This washer costs $800 or less, and an orange towel is in the washer drum.

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. 

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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.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of eight full-sized high-efficiency (HE) top-loaders, agitator top-loaders, and front-loaders for $800 or less that performed well in our tests. Note that prices fluctuate, and we update this article regularly to help you find good washer deals. 

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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