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Washing machine reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent washing machine reviews. Looking for a top-loader or a front-loader? How about a top-load high-efficiency washing machine?

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 130 different washing machines at our on-site washing machine testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended models based on price, performance, and features.

You can also subscribe to our washing machine Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the eight tested review criteria that make up our reviews: washing performance, energy efficiency, water efficiency, capacity, gentleness, noise, vibration, and cycle time. Our reviews also provide reliability Ratings—based on input from thousands of actual users—for such major brands as Samsung, LG, Kenmore, Maytag, Whirlpool, GE, and many others. Our washing machine review pages also include a washing machine selector tool, where you can input brand and price to narrow down the right model for your needs.

After reading the washing machine reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our video buying guide.

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Read the washing machine reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Washing machine reviews

GE GTWN2800D[WW]

Type: Top-load agitator washers
Summary: This GE Conventional top-loader washing machine has
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends conventional detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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Electrolux IQ-Touch EIFLS60LT

Type: Front-load washers
Summary: This Electrolux Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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Maytag Bravos XL MVWB980BW

Type: Top-load HE washers
Summary: This Maytag High-efficiency top-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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Kenmore Elite 31403

Type: Top-load HE washers
Summary: This Kenmore High-efficiency top-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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Maytag Maxima MHW8100DC

Type: Front-load washers
Summary: This Maytag Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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What's behind our washing machine Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 118 models in washing machines to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Washing performance
    This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)
  • Energy efficiency
    This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound 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.
  • Water efficiency
    This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound 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.
  • Capacity
    Capacity is based on the claimed tub volume.
  • Gentleness
    Models that earned lower scores for gentleness are more likely to treat your clothes roughly, causing wear and tear.
  • Noise
    This reflects judgments by panelists during the fill, agitate, and spin cycles.
  • Vibration
    Reflects usage on a suspended wooden floor.
  • Cycle time
    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.)

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