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One of the best washing machines of 2017

Best Washing Machines of 2017

Consumer Reports' ratings of 100-plus washers reveal the best and the not-so-good

Doing laundry may be a mundane chore, but the washer aisle was anything but boring this year. Samsung introduced its 2-in-1 FlexWash washers in January and followed up with 2-in-1 dryers. LG and Kenmore both rolled out an all-in-one front-loading washer that switches straight into dryer mode, a nice solution when space is tight (but money isn't). 

"Research shows that consumers say doing laundry takes too much time," says Mark Allwood, Consumer Reports' senior market analyst for laundry products. "Today's innovations are designed to tackle this problem—not only with machines that have bigger capacities but with models that do two loads at once, offer speed cycles, and have built-in pretreat features."

How We Test Washers
Every day is wash day in our laundry appliance lab. There are more than 120 full-sized washers and a dozen compact washers in our washing machine ratings

To find out how well each washer cleans, Consumer Reports' 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 that we can see real differences between machines. The test stains are designed so that no washer can get the swatch completely clean. 

We buy and test washers from familiar brands, such as Amana, Electrolux, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Kenmore, Maytag, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool, and lesser known ones, such as Fisher & Paykel.

Here are reviews of the top-rated washers of 2017, one in each type we test, along with a list of other high-scoring models at different prices.

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