the washer's vents are built into the door, and the cycle spins the drum to create a vacuum effect and dry any residual moisture.

Pro Tip: Want to prevent mold? Mold thrives in dampness. Dry the gasket and the back of the machine after every wash. Then leave the door open when your washer isn't running.

Automatic Dispenser


The GE GFW655SSVWW features a 32-load automatic detergent dispenser at the top of the machine.

Their dispenser is easier to load and does not have mold issues like auto dispensers at the top of the washer.


Like LG, GE washers are Wi-Fi enabled.

You can check the remaining time, receive notifications, and monitor detergent levels in your dispenser.

Reversible Door

GE has a reversible door that can open conveniently in any installation. You would think every brand would have a reversible washer door.

You would think every brand would have a reversible washer door.

Good Stacking Option

Now you can control the dryer from the washer, eliminating the need to reach the dryer controls on top if you are 5 foot 5 inches or shorter.

This feature is found on higher-end washers.

Potential Problems with the GE GFW655SSVWW

The depth is an issue in smaller spaces, like any larger front load at 32 inches versus 30.25 for the smaller LGs. That said, the depth is less for a larger front-load washer.

Their reliability is excellent, but LG is more reliable.

GE is the best at handling problems after the sale with their service departments.

This is one of the most crucial factors to consider, especially if you buy from a store without service.

Pros & Cons of the GE GFW655SSVWW

  • Pros: Large capacity, Microban antimicrobial agent, OdorBlock technology, reversible door, large automatic dispenser.
  • Cons: Larger size may not fit smaller spaces, slightly less reliable than LG models.

Ideal for: Households concerned about mold and odors, needing a large capacity washer with innovative features.

Read More: Should You Buy the GE Front Load Laundry GFW650SSNWW?

Most Cycles: Samsung WF53BB8700AT

The high-end GE and LG washers have tons of features and smart functionality.

However, Samsung takes it to the extreme with 24 cycles and 14 wash options.

You can even customize one of your own with the AI Smart dial.

Samsung WF53BB8700AT: Top Features and Benefits

7 Speeds

With seven spin speeds for any type of fabric, Samsung gives you more of seemingly everything.

Speed Cycle

Samsung's Speed Cycle is 28 minutes. It's even shorter than the Turbo360 at 30 minutes.


You get a 20-year warranty on the drum.


It's large at 5.3 cubic feet.

Problems with the Samsung WF53BB8700

That all sounds good. Samsung is a technology company.

However, how does their speed cycle work faster than an LG with just one high-pressure nozzle compared to five on the LG?

The 20-year warranty sounds good until you need it.

Because Samsung has no service or support, I doubt you will find someone to service that drum after year five.

Like LG, always check for repair services in your area before you buy any appliance.

Pros & Cons of the Samsung WF53BB8700

  • Pros: Extensive cycle options, high customization, fast Speed Cycle, large capacity, long drum warranty.
  • Cons: Potential service issues, the effectiveness of Speed Cycle versus competitors.

Ideal for: Those who prioritize technological advancements and a wide range of cycle options.

Best Stacked Washer and Dryer: LG WashTower WKHC202HBA

There are now five WashTowers models to choose from. You can buy the WashTower with features similar to the WM3400, WM400, or 6700.

LG WashTower WKHC202HBA: Top Features and Benefits



The controls are in the middle. When stacking, you don't have to reach for the controls at the top of the dryer at almost 6 feet up.

GE, Samsung, and LG now have washers controlling the dryer, but the dryer on the WashTower is shorter on the dryer for less reach.


The LG WashTower utilizes AI DD technology, allowing the washer to determine the best cycle for the dryer.

The LG WashTower With a Ventless Heat Pump Dryer


The WashTower, unlike LG's regular dryers, comes with a heat pump dryer option.

Heat pumps recycle the air with a compressor heating the air through an air exchanger.

They are more efficient than the traditional dryer with elements and are much gentler on your clothes.

You can place this WashTower anywhere with water and power because heat pumps do not need vents.

Potential Problems with the LG WashTower WKHC202HBA

The WashTower is the first extra-large heat pump on the market. Heat pumps dry at a lower temperature, so drying time could be a concern.

More parts than a regular dryer could mean more expensive repairs as well.

Pros & Cons of the LG WashTower

  • Pros: Integrated washer-dryer stack, AI technology, central control, heat pump option for ventless drying.
  • Cons: Limited to the features of the integrated models.

Ideal for: Those with limited space who want the convenience of a washer-dryer combo with modern features.

Read More: Should You Buy the LG WashTower WKEX200HWA?

Honorable Mentions

GE Profile PFW950SPTDS

The GE Profile model has a 5.3 cubic foot capacity and several advanced features.

Its overnight cycle allows you to wash and dry an outfit by morning – good for single outfits rather than larger loads.

The washer is customizable too; you can download various cycles, create your own, and save them in "My Settings."

The adaptive detergent dispenser is a smart addition, enabling you to scan your detergent for the machine to dispense the exact amount needed.

Moreover, the UltraFresh Vent Plus system with a moisture sensor activates automatically, keeping your washer free from mold and mildew.

Pros & Cons of the GE Profile PFW950SPTDS

  • Pros: Large capacity and innovative features like 1-Step Wash and Dry, Adaptive Detergent Dispenser, UltraFresh Vent Plus.
  • Cons: It may be more expensive, and features may be more than some users need.

