How much should you spend on a washing machine? You do not have to pay $ 1,000 or more to get a machine that cleans well. The Consumer Reports tests found impressive washers that do the job well and cost $ 800 or less.

“These washing machines not only clean well, but they are also efficient in water and energy consumption, even in top-loading agitators,” says Richard Handel, the test engineer who oversees CR testing of laundry appliances

Top 10 Washing Machines

Bestseller No. 1
Panda PAN56MGW2 Compact Portable Washing Machine 1.6cu.ft/11lbs Capacity
191 Reviews
Panda PAN56MGW2 Compact Portable Washing Machine 1.6cu.ft/11lbs Capacity
  • It is a space-saving design which makes your laundry easy and simple. It is perfect for Apartment, RV,...
  • Lager size 1.6cu.ft capacity allows you to hold up to 11lbs. of cloth, timeless design, portable and...
Bestseller No. 2
Panda PAN56MGW2-01 Compact Portable Washing Machine 1.6cu.ft/11lbs Capacity
41 Reviews
Panda PAN56MGW2-01 Compact Portable Washing Machine 1.6cu.ft/11lbs Capacity
  • It is an enhanced version, a space-saving design which makes your laundry easy and simple. It is perfect for...
  • Lager size 1.6cu.ft capacity allows you to hold up to 11lbs. of cloth, timeless design, portable and...
Bestseller No. 3
Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub Washing Machine 17.6lbs Washer Spain Spinner, Blue+ White
1756 Reviews
Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub Washing Machine 17.6lbs Washer Spain Spinner, Blue+ White
  • 【Compact Twin Tub Washing Design 】: This is our portable mini compact twin tub washing machine which is...
  • 【Large Capacticy】: Washing tube: place clothing in the wash tub section, rated washing capacity: 11 lbs....
Bestseller No. 4
Giantex Portable Compact Full-Automatic Washing Machine 1.6 Cu.ft Laundry Washer Spin with Drain...
206 Reviews
Giantex Portable Compact Full-Automatic Washing Machine 1.6 Cu.ft Laundry Washer Spin with Drain...
  • 〖Multifunctional Control Panel〗- On the control panel are there ten programs, 8 water level selections and...
  • 〖Compact Design & Large Load Capacity〗- Giantex washing machine is compact and lightweight for you to...
Bestseller No. 6
ZENSTYLE Full-Automatic Mini Multifunctional Washing Machine Portable Compact Design 10 LB Top Load...
25 Reviews
ZENSTYLE Full-Automatic Mini Multifunctional Washing Machine Portable Compact Design 10 LB Top Load...
  • 「Full-Automatic System」With ZENSTYLE full-automatic washing machine, you can simply set the...
  • 「Variously Saving」Compact and lightweight design allows you to move and transit to any place; Only needs a...
Bestseller No. 7
Full-Automatic Portable Washing Machine, KUPPET Compact Multi-functional Laundry, 8lbs...
1 Reviews
Full-Automatic Portable Washing Machine, KUPPET Compact Multi-functional Laundry, 8lbs...
  • ▲【Full-Automatic System】System With KUPPET full-automatic washing machine, you can simply set the...
  • ▲【Time and Water Level Control】Under delay function, previous to washing, the digital timer shows your...
Bestseller No. 8
Lavario Portable Clothes Washer (Manual Non-Electric Portable Washing Machine for Camping,...
53 Reviews
Lavario Portable Clothes Washer (Manual Non-Electric Portable Washing Machine for Camping,...
  • PATENTED! Best portable clothes washer in the world. See our 2-minute video. Lavario is the only non-electric...
  • ECO-FRIENDLY: Hand-powered, non-electric, easy up & down motion, incredible cleaning power.
Bestseller No. 9
KUPPET Compact Twin Tub Portable Mini Washing Machine 21lbs Capacity,...
3 Reviews
KUPPET Compact Twin Tub Portable Mini Washing Machine 21lbs Capacity,...
  • ▲【Large Capacity】2019New! Feature the twin tub dual function design can save your precious time by...
  • ▲【Easy Operation】 Simple design of the operation panel, wash timing, wash options, drain options, and...
Bestseller No. 10
Giantex Portable Compact Full-Automatic Laundry 8 lbs Load Capacity Washing Machine Washer/Spinner...
291 Reviews
Giantex Portable Compact Full-Automatic Laundry 8 lbs Load Capacity Washing Machine Washer/Spinner...
  • 【Relief Your Hands】: Our Giantex portable full automatic laundry washing machine only needs a small space...
  • 【Water Level and Mode Control】: 5 Programs for choosing: wash-rinse-spin, soak-wash-rinse -spin, wash,...

Choosing the Best Washing Machine

There is no escaping dirty laundry, but a reliable washing machine that gently cleans clothes for years to come eases your load. Here’s how to find the best washing machine for your budget and needs.

Washers sell for around $275 to $2,500, depending on the type, capacity, and features. And while doing laundry may be a mundane task, the washer aisle is anything but boring. You’ll see multitasking machines that allow you to wash two loads at once, all-in-one front loaders that go straight into dryer mode, pod-dispensing front-loaders, built-in pretreat features, and more.

Buying a matching washer-and-dryer set remains popular. The coordinated styling makes a statement, but not all couples make a great pair. “The Best Matching Washers and Dryers” highlights the best from our tests. Want to save money? Read “Laundry Products that Waste Loads of Money.”

Size Up Your Space

Bigger capacities often result in a washer that’s 2 or 3 inches wider than the usual 27 inches; same with dryers. Measure the space you have to work with and allow at least 6 inches behind the washer for water hookups, and about an inch between the washer and dryer. Measure the doors to your home to make sure a new washer can fit through them. Check dimensions in the washing machine ratings, and note which front-loaders can be stacked with a matching dryer. If space is tight, also consider the compact washers we tested.

If a quiet machine matters, consider washers that scored Very Good or better in our noise tests. You’ll know they’re working, but they shouldn’t disturb you. And while most manufacturers have reduced the vibrations that full-sized front-loaders transmit to the floor, take a close look at vibration scores in our washing machine ratings.

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