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The Best Washing Machines of 2022

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The Best Washers Credit: Electrolux

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Editor's Choice Product image of Electrolux EFLS627UTT
Best Overall

Electrolux EFLS627UTT

The world's first washer to have a special place for detergent pods in the drawer, this front-loader also has powerful stain removal and efficient cycles. Read More

Pros

  • Pod detergent slot
  • Excellent stain removal
  • 15-minute Fast Wash

Cons

  • Expensive
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Editor's Choice Product image of Maytag MHW8630HC

Maytag MHW8630HC

The Maytag MHW8630HC is a powerful washer that lets you do laundry on your terms. It's 5.0-cu.-ft. drum can handle just about anything. Read More

Pros

  • Power Heavy Duty cycle
  • High number of features
  • Streamlined controls

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Slow cycles
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Editor's Choice Product image of Maytag MHW6630HC

Maytag MHW6630HC

While not the gentlest washer, its Normal and Heavy cycles have very strong cleaning performances and its Quick cycle finishes in 13 minutes. Read More

Pros

  • Streamlined interface
  • Strong cleaning performance
  • Fast Quick cycle

Cons

  • HIgher than average wear and tear on Normal and Delicates cycles
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Editor's Choice Product image of GE GFW850SPNRS

GE GFW850SPNRS

In addition to its strong cleaning performance, the GE GFW850SPNRS has a lot of neat features that will help solve your laundry headaches. Read More

Pros

  • Good stain removal
  • Venting system controls odors
  • Excellent sanitize feature

Cons

  • Poor Quick Dry and Bulky/Bedding cycle
  • Expensive
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Product image of Whirlpool WFW6620HW

Whirlpool WFW6620HW

The Whirlpool WFW6620HW is a front-load washer with tons of features. It has unique cycle selection controls and can automatically dispense detergent. Read More

Pros

  • Can automatically dispense detergent
  • Dozens of wash cycles
  • Can achieve high temperatures

Cons

  • Detergent residue
  • Can rattle while in operation

Investing in a well-made, energy-efficient front-loading or a top-loading washing machine can ensure you're always looking sharp. The best washing machines removes stains, helps prevent wrinkles, and gets rid of odors.

Dressing up in clean, fresh-smelling clothes can better your chance of nailing that big job interview and provide you with greater personal confidence in every area of your life. Having a machine that can make short work of musty towels, keep your bedding looking and smelling like new, and use fabric softener to make clothes extra cozy can do wonders for the state of your home, as well.

Over the years, we've tested hundreds of washers to evaluate their stain removal, efficiency, capacity, and ease of use. Out of all of the washing machines we’ve tested, these are the cream of the crop. Between their cleaning performance and their cutting-edge features, these washing machine reviews check all the right boxes.

The Electrolux EFLS627UTT (available at Best Buy for $799.99) is our favorite washer to date. It offers superior cleaning, a blazing 15-minute Fast cycle, and even has a spot for pods in the detergent drawer. While the EFLS627UTT is the best, there are plenty of other washing machines that are worth checking out.

Editor's Note

Due to supply chain challenges and soaring demand, there is widespread unavailability of home appliances and long wait times for delivery of backordered product. If you're a consumer in need of a washer or dryer, here are the best places to buy in-stock appliances right now.

These are the best washers we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Electrolux EFLS627UTT
  2. Maytag MHW8630HC
  3. Maytag MHW6630HC
  4. GE GFW850SPNRS
  5. Whirlpool WFW6620HW
  6. Whirlpool WFW9620HC
  7. Whirlpool WTW8127LC
  8. LG WT7900HBA
  9. Samsung WA50R5400AV
  10. Maytag MHW5630HW
  11. Maytag MVW7232HW
The Electrolux EFLS627UTT washing machine and EFME627UTT dryer.
Credit: Electrolux
Best Overall
Electrolux EFLS627UTT

The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front-load washer stands as one of the best front-load washing machines on the market. One reason? It is the world's first washer to have a special place for detergent pods in the drawer, allowing for even distribution of soap. However, this washer also has powerful stain removal and efficient cycles; it managed to do a solid stain-removal job in both the 46-minute-long Normal cycle and the 15-minute-long Quick cycle.

The EFLS627UTT has a stainless steel tub and is chock-full of features and options including Sanitize, Perfect Steam, StainSoak, and Extended Refresh. StainSoak reheats and recirculates the detergent so that it has more time to tackle your really tough stains. Extended Refresh is great for those who can't stick around to immediately get wet laundry into the dryer; it continues to tumble your wet laundry in the washer until you get home. Between the bevy of features and great cleaning performance, it's no surprise that the EFLS627UTT is our favorite washer.

