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Reviews of Top 11 Top 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
$764
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Large washing capacity
  • Quiet, stylish and durable
  • Easy to understand instructions
  • Energy and water efficient
  • Easy to use with convenient features
  • No-slam glass lid on top
  • Some users say less water leaves laundry dirty
  • Washer gets off balanced many times
  • Remaining water in tub may start stinking
  • At low spin delicate cycle clothes remain damp
  • At high spin clothes gets tangled
  1. Large tub can hold king size comforter Quiet Easy to use
  2. Cleans clothes very well Can wash a lot of clothes in one time
  3. Machine works excellent Quiet and efficient Makes wash day enjoyable
Maytag Bravos MVWB850YW (White) is a High Efficiency Top Load Washer with PowerWash System. Its large 4.6 cu. ft. capacity drum lets you take on that end-of-week laundry pile with confidence. You can power through more dirty clothes in fewer loads with this washer.See More
2
$899
4.50 starsExcellent
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Water and energy efficient
  • Large capacity
  • Quiet
  • Personalized wash settings for ease of use
  • Attractive design with No-slam glass top lid
  • Fast spin cycle cuts down on drying time
  • Long cycles
  • Sometimes gets unbalanced during wash cycles
  • Can not wash waterproof/outdoor gear
  1. Cleans clothes very well
  2. Excellent product Super quiet Energy efficient
  3. Personalized wash settings for ease of use Uses less water Long wash cycles Sometimes gets unbalanced during wash cycles Can hold and wash king size bedding
LG Electronics WT5070CW provides an ultra large washing capacity of 4.7 cu.ft in the form of a High-Efficiency Energy Star Top Load Washer. Its WaveForce technology, rapid drum movement and powerful water jets provide a revolutionary washing experience. The clothes come out super clean.See More
3
$674
4.10 starsVery Good
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Uses less water and detergent per load
  • Good tub size and efficient
  • Great easy to use features
  • Attractive appearance with nice color shade
  • Option to use more water unlike other washers
  • Great Wrinkle free and allergy control options
  • Wash cycles are long
  • A little loud
  1. Good looking washer Nice color Great easy to use features
  2. Highly recommended by users Sleek looking washer
  3. Cleans clothes very well Uses less water and detergent per load Clothes come out clean and fresh
Maytag Bravos X MVWX700XL is a high-efficiency, Liquid Silver color, top load washing machine with a capacity of 3.6 cu. ft. and is Energy Star and CEE Tier III qualified. It comes with 11 automatic wash cycles and 5 temperature settings with a spin speed of 800 RPM. It features a EcoConserve feature to use less water and energy.See More
4
$989
4.00 starsGood
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Quiet operation and large washing capacity
  • Lots of customizable options with easy controls
  • Cuts on water and electricity bill
  • Great cycle choices like sanitation, allergen and stain removal cycle
  • Slow close glass lid with LED light in the basin
  • Machine remains balanced even at fast spin cycle
  • In some case broke with in few months
  • Some users complain that the washer does not clean clothes very well
  • The basket is very deep and not comfortable for short people to reach in
  • No spin only cycle
  1. Cleans clothes very well Easy controls Lots of customizable options
  2. Great product Users are happy with this washer and highly recommend it
  3. Cuts on water and electricity bill In some cases machine broke within few months
Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum (WTW8800YW) is High-Efficiency, Top-Load, energy efficient washer with a large 4.6 cu. ft. stainless steel wash tub which lets you wash up to 3 loads of laundry in a single load. This washer cleans clothes very well by gently lifting stains and soils from fabrics using adaptive wash actions cycles. It comes with a lot of customizable options with easy control.See More
5
$424
3.90 starsGood
  • Cleans clothes very well
  • Uses less water
  • Easy and simple to use with convenient features
  • Can soak clothes before washing
  • Similar to old traditonal macines but quiet
  • Good price and worth the money
  • Spins clothes dry
  • Long wash cycle
  • Breaks down
  • Whirlpool repair & replacement policy
  • Whirlpool wants users to buy extended warranty
  • A bit noisy as per some users
  1. Cleans clothes very well Uses less water Quiet operation
  2. Lets users soak clothes before washing Similar to old traditional machines but quiet
  3. Whirlpool repair and replacement policy is not good Whirlpool wants customers to buy extended warranty Agitator style is cheaper and works better as per some users
Whirlpool WTW4800XQ is a traditional Top-Load Washer with 3.4 cu. ft. White porcelain wash basket and Xtra Roll Action Plus agitator. This agitator brings the laundry to the bottom of the wash basket where cleaning takes place and can effectively roll over and clean twice the average load size. The clothes get cleaned very well while conserving water.See More
6
$584
3.90 starsGood
  • Clothes come out clean and fresh
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Large capacity
  • Saves water and electricity
  • Spins so well that clothes dry very fast in dryer
  • Machine performs well
  • Great product with wonderful features
  • Some wash cycles are long and can destroy clothes
  • Sometimes become unbalanced during spin cycle
  • Leaves residue when powder detergent is used
  • Clothes become wrinkled after fast spin cycle
