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Best Washing machines

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Washing machines

Best Washing machines

We tested 116 washing machines to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Washing machine based on the following criteria:

  • Water efficiency
  • Gentleness
  • Washing performance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Vibration
  • Cycle time (min.)
  • Capacity
  • Noise

Below lists the Washing machines that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Washing machine is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Washing machines

Best Washing machine for Water efficiency

This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.


This Washing machine which tested best for Water efficiency has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.

Best Washing machine for Gentleness

Models that earned lower scores for gentleness are more likely to treat your clothes roughly, causing wear and tear.


This Washing machine which tested best for Gentleness has the following features: Energy star, Type, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Water levels, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle and End of cycle signal.

Best Washing machine for Washing performance

This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)


This Washing machine which tested best for Washing performance has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.

Best Washing machine for Energy efficiency

This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.


This Washing machine which tested best for Energy efficiency has the following features: Energy star, Type, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Water levels, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle and End of cycle signal.

Best Washing machine for Vibration

Reflects usage on a suspended wooden floor.


This Washing machine which tested best for Vibration has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.

Best Washing machine for Cycle time (min.)

Our measurements of the time, rounded to the nearest five minutes, to complete the most aggressive normal cycle with our 8 lb. load. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)


This Washing machine which tested best for Cycle time (min.) has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.

Best Washing machine for Capacity

For top-loaders, Capacity is based on how well the washer agitates increasingly large loads. For front-loaders, the score is based on our judgment of the maximum sized load that the washer holds.


This Washing machine which tested best for Capacity has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.

Best Washing machine for Noise

This reflects judgments by panelists during the fill, agitate, and spin cycles.


This Washing machine which tested best for Noise has the following features: Energy star, Type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Requires HE detergent, Stainless-steel tub, Auto temp. control, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto detergent dispenser, Auto fabric softener dispenser, Extra rinse cycle, End of cycle signal and Steam option.