7 Best Washing Machine Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Washing machines have gotten very fancy (and very pricey) in the last few years, and shopping for your perfect match can be overwhelming. Enter the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab experts, who have decades of testing under their belts and know the best models to consider in 2019.

The first decision you’ll have to make is whether you want a front- or top-loading machine. In Good Housekeeping Institute tests, both types clean so well you’ll likely not notice a difference, though with the instruments we use to evaluate stains and fraying or gentleness we have found front loaders to have a slight edge. Which you choose is really a matter of personal preference.

Top 7 Washing Machine

Bestseller No. 1
Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub Washing Machine 17.6lbs Washer Spain Spinner, Blue+ White
1903 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...
  • 【Large Capacticy】: Washing tube: place clothing in the wash tub section, rated washing...
Bestseller No. 2
Best Choice Products Portable Compact Lightweight Mini Twin Tub Laundry Washing Machine and Spin Cycle for Camping, Dorms, Apartments w/Hose, 13lbs Load Capacity - White/Blue
1350 Reviews
Best Choice Products Portable Compact Lightweight Mini Twin Tub Laundry Washing Machine and Spin Cycle for Camping, Dorms, Apartments w/Hose, 13lbs Load Capacity - White/Blue
  • COMPACT TWIN TUB DESIGN: Portable washing machine and spin cycle is constructed of durable...
  • RELIABLE CAPACITY: Enjoy the convenience of washing and spinning up to 13 total pounds of...
Bestseller No. 3
Panda PAN56MGW2 Compact Portable Washing Machine 1.6cu.ft/11lbs Capacity
136 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...
  • Lager size 1. 6cu. ft. capacity allows you to hold up to 11lbs. of cloth, timeless design,...
Bestseller No. 4
OKVAC Full-Automatic Washing Machine, Compact Laundry Washer, 8lbs Top Load Washer&Spin,8 Preset Programs Panel with Child Lock
7 Reviews
OKVAC Full-Automatic Washing Machine, Compact Laundry Washer, 8lbs Top Load Washer&Spin,8 Preset Programs Panel with Child Lock
  • Compact Design: Wash and Spin 2-in-1 8lbs Capacity.
  • Full-Automatic Washer: 8 Preset Programs, Timer and Water Level Control with LED Display
Bestseller No. 5
Giantex Full-Automatic Washing Machine Portable Compact 1.6 Cu.ft Laundry Washer Spin with Drain Pump, 10 programs 8 Water Level Selections with LED Display 10 Lbs Capacity
237 Reviews
Giantex Full-Automatic Washing Machine Portable Compact 1.6 Cu.ft Laundry Washer Spin with Drain Pump, 10 programs 8 Water Level Selections with LED Display 10 Lbs Capacity
  • 〖Multifunctional Control Panel〗- On the control panel are there ten programs, 8 water...
  • 〖Compact Design & Large Load Capacity〗- Giantex washing machine is compact and...
Bestseller No. 6
Whirlpool WTW4616FW 3.5 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer
1 Reviews
Whirlpool WTW4616FW 3.5 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer
  • 3.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity White Porcelain Tub
  • 11 Wash Cycles / 5 Temperatures
SaleBestseller No. 7
SUPER DEAL Portable Compact Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine w/Wash and Spin Cycle, Built-in Gravity Drain, 13lbs Capacity For Camping, Apartments, Dorms, College Rooms, RV's, Delicates and more
275 Reviews
SUPER DEAL Portable Compact Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine w/Wash and Spin Cycle, Built-in Gravity Drain, 13lbs Capacity For Camping, Apartments, Dorms, College Rooms, RV's, Delicates and more
  • ★ Twin Tub Design - With the Twin Tub dual function design, this washing machine can...
  • ★ Powerful Performance - The portable washer machine features a 1300RPM powerful motor...

A front-loading washing machine is the most energy efficient way to go because it uses the least amount of water in each load. Clothes get cleaned when they tumble in a small pool of water that’s added by the machine once it senses the weight and type of load. Front loaders can easily handle big, bulky items, like comforters and sleeping bags, but do require bending to load and unload the tub. Most manufacturers sell pedestal drawers to raise the appliances up to off the floor and save some strain on your back. If space is tight, a front load washer can be stacked with its matching dryer and placed in a closet, bathroom or any narrow area where water, electrical connections, and venting are available. Keep in mind that water often puddles in the door gasket, dispensers and even the drum itself at the end of the cycle and can lead to mold growth and odors. If you choose a front loader, you’ll need to be diligent about cleaning the gasket and dispenser and leaving the door ajar so the drum dries out and odors don’t develop.

A top-loading washing machine is a good choice if you like a more traditional configuration. Newer high-efficiency models provide excellent cleaning, have huge tubs for extra-large loads, and are still very energy efficient even though they use a bit more water than front loaders. They can come with or without center agitators and get clothes cleaned by bouncing and moving them through a shower or small pool of water. Because the water in top-loaders drains down and out, they are less likely to develop mold and odors than front-loaders are and that’s the reason many consumers prefer them. However, like with all machines, it’s a good idea to clean the tub and dispensers about once per month. The most basic top-loaders fill with water, like a bath. Because they use the most water of any machine design, they are the least energy efficient. The agitator draws clothing through the water to clean it, which can make them a little less gentle on fabrics. These are usually the least expensive machines with the smallest tub capacities.

Like we said, new washers can be expensive. So here are some tips to save money when buying a new machine:

Consider buying white. Platinum, graphite, and other designer colors are beautiful but can add $100 or more to the cost of the machine.

•Shop holiday sales. Washing machines and other appliances usually go on sale around holidays and always on Black Friday.

•Stick to basics. Cycles and features, like Wi-Fi connectivity and steam, are nice to have but aren’t necessary if you are on a budget. Mid-range models often clean as well as top-of-the-line ones, but without all the frills.

How we test washing machines:

The Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab evaluates washing machines for how well they clean and remove stains, how much energy and water they consume, and how gentle they are on the fabric. We also note specialty cycles like bulky bedding and a quick wash, whether there’s a sanitizing cleaning cycle, and we confirm whether or not it is NSF certified. We also test for ease-of-use. This includes evaluating the model’s control panel for intuitiveness, how responsive it is, how easy it is to open and close the door and how easy it is to load your laundry into the machine.

Best washing machine – What are efficiency ratings?

All electrical appliances have an energy certificate that tells you how efficient they are, with A+++ at the top and A at the bottom. The more efficient the machine, the lower the running costs. We work out the running costs of each machine, based on typical usage, so you can compare total running costs.

Best washing machine – What wash modes do I need?

All washing machines will give you basic wash modes for cotton and synthetics, plus half load or eco options. If you want to clean a wider variety of clothes, look for the wash modes to match. Woolmark certification is essential if you want to wash woolen items; a silk wash is useful, and a handwash mode can save the drudgery of washing delicate items.

Best washing machine – What temperature should I wash it?

All washing machines have a variety of temperature settings from which to choose. Our reviews demonstrate how well each mode performs, but there are some general tips. Washing at the cold setting (20ºC or below) is great for lightly soiled items and reduces running costs. Most normal clothing can be cleaned at 30ºC or 40ºC. A higher 60ºC wash is useful for very soiled items or to reduce bacteria, such as on towels or underwear. Some machines even have a 90ºC wash, which you shouldn’t need very often, but could be handy to run as an empty cycle to keep the inside of your machine in tip-top, bacteria-free condition.

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