Our tests of high-efficiency top-loaders, agitator top-loaders, and front-loaders have found big performance differences. Some were mediocre or worse at washing, tough on fabrics, or noisy. We also test cycle time, water and energy efficiency, vibration, and capacity. Capacities of front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loaders keep increasing, with some washers handling up to 28 pounds of laundry, allowing you to do more laundry at one time. Recommended washers are the top scoring in their category and do not have brand reliability issues based on our survey of thousands of readers. Consumer Reports gives you honest buying advice you can trust and provides unbiased Ratings and reviews to help you choose the best washing machine for your needs and budget.