Best Washing Machine: Top 12 Washing Machines of 2021

Best Washing Machine: Top 12 Washing Machines of 2021

What’s the difference between a budget and high-end washing machine? Will you get meaningful upgrades such as a large capacity, better washing cycles, and quiet operation for spending more? With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to decide which of the many available models would work best for your needs.

Additionally, washing machines have received huge technological advances in the past few years. From wifi connectivity and automatic detergent dispensers to steam cleaning and all-in-one solutions, you don’t want to miss out on all the new features. But which features matter most?

Dimensions and configuration are important factors when selecting the best washing machine. During your shopping spree you will need to make decisions around choosing a front load vs top load washer, a stackable washer and dryer or side by side configuration.

In this article, we’ll break down all the factors you should consider before choosing the best washing machine and provide our top washer and dryer set picks on the market.

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Washing Machine Types

You might want to know what your options are before going to the store; we’ve got you covered on that. There are four types of washing machines;
• Front-load washing machine (High Efficiency)
• Top Loading waching machine with an Agitator
• High efficiency top load washing machine
• Apartment size, compact washing machine


Front Loading Washing Machines

High efficiency (HE) Front loading washing machines represent the new generation in manufacturing. Compared to the top loading washing machines, they do a better job of cleaning while proving gentler fabric care. Although some front loaders have quick wash programs you get the benefit of intense cleaning with extended duration cycles.

Advanced water intake jets, steam technology, and special drum movements are designed to provide an exceptional clean without detergent residue. Also, special drum patterns reduce small tears in the fabric. All of this comes in an environmentally friendly way with a minumum use of water in comparison to washing machines from even 10 years ago.

Front-load washers have a high rotation per minute (RPM) tub speed, thereby reducing the moisture content of cloths in the machine during the spin cycle. This increased RPM reduces washing and drying time, consequently saving energy that would have been expended while using the dryer.

Generally, you can place these machines side-by-side or as a stackable washer and dryer set with the dryer on top.


Top Loading Washing Machine with Agitator

Agitator top load washers sport one of the original designs. These products are now the most economical choice. Clothes are laundered with water and detergent in a deep tub for each wash cycle which consumes a fair amount of water. Top loading washing machines are a popular choice when the laundry set is placed in a basement or room that lacks airflow. With a top-load design, water drains from the lid’s gasket minimizing mold and mildew growth.


High Efficiency Top Loading Washing Machines

This type of washing machine combines the technology of front-load washers and the excellent washing results of the top load washers. This washer has a higher load capacity for bulky items, like comforters than the agitator-style top load washers.

Between their load capacity and cleaning performance, they are a popular choice for families that often launder bulkier items like bed linens and towels.


Compact Washing Machine for Apartments

Used in Europe for decades, a compact washer and dryer can be placed under a countertop or stacked and put into a closet. In their 24 in x 24 in profile, they offer the same advanced technology and cleaning performance as any of their larger counterparts.


If you live in an urban apartment, dorm room, or RV, you may not have adequate space even for a compact laundry set. In that case you may consider a portable washing machine. These products are highly mobile on rollers, do not require permanent hook up. You can simply connect them to a standard faucet and let the drain water go to your sink.

What is Cleaning Performance?

Washing machines are designed with advanced technology aimed to launder today’s modern fabrics. Steam technology is an innovative feature that sanitizes, removes stubborn stains and allergens and also reduce wrinkles in clothing. Manufacturers also consider the performance of rinse cycles that are designed to remove the residual detergent and water softening agents.


Energy Efficiency

Manufacturers design their products according to the US energy star regulations. To meet and, often exceed, these regulations. Most manufacturers have added features like sensors that adapt water levels based on the size of the load, automatic detergent dispensing and rinse, and spin cycle monitoring.

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Which is better; Front Load or Top Load?

