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Reviews of Top 8 Front Load Washers - Side by Side Comparison

ProductRatingProsConsUser VoiceReview Summary
Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor
1
$987
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Clothes come out clean, fresh and smelling great
  • Spin cycle almost dries clothes by squeezing out most water
  • Large capacity; Handles large loads very well
  • Easy to use with tons of options and features
  • Very quiet operation and stylish looking
  • Energy efficient and saves water too
  • Extra water heater on board
  • Has quick-action valves that often create 'water hammers' causing water pipes at home to rattle and vibrate
  • Don't know actual wash time until after cycle is started
  • Long cycles compared to top load washers
  1. Clothes come out clean and fresh Squeezes out most water in the spin cycle
  2. Easy to use Very quiet Stylish looks Large capacity
  3. Long cycles compared to top load washers Cleans well even without bleach Steam feature is good Energy efficient Saves on water bill too
LG Electronics WM3470H(X)A High-Efficiency Front Load Washer comes with LG's revolutionary TurboWash technology that allows you to save 20 minutes on larger loads, with outstanding cleaning performance. It comes in two colors - White and Graphite Steel. The ultra large capacity (4.0 cu.ft.) tub lets you do more laundry in fewer loads thus saving time and energy.See More
2
$717
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Uses less time and water to do the job
  • Quiet and energy efficient
  • Does an exceptional job cleaning clothes
  • Easy to use with simple directions
  • Large capacity and spins clothes dry
  • A great product for the price
  • Lots of adjustable settings and features
  • It locks and does not spin sometimes
  • Long spin cycle
  • Tub needs regular cleaning to prevent residue build up
  1. Quiet and efficient Uses less time and water to do the job
  2. It locks and won't spin sometimes High spin cycle reduces drying time Settings have to be manually adjusted everytime
  3. Easy to use with simple directions Energy efficient
LG Electronics WM2250CW is a 3.6 DOE cu. ft. High-Efficiency, Extra Large capacity, Front Load Washer with COLDWASH technology. An innovative 6Motion technology does a exceptionally good job of cleaning clothes. Each wash cycle combines up to 6 different wash motions to provide a revolutionary cleaning experience.See More
3
$1091
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Energy efficient
  • Large capacity
  • Cleans clothes very well
  • Quiet and Durable
  • Spin cycle cuts down on drying time
  • Lots of great features like 'Fresh Hold' and 'Rapid Wash'
  • Stylish design and convenient features
  • May leak sometimes at the door
  • The sensor and loads are sometimes off-balance
  • Long wash cycles
  • A little expensive
  1. Spin cycle removes most water cutting down dryer time
  2. Users are extremely happy with this washer
  3. Quiet and roomy Has great features like 'Fresh Hold' option
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer works hard to get huge loads of really dirty clothes clean: quietly and efficiently. This Maytag Maxima 6000 washer offers a total of 11 wash cycles and 6 options which can be combined to create the ideal cycles for a wide variety of load types. This product comes with a 16-hour "Fresh Hold" option that keeps clothes left in the washer fresh.See More
4
$809
4.40 starsVery Good
  • Easy to maintain and use; Quiet
  • Economical and energy effficient
  • Uses very less water, electricity and soap
  • Clothes come out spotless and smelling great
  • Lot of great features and wash cycles
  • Steam and Sanitary cycles are great additions
  • Washes well in every temperature
  • Sometimes water is left in the dispenser after the cycle is complete
  • Some washing cycles are long
  • Too many wash options can be confusing
  • For small spaces reversible doors would help more
  1. The Washer/Dryer set exceeds expectations Home Depot home delivery and customer service is great!
  2. With minimal water and soap usage clothes come out spotless Has a great steam wash cycle Washes well in every temperature
  3. Clothes come out clean, well spun and almost dry
LG Electronics 3.6 DOE cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Steam Washer comes in 2 great colors - White and Wild Cherry Red. This washer has 9 Wash Cycles including Sanitary and Steam wash options. The 200 lb appliance is easy on the eyes and, also easy to maintain and use.See More
5
$929
4.20 starsVery Good
