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Best Washers for $800 or Less

These workhorses of the laundry room handle loads for less

A washing machine in a laundry room.

How much should you spend on a washer? You don’t have to pay $1,000 or more to get a machine that cleans well. Consumer Reports’ tests found impressive washing machines that get the job done and cost $800 or less.

“These washers not only clean well, they’re also water and energy efficient, even the agitator top-loaders,” says Richard Handel, the test engineer who oversees CR’s tests of laundry appliances.

So what’s the catch? Most aren’t gentle on fabrics, and some are quite noisy. 

Lab Tested for Your Home

There are more than 120 full-sized and compact washers in our washing machine ratings from over a dozen brands.

We run a battery of tests. To find out how well each washer cleans, test engineers launder swatches of fabric stained with red wine, cocoa, and carbon, which is similar to soot, among other stains. They’re meant to challenge the washer, so we can see real differences among machines. 


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More on Washers

All washer types have their advantages and drawbacks, so see our washer buying guide to help you choose. And to make it easier for you to choose, we incorporate lab test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall Score, as you’ll see in our ratings.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of full-sized HE top-loaders, agitator top-loaders, and front-loaders you can buy for $800 or less that performed well in our tests.

Best HE Top-Loaders for $800 or Less

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Best Agitator Top-Loaders for $800 or Less

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Best Front-Loaders for $800 or Less

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