Best Washers for $800 or Less
These workhorses from CR's tests handle loads of laundry
You don’t have to pay $1,000 or more to get a washing machine that cleans well. And while we’ve tested plenty of washers that cost far more, most of us would rather spend less.
“Eighty-three percent of all washers sold in the past 12 months were $800 or less,” says Eric Voyer, vice president of TraQline, a company that tracks trends, market share, and consumer behavior for the retail industry.
We combed through our washing machine ratings looking for the best washers that currently sell for $800 or less. We found washers that clean well, and most are water- and energy-efficient, even the more basic agitator top-loaders. So what’s the catch? Most aren’t gentle on fabrics, and many are noisy.