  • Cleans and sanitizes clothes well
  • High spin cycle dries clothes
  • Large capacity stainless steel wash drum
  • Uses less water and energy efficient
  • Quiet and less vibration
  • Reversible door; Opens and closes with a light touch
  • Has a 10 minutes fast wash cycle
  • Clothes may come out a little wrinkled
  • Hard to close door after sometime
  • A bit expensive
  1. High spin cycle takes out most of the water Cleans and sanitizes clothes well
  2. The extended warranty is a good investment for this product.
  3. Users love this washer Large drum capacity.
The Electrolux 4.2 cu. ft. Front Load Steam Washer (IQ-Touch Control Model in Island White and Mediterranean Blue) is a very quiet machine with 11 wash cycles including Sanitize and Perfect Steam options. Boasting of a 4.2 cu. ft. stainless steel drum, this roomy washer not only sanitizes dirty socks but also handles huge king comforters. Most of the cycles finish their rotations within half an hour and the clothes come out spotless.See More
6
$714
3.80 starsGood
  • Clothes come out fresh and clean
  • Good capacity
  • Adjustable and effective spin cycle reduces the drying time
  • Energy efficient and uses less water
  • Easy to operate with great features
  • Reasonable price and value for money
  • Looks stylish
  • Long cycles
  • In few cases, broke down after few months
  • No permanent press cycle; clothes come out wrinkled
  • Doesn't balance itself on the final spin
  • Not suitable for 2nd floor installation
  1. Can adjust the spin speed on almost every cycle Spin cycle can be loud Long wash cycles
  2. Good capacity Clothes come out fresh and clean Quiet unit Extracts lot of water from the clothes reducing dryer time
  3. In few cases, broke down after few months
The Maytag Performance Series MHWE201YW is a 3.5.cu.ft. high-efficiency and affordable Front Load Washer. This washing machine is energy efficient and also reduces water bill considerably by using less water to wash large loads of dirty laundry. It cleans the garments well and they always come out fresh and smelling good.See More
7
$714
3.80 starsGood
  • Energy efficient and uses less water
  • Good performance and washes clothes well
  • Easy to use with convenient features
  • High capacity
  • High spin cycle removes excess water; reduces drying time
  • Has a great 'Tumble Fresh' option
  • Looks stylish
  • Water stays in the rubber seal and molds
  • Cycle timer isn't accurate
  • Machine may leave bubbles after wash/rinse cycle
  • May get unbalanced while washing or spinning
  • Long wash cycles
  • May not spin the water out of big loads effectively
  1. Uses less water Energy efficient Water stays in the rubber seal and molds Water seal for the tub bearings is prone to developing leaks
  2. Broke down after few months in some cases
  3. Washes clothes well Takes a long time to wash a load Some people find it loud
The Whirlpool Duet WFW9151YW is a High-Efficiency Front Load Washer that comes with a variety of features and 12 wash cycles. This 3.5 cu. ft. capacity washer Is ENERGY STAR qualified and rated CEE Tier 31 to help conserve water and energy resources and save a bundle on water and energy costs over the life of the washer. This machine is better than top load machines and provides great cleaning and gentle performance.See More
8
$894
3.30 starsGood
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Energy efficient; Uses less water
  • Huge capacity; Great for big loads
  • Quiet operation and easy to use
  • Lots of cycles and features including steam, sanitize and handwash options
  • Powerful spin cycle cuts down on drying time
  • Good value for money
  • Non-reliable; Breaks down frequently
  • Bearings and spindle problems are common
  • Poor after-sales service
  • Poor availability of spare parts even under warranty
  • Repairs are expensive
  • Shakes violently during spin cycle
  1. Clothes come out clean and looking great Cleans even grease out of work clothes
  2. Bearings and spindle problems Some users disappointed with Maytag after-sales service
  3. Large capacity Cuts down on number of loads Good sanitize option
The Maytag Performance MHWE950WW 3.9 cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer hits all the right notes from the word go. The huge drum capacity can hold and wash even a king sized mattress pad with ease! This also helps cut down the number of loads of clothes...giving you more time to play 'match your socks' game with your toddler!This energy efficient washer reduces your detergent and water usage, so maybe those saved pennies can go toward a well-earned back massage!See More

