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Best Inexpensive (Cheap) Washers For 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

March 18th, 2020 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf


We are writing a few articles to help you during these tough times. The focus will be on critiquing less expensive replacement appliances.

Less expensive does not mean without features or buying unreliable equipment.

These are solid products. We don't actively promote all of the washers listed below because many of you reading this live outside of Boston.

So, let's get started with the basics first.

How To Buy A Low-Priced Washer


There are three types of washers. You have the traditional top load, the hybrid (HE) top load, and the front load washer.

Let me explain their advantages and differences.

1. Top Load: This machine has been around literally forever. Our parents and grandparents used top load washers. The drum fills with water, and the agitator stirs the clothes and detergent to clean.

It is the least expensive to buy, is reliable, but uses more water, energy, and detergent than a front-load with smaller capacity.

Top Load Vs. Front Load Washers

2. Front Load: Front-load washers are newer since the early Maytags in the late 1990s. Front loads have greater capacity but are much cheaper to operate in terms of energy, water, and electricity.

3. Hybrid Top Load: This machine is a combination of the two. It loads from the top but is larger without an agitator like a front load. Hybrids don’t seem to clean like the other two. In terms of price, it is equivalent to a better front load.

If you want to buy an inexpensive washer, then the top load is your best choice for the price. However, you will have a payback of operational savings in 1-3 years, depending on how you often you wash.

Washer Reliability

Most Reliable Top Load Washers

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Amana 0 109 0.00%
LG Electronics 1 28 3.57%
Whirlpool 15 253 5.93%
Maytag 44 204 21.57%
Speed Queen 83 178 46.63%
Grand Total 146 786 18.58%

Most Reliable Front Load Washers

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Whirlpool 20 350 5.71%
GE Appliances 1 15 6.67%
LG Electronics 161 2270 7.09%
Samsung 27 349 7.74%
Maytag 251 659 38.09%
Electrolux 13 13 100.00%
Grand Total 473 3656 12.94%

Front loads are 3 out of the top 4 most reliable washers. However, it is much more expensive to fix a front-load versus a top load.

A word about repair: Service is a big problem in this industry. Most companies do not service what they sell.

Many of these brands are close in price and repair rates. You should find out what is the most easily serviced in your area.

Best Inexpensive (Low-Priced) Washers For 2020 

Some of these we do not promote or actively carry. However, they are still good alternatives.

GE Top Load Washer GTW335ASNWW – $499.99


Feature Highlights:

  • 11 Cycles
  • Stainless Steel Wash Basket
  • 750 RPM Spin Speed
  • 4.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity

Whirlpool Top Load WTW4855HW Washer – $539.99 


Feature Highlights:

  • 12 Cycles
  • Stainless steel wash basket
  • 660 Spin Speed
  • 3.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity

GE is a bit larger with a better spin to extract more water. However, Whirlpool has a delicate cycle and is incredibly reliable. Then again, it is the same design for over 40 years (at least).

Electrolux Front Load Washer EFLW317TIW – $599.99 


This is a good value if Electrolux has sorted out some repair issues on their washer and their dryer (lint screen). We do not sell Electrolux products at Yale.

Samsung Front Load Washer WF45R6100AW – $659.99

Samsung Front Load Dishwasher WF45R6100AW

Feature Highlights:

  • 10 Cycles
  • Steam
  • 1200 RPM Spin Speed
  • 4.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity

Samsung has good reliability, capacity, and is the least expensive washer with steam functionality. Steam is used to power out tough stains.

LG Front Load Washer WM3700HWA – $749.99


Feature Highlights:

  • 12 Cycles
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 5 Spin Speeds
  • 4.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity

One of the most popular machines with a bit better spin than Samsung. You also have Wi-Fi, so you can control this machine by your telephone with basic functions like Turning on/off and seeing time remaining.

When To Buy an Inexpensive Washing Machine

Normally, I would say wait for promotional holidays like Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Black Friday. You can save 10-35% off during one of these times.

As I write this during the outbreak, the machines listed above are the best if you need a low-priced washer now. 

Here are some other approaches to buying low-priced appliances:

  1. Buy discontinued/surplus products/floor models
  2. Buy dented/ scratched - You can get a good deal, but make sure that dent didn’t cause a functional problem.

I would stay away from used appliances for any long term purchase. You should also make sure that scratched or dented appliance still has the warranty.

Key Takeaways

Choosing a front-load or a top-load washer will be your biggest decision to make. You can save money, but there are better operational costs to a front load washer.

After that decision, look at reliability and features. Check service in your area to mitigate any future issues.

Additional Resources

Download our Yale Laundry Buying Guides with all the features, terms, and brands of laundry. Over 680,000 people have already found answers in a Yale guide.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

A Note About Pricing

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