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The Largest Front Load Washers for 2021 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Craig Marcotte  |  September 30, 2021  |  9 Min. Read

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Buying the largest washer you can buy seems like a good idea. Why wash two loads when you can wash one?

If you have a large family and are always washing clothes, then buying a large washer is pretty compelling in theory.

In this article, you will learn the largest front load washers. However, you will also learn the reasons not to buy the largest.

If you live in Boston, please be advised you can't buy many of these washers.

You will read about the largest washers, their problems, and then the best features to consider when buying a washer.

Most front load washer capacities are 4.5 - 4.8 cubic feet.

This article covers only front loads, not the high efficiency (HE) top loads.

The Largest Front Load Washers for 2021

1. Samsung Front Load Washer WV60M990AV - $1,799

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Dimensions: 27 W X 34 D X 46 9/10 H| Capacity: 6 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 17 Cycles, 18 Options | Spin Speed: 800 RPM | Reversible Door: Yes | Automatic Dispenser: No

The Samsung Flex is an interesting piece with two separate washers. One on the top and the other in the front.

It is the largest and allows you to wash two separate loads at one time.

You can wash a delicate load in the top and your regular fabrics in the front.

The "Flex design has two models, the WV60M990AV at 6 cubic feet and the smaller WV55M9600 at 5.5 cubic feet.

Features: 

  • 6.0 cubic foot capacity
  • Flex was: a smaller 2nd washer on top to allow two loads at once, or for smaller loads to save water
  • 30-Minute express wash
  • Steam
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power Foam: creates foam to penetrate to the heart of the fabric

2. LG Front Load Washer WM9500HKA - $1,999

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Dimensions: 29 5/8 W, 33 1/16 D, 41 3/16 D| Capacity: 5.8 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 14 Cycles, 12 Options | Spin Speed: 1300 RPM | Reversible Door: No| Automatic Dispenser: Yes

LG's Signature washer has a 5.8 cubic foot capacity size and unique features such as an automatic dispenser for 18 washes.

Their TurboWash360 turns any cycle into a 30-minute wash by employing five high-pressure water jets at the front of the machine.

The LG Front Load Washer WM9500HKA can be purchased as a 5.8 or 5.2 cubic foot capacity under the WM8100.

Features:

  • 5.8 cubic foot capacity
  • TurboWash 360 gives you five separate jets to clean clothing more quickly
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steam
  • Automatic dispenser for up to 18 washes
  • Black stainless steel

3. GE Front Load Washer GFW850SSNWW - $1,149

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Dimensions: 28 W, 39.75 H, 34 D | Capacity: 5 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 12 Cycles, 10 Options | Spin Speed: 1300 RPM | Reversible Door: Yes | Automatic Dispenser: Yes

GE redesigned their front load with comprehensive mold protection. You have Microban antimicrobial surfaces and a fan in the front to dry the gasket.

This machine can wash and dry a small load overnight due to its high 1300 RPM spin speed.

GE also has the second-largest automatic dispenser at 32 loads. You will learn about the advantages of auto dispensers in the features section.

Features:

  • 5.0 cubic foot capacity
  • Automatic detergent dispenser up to 32 loads
  • Microban Antimicrobial coating to prevent mold and mildew growth
  • UltraFresh Vent with OdorBlock, an internal fan that will dry the machine
  • Dynamic Balancing Technology to reduce vibrations
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steam
  • One step wash & dry. For a very small load, wash and dryer in just the washer. No need to transfer to the dryer.
  • Available in Royal Sapphire for a unique color option

4. Maytag Front Load Washer MHW8630HW - $1,299

Maytag-MHW8630HW

Dimensions: 27 W, 32 15/16 D, 38 5/8 H| Capacity: 5 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 4 Cycles, 14 Options | Spin Speed: 1160 RPM | Reversible Door: No | Automatic Dispenser: Yes

Maytag's best feature is its Extra Power cycle.

The Extra Power cycle allows you to wash whites and colors in the same load by starting cold water and then slowly warming the temperature.

Features:

  • 5.0 cubic foot capacity
  • Amazon Alexa & Nest compatible
  • Wi-Fi for remote monitoring
  • Steam
  • Clean washer cycle to help prevent mold & mildew growth

 

5. LG Front Load Washer WM4200HWA - $1,249

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Dimensions: 27 W X 33 ¼ D X 39 H| Capacity: 5 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 14 Cycles, 14 Options | Spin Speed: 1300 RPM | Reversible Door: No| Automatic Dispenser: No

With similar features to the model above, LG has a good combination of features like the TurboWash360 and excellent reliability.

Features: 

  • 5.0 cubic foot capacity
  • TurboWash 360 gives you five separate jets to clean clothing more quickly
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steam

6. Whirlpool Front Load Washer WFW8620HW - $1,249

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Dimensions: 27 W, 33 ¼ D, 38 5/8 H| Capacity: 5 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 12 Cycles, 35 Options | Spin Speed: 1100 RPM | Reversible Door: No| Automatic Dispenser: Yes

Whirlpool has the easiest controls with push buttons and the largest dispenser holding up to 40 loads of detergent.