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Front Load Washers Buying Guide

Reviews of Top 8 Front Load Washers - Side by Side Comparison

There are three main types of washers: Traditional Top Load washers, High Efficiency Top Load washers and High Efficiency Front Load washers.[1][2][3]

Traditional Top Load Washers: These washers have a top mounted lid that provides access to the drum or tub. The drum is filled with water and a central agitator spins back and forth to move soiled clothes through the wash water.[1] These washers are less expensive than other washer types.[1][2][4] There is no bending or kneeling required to load and unload Top Load washers.[5] It is also easier to add items in mid-cycle than with front-loading machines.

The downside of Traditional Top Load Washers is that they can consume more energy, water, and be noisier than other washer types.[1][2][4]

High Efficiency Top Load Washers: These washers look like Traditional Top Load Washers, but do not have any agitator. Since there is no agitator, there is more space in the drum, resulting in higher capacity.[1][2] These washers fill only partly, so they use less water, and spin at higher speeds.[2]

The downside of High Efficiency Top Load Washers is that they are more expensive than the regular top load washers.[6][1][2] The high spin speed can also tangle and wrinkle clothes.[2]

Front Load Washers: Front load washers outperform Traditional Top Load Washers in their ability to clean and energy efficiency.[6] These washers are gentler on clothes, are more energy efficient, have higher capacity (the average load increase is 30%[8]), and use half the amount of water than that of Traditional Top Load Washers. High-speed spin cycle gets more moisture out of wet clothes, reducing drying time and saving energy.[1] Front Load washers also mix detergent and bleach away from clothes before integrating it into the wash to avoid potential discoloration.[7] The Front Load Washers also offer a sleek and stylish modern look.[5]

The downside of Front Load Washers is that they are more expensive than the regular top load washers.[6][1][2] You may also have to bend or kneel to load and unload these washers.

Washing Capacity

Washer's capacity is listed in cubic feet. One cubic feet is 12in x 12in x 12in. A regular washer is between 3.1 and 4.0 cubic feet and will hold 12 to 16 lbs. of laundry. A large capacity washer is between 4.2 and 4.5 cubic feet and will hold up to 20 lbs. of laundry.[9] You can fit about 25 to 50 bath towels in a 4.5 cubic feet washer.[5] To accommodate a king-sized comforter, a washer capacity of 3.8 cubic feet or more is required. For a queen-sized comforter, approximately 3.1 cubic feet or more is needed.[6]

The capacity of washing machines used to be measured by two different agencies, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).[10] Most manufacturers listed capacities of front load washers using "IEC equivalent" volume. Front load washers have smaller capacity drums as compared to that of top load washers. However, since the front load washers do not have agitator their usable space is equivalent to that of a higher capacity top load washer with agitator. For example, a front load washer with drum size of 3.2 cubic feet was given a rating of 3.7 cubic feet by IEC, since this washer had capacity equivalent of 3.7 cubic feet top load washer with agitator.[10]

Starting April, 2011, manufacturers of clothes washers have independently determined that they will voluntarily communicate capacity to consumers using only the DOE clothes washer test procedure for drum volume calculations, including the most recent guidance on measuring drum volume, released by DOE during the summer of 2010. These manufacturers, will also not reference an "IEC equivalent" volume.[11]

Decide on the capacity of washer based on your family size. Overtaxing your washer by cramming it beyond the recommended capacity can add wear and tear to your clothes and shorten the washer's lifespan.[1]

Manufacturers use different adjectives to describe the washer capacity but there is no official industry standard. One brand's "Super Capacity" or "Super Capacity Plus" might be equivalent to another brand's "King-size capacity".[1] When comparing washer capacities be careful to compare the drum capacity specified as DOE or DOE Equivalent capacity.