Front-load washing machines are usually considered better because of their gentle handling of cloths, thorough cleaning, less use of water, and fast-drying. With a front load washing machine, also, you can stack both washer and dryer together, one over the other. But top load washing machines are easier to use and washes clothes quickly.


Noise and Vibration

While Front-load washers are generally quieter, there are several reasons why your washer is too noisy or vibrates. A washer placed on an unlevel surface may vibrate, thanks to the speed of the washing tub. An unbalanced load also will cause the washer to become quite noisy.

Go for a washer with adjustable legs and make sure they are adjusted to create a level surface or stand for the washer. Ensure the washer is never overloaded at any time. Refer to your manual for the correct load capacity of each cycle.

Size, Configuration, and Ergonomics

It is always better to consider the available space for the washing machine before getting one. This will aid your choice of washing machine type and size. Top load washers tend to be narrower than the front load type and may work best for tight corners.

But while front-load washers maybe a little bigger, they can be stacked together with a dryer to create more room too. Go for the washing machine type that fits better into the available space. If you can afford extra space, you can also go for larger washers that can handle larger loads.


Washing Machine Configurations

The washing machine configuration may seem like a minor detail, but it adds to the overall user experience. What’s your preferred door swing type? Do you want to avoid smacking someone in the face accidentally while opening the washer door? Which washer size is best for your home?

A 24-inch compact washer and dryer is ideal for a small home with moderate laundry needs. But you could go for the 27″ model if you need to handle larger loads. You may also need to consider getting a washer that fits as close to flush even with fittings.



The use of Wi-Fi connectivity for simple purposes like remote control, timing, service calls, and alerts has upped the bar at user expectations for home appliances. While the technology is yet to permeate the industry entirely, most washing machines on our list, like the Samsung WV60M990AV, are equipped with Wi-Fi technology for remote control.


Our Top Picks of Best Washing Machines

We’ve seen the types of washing machines available on the market, and the essential features to look out for when buying one. Now, let’s take a look at our picks for the best washing machines.

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1) Best Budget Washing Machine: LG WM3600HWA


Product Overview
LG WM3600HWA is exclusively designed with six wash motions for an effective yet gentle washing experience. The innovative TubClean cycle uses heat to disinfect the tub and keep your washer in top-performing condition. This LG washer also has a built-in mechanism that runs periodic self-maintenance for better machine upkeep. At this time the WM3600HWA pairs with a standard dryer without steam.

Why we like it

  • Incorporates steam technology to sanitize clothes. Great for allergies.
  • TubClean cycle to fight mildew.
  • SmartThinQ technology enables you to schedule a cycle start and stop time.
  • SmartDiagnosis helps you detect machine problems from your Smartphone.
  • Voice activation is enabled by its built-in apps Google voice assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Key Features

  • 27-inch 4.5 cubic feet capacity
  • Extra Vibration Reduction Technology
  • Ten wash programs
  • 6 wash options

2) Best Stacked Laundry Center: LG WKEX200HBA


LG WashTower WKEX200HBA is the most recent addition to LG lineup. This front load washer and dryer set comes as single unit with controls in the middle. The configuration has distinct advantages such as:

  • Save floor space
  • Beautiful, streamlined look
  • Modern alternative to small, outdated laundry centers
  • You will not need a step stool every time you need to reach the dryer controls

The WKEX200HBA incorporates a steam dryer (you can choose electric vs gas) and has 2 color options white or black stainless.

3) Best Front Load Washing Machine: GE GFW850SPNRS


Product Overview
Are you looking for an efficient front load washer with a sleek design? Look no further. The Ultrfresh GE GFW850SPNRS, with its cutting-edge technology and the sapphire-blue color, is just the washer for you. This GE washer is 28″ 5.0 cu. ft. in size.

The GE GFW850SPNRS also has built-in wide-range Wi-Fi connectivity. This means it can be controlled from anywhere within the home, making your laundry more fun and less stressful. The machine has an OdorBlock technology that prevents odor by eliminating excess moisture.

