Top Laundry Washers - Updated October 2017

Our experts reviewed hundreds of laundry washers and have picked the best 5 available on the market.

Best of the Best

LG WM4270HWA TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft.


Midea 2.1 CF Portable Washing Machine Washer


Best Value

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer


Speed Queen AWN432SP 26" Top Load Washer


Samsung WA45H7000AW Energy Star 4.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washer with SelfClean


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Highest level of performance and efficiency, with outstanding extra features. Effective and efficient, provides energy-saving capabilities. Relatively low cost and size for numerous features. Very reliable and quiet, offers self-balancing regulation. Large capacity and relatively budget-friendly.
Unit can be expensive. Does not come with sink adapter; tends to be noisy for a smaller unit. Smaller capacity; not great for large items or bigger loads. Expensive option for a basic washing machine. Low reliability; needs repairs often. Lacks self-balancing capabilities.
The best option, it offers numerous features and efficiency for the highest quality outcome. Great option for those looking to utilize smaller storage space, yet capable of handling a full load of laundry. An easy-to-use compact washer, it provides ease of storage and high quality cleaning capabilities. Highly rated, the machine is a durable, reliable unit, fulfilling its overall purpose to wash and clean. Though a reasonable price for a stand-alone in-home washer, the unit requires constant attention and numerous, frequent repairs.

Contenders


Though a laundry washer may seem like a basic home necessity, there are numerous options on the market that offer far more features than simply washing clothes. A laundry washer depends on the quality of performance and capacity of input, while remaining at a reasonable cost. Added features can enhance laundry cleanliness and longevity.
The washers reviewed offer several different feature options and allow for minimal to large capacities of laundry input. The price ranges meet all budget needs and show the best choices for high-quality performance in laundry cleaning.

Considerations


Features

For both portable and stable washers, one of the more prominent features is the overall design; choosing front-loading or top-loading machines depends on the future location in a home. Some washers reviewed are smaller, portable units, which are designed for ease of storage. Other features can include the number of possible wash cycles, temperature control and dispenser entry.

Price

Price considerations for laundry washers depend greatly on the capacity and quality of the product. The greater the features and stability, as well as size of the unit, the larger the cost.

Capacity

Larger capacity washers not only allow for a greater amount of clothing items to be cleaned at once, but also allow for quilts, blankets and bedding. However, larger capacity tends to mean a bigger unit, which can be a concern for those looking at ease of installation in any home.

Performance

Though the main concern with a washer is the ability to clean clothes, there are other performance considerations to examine. From stable front-loading and top-loading machines to smaller, portable units, reliability is key. Energy-efficiency is also a large consideration, depending on how often the unit is used.

Features


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LG WM4270HWA TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft.

A prominent feature of the LG Turbowash is the SmartDiagnosis, a weight-time self-adjustment, which allows the machine to adjust the length of the wash depending on the amount of laundry. Steam Technology is key in removing unwanted stains from items and the unit provides 14 wash cycles, 11 options and self-regulating balance capabilities, so constant monitoring is not necessary.

Midea 2.1 CF Portable Washing Machine Washer

As a top-loading portable washer, the Midea 2.1 CF comes with attachable wheels for ease of movement and storage. It offers three water temperature selections and a 2.1 cubic foot stainless steel inner tub for increased capacity. The unit also features six wash cycle selection programs, depending on the type of input of material.

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer

A key feature of the smaller, portable Haier washer is the electronic display and controls, showing cycle status, wash options and an alert for cycle end. It offers three water cycles and three wash cycles for the 1 cubic foot stainless steel inner tub. The smaller unit has attachable wheels for ease of movement and comes with an easy installation kit for sink connection.

Speed Queen AWN432SP 26" Top Load Washer

For such an expensive unit, the Speed Queen is relatively basic in function. As a top-load washer, it offers self-regulating balance, a highly rated feature in customer reviews. With a 3.3 cubic foot stainless steel tub, there are seventeen options for wash cycles, as well as two overall speeds and a spin cycle.

Samsung WA45H7000AW Energy Star 4.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washer with SelfClean

The Samsung Self-Clean washer offers numerous added features, including three separate dispenser trays for detergent, softener and bleach. With a total of nine wash cycles, four spin settings and five temperature options, the possibilities are endless for any items needing a wash. The Vibration Reduction Technology (VTR) feature prevents noises during operation and a self-clean option is available.

Price


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LG WM4270HWA TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft.

The LG Turbowash is the most expensive laundry unit reviewed at $879. The larger price reflects the numerous added features and energy-saving capability, as well as one of the largest capacities, at 4.5 cubic feet.

Midea 2.1 CF Portable Washing Machine Washer

A more budget-friendly and space-conscious option, the Midea 2.1 CF costs $342. The price reflects a larger capacity for a smaller size and ease of portability.

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer

The most budget-friendly option, the Haier Portable washer is $313. For a portable washer, it offers 1 cubic foot of space, as well as three water levels and wash cycles. Ease of installation and storage capability are also key.