Cost of Operation (Energy and Water Efficiency)

An average American family washes 300 to 400 loads of laundry every year, using about 40 gallons of water per full load.[12][13] Washing laundry accounts for 15% to 40% of the overall water consumption in a typical four persons household.[14] Energy Star certified clothes washers use about 20% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers. On average, new Energy Star certified clothes washers use 270 KWh of electricity and cost $85 to run, each year.[12]

Front load washers use 40-75% less water and 30-85% less energy than typical top load washers.[15] Front load washers can save over $100 per year in energy and water costs.[8][15] You can also use "Laundry Cost Calculator" available on michaelbluejay.com to compare cost of operating Top Load and Front Load washers.[15]

Useful Features

Today washers come with many features. Carefully select the features that are important for your family. Here is a list of some useful features:

Wash Cycles: Most standard washers come with basic cycles like quick wash, normal, permanent press, delicate, and heavy duty.[5][1] Some washers also offer an extra rinse cycle. This is helpful to clean detergent residue.[2] Some advanced models offer preset cycles options for specific needs laundering like towels, beddings, baby clothes, woolen clothes, Wash Now Dry Later, etc. The number of wash cycles offered in front load washers range from 3 to 92, with most washers offering wash cycles ranging between 10 and 15.

Automatic Temperature Control: Standard washers mix hot and cold water in preset proportions.[2] Some advanced washers use thermostats to ensure that the water temperature is proper. Detergents require a minimum water temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit to activate cleaning enzymes.[6] Many front loading washers have internal electrical heating elements to heat the wash water beyond what the household water heaters can.[1] Higher temperature washing uses more energy, and many fabrics are damaged at higher temperatures.[16]

Steam Cleaning: Steam washers push extra hot steam into the clothes for deeper cleaning. Steam can penetrate through fabric better than water, resulting in a deeper, more effective cleaning.[6] Steam helps in killing bacteria, allergens (especially dust mites), remove stains and prevents wrinkles.[17][2][5][1] Most steam washers are at higher end of the price scale.[2][17] Before paying extra for the steam feature check on the efficiency of steam cleaning since this will vary between washers.[17]

Noise Reduction: If your laundry room is near your living area you may want to consider the noise reduction feature. Many washer models feature treatments and technologies to dampen vibration and significantly reduce washer noise.[1] Higher end washers use better suspension systems, shock absorbers, insulation and motor design in an attempt to ensure silent operation.[6] Front load washers tend to operate more quietly than top load washers because the door seal helps contain noise, and because there is less of a tendency to imbalance.[16]

Mid-cycle Loading: Front load washers use a flexible seal on the front door to prevent water spilling during the wash cycle. Now a days many front load washers use so little water that they can be stopped mid-cycle for addition or removal of laundry, while keeping the water level in the horizontal tub below the door level.[16]

Washer Dimensions

Washers come in various sizes. Front Load washers, depending on the brand and model, usually run from 23 to 29 inches wide, 33 to 43 inches high and 20 to 33 inches deep. The average dimensions are 27 inches wide, 36 inches high and 27 inches deep.[4]

Qualified Rebates

Some high efficiency clothes washers qualify for rebates through state and utility programs. California's Rebate Program has selected three residential appliances categories to be eligible to receive rebates: clothes washers (rebate $100), refrigerators (rebate $200), and room/window air conditioners (rebate $50).[19] These rebates are in addition to existing rebates offered by California's utilities or appliance manufacturers. For e.g., clothes washers that are Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 3 Model qualify for $50 rebate from PG&E.[20] Energy Star partners also occasionally sponsor special offers, such as sales tax exemptions or credits, or rebates on qualified products. Find special offers and rebates on Energy Star Rebate Locator website by entering your Zip Code.[21]

Protecting Investment

Electronics (including appliances) reliability stats show low rate of failure during the first four years of ownership.[22] According to December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, extended warranties on electronics, appliances and other products are unnecessary waste of your money. You can also check the reliability statistics for different brands of Front Loading Washing Machines on the Internet. For e.g., the repair rate of Front Loading Washing Machines from Frigidaire and Whirlpool is 11%, and the repair rate of Maytag and GE washers is 13%.[23] However, according to SquareTrade, an extended warranty company, the repair rate for 3 to 4 year old Front Load Washers is 29%.[24]

Most manufacturers offer one year limited warranty on their washers. However, if you decide on getting an extended warranty, compare warranties offered by third-party providers and your local stores. Some popular third-party warranty providers are SquareTrade.com and ElectronicWarranty.com. If you own an American Express credit card, you can double the original manufacturer's warranty on any product that you purchase with it.[25]

