When it comes to brand performance—that is, how well on average each brand’s models perform in our Ratings—the results for front-loading and high-efficiency top-loading washers are mixed.
We’ve analyzed the data from our tests of front-loading and high-efficiency top-loading washers during the past three years. If you don’t find one of our recommended models at a retailer, use these brand report cards as a guide. Remember, manufacturing and design changes can affect performance of future models, and models within a brand can vary.
A number of brands stand out as solid choices, based on our tests over the last few years, but we’d urge some caution with half a dozen makes that have had hits and misses in our Ratings. For all other brands in our Ratings that are not mentioned below, we haven't tested enough models to address brand performance.
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Interested in a dryer? LG and Samsung dryers have received very good or excellent scores in our tests. We think that other dryers from those brands are likely to do as well. GE, Kenmore, Maytag, and Whirlpool dryers had fewer high-scoring models or more lower-scoring models, so for those brands, stick with models that scored well in our Ratings.