Matching dryer: EFME627UTT dryer

Pros

  • Pod detergent slot

  • Excellent stain removal

  • 15-minute Fast Wash

Cons

  • Expensive


Other Washers We Tested

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Maytag MHW8630HC

Combining excellent stain removal ability, a massive drum, and a plethora of features, the MHW8630HC is the best Maytag washer we’ve tested to date. The Heavy Duty cycle aced our cleaning tests, dealing with everything from red wine to oil. We also appreciated the MHW8630HC’s internal water heater. With it, the Sanitize cycle achieved temperatures of around 130°F, allowing you to easily eliminate the most common illness-causing bacteria.

Cleaning alone does not make a great washer. This Maytag also makes the chore of doing laundry easier. It has an automatic detergent dispenser that holds soap for up to eight loads so you don’t need to keep busting out the bottle. In addition, the MHW8630HC comes with Fresh Hold and Overnight Wash & Dry. Both these features tumble the drum after a wash has finished, which means that for full-sized loads, it keeps a musty odor from developing or can wash and dry a shirt or two.

Pros

  • Power Heavy Duty cycle

  • High number of features

  • Streamlined controls

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Slow cycles

Product image of Maytag MHW6630HC
Maytag MHW6630HC

Long-time fans of Maytag washing machines won’t be disappointed with the Maytag MHW6630HC. In addition to the Normal and Heavy cycles, which both have very strong cleaning performances, this washer also has a speedy, highly effective 13-minute-long Quick cycle.

While our testing indicates that this product is less gentle with clothes than we’d hoped, we think that the MHW6630HC makes up for it with some neat features. You can’t go wrong with a steam option, an extended tumble cycle to keep post-wash clothes from clumping and wrinkling, and the “Extra Power” button, which can help get tough stains out of family-sized loads of laundry. If you need tough stains removed in a short time span, check out the Maytag MHW6630HC front-load washer.

Matching dryer: Maytag MED6630HC

Pros

  • Streamlined interface

  • Strong cleaning performance

  • Fast Quick cycle

Cons

  • HIgher than average wear and tear on Normal and Delicates cycles

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GE GFW850SPNRS

The GE GFW850SPNRS is a feature-packed, high-performing washing machine that won’t break the bank. This washer debuts GE’s take on the smelly washing machine problem, which involves a door gasket that incorporates Microban antibacterial materials and a through-door vent system that doubles as a dryer for small laundry loads. With built-in WiFi, a reversible door, a stunning sapphire blue finish, automatic detergent dispensing, and a steam cycle, this washer is really pushing the envelope when it comes to useful features.

While the features are nice, what you really need in a washer is performance, and this washing machine doesn’t disappoint. Its stain removal abilities were strong across the board for the four cycles we tested (Normal, PowerWash, Quick Wash, and Delicates), and it exhibited relatively low wear and tear on our test laundry. Its 21-minute-long Quick Wash cycle will get your laundry clean in the blink of an eye. For a washing machine that’s tough on stains and that you won’t mind showing off to visitors, check out the GE GFW850SPNRS.

Matching dryer: GE GFD85ESPNRS

Pros

  • Good stain removal

  • Venting system controls odors

  • Excellent sanitize feature

Cons

  • Poor Quick Dry and Bulky/Bedding cycle

  • Expensive

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Whirlpool WFW6620HW

If you’re in the market for a closet-depth washer, the Whirlpool WFW6620HW is a great choice. Its cleaning performance is on point, especially when you access the Sanitize and Steam options.

For a washer in its price range, the WFW6620HW is jam-packed with special features. It also has unique cycle selection where you choose "what to wash" and "how to wash it," which might be a more intuitive system for some.

Our one caveat: make sure that the machine is perfectly level during installation. Otherwise, the vibrations and noise might sour your experience.

Matching dryer: Whirlpool WED6620HW

Pros

  • Can automatically dispense detergent

  • Dozens of wash cycles

  • Can achieve high temperatures

Cons

  • Detergent residue

  • Can rattle while in operation

Product image of Whirlpool WFW9620HC
Whirlpool WFW9620HC

Younger, tech-savvy families will definitely appreciate the Whirlpool WFW9620HC washer. With its automatic detergent dispenser, touchscreen control panel, and large 5.0-cu.-ft. capacity, you’ll be able to get a lot of laundry done in very little time. Additionally, for those who want to be able to monitor your laundry without checking on it manually, you can easily start, stop, and track the cycles for this smart washer in the Whirlpool app.

