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Best Washing Machines of 2019

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

Doing laundry may be a chore, but the washer aisle is anything but boring. You'll see multitasking machines that allow you to wash two loads at once, all-in-one front-loading washers that switch straight to dryer mode, and more.  

"Research shows that consumers say doing laundry takes too much time," says Mark Allwood, Consumer Reports' senior market analyst for laundry products. "Manufacturers are trying to address this problem with machines that have bigger capacities, offer speed cycles, or have built-in pretreat features."

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 we can see real differences between machines.

A washer that doesn't stand the test of time is no winner, despite how well it cleans. So to make it easier for you to make a well-informed buying decision, we now incorporate predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction, along with lab test results, into one Overall Score for each washer (dryers, too). 

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.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of our current top-rated washers, one for each type we test, along with a list of other high-scoring models at various price points. See our washing machine ratings for even more choices.