Speed Queen AWN432SP 26" Top Load Washer

The Speed Queen washer offers 3.3 cubic feet and top-loading capabilities for $849. Though it is on the higher end of the price spectrum, the unit provides two main speeds with several wash cycle options as well as strong spin cycle for less drying time.

Samsung WA45H7000AW Energy Star 4.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washer with SelfClean

Falling at the center of the price range, at $625, is the Samsung Self-Clean washer. A budget-conscious option for a stable, in-home unit, the Samsung offers various cycles and temperature options, including numerous added features. It also offers one of the largest capacities, at 4.5 cubic feet, with highly-rated energy-efficient production.

Capacity


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LG WM4270HWA TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft.

Boasting a large capacity of 4.5 cubic feet, the LG Turbowash offers a relatively larger area for a front-loading washer. It functions well with large amounts of clothing at once, as well as bigger items like bedding and towels.

Midea 2.1 CF Portable Washing Machine Washer

The Midea 2.1 CF offers a spacious 2.1 cubic foot capacity, large for a portable washer. Per customer reviews, though it does not handle large items like blankets and sheets, it does well for relatively large amounts of clothing in one load.

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer

For a portable laundry washer, the Haier Portable offers a total capacity of 1 cubic foot. Though it may not seem like much, the manufacturer boasts of the 6-pound laundry load capability.

Speed Queen AWN432SP 26" Top Load Washer

For a larger unit, the Speed Queen only offers 3.3 cubic feet. It provides self-balance regulation, preventing larger loads from disrupting the cycle, though customer reviews state larger singular items (like comforters) may cause difficulty.

Samsung WA45H7000AW Energy Star 4.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washer with SelfClean

At one of the largest capacity options reviewed, the Samsung Self-Clean washer offers an expansive 4.5 cubic feet. It has the ability to wash greater amounts of clothing, as well as larger items like comforters and bedding. For such a large capacity, the unit maintains quiet operation due to the Vibration Reduction Technology (VRT).

Performance


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LG WM4270HWA TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft.

As the only front-loading option reviewed, the LG Turbowash is extremely efficient; the washer utilizes lower water levels at higher spin cycles to increase performance and save on energy. The weight and time self-adjustment assists in energy-efficiency as well. It provides fourteen overall wash cycles, with eleven options, for all possible laundry loads and offers a steam setting that successfully removes most stains on fabric.

Midea 2.1 CF Portable Washing Machine Washer

For such a small machine, customer reviews rave about the high quality and efficiency of the Midea 2.1 CF. It is very gentle on clothing, but powerful enough to handle blankets and towels. The unit connects directly to any sink, though the adapter must be purchased separately. With six wash settings, it handles larger loads of laundry while maintaining balance. Due to its smaller size, it offers a much more energy-efficient cleaning production, but can be rather noisy during cycles.

Haier HLP21N Pulsator 1-Cubic-Foot Portable Washer

The Haier Portable washer is capable of connecting to any sink with ease. As a top-loader unit, despite the portability, the Haier offers self-regulated balance and maintains three wash cycles and three water levels for smaller loads of laundry.

Speed Queen AWN432SP 26" Top Load Washer

Though relatively basic, the Speed Queen does exactly what it is supposed to do as a washer. Customer reviews rave about the efficient, yet gentle, cleaning cycle with quiet operation. It is a long-lasting, reliable machine, requiring little to no servicing or repairs.

Samsung WA45H7000AW Energy Star 4.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washer with SelfClean

The Samsung Self-Clean, with its larger capacity, has the ability to wash up to two "normal loads" of laundry at one time. All types of clothing, from delicates and hand-wash to heavy duty loads, can be cleaned fully and efficiently. Despite its numerous features and high capacity, customer reviews show high concern with reliability, stating that it has trouble or breaks often. It also does not have a self-regulating balance feature and must be adjusted frequently.

Best of the Best


By far, the most outstanding washer on the market is the LG Turbowash, with front-loading capabilities and extensive features. As the only front-loading machine reviewed, it offers a higher capacity than most others with the capability to handle larger loads of laundry.
The LG Turbowash is an extremely energy-efficient unit, providing self-adjustment for water conservation and lower energy output. The enhanced features provide better, more efficient output while maintaining quality of the items; features like Steam Technology and SmartDiagnosis offer the highest level of care toward all materials in the washer.
With the larger capacity and numerous cycles to choose from, the powerful washer can handle any type of laundry input and is the best option for a stand-alone laundry washer.

Best Value


A relatively budget-friendly option, the Haier Pulsator Portable Washer is the best deal on the market.
With three water levels and three wash cycles, the compact washer is more than meets the eye; it can handle small to average-sized loads of laundry and takes care to preserve the quality of the materials. A small unit, the machine can easy be stored in any room or home and works efficiently by utilizing any sink.
Its high-quality output and ease of portability makes it the best value for any budget.