For the most bang for your buck, use the Normal cycle, which did a good job of cleaning our test load, and only took about 40 minutes to finish. While the Quick cycle didn’t do as well cleaning-wise, it clocked in at a shockingly short 13 minutes; if you only need to wash a couple of lightly-soiled outfits, this model will get you out the door in record time. While it still left the clothes a bit damper than we were expecting at the end of the cycle, well, that’s what a dryer is for. If you want a washer that does its best to solve common laundry pain points, the Whirlpool WFW9620HC may be the right washer for you.

Matching dryer: Whirlpool WED9620HC

Pros

  • Very fast quick wash

  • Intuitive app

Cons

  • Cycles finish with very wet laundry

  • Not very gentle

  • Expensive

Product image of Whirlpool WTW8127LC
Whirlpool WTW8127LC

The Whirlpool WTW8127LC features an industry first innovation: a removable agitator pole. This lets consumers wash their clothes the old-fashioned, rough and tumble way, or the more modern, gentle approach. In our testing, we found wash cycles that used the agitator tended to be a bit rougher but did erase more stains compared to the impeller-based wash.

The WTW8127LC is one of the best pole-agitator washers that we have ever tested, and it’s our highest-scoring pole agitator to date.

As with other Whirlpool washers, the WTW8127LC features the “What to Wash / How to Wash” system, which helps take the guesswork out of what a wash cycle does. We also liked its pre-treat features, and found the included detergent brush to be effective at scrubbing out stains.

Pros

  • Good cleaning

  • Built-in faucet

  • Removable agitator

Cons

  • Expensive

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LG WT7900HBA

If you want a workhouse washer that can deal with lots of laundry and lots of different laundry situations, you’ll want to take a look at the LG WT7900HBA top-loading washer. This washer has a lot of appealing features, including a 5.5-cu.-ft. capacity (most normal washers have a capacity of ~4.8 cu. ft.), an Allergiene cycle (which claims to remove pet dander and dust mites), and seven steam cycles (including Normal, Allergiene, and Sanitary).

Additionally, the cycle times are nice and short. The Normal and Speed Wash cycles both clock in at 30 minutes long. If you really have some serious stains to remove, though, we recommend the Heavy Duty cycle, which performed the best in our stain removal tests, and takes less than two hours to run. While this washer isn’t as efficient as some LG front-load washers we’ve tested, if you like top-load washers and want a larger tub capacity, fast cycle times, and steam cycles, the LG WT7900HBA might be a good fit for you.

Matching dryer: LG DLEX7900BE

Pros

  • Steam cycles

  • Allergiene cycle

  • 5.5 cu. ft. capacity

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Samsung WA50R5400AV
Samsung WA50R5400AV

If you want a washer that is both beautiful and functional, then you’ll appreciate the Samsung WA50R5400AV top-load washer. This washer has some really nice features that belie its affordable price tag; who wouldn’t want a built-in faucet for pretreating stains, a soft-close top, or a fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel finish?

During our testing, the Heavy Duty cycle had the strongest stain removal performance, but the Normal cycle comes in a close second. Depending on your expectations, you may find that a 55-minute-long Normal cycle is too long or just right. Fortunately, if you need an even shorter cycle time, this washer has a Super Speed option that can shorten your Normal cycle time to as little as 36 minutes. If you want a washer with a luxury feel and a non-luxury price, check out the Samsung WA50R5400AV washer.

Matching dryer: Samsung DVE50R5400V

Pros

  • Built-in faucet

  • Easy to use controls

Cons

  • Clothes remain very wet after a cycle

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Maytag MHW5630HW

The Maytag MHW5630HW is built for families on the go who are battling busy schedules and an abundance of tough stains. This front-loading washing machine is an above-average performer across the board as it tackles normal and delicate cycle settings. Where it really shines is on its Heavy Duty cycle.

A 15-minute quick cycle helps you squeeze in a load when you’re tight on time. The 12-hour Fresh Spin setting helps keep clothing fresh if you wash a load before you leave but don’t come home until hours later. We are disappointed in the Extra Power setting—it doesn’t increase cleaning performance and extends the wash time of the cycle.

Matching dryer: Maytag MED5630HW

Pros

  • Fast quick cycle

  • Offers 12 HR Fresh Spin

  • Low cost per wash

Cons

  • Extra Power offered no extra stain fighting

Product image of Maytag MVW7232HW
Maytag MVW7232HW

The Maytag MVW7232HW top-load washer is a great mix of new features and old-school functionality. With its capacity of 5.3 cu. ft. and Extra Power stain removal booster, this washer can handle large loads without taking a hit on cleaning. For those who like having control over the amount of water in your wash, you’ll be delighted by the Deep Fill option, which allows you to add varying amounts of extra water to your wash cycle.

