New washers can be quite an investment, so shop wisely. Here, some GolfHr Institute Cleaning Lab picks from our recent tests — plus tips to know before you buy your next machine. Plus, check our top dryer picks!
The most innovative feature of the Samsung AddWash is the mini door on top that lets you add a stray sock or t-shirt after the machine starts. The feature also gets rid of the problem of messy water drips that happen when you open the main door mid-cycle.
We really like the Smart Boost feature on this machine, which combines detergent with incoming water, before the cycle begins, so it penetrates fabrics faster for a more even and deeper clean. Plus, there's additional steam and sanitizing options for removing stains and killing germs.
This double-duty machine offers flexibility thanks to two separately controlled washers in the same unit. The bottom is built for extra-large loads and has super-cleaning cycle options, which includes a sanitizing and steam setting. The smaller upper washer is made for delicates, items prone to bleeding, or single items like that dirty blouse you want to wear tonight.
This machine has a large capacity (great for big families with lots of loads) and earned great scores in our tests for its normal and quick cycles (we love the Accela-Wash option). You can also program custom wash settings based on your preferences, which is super-convenient.
Buttons usually get banished to the back panel on top loaders, but they're front and center on this model. This is a smart design for the shorter folks among us thanks to a smaller, folding lid that doesn't require you to stretch to close it. Even better: It performed well in our Cleaning Lab tests.
This classic top-loader with an agitator was super-straightforward to use, and its washing skills rivaled those of machines twice the price in our tests. We like its array of features, especially the time readout, delay start, variable spin speeds, and soil level selectors.
Before you invest, evaluate your needs: Front-load machines can be more expensive at the outset, but tend to clean the best and will save you money on water and energy bills in the long run. Top-loaders without agitators, on the other hand, sense the load size and rain down the right amount of water for the cycle (instead of filling the tub) while the drum moves within. They're also kindest to fabrics — and your back.
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