The best front-loaders clean better and are gentler than the best HE top-loading washing machines while using less water. Front-loaders take longer than HE top-loaders but spin faster, extracting more water and reducing dryer time.
Capacities keep increasing in HE washers, so you can do more laundry at once. HE top-loaders use less water and extract more of it from laundry than agitator top-loaders. This cuts dryer time, saving energy and money.
Smaller spaces demand smaller appliances, and compact washer-and-dryer sets are slowly growing in popularity. In recent years some stackable laundry appliances have become more stylish and have larger door openings for easier access.
Matching washer and dryer pairs are a widely sold choice, although some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style makes a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together. Our tests found pairs that are worth a look.
You can't escape dirty laundry. What you need is a reliable washing machine that gently cleans clothes for years to come. Washers can cost $400 to $1,900, depending on the type, capacity, and features. Here’s how to find the best washing machine for your needs.