Best Washing Machines of 2021
Top-performing top-loaders, front-loaders, and compact washers
For most of us, doing laundry is a chore. But for Consumer Reports’ test engineers, it’s a mission.
Cycle after cycle, they work to determine the best washing machines for every budget and look for innovative features that make doing laundry easier. And faster.
“Research shows that consumers say doing laundry takes too much time,” says Mark Allwood, Consumer Reports’ senior market analyst for laundry products. “Manufacturers have been trying to address this problem with machines that have bigger capacities, speed cycles, or built-in pretreat features.”
In addition to cataloging all of that—and much more—CR’s test engineers launder swatches of fabric stained with red wine and cocoa, among other stains, to see how well each machine cleans.
And no matter its cleaning capability, a washer that doesn’t stand the test of time is no winner. So we incorporate survey data for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction into our washer ratings (dryers, too).