At a Glance
- Front-Load Laundry Basics
- Best Front-Load Washers For 2020
- Best Front-Load Laundry Pairs For 2020
- What Are The Most Reliable Front Load
- Which Front-Load Washer Is The Best?
- When Is The Best Time To
Buy A Front-Load Washer?
- Should You Buy An Extended Warranty
For Your Front-Load Washer?
- Key Takeaways for Buying
A New Front-Load Washer
- Frequently Asked Questions
About Front-Load Laundry
It can be confusing to buy a front-load washer. There are so many new features since your last purchase.
Our recommendations change almost every 90 days depending on the manufacturer, fluctuating prices, and the availability of the product.
The best front-load washer brands and models for 2020 are:
- GE Front-Load Washer GFW650SSNWW
- GE Front-Load Washer GFW850SSNWW
- Samsung Front-Load Washer WF45R6300AW
- LG Front-Load Washer WM3900HWA
- Maytag Front-Load Washer MHW8630HC
- Whirlpool Front-Load Washer WFW9620HW
In this article, you will learn about the best front-load washers to consider including one new manufacturer, their features, and reliability based on 35,256 service calls.
You will also learn when the best time to buy laundry is and why Koala brand baby tables could influence your decision.
This will be a long article, so feel free to click on the table of contents above to skip around to what you want to learn about.
Front-Load Washer Basics
Before we get into the best front-load washers for 2020, let's dive into the advantages of front-load washers and their latest features or upgrades to look for.
Top Load Vs. Front-Load Washers
Front-load washers offer a high spin speed, larger sizes - almost double of a top-load washer - and better electrical and water efficiency.
This, in turn, reduces drying time.
Almost all the brands below have an abundant number of cycles and features. Every unit has 4-5 speeds and different temperature selections for every fabric type.
Front-Load Washer Features
Before shopping for a new washer and dryer, here are a few general features to look for in all brands.
Size: Front loads are between 4.3-5.4 cubic feet. Before you buy a larger size, measure your current unit, the door, and other delivery areas like your hallway or staircase. In some cases, larger front-load washers can be bigger than your existing space. In closets and other tighter spaces, a smaller washer may be your only option.
Faster Spin Speeds and Heat Boost: A faster spin speed will wring out more moisture out of your clothes for less time in your dryer. Heat boost will increase the heat by 20 degrees for better cleaning of your whites.
"Load & Go" and Automatic Dispensers: Maytag, Whirlpool, GE, and Miele offer dispensers with 12-30 load capability. They will dispense automatically for convenience.
GE Front-Load Washer Smart Dispenser
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 to check.
AI: You will see AI (artificial intelligence) in washers soon, possibly by the time you are reading this. AI is a fancy term for predictive analytics. In this case, you will push a button, and the machine will calculate time and temperature automatically based on the load.Short on time? Get our free Washing Machine Buying Guide
Specialty Cycles and Features for Front-Load Washers
TurboWash: LG's TurboWash cycle washes 30 minutes faster than a normal LG wash cycle.
SmartBoost: This feature in Electrolux washers mixes detergent and water and then applies the mix on your clothes.
2 Washers: Samsung offers a double washer in the same chassis. It's a useful feature, but you can buy two full-size washers and dryers for less money.
Samsung Front-Load Washer with Flex Wash, two-in-one washer
Microban Technology: GE now employs and promotes their Microban technology (built into the gasket) to eliminate mold and mildew in their front-load washers.
Overnight Cycle: Maytag and GE offer a way to wash and dry an outfit or small load using this feature. It simply washes your clothes and then spins it dry.
LG Sidekick: Kind of the opposite of the Samsung FlexWash model, but the second washer is under the main washer.
Reversible Door: GE and Electrolux allow you to reverse your washer door, so you can move the clothes from washer to dryer easier.
Pro Tip: Have the store reverse the door before having it delivered. You don't want to do it yourself.
Best Front-Load Washers For 2020
Front-Load Washer Education Station at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Now that you've learned about the latest technology and features in front load washers, let's check out the best brands and their models for 2020 starting with Samsung.
- SuperSpeed - Fast, thorough washing in just 30 minutes
- Bixby Enabled - Chooses the optimal cycle and notifies you when it's completed on your phone using Wi-Fi
Why You Should Consider Samsung's Front-Load Washer WF45R6300AW:
It has a 36-minute full-wash cycle. Others have 15-18 minute cycles, but only for small loads.
You also have a soak cycle. This is designed to loosen up stains.