Top Sellers

1. HomeDepot.com - Front Load Washers

2. Lowes.com - Front-Load Washers

3. AjMadison.com - Front Load Washers

4. Sears.com - Front Load Washers

5. Amazon.com - Front Load Washers

6. Abt.com - Front Loading Washers

7. BestBuy.com - Front-Loading Washers

Buying Guides References

1. Warnersstellian - Washer Buying Guide

2. Lowes - Washer Buying Guide

3. ConsumerReports - Washing machine buying guide

4. Best Buy - Washers Buying Guide

5. About.com - Before You Buy a Clothes Washer

6. Squidoo - Top Load Washers Buying Guide

7. Overstock - How to Buy a Clothes Washer

References

  1. Best Buy - Washers Buying Guide
  2. Consumer Reports - Washing machine Buying Guide
  3. About.com - Before You Buy a Clothes Washer
  4. Cnet.com - Washer buying guide
  5. Lowes - Washer Buying Guide
  6. Warnersstellian - Washer Buying Guide
  7. Laundry Buying Guide - Frigidaire
  8. EarthEasy.com - Front-Load Washers
  9. How Do I Calculate the Capacity of a Washer Tub?
  10. TheWorldOfWashers.com - The lowdown on capacity - frontload washers
  11. Manufacturers announce use of DOE measurement for clothes washer capacity claims
  12. Energy Star - Clothes Washers
  13. Consumer Energy Center - Clothes Washers - Energy Choices at the Home
  14. Alliance for Water Efficiency - Residential Clothes Washer Introduction
  15. Michaelbluejay.com - How much does it cost to run a washing machine?
  16. WikipediaÂÂÂÂÃÃÂ
  17. About.com - What Does a Steam Feature on a Washer Do
  18. Ehow.com - The Average Washer & Dryer Dimensions
  19. Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and ENERGY STAR Recovery Funding
  20. PG&E - Home Money Savers
  21. Special Offers and Rebates from ENERGY STAR Partners
  22. ClarkHoward.com - Electronics reliability stats show low rate of failure
  23. ApplianceAssistant.com - Washing Machine Reliability Statistics
  24. SquareTrade - Electronics Failure Rates
  25. Mint.com - Alternatives to Costly In-Store Warranties
  26. LG Electronics 3.6 DOE cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  27. LG 3.6 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Steam Washer - WM2650HRA
  28. LG Electronics 3.6 DOE cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Steam Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  29. LG Electronics 3.6 DOE cu.ft. Large Front Load Steam Washer in Wild Cherry Red, ENERGYSTAR (Model: )
  30. Electrolux EIFLS55IIW 4.2 cu. ft. Front Load Steam Washer - IQ-Touch Control Island White
  31. Electrolux 4.2 cu ft Front-Load Washer (Island White) ENERGY STAR (Model: EIFLS55IIW)
  32. Electrolux 4.22 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer with Steam in White, Energy Star (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  33. Electrolux EIFLW55HIW - washing machine - front loading - freestanding - 27" - island white
  34. Maytag Maxima 4.3 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  35. Maytag 4.3 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer - MHW6000XW
  36. Maytag Maxima 4.3 cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washers (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: MHW6000XW)
  37. Whirlpool Duet 3.5 cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washers (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: WFW9151YW)
  38. Whirlpool Duet 3.5 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer - WFW9151YW
  39. Whirlpool Duet 3.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  40. Maytag Performance Series 3.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  41. Maytag Performance 3.5 cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washers (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: MHWE201YW)
  42. Maytag Performance Series 3.9 cu. ft. HE Front Load Washer with Steam in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  43. Maytag Performance 3.9 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer - MHWE950WW
  44. (Model: MHWE950WW)
  45. LG Electronics 4.0 cu.ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in Graphite Steel, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  46. LG WM2655HVA
  47. LG Electronics 4.0 cu.ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Pedestal Sold Separately) (Model: )
  48. LG WM3470 4.0 Cu. Ft. Ultra Large Capacity TurboWash with Steam Technology, White
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