  • Sometimes spin cycle does not work
  1. Quiet and efficient Uses far less water
  2. Great product with wonderful features
  3. Some times spin cycle does not work
Maytag MVWX500XW Bravos X is a 3.6 cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer with a low water wash system. This large capacity washer features low water wash with EcoConserve, which uses 70 percent less water and energy. It also boasts plenty of cleaning power, with 8 automatic cycles and 3 temperature settings to give lot of options.See More
7
$1079
3.90 starsGood
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Water and energy efficient
  • Large capacity
  • Great performance and quality
  • Easy to use and quiet
  • Good looking stylish design with beautiful color
  • Re-balance feature is great
  • May break after few months and hard to fix
  • Spoiled and torn laundry in some cases
  • Long cycles
  • Automatic water level feature may leave clothes unwashed
  1. Large capacity therefore can wash big loads of laundry Saves time on laundry
  2. Cleans clothes well Easy to use Very efficient
  3. Very quiet Pleasant tune for end of cycle notification Lot of options for cycles
LG Electronics WT5170HV provides an ultra large washing capacity of 4.7 cu.ft in the form of a High-Efficiency Energy Star Top Load Washer. Its WaveForce technology, rapid drum movement and powerful water jets provide a revolutionary washing and rinsing experience. The clothes come out super clean.See More
8
$539
3.80 starsGood
  • Big wash basket with no agitator
  • Energy efficient
  • Uses less water
  • High speed spin cycle cuts down on dryer time
  • Easy to operate
  • Not too many bells and whistles
  • Reasonably priced
  • Doesn't clean clothes effectively, leaves stains
  • Long wash cycles, almost an hour
  • Loud and noisy
  • Leaves soap in clothes, have to wash 2 or 3 times to remove the soap
  • Lid locks during washing making it hard to add or remove clothes
  1. Cleans clothes very well Energy efficient Uses less water
  2. Clothes comes out clean and odorless Spin cycle gets clothes dry enough that it cuts down on the dryer time
  3. Big wash basket Super wash cycle is good for white clothes Lid locks during washing making it hard to add or remove clothes Takes long time to wash a load
Whirlpool WTW4950XW is a Top-Load Washer with large 3.6 cu.ft. stainless steel wash basket with no agitator. This high-efficiency washer uses just the right amount of water. The H2Low wash system with Auto Load Sensing determines exactly how much water is needed, saving resources and delivering a deeper clean.See More
9
$494
3.60 starsGood
  • Cleans clothes well
  • Large capacity and balances the load itself
  • Efficient spin cycle cuts down on drying time
  • Energy and water efficient
  • Adjustable settings with 5 water levels and 16 wash cycles
  • Quiet wash cycle
  • Can add clothes even after cycle starts
  • Noisy spin cycles
  • No indicator for time left in cycle
  • Laundry may get stuck in agitator
  • Does not have different wash & rinse temperatures
  1. Low water usage Energy efficient Cleans clothes really well 5 water levels help in saving water
  2. Works great No water leakage No balance issues
  3. Laundry gets stuck under agitator Coupler and fins may get destroyed when laundry gets stuck in agitator
GE 3.9 cu ft Top-Load Washer is an Energy Star washer with a stainless steel drum that can handle family-size loads and easily wash king size comforters. This washer has 16 wash cycles and a unique PreciseFill system with 5 water level selections to automatically measure the load size and add just the right amount of water. This helps in saving water, energy and detergent.See More
10
$629
3.10 starsGood
  • Good capacity wash tub
  • Clothes come out smelling fresh
  • Quiet and easy to use
  • Energy-efficient for a lower-priced model
  • Affordable
  • Nice design
  • Can pause a load to add an item
  • Cleans unreliably
  • Top lid is not transparent
  • Does not do a good job of removing pet hair
  • Expensive to fix when breaks
  • Fails to remove stains
  • Wrinkles clothes
  1. Does not clean clothes properly Does not use enough water Nice design
  2. Some users say that it cleans clothes very well with less detergent Some users complain that it does not clean clothes
  3. Does not remove pet hair very well Users are not very happy with this machine
Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5600XW is a High-Efficiency Top Load Washer with 3.6 cu. ft. stainless steel wash tub and 11 different wash cycles. It comes with a quiet package and it is easy to use with simple controls.This washer is energy efficient and qualifies as ENERGY STAR equipment. It has auto load size sensing technology to save water by controlling the water fill level.See More
11
$449
2.90 starsFair
  • Solid well built machine
  • Uses very less water
  • Large capacity
  • Does not wash clothes reliably
  • Longer wash cycles
  • Less water doesn't necessarily get clothes clean
  • It may shred towels and clothing
  • Breaks in few months and expensive repairs
  • Leaves detergent spots
  • Noisy
  1. Solid well built machine Does not wash clothes reliably Longer wash cycles
  2. Machine uses very less water Short agitator and less water may leave clothes not clean
  3. Lot of users are unhappy with this washer
Maytag Centennial MVWC400XW is a High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer with 3.6 cu ft wash basket with 11 wash cycles. It has impeller wash system which features a wash plate with fins at the bottom of the wash basket. The wash plate continuously moves clothes through the water to clean more gently than a traditional agitator, and takes up less space to maximize capacity.See More