Features: 

  • 5.0 cubic foot capacity
  • Load & Go XL dispenser for up to 40 loads
  • Steam
  • Wash and dry feature for small loads. No need to transfer to the dryer
  • 12hour FanFresh option. Tumbles close for up to 12 hours to minimize wrinkles
  • Clean washer with Affresh cycle

7. Samsung Front Load Washer WF50A8600AE - $1,049

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Dimensions: 27 W, 33 ½ D, 38 ¾| Capacity: 5 Cubic Feet | Number of Cycles: 24 Cycles, 13 Options | Spin Speed: 1200 RPM | Reversible Door: No| Automatic Dispenser: No

Samsung has the shortest wash cycle at 28 minutes with their Express Wash.

Features: 

  • 5.0 cubic foot capacity
  • Multi-control feature. Allows for you to operate the dryer when stacked, so no need to reach as high
  • 28-minute Express Wash
  • Wi-Fi
  • Steam
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Why You Should Not Buy the Largest Front Load Washer

Price

LG's Signature washer is 5.8 cubic feet at $1,999. Most of the smaller 5.0 capacities are $1,249. So, you are paying $700 more for 0.8 of a cubic foot.

Samsung has a six cubic foot for $1799 - $1,999, so you are paying $500 - 700 more for one cubic foot.

Remember, the average cubic foot washer is about 4.5. You can buy a 4.5 cubic foot at $799 - $899 or $1,100 less for about 1.5 cubic feet.

Size and Depth

yale-appliance-hanover-samsung-laundry-displayStackable Front Load Laundry at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Attention Bostonians and other city dwellers: Pay very close attention to dimensions when purchasing any laundry set.

Front-load washers are wide and deep, almost like refrigerators.

At 33 - 35 inches deep, it will not fit many existing laundry rooms. If you have a top load now, it won't fit due to the depth.

Your closets would have to be extremely deep as well.

The shallowest 4.5 cubic is 30.25 and does fit in many areas (although not all).

If you live in a condo like a Boston Brownstone, it might not fit in your hallways or on the landings between floors.

Laundry is the second most returned appliance, barely behind refrigerators. 

Stacking

The two largest do not stack.

Perspective

My mom washed laundry with an old Maytag top load washer for a family of 5. The same design (without the quality) is still popular today.

The volume of that machine without the agitator is about 2.3 - 2.5 cubic feet.

The 5 cubic machines are now double what your parents used 25 to 30 years ago.

At a certain level, 5 cubic feet should be enough without spending another $700 for more.

Read More: Best Front Load Washer for 2021

What to Know When Buying a Front Load Washer

Reliability

Front-load washer reliability based on a minimum of 300 washers sold from December 2019 to November 2020:

  Service Rate
Whirlpool 1.85%
Samsung 2.90%
LG Electronics 4.14%
GE Appliances 8.61%
Maytag 17.61%
Total 6.18%

Reliability is important because front-loads are tougher to fix with their direct drive motors. Plus, you probably don't have much service in your area.

LG has been the most reliable over the years. Whirlpool has more builder purchases which require less service for many reasons.

Read More: Most Reliable Front Load Washers for 2021

Automatic Dispensers

ge-front-load-washer-with-smart-dispenseGE Front Load Washer with Automatic Detergent Dispenser

 

Automatic detergent dispensers should be on your list of features. An automatic dispenser releases the right amount of detergent at the right time.

Most people will add a ton of detergent to the load like a top load, but you only need a capful.

That excess detergent stays in the machine and will cause a serious probably 35 years from now.

Automatic dispensers will prevent that.

The largest are GE at 32 loads and Whirlpool at 40 loads.

Steam

Most of the better washers will offer steam. It loosens up tougher stains like wine or grass.

Spin Speed

Higher spins in the washers equate to less time in the dryer. GE and LG have the highest spins in a front load of 1300 RPM. Miele will 1600 in their compact machines.

Wi-Fi

samsung-smart-front-load-laundry-Samsung Smart Front Load Laundry

 

All of these models offer Wi-Fi. While Wi-Fi has been slow to adopt in appliances, you will like smart technology in your laundry for one reason.

You will be able to see the time remaining and get a text when the cycle is done. How many times have you walked down to the basement with 5 minutes left in the cycle?

Mold and Mildew Prevention

ge-smart-front-load-washer-850-seriesGE Smart Front Load Laundry With Microban Technology

 

While some other brands offer a washer cleaning cycle, only GE models offer the Microban technology and an internal fan.

Pro Tip: Mold is a byproduct of standing water, so dry the gasket and leave the door open. Then run a clean tub cycle every month.

Reversible Door

GE and Electrolux are the only brands with reversible washer doors. It's a convenience when stacked, so the doors line up.

Read More: How to Buy a Front Load Washer

Key Takeaways

Don't feel pressured to buy a larger washing machine, especially the largest. You will pay far less for a 4.5 - 5.0 and only receive 1.0 - 1.5 cubic more at most.

Invest in better features instead, like an auto dispenser, a higher RPM spin speed, and steam. It will make more of a difference than the extra cubic feet.

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Craig Marcotte

Craig Marcotte is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance. He has been with Yale for over two years now. Before working at Yale, Craig was a corporate trainer and later spent several years managing restaurants in Boston. A New Hampshire boy at heart, you can often find Craig on a mountain or running a Spartan race when he isn’t helping customers upgrade their homes.

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