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Best Washers for $800 or Less

These workhorses from CR's tests handle loads of laundry for less

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You don’t have to pay $1,000 or more to get a washing machine that cleans well. Consumer Reports’ tests found impressive washers that get the job done and cost $800 or less.

"Eighty-five percent of all washers sold last year 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. 

There are more than 100 full-sized washers in our washing machine ratings from brands including GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Speed Queen, and Whirlpool.

We combed through our ratings looking for the best washers that sell for $800 or less. 

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

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

Lab Tested for Your Home

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

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All washer types have their advantages and drawbacks, so see our washer buying guide if you’re weighing one type against another. And to make it easier for you to choose a specific model, 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 for $800 or less that perform 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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For more choices, see our washing machine ratings and check the Features & Specs section to help you compare models. 

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