These are the best laundry and cleaning products of 2020
Reviewed's 2020 Best of Year awards
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Cleaning has been top of mind for everyone this year. Whether you've been laser-focused on sanitizing masks and clothing, or just noticing finally how much dirt, grime, and dog hair you really accumulate on a daily basis, you've likely kicked that normal tidying routine up a notch.
Luckily, we've been putting washing machines, dryers, and vacuums to the test for years in our labs, which have continued to safely operate over the past few months. We know these products are up to the task of everyday use. They're the best of the best, and they'll help you keep your home—and home office and homeschool setup—shining like new.
Here are our favorite laundry and cleaning products, or jump to all the 2020 Best of Year awards.
The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front-load washer stands as one of the best front-load washers 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 is powerfully competent at removing stains and efficient cycles; it managed to do a solid stain-removal job in both the 46-minute-long Normal cycle as well as a quick 15-minute-long wash time. Read the full review.
If you’re looking for a modern top-load washer, the GE GTW720BSNWS fits the bill. With its Tide Pod dispenser, a stain removal guide, and a Sanitize with Oxi cycle, this washer is ready to tackle any laundry load. Despite its many customization options (including the coveted Deep Rinse option, which adds more water to each load), the interface is streamlined and easy to use. Read the full review.
The Electrolux EFME627UTT represents the perfect balance between cycle times and cycle temperatures, getting clothes dry in as little as 15 minutes with temperatures that never got hot enough to damage clothes. This dryer is great-looking, has simple controls, and is rich with cycles and options, including Perfect Steam, which can help to relax any wrinkles away. Read the full review.
The Miele W1 WWH860 blows most compact washers out of the water. Not only does it satisfy the needs to fit in a laundry closet or tiny home, but it also has innovations that we’d normally see on a full-sized flagship model, like automatic detergent dispensers. Most importantly, it cleans well: Its Normal cycle performed one of the best in its class, and we found that the honeycomb textured drum lifts stains from clothes without fraying them. And if you're looking for a match, the Miele T1 is also our top-rated compact dryer. Read the full review.
LG’s WT7305CV is a solid top-loader with a pole agitator. It has cleaning capabilities that work great for the majority of your laundry needs, as well as some special features like its SmartThinQ app that allows you to operate the machine remotely, and the ProActive Care program, which uses AI to diagnose and troubleshoot problems. You can also indulge in a bit of luxury in the steam cycle, and not take off a finger thanks to its practical, slam-proof lid. Read the full review.
With a steam cycle, a sanitizing wash, and a large 5.2-cubic-foot capacity, the giant LG WM9000HVA has a unique, sleek look that will elevate any laundry room. Despite knowing that its 29-inch width is 2 inches wider than most other washers, we were impressed by how much this front-load washer could fit—and how well it cleaned. The Heavy cycle removed about 81% of the stains in our test, which makes it one of the highest performing washers we've ever tested when it comes to stain removal. Read the full review.
If you like the idea of an upright vacuum but want something that's going to last, we recommend spending a little more on a Miele. No matter which model you pick, the Miele Dynamic U1 line of high-end upright vacuums look and feel like nothing else out there. Each vacuum contains weights so it resists tipping over, even when you're tugging on the hose. Read the full review.
The Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 is our best affordable upright vacuum for good reason, scoring well across the board in our testing. The onboard storage for all its attachments and its handy retractable cord are a major plus. Read the full review.
The Eufy Robovac 11S is the heir to the much-loved Robovac 11, and it does its predecessor proud, offering excellent suction and improved navigation. A slimmer design allows the S to get its brushes into more places and pick up more dirt per run than other top-rated models. It's also quiet, rarely making enough noise to interrupt a conversation. Read the full review.
The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is a no-compromise cordless stick vacuum. It has powerful cleaning, great battery life, and features you won’t find anywhere else. The V11 has two major features that set it apart from all other cordless vacuum cleaners: an LCD screen on the back and automatic suction adjustment. Read the full review.
The Tineco A10 Hero is a great value pick. We liked the fact this vacuum picked up 47% of the dirt we laid out for it; for the going rate, the performance is more than impressive. Plus, the A10 has the endurance to match far more expensive models, around 7 minutes on the max settings and 14 minutes on the regular. Read the full review.
It's been quite a year for air purifiers, with everyone hoping to breathe a little more freely in their own homes. In our testing, the Winix 5500-2 noticeably diminished cooking smells and allergens in the air, and it made a basement seem less musty thanks to its true HEPA filter, carbon filter, and plasma technology. Plus, it has intuitive controls and thoughtful extras like a sleep mode and timer. Read the full review.
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