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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every washing machine on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 3,770 washing machines, 1,400 reviews and 139 prices. Last updated 22 August 2017.

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$548.60
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#1 Samsung WA50M7450

WA50M7450
The highest scoring washing machine for large families on the market, with a staggeringly reasonable price and stunningly low running costs
98
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$172 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
16kg
800 RPM
Platinum
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Top-Load
May 2017
Loading Type
Release Date
Appliances Connection $548.60
Best Buy $549.99
A J Madison $719.10
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$349.00

#2 Samsung WA40J3000AW

WA40J3000AW
The highest scoring washing machine for small families available, with very good features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Running Costs
$328 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
8kg
700 RPM
White
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Top-Load
Mar 2015
Loading Type
Release Date
eBay $349.00
Best Buy $399.99
Appliances Connection $448.70
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$748.40
Save $101.59 (12%)

#3 Samsung WF45K6500AV

WF45K6500AV
An astonishingly good value for money and economical to run 8kg capacity washing machine, with great features
92
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$123 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
8kg
1,300 RPM
Black
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Front-Load
Nov 2016
Loading Type
Release Date
Appliances Connection $748.40
Best Buy $749.99
A J Madison $989.10
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$529.99
Save $145.00 (21%)

#4 LG WT1501CW

WT1501CW
A great value for money and very economical to run 9kg capacity washer, with great features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Running Costs
$303 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
9kg
1,100 RPM
White
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Top-Load
Nov 2016
Loading Type
Release Date
Best Buy $529.99
Appliances Connection $670.10
Overstock $904.99
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$699.99
Save $110.00 (14%)

#5 LG WM3670

WM3670
A breathtakingly economical to run and cheap 9kg capacity washer, with a recent release date and good features
86
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
97
Running Costs
$216 / 10 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
9kg
1,300 RPM
Graphite
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Front-Load
May 2017
Loading Type
Release Date
Best Buy $699.99
Appliances Connection $805.10
A J Madison $805.10
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$349.95

#6 LG WD100CW

WD100CW
The highest scoring washing machine for individuals or couples around, with good features
78
Value for Money
Very Good
75
Features
Good Features
98
Running Costs
$96 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
3kg
700 RPM
White
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Top-Load
Nov 2016
Loading Type
Release Date
eBay $349.95
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$939.10

#7 Bosch WAT28400UC

WAT28400UC
A good spec and breathtakingly economical to run 7kg capacity washing machine, but representing only middle of the road value for money
68
Value for Money
Good
71
Features
Good Features
95
Running Costs
$234 / 10 Years
69
Overall Score
Good
7kg
54dB
1,400 RPM
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Maximum Spin Speed
White
Front-Load
Jun 2015
Colours
Loading Type
Release Date
A J Madison $939.10
Appliances Connection $939.10
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$659.00

#8 Samsung WF45K6200AZ

WF45K6200AZ
A staggeringly economical to run and good spec 9kg capacity washer, but representing only average value for money
58
Value for Money
Average
69
Features
Good Features
98
Running Costs
$92 / 10 Years
64
Overall Score
Good
9kg
1,300 RPM
Blue
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Front-Load
Nov 2016
Loading Type
Release Date
eBay $659.00
Appliances Connection $985.10
A J Madison $989.10
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$760.10

#9 Samsung WA45K7600AW

WA45K7600AW
A good spec and sensationally economical to run 8kg capacity washing machine, but representing inferior value for money
49
Value for Money
Mediocre
67
Features
Good Features
97
Running Costs
$153 / 10 Years
60
Overall Score
Good
8kg
800 RPM
White
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Top-Load
Nov 2016
Loading Type
Release Date
Appliances Connection $760.10
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$799.00

#10 Frigidaire FFFW5000QW

FFFW5000QW
A staggeringly economical to run and good spec 8kg capacity washer, but representing inferior value for money
41
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
97
Running Costs
$144 / 10 Years
56
Overall Score
Average
8kg
1,200 RPM
White
Drum Capacity
Maximum Spin Speed
Colours
Front-Load
Aug 2015
Loading Type
Release Date
Appliances Connection $799.00
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Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines come in 2 different forms - top loading or front loading. While these two forms largely do the same thing, there are some small advantages and differences between them:

Top Loading

These washing machines tend to be older, and don’t have quite as much power, but because of this they are quieter and cheaper. Clothes are loaded into a hatch in the top of the machine - because of this they require less bending to load, which may be a boon for elderly people or those with back problems. The top-loading means that it can’t be stacked under other white goods, since you’ll need access to the top of the machine.

Front Loading

These comprise of the majority of washing machines. Clothes are loaded into a hole in the front of the machine. These machines generally are newer and have more power than top loading machines, though are also more expensive. This extra power comes with increased noise and vibration, which may be detrimental depending on where you’re going to be installing the machine. Finally, some brands of front loading machines can be stacked on top of each other, saving valuable space in flats and smaller utility rooms.

Additionally, some washing machines come as integrated - meaning they are altered to look like a cupboard or part of the work surface. These types of machines generally cost more than a standalone model, but may be worth the expense to gain a more streamlined and design-focussed kitchen.

Capacity & Size Of Machine

The capacity of the drum in your washing machine will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single wash. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger washing machines have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller machine.