Do you have tough stains? With its PowerSteam capability, the GE GFW850SPNRS uses steam to wash clothes. The steam permeates the fabric and makes it easier for the machine to eliminate tougher stains. The GFW850SPNRS is also built to dry small loads too, which could save you precious time.

Why we like it
• Eliminates the need for excessive cleaning of the machine
• Can be controlled from anywhere within the home
• Has 12 several wash cycles for different kinds of fabric
• Takes care of tough stains and does so quietly
• Saves time with its wash and dry technology and load capacity

Key features
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
• Advanced Anti-microbial technology
• Built-in Dynamic Balancing Technology (Quiet control)
• Steam wash
• Reversible door
• 12 wash cycles and 12 wash options

4) Best Steam Washing Machine: LG WM4000HWA


Product Overview
The LG WM4000HWA is a 27″ front load machine with a Voice Activation protocol. This means you can control the machine with simple voice commands. With its built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, you can control the LG WM4000HWA from anywhere within its Wi-Fi range. Do tough stains give you trouble? With its steam technology, the machine washes tough stains with steam eliminating the stain.

In terms of washing performance, its six-motion technology gives it an edge over other washers on the market. The LG WM4000HWA determines the kind of treatment your clothes need to ensure better results.

It’s a self-cleaning and sterilizing machine with its TubClean Cycle, which reduces the need to clean or disinfect the machine.

Why We Like It
• The machine considers several fabric types, so there is no shortage of washing options
• A convenient device with its voice activation and Wi-Fi connectivity
• Thorough and efficient washing with its steam technology
• TurboWash360 will provide express wash under 30 minutes

Key Features
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
• Voice activation system
• Steam technology
• Child lock protection
• 12 wash options and programs

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5) Best Top Loading Washing Machine: Speed Queen TC5003WN (TC5)

Speed Queen TC5003WN

Product Overview
This machine is a top-loader. A queen among agitators, the Speed Queen TC5003WN, has a high-speed wash cycle. It has an extra-rinse option which comes in handy when you need an additional rinse.

The machine has no lid lock, which means you could add more clothes to the load even when a wash is in progress. This Speed Queen washer also has an auto-fill system that ensures enough water is made available for your cloth load.

Why We Like It
• Removes the confusion caused by excess options and cycles
• Ensures proper rinsing of load with extra-rinse
• Fast wash cycle
• No lid lock, more control
• Better washing with pre-soak option

Key Features
• Six wash cycles
• Extra rinse
• Autofill technology
• 3-Year parts & labor warranty
• 710 RPM

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6) Best HE Top Loading Washing Machine: LG WT7300CW


Product Overview
The high efficiency LG top load washer is 27-inches wide, adding class and efficiency to the top loader washing machine type we all know and love. The washer is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing remote and easy control of the machine.

Thanks to its stainless-steel drum, the LG WT7300CW is also anti-rust which makes it quite durable. It is equipped with the LG TrueBalance anti-vibration system to reduce noise and vibration. The SmartThinQ also enables you to diagnose problems without needing to call for support.

Why we like it
• Energy-star certified saves costs on energy usage and utility
• Makes washing easier
• Washes thoroughly and quietly
• TrueBalance anti-vibration system for noise cancellation.

Key Features
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
• Anti-vibration technology
• 14 wash options and eight wash cycles
• Cold wash option

7) Best Compact Washing Machine: Miele WWH860WCS

Miele WWH860WCS

Product Overview
Miele is known for premium home appliances with exciting features. The 24-inch Miele washer W1 Series WWH860WCS certainly lives up to that standard. Besides the Wi-Fi connectivity, the WWH860WCS has lots of features that highlight the current technological progress within the industry.

If you are taken a back by the price tag of this washing machine you can also consider the budget version which still ranks as one of the best washers in the world – the Miele WWB020WCS at $1,199. Also, many local power utilities (such as PS&G in New Jersey) realize the massive energy savings offered by Miele and reward the customers with rich incentives (as an example occasional NJ energy campaigns in NJ has a $300 rebate for Miele pairs).

