The question is how big of a washer do you need? Our (yours and mine) parents washed their clothing in an equivalent of 2.5 cubic feet. The biggest washing machines are now at least 4.6 to 6.0 cubic feet.
You will certainly pay for the added capacity. For instance, the LG on this list may have capacity, but at over $1,700 you can almost buy 3 of their regular washers.
In this article, will be covering some of the largest front load washers, their features, and then compare them.
Before you buy or even consider one of these on the list: Measure your space including your doorways because these machines could be too big to fit in your laundry room.
Samsung, LG, Maytag/Whirlpool, Electrolux, and GE are some of the biggest manufacturers in producing laundry. Maytag is owned by Whirlpool, so they have similar dimensions.
Before we get to the biggest washing machines, let's break down some features that you may not be familiar with:
- Steam – Helps to loosen the fibers of the fabric for better stain removal in the washer
- Spin Speed – The faster the spin speed the more water is extracted. Meaning less time in the dryer.
- Delicate – Most washers now have this feature for clothes that require gentle care
- Sanitize – This very hot wash cycle is designed to kill bacteria in the washer
- App Connectivity – Some brands, such as Samsung and LG, allow you to link your washing machine to an Android or iOS app so you can download extra cycles and operate your washer remotely.
Largest Capacity Front Load Washers for 2018
Maytag has been very popular in the USA laundry market. Maytag was purchased by Whirlpool Corporation and revamped. It is built with commercially inspired components.
Maytag's 8200 washer is currently the number one washing machine on consumer reports and has a better warranty and features like a better dispenser to the very similar Whirlpool.
Tip: The overnight wash and dry cycle works for smaller loads. Grab your dirty pants, shirt, socks, and underwear and it will be cleaned and dried in the morning.
- Capacity: 4.6 cubic feet
- 1200 RPM spin speed
- Sanitize and Allergen cycle
- Steam cycle
- Overnight wash/dry allows you to fully wash and dry a small load in the washer overnight
- Fast wash cycle of 25 minutes
- Fresh hold option allows you to leave clothes in the washer after the cycle is complete and keeps them fresh with an internal fan
- Load and Go dispenser: This detergent dispenser allows you to preload your detergent and the machine will dispense it as needed depending on the cycle selected
- Available in white or metallic finishes
Whirlpool is Maytag's sister company and a huge name in the US laundry market. This is the Whirlpool equivalent.
- Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet
- 1200 RPM spin speed
- Fresh hold option
- Load and Go detergent dispensing
- Self-clean cycle to reduce bacteria
- Available in white and metallic finish
GE GFW490RSKWW - $1,079
GE is a big name in the appliance world. Recently, GE decided to focus more towards global financing. They sold their appliance division to Haier, a large Chinese company. We currently do not sell GE appliances at Yale Appliance.
- Capacity: 4.9 cubic feet
- This model is 28" wide 47" tall
- 1250 RPM spin speed
- Comes with factory installed pedestal
- Sanitize and Allergen cycles
- Quick wash option
- Automatic detergent dispensing
- Available in Red, White, and Gray finishes
Samsung is a major South Korean electronics company that has grown to be one of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world. It has made a large impact on affordable luxury appliances in the USA.
Samsung is known for large capacity washers and innovative features in refrigerators. This model is the largest with two washers in one and a whopping 34 inches in depth.
- Capacity: 5.0 cu. Ft, in the main wash and 1.0 cu. Ft. In the top wash for a total of 6 cu. ft.
- Flex Wash" two washers in one let's you wash separate loads at the same time
- Super Speed Wash: Lower washer can wash a full load in less than 30 minutes
- Available in a white or black stainless-steel finish
- 1300 RPM Maximum spin speed on main wash and 800 RPM on top wash
- Wi-Fi Connectivity – Allows you to monitor your laundry remotely
- This unit is 61" tall and 34" deep. Width is standard 27"
LG Signature WM9500HKA - $1,999
LG is also a South Korean electronics company that has been having a huge impact in affordable luxury appliances. LG is best known for refrigerators and laundry.
LG is ahead of other brands in terms of technology. In terms of size, this is 5.8 cubic feet or the equivalent of 2.25 top load washers.
- Capacity: 5.8 cubic feet
- This model is 30" wide and 34" deep
- Only available in a black stainless-steel finish
- 1300 RPM spin speed
- You can add a pedestal that can also be a washer underneath it
- Steam feature
- TurboWash can wash a full load in 30 minutes
- Smart ThinQ – allows you to monitor your laundry remotely
Which should you buy?
I would not buy any of them on sheer size alone unless you are washing for a very large family. You will be fine with any normal capacity front load washer.
You should also measure your laundry room as well as every door and hallway of your delivery because many would not fit.
That said, of all these machines, Whirlpool/Maytag may be a good consideration with good capacity and excellent reliability.
We measured reliability based on 30,761 service calls last year. Click the link below for some eye-opening stats.
It will also fit most rooms, which is a big plus.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on June 26, 2014, and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.
Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.
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