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Best Washing Machines of 2018

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

Doing laundry might be a mundane 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. "Today's innovations are designed to tackle this problem—not only with machines that have bigger capacities but with models that offer speed cycles, have built-in pretreat features, and more."

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

To find out how well each washer cleans, CR 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.

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.

Our lab tests are just part of the story. 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 lab test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall Score for each washer (dryers, too). 

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