Washing machines are one of the most used appliances in our home and while they provide plenty of conveniences, they are also a significant investment for many homeowners. Whether you’re looking for a washer with all the top-of-the-line features or something that’s a little more budget-friendly, it’s important to take careful consideration when picking out a new washer. Our guide has options for all budgets, load sizes, and laundry rooms.
Electrolux EFLS527UIW Front-Load Washer with LuxCare Wash System
The Electrolux Perfect Steam front-load washer might look slightly different with its large dial and adaptive detergent dispenser, but it’s what’s inside the machine that really makes it special. It’s specifically designed to accept detergent pods, along with other types of detergents.
With only nine cycles, the 4.3-cubic-foot washer might seem a little light on the options, but you still get steam clean and sanitize settings, along with a StainTreat feature for tough stains. StainTreat creates the ideal washing environment based on the specific stain you select.
The LuxCare Wash System makes it so the machine has smart load sensing, automatic water level adjustment, and temperature control; and, the fast wash setting takes only 18 minutes. Like other Electrolux machines, it has a reversible washer door, and it’s quiet enough to live on your second floor.
Kenmore Elite 41072 Front-Load Washer
With the Kenmore Elite 41072, you can expect to get a lot of laundry done and get it done fast. Its oversized 5.2-cubic-foot capacity is capable of churning 16 pounds of laundry, though if you only toss in half that, you can expect to get a good clean in 15 minutes with the Express Wash. It should also be able to wash your comforters, saving you a trip to the laundromat. For serious stains and soils, there’s a SteamTreat option and a Sanitize setting, which meets NSF standards and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria.
The dial with all the cycles looks sleek, and the 14 options themselves are straightforward: You know what you’re getting with names like rugged, workout wear, and whitest whites. And while that many cycles may seem like overkill, they’re all supposed to save you time. The kids wear setting, for example, is meant for set-in stains but also runs through an extra rinse to keep detergent off sensitive skin.
FlexWash has a decent amount of space inside the machine (the front-load compartment has a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet, and the smaller top compartment includes one cubic foot inside). This dual setup allows you to wash two separate loads at the same time.
This means long gone — at least in theory — are the days of lazily stuffing your colors, whites, and darks into a single cold wash to save time. Similarly, the small albeit more than adequate top washer allows you to clean small daily loads and minimize the daunting weekly laundry day chore. You can also connect with your washer via the paired Samsung app to monitor cycles, remaining time, and other data.
With Wi-Fi connectivity, SmartThings compatibility, vibration reduction technology to reduce noise, and a variety of settings for your clothing, this washer extremely features rich. Nonetheless, the FlexWash isn’t without its flaws — our only real gripe about the FlexWash is the overall size of the unit. With a base height of almost 47 inches, this washer is nearly tall enough to ride a host of roller coasters without an adult chaperone.
LG WM9000HVA High-Efficiency Smart Front Load Washer
This LG washer has a 5.2-cubic-foot capacity, so you don’t have to worry too much about overloading it with clothes or blankets. It has 14 different programs, including a speed wash, sanitize, and tub clean program. TurboWash is effective at stain-fighting, and there are sanitize and allergen cycles for killing unseen germs.
This washer isn’t just smart for the sake of being smart. The washer’s LG SmartThinQ app can help you diagnose and fix problems with the washer before a repair person shows up at your home. You can also select a cycle, start or stop your washer, and get notifications about when your laundry will be done. It’s compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant too.
It’s also compatible with the LG SideKick Pedestal Washer, so you can do two loads at once if you opt for that add-on. No more having to wait to wash your kid’s dirty soccer uniform or a small load of dark clothing.