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Top Load Washers Buying Guide

Reviews of Top 11 Top 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.[4][9][20]

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.[4] These washers are less expensive than other washer types.[4][9][21] There is no bending or kneeling required to load and unload Top Load washers.[2] 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.[4][9][21]

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.[4][9] These washers fill only partly, so they use less water, and spin at higher speeds.[9]

The downside of High Efficiency Top Load Washers is that they are more expensive than the regular top load washers.[3][4][9] The high spin speed can also tangle and wrinkle clothes.[9]

Front Load Washers: Front load washers outperform Traditional Top Load Washers in their ability to clean and energy efficiency.[3] These washers are gentler on clothes, are more energy efficient, have higher capacity, 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.[4] The Front Load Washers also offer a sleek and stylish modern look.[2]

The downside of Front Load Washers is that they are more expensive than the regular top load washers.[3][4][9] 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. [1] You can fit about 25 to 50 bath towels in a 4.5 cubic feet washer. [2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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". [4][5] Look at the tub size specified in cubic feet to compare washer capacities.

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.[6][7] Washing laundry accounts for 15% to 40% of the overall water consumption in a typical four persons household.[8] Energy Star certified clothes washers use about 20% less energy and 35% less water than regular washers.[6] On average, new Energy Star certified clothes washers use 270 KWh of electricity and cost $85 to run, each year.[6]

A full-sized Energy Star certified clothes washer uses 15 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. Clothes washers that have earned the Energy Star are about 20% more efficient than non-qualified model.[6]

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.[2][4] Some washers also offer an extra rinse cycle. This is helpful to clean detergent residue.[9] Some advanced models offer preset cycles options for specific needs laundering like towels, beddings, baby clothes, woolen clothes, Wash Now Dry Later, etc.

Automatic Temperature Control: Standard washers mix hot and cold water in preset proportions.[9] 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.[3] More advanced models may offer internal water heater that can boost temperatures beyond the household water heaters can.[4]

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.[3] Steam helps in killing bacteria, allergens (especially dust mites), remove stains and prevents wrinkles.[10][9][2][4] Most steam washers are at higher end of the price scale.[9][10] Before paying extra for the steam feature check on the efficiency of steam cleaning since this will vary between washers.[10]

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.[4] Higher end washers use better suspension systems, shock absorbers, insulation and motor design in an attempt to ensure silent operation.[3]

No-Slam Lid: Some washers come with transparent glass lid with no-slam feature for safety. The lid gets locked when machine is in use.

