The 8 Most Dependable Washer Brands, According to Consumer Reports

Meet the washers earning consumer trust one load at a time.

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Updated May 28, 2024
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It's frustrating to have a load of clothes in the washer, only to hear the machine grind to a halt. But it can also be a pain to sift through multiple brands and models when looking for a replacement.

To make things easier, check out this list of washer brands that have received the thumbs-up from experts. These options can give you a dependable machine at a price that doesn't jeopardize your financial fitness.

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LG

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If you're looking for a top-load washer, several LG models scored the highest in a Consumer Reports survey of the best washing machines.

The machines got top ratings for things such as reliability and washing performance.

Consumer Reports also named Several LG models "green choices" for their water efficiency.

Speed Queen

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You may not have heard of Speed Queen, but it is one of the most reliable top-load machines on the market. Many Speed Queen machines are built to last 25 years or more, according to Appliances Connection.

The website also notes that Speed Queen top—load machines can handle bulky fabrics and are better at dealing with unbalanced loads than other machines.

In addition, Consumer Reports says Speed Queen can be an excellent choice if you are looking for a front-loader machine.

Maytag

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Maytag has been in business for over a century and has developed machines that hold up to tough washing work.

The Family Handyman website singled out the Maytag Pet Pro top-loading machine for its efficient agitator that gets pesky pet hair and stains out of clothes.

Maytag machines' deep-fill options and large sizes make them ideal for families who have to do plenty of loads of laundry each week.

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Whirlpool

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Your clothes may be carrying all kinds of dirt and germs that could be unhealthy if you don't have the right washing machine to get them clean.

So, check out Whirlpool if you're looking for something that sanitizes as it cleans your clothes.

The company's Sanitize cycle gets rid of 99.9% of household germs, and a deep water wash gets out dirt with cycles that other manufacturers might not offer, according to Appliances Connection.

Miele

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Miele's machines may be pricey, which could be an issue if you're on a tight budget. But they are expected to last for 20 years. Investing in an expensive washer now could pay off as the years roll on.

The company also offers stackable sets and side-by-side washers and dryers.

Samsung

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Samsung earned high ratings for several of its models that Consumer Reports tested.

The publication noted that several tested models achieved top scores for energy and water efficiency. That means a Samsung model might be a good choice if you're worried about electric prices or face water restrictions.

Electrolux

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Electrolux may be a good option if you're in the market for a compact washer due to a tight laundry or mudroom space.

Electrolux's reliability stood out in a Consumer Reports survey of washer owners. The publication also lauded the machine's affordability and water efficiency.

Asko

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Asko is another less heralded washer. The Family Handyman website praises Asko's sleek look and the fact that all its machines are Energy Star-certified.

The company also uses a steel seal instead of the rubber bellow you may find in other machines. The steel seal cuts down on bacteria buildup and potential smells.

Bottom line

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Washers can be expensive, especially if you’re trying to keep more cash in your wallet. So, you’ll need to factor in price and longevity when you shop.

Remember that although you might have to pay more initially for a great machine, the dependability and long lifespan of these machines can pay off over time.

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