13 Best Washing Machines for a Seriously Spiffy Clean

Custom wash cycles, wrinkle removal, and steam cleaning (goodbye, stains!) are just a few tasks these washing machines can handle. Put them to the test and save that extra money you may have spent on that laundry man.

front and top loading washing machines

Technology enhancements make cleaning your clothes less of a chore than ever thanks to features like: High-pressure cycles which rapidly clean clothes in almost half the time than your average washer, vibration-reduction technology so your downstairs neighbors won’t kill you if you tackle a load of late-night laundry, and NSF-certified allergen and sanitize cycles, eliminating the household bacteria that challenge your allergies. So if you’re looking for a high-powered machine that’ll remove the worst of stains and get your clothes looking fresh, these front- and top-loading washers are the answer.

Kenmore 41262 4.5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer

$600

Best for All-Around Versatility

Not only does this machine have eight different wash cycles, it also has a quick-add option for those last minute forgotten items. You’ll get plenty of use out of its express cycle, which is great for gently-worn laundry that just needs a quick refresh. Plus, it offers a delayed start time option for when you suddenly realize you have an errand to run and you don’t want your clothes sitting in the drum for hours before you’re back.

Maytag MHW5500FW 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Washer

$777

Best for Linens and Heavy Duty Loads

If ever there’s a case in which you need to wash 29 towels at one time, this washing machine will fit all of them! It’s literally huge, and its PowerWash cycle will diminish stains and get rid of grime without any extra work on your part. It also has a Fresh Hold setting that circulates air for up to 12 hours after your cycle is done, so if you forget to switch the laundry over, it won’t get that weird musty smell overnight. 

Electrolux EFLS617SIW 4.4 Cubic Feet Front-Load Washer

electrolux washer

$900

Best for Hardcore Stain Removal Power

This Energy Star certified washing machine has serious stain fighting power that should not be overlooked. The StainSoak setting pre-mixes stain remover with detergent and water before the cycle begins, making sure that each fiber in your load gets exposure. It also uses steam to help lift dirt out of your clothing and linens, and it has a powerful 15 minute cycle for those quick-wash moments of desperation. If you’ve got a lot of stained clothing (aka if you have kids, or if you’re a particularly messy eater), this machine will do well for you.

LG WM8100HVA 29-Inch Front Load Steam Washing Machine

lg 29 inch steam clean washer

$1,099 

Best for Pristine, Wrinkle-Free Results

Short on time? This washing machine’s high-pressure nozzle blasts through your dirtiest loads of laundry (read: kids’ play clothes) in 30 minutes less than your average washer. Steam-clean technology not only gently washes your clothes, but also smooths out wrinkles. We think we’re ready to retire our steam iron.

It only gets better thanks to the Cold Wash technology, which uses cold water and super-enhanced washing motions to dig deeply into fabrics without damaging them. Plus, enjoy the all the money you’ll save by using cold water without compromising warm-water performance. Win/win.

Samsung WA48J7700AW 4.8 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Top Load Washer

$809

Best for Efficiently Pre-Treating Stains

Say goodbye to soaking your stained clothes in the kitchen sink like a Flintstone, and say hello to easily pre-washing directly in the flip-up built-in sink with a water jet and a scrubbing board like the true Jetson you are. This futuristic, yet affordable, washer has 11 washing cycles ranging from normal, heavy-duty, permanent press, bedding (!), activewear (!!), waterproof (!!!), delicates, and more.

Samsung WF45K6200AZ ‘AddWash Door’ 4.5 Cubic Feet Washer in Blue

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$698 

Best for Last Second Additions

How many times have we started the wash and then 5 minutes later found that one lone sock sitting on the stairs?! With the ‘AddWash Door’ from Samsung you can now simply toss in any last second additions all while keeping the cleaning cycle going. And thanks to the VRT Plus, you can enjoy limited vibrational noise, especially if you’re going to install this washer on the main or upstairs floor of your home. Plus, it comes in the sleekest blue we’ve ever seen on a major appliance.

7Whirlpool WFW92HEFC Duet 4.5 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Front Load Washer

Whirlpool WFW95HEDC Duet 4.5 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Front Load Washer

$1,079 

Best for Large Loads

This stylish chrome-shadow washing machine boasts enough room for three baskets worth of laundry, plus it has a load-and-go bulk detergent dispenser. It also features a “fanfresh” option that will keep clothing left in the washer fresh for up to 12 hours, in case you forget to transfer it over. Not sure what to do with your laundry? No problem. Adaptive wash technology senses the load and automatically adapts the cycle to maximize results. Trying to size up the load is a thing of the past. Plus, this washer is American-designed and made in the USA. USA! USA! USA! 🙌

8Maytag MVWX655DW Bravos 4.3 Cubic Foot High-Efficiency Top Load Washer

Maytag MVWX655DW Bravos 4.3 Cubic Foot High-Efficiency Top Load Washer

$629

Best for Long-Term Savings

Clothes tumble without snagging, thanks to this washer’s smooth, durable, stainless steel interior. Plus, automatic water-level sensors keep your water bill down by sensing load size and reducing water output to a cost-effective rate. Use the powerwash cycle to tackle touch stains, and choose from ten other cycles for your loads’ specific needs.

9Samsung WF56H9100AG 5.6 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Steam Front-Loading Washer

Samsung WF56H9100AG 5.6 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Steam Front-Loading Washer

$1,199

Best for the Speed Cleaner

If the 15 different wash cycles don’t sell you on this washer, then the speed function certainly will. With SuperSpeed technology, this washer is able to do a full load and save you up to 20 minutes with out sacrificing the results. Plus, after every 40 loads, run the Self-Clean cycle to remove any dirt and bacteria from the washer tub and sanitize the gasket. This way you won’t have to use any harsh chemicals.

10Whirlpool WTW5000DW 4.3 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Top-Load Washing Machine

Whirlpool WTW5000DW 4.3 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Top-Load Washing Machine

$446

Best for a Cheap Washing Machine That Still Kicks Ass

Get that fresh out-of-the-clothing-store look every day with this high-efficiency washer. Stubborn dirt and stains won’t stick around for long, once the deep-water wash cycle breaks them down. And, if you’re just looking to freshen up your wardrobe before a night out on the town, just toss it in and use the quick-wash feature for a soft, rapid-fire touch-up.

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