Our Best Front Load Washers article is updated frequently as rebates change from month to month. Recommendations can change with prices.
Washing machines have become as much about capacity, energy, and water savings as they are about washing clothes.
Front loaders offer the larger size, almost double of a top load, with better efficiency and a higher spin. This, in turn, reduces drying time, so you save by washing more clothes yet with less energy.
Almost all the brands have 5 wash/rinse combinations and 5 speeds for any type of fabrics. They are very similar in many ways with slight differences in features and reliability.
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Pricing updated for October 2017. First two are top loads for comparison
As I said, front loads have better capacity and use less water as well as energy, so you will save money in the long run. However, if you are still looking for a top load, these two are the best to consider
Whirlpool WTW4816FW - $449
This top load washer has multiple spin speeds, 12 wash cycles including "Quick Wash," and a porcelain drum.
This is actually the same machine I sold in 1986. What you will like is its reliability and ease of use
Speed Queen AWNE92SP113TW01 - $999
This top load washer is constructed of durable stainless steel to ensure dependability. Speed Queen is known for their commercial, high quality machines.
In fact this machine has a 5 year warranty.
Maytag MHW3505FW - $719
This is a good basic machine that has great a capacity at 4.3 cu. ft., 8 wash cycles with 5 wash / rinse combos, 5 speeds, and steam functionality. Whirlpool and Maytag (same company) have the best reliability based on our 20,000 + service calls.
Samsung WF45M5500AW - $659
This is the better washer to the $499 piece you see online and at Yale. It has greater capacity at 4.5 cubic feet and steam functionality.
If you have children with tough stains, then steam is great for loosening ground in stains in fabrics. This machine also offers Wi-Fi, so you can track the cycle time on your phone.
Best Maytag washer (and Whirlpool who is the actual manufacturer.) It has every cycle including steam and a “Fresh Hold” option which will rotate the machine to keep clothes fresh in case you are not around.
The detergent dispenser will hold up to 12 loads, so you do not have to reload after each wash.
Two key features to Maytag are the overnight wash cycle and their reliability.
The overnight wash allows you to put an outfit in the washer and have it completely washed and dried the next morning.
In terms of reliability, Maytag is among the best. Their parts turn around and support is better than their competition, so problems are solved faster.
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.
Almost all of the front load dryers now have a "sensor dry" which automatically shuts down the heat by sensing how much moisture is in the clothes. This will save you money and prevent shrinkage.
Maytag Entry Line Laundry Pair
This is a good, less expensive option for a washer and dryer pair. The washer has 4.3 cu. ft. capacity and steam functionality. The dryer has a wrinkle release, so clothes can tumble for an extra 90 minutes with no heat.
Samsung Entry Line Laundry Pair
Samsung's entry level laundry pair come with their diamond drum interior, which is gentler on clothes than most machines and their washer uses the power of steam for a deeper clean.
Samsung Front Load AddWash Laundry WF45K6500AW and DV45K6500EW
Samsung is a company known for innovation, but not just for the sake of doing it. Their latest washer adds the ability to add a small article of clothing to a load that has already started.
When front loaders first emerged, not being able to add an article of clothing was one of the biggest complaints. Now you can do just that with Samsung's AddWash laundry. They will also give you steam and a litany of other features, but the ability to throw in the inevitable missing sock or other articles of clothes is the key feature here.
Maytag Front Load Laundry MHW8200FW and MED8200FW
The top of the line Maytag Maxima set will give you every conceivable feature you could want in a machine. Steam, 1,400 RPM spin-speed, and 11 wash cycles are 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. The dryer adds steam as well.
With a $200 rebate, this may be the best pair to consider.
Speed Queen Front Load Pair AFNE9BSP113TW01 and ADEE9BGS173TW01
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 in all steel 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. I like the Electrolux for second-floor installation and their fresh water rinse leaves less detergent in the clothes.
Maytag/Whirlpool is the most reliable in terms of percentage with the fastest turnaround for parts and service. Their 8200 models may currently be the best value.
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