Soak and steam should power out tough stains. This new Samsung washer is reputed to be extremely quiet. They claim 40% quieter.
The Samsung front-load washer WF45R6300AW powers out tough stains with its steam cycle.
Although we have all survived without Smart appliances thus far, the washer does alert you at the end of the cycle on your phone, so you don't have to keep checking.
It's one of the most reliable washer brands at less than 8% service within the first year. (LG had a similar repair rate with many more sold).
Pro Tip: Most of the complaints against LG and Samsung relate to lack of service when there is an issue. You should ask who will be repairing your laundry units or any appliances before you buy them.
- 4.5 cu. Ft. Ultra Large Capacity with NeveRust Stainless Steel Drum
- Direct Drive Motor with 10-Year Limited Warranty
- Control Panel with Dual LED Display and Dial-A-Cycle
- TurboWash(R) Technology - 30-minute wash cycle
- LG SideKick Compatible
Why You Should Consider LG's Front-Load Washer WM3900HWA:
This is the most popular LG washer.
With this model, you have a 30-minute wash cycle along with Wi-Fi connectivity.
It also has plenty of specialty cycles for you to wash in every conceivable way designed for speed, allergens, and one to clean the washer itself.
- 4.8 cu. ft.
- UltraFresh Vent System
- Energy Star
- 5.0 cu. ft.
- 12 Wash Cycles
- Steam Cycle
- Sanitize Cycle
- Allergy Cycle
Why You Should Consider GE's Front-Load Washers GFW650SSNWW And GFW850SSNWW:
If you ever had to change your child in a public restroom, those flip-down baby centers are treated with Microban technology to eliminate any undue nastiness - it can be pretty nasty in these places.
GE has incorporated Microban technology in the gasket, dispenser, and draining system to prevent mold and mildew build-up in your washer.
OdorBlock is another feature designed to eliminate moisture. Essentially they have vents built into the door, the cycle spins the drum to create a vacuum effect and dry any moisture.
GE's front-load washer is brand new, so it includes many of the best features of all the brands.
All their machines are Wi-Fi, while the GFW850SSNWW has the overnight wash and dry cycle, a 32 load dispenser, and a reversible door.
The GFW650SSNWW doesn't have those added cycles but is only 32 inches deep for tighter installations.
Maytag Front-Load Washer MHW8630HC - $1,219
- Most Powerful Cleaning in the industry driven by the Heavy Duty cycle + Extra Power button
- Extra Power Button
- Smart Appliance
- 24 Hr Fresh Hold(R) Option
- Optimal Dose Dispenser
- Quick Wash Cycle
- Sanitize Cycle
Why You Should Consider Maytag's Front-Load Washer MHW8630HC:
This is the best-selling Maytag washer (owned by Whirlpool).
It has every cycle, including steam. It also has a "Fresh Hold" option, which will rotate the machine to keep clothes fresh in case you are not around to unload them.
The detergent dispenser will hold up to 8 loads, so you do not have to reload after each wash. Just clean it regularly to avoid a service call.
Maytag also features an overnight cycle. Add your gym clothes, an outfit, or a small load of laundry and it will be washed and dried the next morning.
- Load & Go™ XL Plus Dispenser
- Remote control with the Whirlpool® app
- Our largest capacity front-load washer at 5.0 cu. ft.
- Intuitive Controls
- 12-Hour FanFresh® Option
- Steam Clean Option
Why You Should Consider Whirlpool's Front-Load Washer WFW9620HW:
The WFW9620HW is the most featured washer available. It has Wi-Fi and every other feature from steam to a beautiful operating touchscreen.
Whirlpool has a 40-load dispenser. It's located at the bottom of the machine. This dispenser will fit more, prevents mold, and makes adding detergent less frequent.
Best Front-Load Laundry Pairs
Most people concentrate on the washer as part of their laundry purchase, yet the dryer is still critical, especially if you plan to stack the dryer on top of the washer.
Almost all of the front-load dryers now have a "sensor dry" feature, which automatically shuts down the heat by sensing how much moisture is in the clothes.
This will save you money and prevent your clothes from shrinking.
With that in mind, as the cycles and technology like Wi-Fi and steam are similar among the laundry pairs listed below, I will share a few feature differences.
Samsung Steam Front-Load Laundry Pair
Samsung, along with LG, has a vent indicator. So you will be able to correct any blockages before they become issues.
LG Premium Front-Load Laundry Pair
Both are high tech, Wi-Fi enabled, and seem to be reliable.
LG has the 10-minute steam cycle, so it's convenient for refreshing clothes fast.