The Miele WWH860WCS has a spin of 1,600 RPM, which helps reduce the moisture content of clothes after washing. This fast spin facilitates faster drying, thereby saving time and energy costs.

This machine is fully automated with displays showing the weight of the load in the tub, an estimate of energy, and water consumption.

The Miele WWH860WCS achieves high intense wash in a short time, consequently reducing the time spent on washing. The washer also has a remarkable pre-ironing feature that releases steam to soften clothes before they are ironed. This results in reduced ironing time. There are 22 wash programs, and this increases your washing options, making washing effective and efficient.

Why We Like It
• Can store up to 3 months’ worth of detergent and release automatically
• Makings the whole laundry process easier
• Fully automated system with feedback mechanisms
• Handles large load

Key Features
• Feedback display
• Soft steam feature
• Stackable
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• 22 wash programs
• Adjustable legs

8) Most Innovative Washing Machine: Samsung WV60M9900AV

Samsung WV60M9900AV

Product Overview
Samsung once again leads the market with its innovative prowess in the Flex Wash washing machine. The Samsung WV60M990AV gives you the ability to wash more in less time with the additional top load washer.

The Samsung washer ensures your 13 washing cycles completes in 30 minutes, an astonishing 45% faster than the regular washing machine. The washer has a steam technology that cleans thoroughly without leaving any stain or wrinkle. It is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control. Its self-clean feature also prevents the accumulation of residual dirt or mold growth in the machine.

Why We Like It
• Samsung PowerFoam technology ensures a better wash for your fabric plus High-Efficiency detergent use
• Samsung SuperSpeed technology does your entire laundry in no time
• Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control.
• The self-clean feature.

Key Features
• 1300 RPM max spin speed
• Whirl tub design
• Preventive Door lock
• Five temperature settings
• Tri-tray Dispenser
• 13 wash cycles
• Five cubic feet front load capacity and additional one cu ft top load capacity for improved ergonomics

9) Most Reliable Top Loader: Speed Queen TR3000WN (TR3)

Speed Queen TR3000WN

Product Overview
The TR3003WN TR3 (a.k.a. AWN43RSN116TW01) is the second Speed Queen to make it to our list, which shows the company’s insistence on quality and innovation with their new release that replaced the legacy TR3000WN. The Speed Queen TR3003WN TR3 is a 26″ Top loader with an inverter drive system, which means it is not a traditional agitator washer. However, this new version of TR3 now includes more options for a wash with a full tub water and extended time allocated for heavily soiled laundry. The new TR3003WN comes with heavy-duty suspension that neutralizes the noise and vibration of the agitator.

Do you feel the need to be able to select your desired or ideal temperature for washing? The Speed Queen TR3 was made especially for you. With this washing machine, you can select the best wash temperature for your clothes.

This Speed Queen is built to pause the washing cycle once the lid is opened, allowing you to add more clothes to the load. You can also choose between the spray rinse or full tub rinse cycle for better results.

Why We Like It
• Fills water on its own
• Gives an option of water temperature
• Rinse options

Key Features
• Stainless steel tub
• Four wash cycles
• 820 RPM (max spin speed)
• Three years full parts and labor warranty

10) Best Legacy: Maytag MVW7230HC

Maytag MVW7230HC

Product Overview
The Maytag MVW7230HC is ideal for those who love the classy traditional washing machine, but with added features and sleek exterior. It is a 28″ top loading washer with an agitator.

The Maytag MVW7230HC, with its auto-sensing option, is designed to determine and fill the washer with the right amount of water for each cycle. The fast wash cycle ensures your clothes are washed thoroughly and, in less time, than usual.

Thanks to its power agitators, the Maytag washer can handle and eliminate tough stains. Besides the agitator, this machine also has a technology called the Sanitize cycle. This increases the temperature of the wash water to kill off micro-organisms in the load. The stainless-steel interior of the machine also makes it very durable.