Ideal for: Tech-savvy consumers looking for customizable cycles, advanced features, and large capacity.

GE Profile UltraFast PFQ97HSPVDS

You may have seen some videos on the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer.

It's a washer and dryer all in one, meaning you put your clothes in dirty, and they come out clean and dry.

The UltraFast is ventless and runs on 120 volts so that you can put it anywhere.

I have warned about combos in the past because they can't remove lint for an expensive future service call.

But the Ultrafast has a huge double-sided filter in the front.

Pros & Cons of the GE UltraFast Combo Washer and Dryer

  • Pros: All-in-one washer and dryer functionality, ventless with easy installation, energy-efficient heat pump system, effective lint removal, innovative features like Microban coating and smart functionality, large 4.8 cubic feet capacity.
  • Cons: Higher price point, longer drying times due to heat pump technology, not ideal for frequent heavy use, unproven long-term reliability.

Ideal for: Those seeking the convenience of a combined washer and dryer in limited space, energy-conscious consumers, and those interested in cutting-edge laundry technology.

Are Front Load Washers Reliable?

Front Load Washer Reliability for 2024

The following service rates are based on a minimum of 100 products sold and a total sample of over 2,000 products within 12 months.

  Service Rates
Whirlpool 4.1%
LG  4.9%
GE Appliances 7.4%
Grand Total 5.6%

We stopped selling Whirlpool to consumers years ago. We only sell Whirlpool to builders in multi-unit housing these days.

However, this shift complicates the matter of service calls from residents living in these buildings because they may not know to call us. 

In contrast, LG has a lower-than-average service rate, establishing it as the most reliable brand for front-load washers among consumers.

GE has its own service department to assist with issues (we service what we sell).

It will be interesting to see how reliable Samsung will be in 2024.

If you want a comprehensive analysis of the most reliable front-load washers, including their common issues and helpful tips, read our article, "The Most Reliable Front-Load Washers."

Which Front-Load Washer Should You Buy?

There are many reasons to buy any front-load washer on this list, depending on what features you want or the application, like stacking your dryer.

The heat pump dryer is interesting because every closet can accept a full-size washer and dryer (if it works).

For the best value, ensure you stay within the 4.5-5.3 cubic foot range.

Buying more capacity costs way too much for the added size.

The good news is every model on this list has better reliability than the average appliance.

LG and GE are considered the best in the industry, but all have their advantages.

Lastly, always check to see which brand provides the best service after the sale.

How to Save 10-35% on Your New Washer

That $899 LG WM3400 was $699 every holiday last year and may be cheaper in 2024.

Wait for a holiday.

You will see deals around 10-35% around Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Black Friday (now all of November).

Manufacturers added capacity so you don't see the supply shortages in laundry, and with a recession looming, they will cut prices to sell through their inventories.

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Front-Load Washer 101

Before shopping for a new washer and dryer, here are a few general features and considerations for all brands:

Size and Capacity


Front-load washers are between 4.3-5.8 cubic feet, with the vast amount sold between 4.3-4.5 cubic feet.

Before buying a larger size, measure your current unit, the door, and the delivery areas.

In some cases, larger front loads are bigger than existing spaces. We recommend buying between 4.3-5 Cu. Ft.

The price becomes much more expensive, over five cubic feet. You will spend $300-900 for 0.5-1 cubic foot.

The best front loads are between 4.5-5 cubic feet.

For example, this LG washer (pictured below) is $1,999 for 5.8 cubic feet or double the price of a washer with five cu. Ft capacity.

Don't buy any front load washer over five cubic feet - notably the largest LG and the 2-in-1 Samsung washers.

Front-Load Washer Features

Automatic Detergent Dispensers


High-end Whirlpool, GE, and LG front-load washers offer automatic dispensers. Maytag's front load washer and Miele's compact washer have automatic dispensers.

Depending on the manufacturer, each dispenser can hold 8-40 laundry detergent loads.

Buying an auto dispenser assures you the right amount of detergent at the right time. It will also prevent problems in the future.


Steam loosens up tough stains in the washer. If you have a toddler (I can identify), steam is particularly good on grass, so you won't have to rewash.


Miele-Smart-Home-1Miele Wi-Fi-Enabled Compact Laundry


All the best, GE, Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, Miele, Bosch, and Maytag washers feature Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi will allow you to activate your washer remotely.

The machine will also tell you when it's done, so you do not have to keep running to the basement before the load is done.

How many times have you gone to your basement, and it is two minutes and thirty-two seconds on the cycle?

You can't go anywhere, so you wait. The machine will text you when the cycle is done - no waiting.

Learn More: Smart Appliance Buying Guide

Reversible Door

I have no idea why more manufacturers don't have reversible doors.

GE and Electrolux allow you to reverse the washer door to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer more easily in certain applications.

Stacking is better when the doors open on the same side. You also may have the washer on the left. Reversible doors are not critical, but they will make your life easier.

Pro Tip: Have the store reverse the door. You do not want to do it yourself.

Looking for more information on how to choose the perfect washer? Check out our comprehensive How to Buy a Front Load Washer: The Definitive Guide for a complete walkthrough of the buying process.



Front-Load Washer


Answers to the most commonly asked questions about front-load washers.

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