GE Smart Front-Load Laundry Pair
GE is reversible both in the washer and dryer. It also has the longest possible venting system up to 90 feet.
Maytag Maxima Front-Load Laundry Pair
Maytag has two sensors in the drum to calculate the right amount of time for mixed loads.
Whirlpool Premium Front-Load Laundry Pair
Whirlpool has LED screens in both. The dryer also has a stainless steel drum.
What Are The Most Reliable Front-Load Washer Brands?
Based on 35,256 logged service calls in 2019, Whirlpool is technically the most reliable at just under 6%. However, many of those units were basic and sold to builder jobs.
LG was excellent, as was Samsung at under 8%. Maytags' problems were due to cleaning the dispenser.
Most Reliable Front-Load Washers for 2020
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Which Front-Load Washer Is The Best?
There is a reason to buy any front-load washer on this list. They have similar capacity and varying features.
Samsung is the most affordable with steam and other features. LG is a bit more proven but is $100 more for similar features.
Whirlpool and Maytag are excellent as long as you remember to clean the dispensers.
The big question is GE. It probably has the most features and is the most advanced for the money.
GE is also the only front-load washer to address mold, mildew, and odors, but the product is new.
So you have a number of suitable options.
When Is The Best Time To Buy A Front-Load Washer?
Although you probably will not wait if you have a broken washer, there are better times to buy major appliances.
Ranking from the best, the best times to buy appliances are:
- Black Friday (now all of November)
- Tax-Free Weekend and Labor Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
Around these promotional holidays, prices could be 10-35% off. LG and Samsung employed this strategy in conquering the electronics business. Every commodity manufacturer has followed.
Use it to your advantage.
Should You Buy An Extended Warranty?
You will be asked and pushed by your store to buy an extended appliance warranty.
First, you should never buy a warranty from a company that does not offer its own service. These warranties are outsourced and not designed to fix anything promptly or even correctly.
If you are buying this for peace of mind, then you will get exactly the opposite.
For washers, the reliability numbers suggest not buying a warranty.
At 4-13%, these machines work better than almost every other appliance.
Unfortunately, the repair itself is incredibly expensive because they have a direct-drive motor, meaning the motor shaft is connected to the washer's drum.
It's less expensive in parts and labor to simply replace a front-load washing machine than fixing its motor.
Ultimately, it's the insurance of a low repair rate versus a very high cost of repair.
How To Prevent Mold In Your Front-Load Washer
A lot of reviews talk about mold in their front-load washers. The new GE has Microban technology and OdorBlock to eliminate the problem before it even starts.
It's preventable in other machines.
Mold is caused by standing water over a prolonged period of time.
You can develop mold in a front-load due to standing water in the gasket and back of the machine.
To prevent mold in your washer, you should always make sure the washer barrel is dry as possible, especially the gasket in the front.
You can do this by running a towel over the gasket and leaving the door open to air dry after you are done using your washer.
A few companies specifically address mold in their cycles. LG has the Tub Clean cycle, which is a 149-degree wash. Maytag has a separate fan.
If you do have mold, run a wash without clothes under a high temperature with Affresh tablets. This will clean any mold or mildew.
Key Takeaways For Buying A New Washer and Dryer
1. Reliability is better than the average on a front-load washer.
We changed the brands we sell at Yale two years ago because of the 300% spread between reliable and less reliable machines.
2. The best models listed above all have similar features with similar upgrades and a few specialty cycles.
I think the GE is interesting because it has every cycle plus the Microban technology and OdorBlock.
Then again, we have 32 techs trained to fix it in case there are problems - there is a case to be made for every brand.
So our best advice is simple:
3. In your area, find the product that can be fixed the fastest.
Samsung, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG are all good considerations.
Always check for available service in your area first and then choose the best washer for your home based on features and reliability. Don't just trust the sales person or a website.
Frequently Asked Questions About Front-Load Laundry:
1. Which brand is best for front-load washing machines?
GE, Samsung, Maytag, Whirlpool, and LG are the best front-load washing machine brands to consider.
2. How long do front-load washers last?
Front-load washers should last 6-10 years, according to the United Servicers Association.
3. What's better, a top load or a front-load?
Front loads are larger with better cycles and energy efficiency. As I said previously, front loads have a larger capacity and use less water and energy, so you will save money in the long run.
4. Why do front-load washers smell?
Standing water is the main problem, especially at the gasket. You want to dry the gasket from any residual water. Leaving the door open after every cycle always helps.
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