In terms of stain removal, this washer has some of the best-performing Normal and Heavy Duty cycles that have ever come through our labs. Even better, we found that this washer is gentle on your clothes. While the cycle times are longer than those of some other washers we’ve seen on the market (the Normal cycle clocks in at ~40 minutes), for the kinds of cleaning power you get with the Maytag MVW7232HW, you won’t mind the trade-off.

Matching dryer: Maytag MED7230HW

Pros

  • Massive drum

  • Deep fill option

  • Good cleaning

Cons

  • Slow cycles

  • A bit noisy


How We Tested Washers

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).

With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use, especially our washing machine reviews. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.

The Tests

The standardized stain strips we use to assess stain removal in washing machine testing.
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Every washing machine that comes into Reviewed’s labs gets put through the same testing regime, which addresses both performance and user-friendliness. Performance tests include:

Stain removal – Using a strip of AHAM-approved stains (which includes cocoa, sweat, pig’s blood, red wine, and oil), how much of each stain can this washing machine remove?

Wear and tear – During a given cycle, how hard is the mechanical action of the washing machine on your clothes?

Water retention – How much water does your washing machine spin out at the end of the cycle?

Cycle time – How long is each washing machine cycle?

The best washing machines have solid stain removal abilities, do not damage your clothes, retain little water, and have short cycle times.

Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each washing machine, based on our experience, both during testing and during more casual use (one perk of working at Reviewed is that there is plenty of laundry machines on premises!). Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: How easy is it to actually use this washing machine? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, the door, the detergent dispenser, and any smart features (like WiFi) that are included.

By combining the performance data with our own observations, we can make the solid recommendations and washing machine reviews for someone looking for any type of washing machine at any price point.

What You Should Know About Washing Machines

Whether it’s an emergency replacement, or you’re just looking to class up your laundry room, there are a few things you should consider when you go to purchase a new washing machine.

Front-load vs. Top-load

While it may seem like a minor design difference, studies (including ours) have shown that front-load machines are better stain removers and more efficient than top-loaders, and they'll cost you less over time. However, they are generally more expensive upfront than their top-load counterparts, which are more ergonomic, in that you don't have to bend over to do the laundry, and more convenient, since all you have to do to add another piece of clothing to an ongoing wash is to just lift the lid and throw it in.

Whatever you prefer, if you're shopping on a budget, we have lists of our picks for the best front-load and best top-load washers. If you don't have a strong preference, this list contains both top- and front-load washers.

Space

Before you head out to the stores, be sure you know the size constraints needed for your washer. We’re not just talking about the width of the space you have in your laundry room for the washer itself (although that’s definitely important). Are the doorways in your home wide enough to actually allow the washing machine to fit through them during delivery? Will it be able to fit in narrow/tight stair cases? Take a tape measure and check the doorway width against the washer’s specs, and make sure you have a few inches of clearance.

Capacity

Most washers have capacities ranging from 4.2 to 4.5 cu. ft. However, if you have a large family, or especially large laundry loads, you may want a high-capacity washing machine, which is typically a capacity of 5.0 cu. ft. or greater. At that capacity, you can fit nearly 1.5 times the amount of water and laundry that you could fit in a regular capacity washing machine, which means you get to run fewer washer cycles and finish your laundry in a shorter period of time. However, if you have fewer people in the house, you may just want a normal capacity washer; you don't want to pay for extra capacity you'll never use.

Price

Keep your budget constraints in mind. Washer prices can run the gamut from $500 to $2,000 or more, but most tend to sit in the $800 to $1,200 range. We have recommendations for some washers with very low prices, but you can generally find great washers at any price point; it just takes a little bit of research, and figuring out which features and design aesthetics you can live without.

Also, if you can afford to wait until major holidays, most appliance manufacturers and retailers tend to offer steep discounts around those times of year; vigilantly searching for deals can save you hundreds of dollars.

Customization/Extra Cycles

How picky are you about your washer cycles? Do you want to be able to set specific cycle temperatures, soil levels, water levels, and cycle duration, or would you prefer to just hit two buttons and start washing? Do you want a cycle just for workout/sports clothes? Really consider how you do laundry on a day-to-day basis; if you prefer a straightforward washing process, you’ll probably want to buy a lower-tech dryer. Even if that extra customization seems very appealing, it may not make sense for you to buy that kind of washer if you’re not going to actually use those extra features regularly.


Meet the testers

Mark Brezinski

Mark Brezinski

Senior Writer

@markbrezinski

Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.

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Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Julia MacDougall

Julia MacDougall

Senior Scientist

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Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.

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