Why We Like It
• Fast wash cycle
• Auto-sensing technology
• PowerWash agitator and cycle

Key Features
• Sanitize cycle
• Stainless steel tub
• Deep Fill option for better results

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11) Best Stain Fighting Washing Machine: Electrolux ELFW7637AW

Electrolux ELFW7637AW

Product Overview
The Electrolux ELFW7637AW is a high-efficiency and ultra-fast 27″ front load washing machine with energy star certification.

With its stain soak and steam technology, the Electrolux washer cleans clothes better than most washing machines on the market. The Activewear cycle protects delicate fabric while ensuring a thorough wash.

At 1,300 RPM, the washer is ultra-fast and can handle a moderate load in 15 minutes. This saves you precious time. This year Electrolux added the “Optic White” cycle to this model. Optic white allows you to get bright whites even without the use of bleach.

Why We Like It
• Ultra-fast wash
• Very quiet washer
• Saves energy
• Adaptive dispenser which works with any type of detergent.

Key Features
• Perfect balance system (noise suppression)
• Excellent Steam function for better results
• Perfect Balance system for smooth and quiet operation.

12) Best Overall Washing Machine: LG WM4200HWA


Product Overview
LG products are quite popular for their quality, efficiency, and durability. The 27-inch front loader LG WM4200HWA has all that and more. It has sleek exterior design and is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity making it possible to control the machine remotely.

The WM4200HWA combines six different movements in washing your clothes so it is very gentle on the fabrics. It also ensures that your clothes are cleaned thoroughly. It also has steam technology for removing tougher stains. Considering the price and the high performance the LG WM4200HWA is our best overall pick.

Why We Like It
• It is energy efficient
• Takes care of tough stains
• Very durable
• Equipped with anti-microbial technology
• Reduces wash time with its TurboWash
• Cold wash option saves energy

Key Features
• Anti-vibration system
• App-controlled
• TurboWash technology
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• Comes in White or Black Stainless Steel (LG WM4200HBA)

A good washing machine will not only guarantee better washing results but will also improve the overall washing experience. That’s why you should insist on the best washing machine for your home. Our list of best washing machines and our buying guide will help you make an informed decision.


How do I clean my washing machine?

Let’s talk about cleaning the front loading washing machines first. Just remove the detergent drawer located in front of the machine. Clean detergent residue inside the cavity by using a bottle brush and wash the detergent drawer itself with warm water.

Don’t forget to clean and rub the rubber seals around the washer door with bleach. If you see any signs of mold on the door gasket immediately fight it with bleach, time is not on your side.

As for the drum and the interior of the washing machine, our cleaning instructions are the same for top loading or front loading products. Use a washing machine cleaning agent found in retail stores or homemade baking soda and vinegar solution at a high-temperature cycle. Also, you can use bleach in high temperature wash program. High end washing machines typically come with a “machine cleaning” cycle. Usually, these programs will ask that you fill the bleach compartment and to let the machine cleaning cycle do the magic.

What quantity of water does a washing machine use?

The quantity of water used by a washing machine mostly depends on the age of the device and model. High Efficiency (HE) washers are better at water management than other models.

Most HE washers use about 15 to 30 gallons equivalent to 56.8 to 113.6 liters of water. In comparison, older washers use about 29 – 45 gallons equal to 109.7 to 170 liters of water to wash the same amount of clothes.

How to bypass washing machine water level sensor
If you feel that the water dispensed is not enough to wash the clothes effectively, then you may need to bypass the water level sensor. The washing machine uses the weight of the laundry load to find out just how much water to dispense. So, you only need to increase the apparent weight of your clothes.

After adding the clothes to the washer, pour about 1 gallon of water over the clothes and allow them to soak in the water. When you start the wash cycle, the load sensor will dispense an extra amount of water to match the apparent weight of the load.

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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on September 18, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.

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