The 10 Best Washing Machines - June 2017
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 3,560 washing machines, 1,070 reviews and 328 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Washing machines range in price from $300 to $1,796 and in total we found prices for 13 washing machines. On average, a new washing machine costs $765 and 80% of washers are priced between $349 and $1,074. The LG WM9500HKA is the most expensive washer that we found at $1,795, and the LG WD100CW is the cheapest at only $300.
Washer Brands - Price Range
Bosch washing machines start at $939 and the most expensive Bosch washing machine costs $1,074. The average price of Bosch washing machines is $1,007 which is the highest average price of all washing machine brands.
The second highest average washer price out of all brands is LG washing machines with an average price of $820. LG washing machines range in price from $300 to $1,795.
The third highest average washing machine price out of all brands is Frigidaire washers with an average price of $799. Frigidaire washers range in price from $799 to $799.
Washing Machine Brands - Average Ratings
We have evaluated 19 expert reviews and 590 user reviews for washers available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of washing machine. The top three washer brands are Beko, Bosch and Hotpoint. Beko has an average rating of 92%, Bosch has an average rating of 84% and Hotpoint has an average rating of 81%.
Biggest Washing Machine Retailers
We found 10 current offers for washing machines from Best Buy making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 9 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 8 current washing machine offers.
When Are Most New Washers Released?
Most new washers tend to be released between July and September. If you wait until July 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your washer. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current washers cheaper in July once the latest models have been released. 176 new washers were released in July 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new washer releases. July was also the biggest month in 2015 for new washing machines, with 272 new washing machines released that month. In 2014 most new washing machines were released in September, with 425 new washing machines released that month.
How Fast Do Washing Machine Prices Drop After Release?
On average, in the first 6 months after release, washers drop in price by 15%. That means a saving of $118 on a typical $765 new washing machine if you wait 6 months before buying.
Across the range of washers, the noise levels range from 41dB to 86dB. The noise levels of the majority of washing machines range from 50dB to 55dB. The BoschWAT28400UC, which is priced at $939.10, has the loudest noise level and is a 54dB noise level washer. The washing machine with the quietest noise level is the BoschWAT28400UC, which is a 52dB noise level washer and is priced at $1,074.10.
The amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold.
The drum capacities of washers range from 2.8kg to 16kg. The drum capacities of the majority of washers range from 7.3kg to 8.4kg. The washing machine with the biggest drum capacity is the SamsungWA50M7450, which is a 16kg drum capacity washer and sells for $599.99. The washer with the smallest drum capacity is the SamsungWA50M7450, which is a 3kg drum capacity washing machine and is on sale for $300.00.
Biggest Washer Retailers
The biggest washer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Best Buy. We found 10 current washer offers from Best Buy. The second biggest washer retailer is eBay with 9 offers. That means Best Buy is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to washers. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 8 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washing Machines?
With the cheapest price on 4 washers, Best Buy is most frequently the cheapest washer store.
Proportion of Washing Machines for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
The cheapest store by number of washer for which they offer the cheapest price is Best Buy with the cheapest price on 40% of its washing machines.