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Best Washing Machines of 2019

CR's experts round up this year's top performers among top-loaders, front-loaders, and compact washers

For most of us, doing laundry is a chore. But for CR's testers, it's a mission. Our laundry lab hums year-round as they work to find the best models 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."

Other time-savers include multitasking machines that allow you to wash two loads at once.

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To find out how well each washer cleans, CR's 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 between machines.

A washer that doesn't stand the test of time is no winner, no matter it's cleaning capabilities. So we incorporate survey data for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction, along with lab-test results, into an Overall Score for each model in our ratings (dryers, too). 

We test full-sized agitator top-loaders, HE top-loaders (the type without an agitator), and front-loaders, plus compact front-loaders. They're from familiar brands such as Amana, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Kenmore, Maytag, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool, and lesser known ones, like Fisher & Paykel and Miele.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the best washers for each type from GE, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Miele, and Samsung. See our washer buying guide for a broader look at each type, and our washing machine ratings for even more choices.

Best Agitator Top-Load Washers

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Best High-Efficiency (HE) Top-Load Washers

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Best Front-Load Washers

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Best Compact Front-Load Washers

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