Programs

Modern washing machines come with a variety of different programs to handle different types of clothing, levels of dirt, etc. Most machines will include programs for white and coloured washing, as well as delicates and quick cycles. More advanced machines may also have more specialist programs, with cycles catering specifically to the safe washing of woollen jumpers, pillows, jeans and even shoes. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable washing machine.

Energy Efficiency

All washing machines are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per wash, and the cheaper the washing machine will be to run. Look for a machine graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Spin Speed, Noise & Vibration

Most modern washing machines will have a spin cycle that can run at the end of the wash, to remove excess water and mean the clothes dry faster. Higher spin speeds mean the clothes dry faster and more efficiently, but there is a tradeoff: higher spin speeds mean more noise and vibration from the machine while it is running.

Noise levels for washing machines are measures in Db - most washing machines fall between 60-70Db, which is generally equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner running.

Vibration is harder to measure, but generally speaking the faster the spin speed, the more the machine will move around when you use it. Newer models have special technology to reduce the amount of vibration given off by the spin cycle - look for these machines if you want quieter washing cycles.

Washing Machine Retailers, Prices and Features

Washing Machine Prices

In total we found 13 washing machines ranging from $349 to $1,796. The average price of a new washer is $808 and the 80% of washers are priced between $350 and $1,074. The cheapest washing machine that we found is the Samsung WA40J3000AW at only $349, and the most expensive is the LG WM9500HKA at $1,795.

Washing Machine Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average washing machine price out of all brands is Bosch washers with an average price of $1,007. Bosch washers start at $939 and the most expensive Bosch washing machine costs $1,074.

LG washing machines range in price from $350 to $1,795, and the average price of LG washing machines is $924 which is the second highest average price of all washing machine brands.

The third highest average washer price out of all brands is Frigidaire washing machines with an average price of $799. Frigidaire washing machines range in price from $799 to $799.

Washer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 30 expert reviews and 908 user reviews for washing machines and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of washing machine. The top rated washer brand is Beko with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Bosch with 87% and the third best brand is Samsung with 81%.

Biggest Washing Machine Retailers

We found 9 current offers for washing machines from Appliances Connection making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Best Buy for whom we found 6 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 6 current washing machine offers.

When Are Most New Washing Machines Released?

July to September is the most common period for new washing machines to be released in. That means that most of the latest washing machine technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. Last year most new washing machines were released in July, with 173 new washing machines released that month. July was also the biggest month in 2015 for new washers, with 274 new washers released that month. In September 2014 425 new washers were released making it the biggest month that year for new washer releases.

How Fast Do Washer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, washers drop in price by 18%. That means that on a typical washer costing $808 you could save on average $142 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Drum Capacities

The amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold, measured in kilograms.

Comparing all washers, the drum capacities range from 1.5kg to 18kg. The drum capacities of most washing machines range from 7.9kg to 9kg. The washer with the biggest drum capacity is the SamsungWA50M7450, which is a 16kg capacity washer and currently retails for $549.99. The SamsungWA50M7450, which sells for $349.95, has the smallest drum capacity and is a 3kg capacity washer.

A bigger drum capacity means that the washing machine can hold more clothes at once.

Noise Levels

This denotes how much noise the washing machine makes when it's in use, measures in decibels (dB).

Across the range of washing machines, the noise levels range from 41dB to 86dB. The noise levels of most washers range from 50dB to 55dB. The washing machine with the loudest noise level is the BoschWAT28400UC, which is a 54dB noise level washer and is available at $939.10. The BoschWAT28400UC, which can be purchased for $1,074.10, has the quietest noise level and is a 52dB noise level washing machine.

Less noise makes for a nicer atmosphere while your wash is running, and means the machine is less likely to disturb and annoy people.

Maximum Spin Speeds

The quickest that the washing machine can spin, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).

The maximum spin speeds of washing machines range from 140 RPM to 1,600 RPM. The maximum spin speeds of the majority of washers range from 1,380 RPM to 1,440 RPM. The washing machine with the fastest maximum spin speed is the BoschWAT28400UC, which is a 1,400 RPM maximum spin speed washer and is on sale for $939.10. The BoschWAT28400UC has the slowest maximum spin speed. This washing machine is a 700 RPM maximum spin speed washer and is available at $349.00.

A faster spin speed means the clothes will have water spun out of them faster and more efficiently - making the overall wash time shorter.

Colours

Amongst new washers, the most popular colour is White. We found 718 washers that are washing machines that have a White coloured. We found 45 washing machines that are washers that have a Black coloured, making this the second most frequently found colour amongst new washing machines.

Loading Types

The way in which the device is loaded e.g. front load, top load.

We found 759 washing machines that are washing machines that have a Front-load loading type, which makes Front-load the most common loading type amongst new washing machines. We found 48 washing machines that are washers that have a Top-load loading type, making Top-load the second most frequently found loading type amongst new washing machines.

Biggest Washer Retailers

We found 9 current offers for washing machines from Appliances Connection making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Best Buy for whom we found 6 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 6 current washing machine offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washers?

Appliances Connection most frequently has the cheapest washer prices (found to be cheapest for 5 washers).

Proportion of Washing Machines for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 55.6% of its washing machines, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest washing machine store.

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