Best Cyber Monday Deals on Washing Machines (and Their Matching Dryers)
We scoured the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads for deals on top-rated washing machines
The big price cuts on washers and dryers that you might have come to expect around this time of year aren't quite as broad—or deep—this year. The pandemic spurred consumer demand at the same time it forced appliance makers to shut down and retool, and inventories haven’t yet come back. With fewer washers and dryers to sell, retailers don’t have to drop their prices as much just to make a sale.
This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts on washers and dryers are averaging 20 percent, compared with 27 percent last year, says Ashley Levy, an appliance analyst for Gap Intelligence, a market research company based in San Diego. “Anything over 20 percent is a stellar deal for this Black Friday season,” she says.
To be sure, there are still bargains to be found, but you may have to act fast to grab the model you want. And if your washer or dryer has broken down beyond repair, be prepared to be flexible about features, to ensure that you get what you need quickly.
Below are the best Cyber Monday deals we’ve seen available on washing machines. The washers are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of CR rank, grouped by category: front-loaders and HE top-loaders. (At this point we haven’t found notable deals on agitator top-loaders, which are typically lower-priced to begin with.) The wash times included below are based on the normal wash/heavy-soil setting (the normal-soil setting will require less time).
No matter where you shop, don’t forget that the price might not represent the entire expense. Note whether there are fees for delivery, haul-away, and basic hookup.
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There’s a lot to like about the LG WM4200HWA. It scores the highest possible rating in our washing test and uses water sparingly. It’s also energy-efficient, and it’s quiet, so you can install it in a living area with confidence that the noise won’t overwhelm. It’s a bit rough on clothes, though, and relatively slow, with a cycle taking 105 minutes. But, as with all LG front-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction.
CR’s test results: LG WM4200HWA front-load washing machine
The WiFi-enabled LG WM9000HVA is among the highest rated front-loaders in CR’s tests, though even at a discount it’s pricier than competing top performers. Washing, energy efficiency, and water efficiency are all excellent. It’s very gentle with clothes, and relatively quiet, so you can install it in a living area with confidence that the noise won’t overwhelm. As with all LG front-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction.
CR’s test results: LG WM9000HVA front-load washing machine
LG Stackable Front Loader
This stackable front-loader is a winner at cleaning, and miserly with water. It’s also highly energy-efficient and relatively quiet—though it’s not the gentlest with fabrics. It’s worth noting that this model performs identically to its less costly brandmate, the LG WM4200HWA, $795. The feature sets are also almost identical: Both washers have a relatively roomy claimed capacity of 5 cubic feet, a cleaning time of 105 minutes, and numerous automated bells and whistles. Aside from a more industrial look, this model’s main difference is LG’s new ezDispense, which the company says automatically adds the exact amount of liquid detergent and fabric softener at the right time. (CR has not tested this feature.) As with all LG front-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction.
CR’s test results: LG WM4500HBA front-load washing machine
LG Stackable Front-Loader
The stackable LG WM3700HWA is a capable workhorse with the typical qualities of an LG front-loader. It has excellent washing skills, economizes on water and energy, and is very quiet—but it’s not so gentle on fabrics. What does it have over its less expensive stackable brandmates, the LG WM3500CW, $810, and LG WM3400CW, $720? It’s WiFi-enabled and has a steam option. (Though you might not need steam.) What’s more, its regular wash cycle, at 95 minutes, is about 10 minutes shorter than the others’. As with all LG front-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction.
CR’s test results: LG WM3700HWA front-load washing machine
Samsung FlexWash Front-Loader
One machine, two washers: A miniature top-loading washer sits atop the front-loader. The front-loader earns an Excellent score for cleaning and is extremely gentle on fabrics, relatively quiet, and highly efficient in terms of water and energy use. The smaller washer is ideal for quickly washing lightly soiled and delicate items.
CR’s test results: Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV front-load washing machine
Matching dryer: Samsung FlexDry DVE60M9900V (electric) and Samsung DVG60M9900V (gas)
Top-Load High-Efficiency Washers
GE HE Top-Loader
This high-efficiency top-loader lives up to the name: It does very well in tests for energy and water efficiency. It earns a solid rating in our washing tests, too. Like other washers of its type, though, it’s somewhat noisy and rough on clothes. Cycle time for its most aggressive, normal wash is a relatively pokey 75 minutes. Predicted reliability for GE front-loaders is average, but owner satisfaction is below average.
CR’s test results: GE GTW840CPNDG top-load high-efficiency washing machine
LG HE Top-Loader
This top-loading, high-efficiency washer does an excellent job washing, and also is a miser in energy usage. LG high-efficiency top-loaders have standout predicted reliability, based on our exclusive member survey. But this model isn’t particularly gentle on clothes, and guzzles water. You’ll also need patience with its cycle times; its most-aggressive, normal wash is 85 minutes, matched in length by only one other top-loading HE washer in CR’s ratings.
CR’s test results: LG WT7300CW top-load high-efficiency washing machine
LG HE Top-Loader
The WiFi-enabled LG WT7800CW is among the highest rated top-load HE washers in CR’s tests. It uses a minimum of water and is very energy-efficient. Its loading door has a window (rare on a top-load machine), so you can get a view of your clothes while they’re going through the cycles. As with all LG top-load washers, it earns a top mark for predicted reliability, and scores very well with owners for satisfaction. It’s a bit rough on clothes, though, and just so-so when it comes to noise.
CR’s test results: LG WT7800CW top-load high-efficiency washing machine