Washer Dimensions

Washers come in various sizes. Top Load washers, depending on the brand and model, usually run from 20 to 27 inches wide, 40 to 43 inches high and 20 to 27 inches deep.[11] The average dimensions are 27 inches wide, 27 inches deep, 43 inches high and 53 to 59 inches with lid open. Additional clearances might be required for wall, door, and floor moldings. Additional spacing on all sides of the washer is also recommended to reduce noise transfer.[12]

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).[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Protecting Investment

Electronics (including appliances) reliability stats show low rate of failure during the first four years of ownership.[18] 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 Top Loading Washing Machines on the Internet. For e.g., the repair rate of Top Loading Washing Machines from Amana, Whirlpool and Kemore is 10%, and the repair rate of GE and Frigidaire washers is 11%.[17] However, according to SquareTrade, an extended warranty company, the repair rate for 3 to 4 year old Top Load Washers is 22%.[16]

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.[19]

Top Sellers

1. HomeDepot.com - Top Load Washers

2. Lowes.com - Top-Load Washers

3. Sears.com - Top Load Washers

4. BestBuy.com - Top-Loading Washers

5. Amazon.com - Top Load Washers

6. Abt.com - Top Loading Washers

7. AjMadison.com - Top Load 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. How Do I Calculate the Capacity of a Washer Tub?
  2. Lowes - Washer Buying Guide
  3. Warnersstellian - Washer Buying Guide
  4. Best Buy - Washers Buying Guide
  5. The World of Washers - The lowdown on capacity: top load washers
  6. Energy Star - Clothes Washers
  7. Consumer Energy Center - Clothes Washers - Energy Choices at the Home
  8. Alliance for Water Efficiency - Residential Clothes Washer Introduction
  9. Consumer Reports - Washing machine Buying Guide
  10. About.com - What Does a Steam Feature on a Washer Do
  11. Ehow.com - The Average Washer & Dryer Dimensions
  12. Whirlpool.com - Top Load Washer Dimension Guide
  13. Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and ENERGY STAR Recovery Funding
  14. PG&E - Home Money Savers
  15. Special Offers and Rebates from ENERGY STAR Partners
  16. SquareTrade - Electronics Failure Rates
  17. ApplianceAssistant.com - Washing Machine Reliability Statistics
  18. ClarkHoward.com - Electronics reliability stats show low rate of failure
  19. Mint.com - Alternatives to Costly In-Store Warranties
  20. About.com - Before You Buy a Clothes Washer
  21. Cnet.com - Washer buying guide
  22. GE 3.9 cu. ft. DOE-Stainless Steel Capacity Washer in White (Model: )
  23. GE 3.9 cu ft Top-Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: GTWN4250DWS)
  24. GE 3.9 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - GTWN4250DWS
  25. LG Electronics 4.7 cu.ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Model: )
  26. LG WT5170HV
  27. LG Electronics 4.7 cu.ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in Graphite Steel, ENERGY STAR (Model: WT5170HW)
  28. Maytag Bravos XL 4.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White (Model: )
  29. Bravos Series 4.6 Cu. Ft. Capacity XL HE Top Load Washer with PowerWash System 13 Washing Cycles Enhanced IntelliClean Impeller Energy Star Rated: White
  30. Maytag Bravos 4.6 cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: MVWB850YW)
  31. Maytag Bravos X 3.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in Liquid Silver (Model: )
  32. Maytag Bravos X 3.6 Cu Ft. Silver Top Load Washer - MVWX700XL
  33. (Model: MVWX700XL)
  34. Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum 4.6 cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: WTW8800YW)
  35. Whirlpool Cabrio 4.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White, Energy Star (Model: WTW8800YW)
  36. Whirlpool Cabrio 4.6 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - WTW8800YW
  37. Maytag Centennial White Top Load Washer - MVWC400XW
  38. Maytag 3.4 Cu Ft. Centennial White Top Load Washer - MVWC400XW
  39. Maytag Centennial 3.6 cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: MVWC400XW)
  40. Maytag Centennial 3.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR (Model: MVWC400XW)
  41. Whirlpool 3.6 cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (White) ENERGY STAR (Model: WTW4950XW)
  42. Whirlpool 3.6 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washers - WTW4950XW
  43. Whirlpool 3.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White, Energy Star (Model: )
  44. Whirlpool 3.4 cu ft Top-Load Washer (White) (Model: WTW4800XQ)
  45. Whirlpool 3.4 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washers - WTW4800XQ
  46. Whirlpool 3.4 cu. ft. Top Load Washer in White (Model: )
  47. (Model: MVWX500XW)
  48. 3.6 cu. ft. Capacity DOE Equivalent High-Efficiency Bravos X Top Load Washer White
  49. Maytag Bravos X 3.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White (Model: MVWX500XW)
  50. Whirlpool WTW5600XW
  51. (Model: WTW5600XW)
  52. Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5600XW - washing machine - top loading - freestanding - white
  53. Whirlpool Cabrio 3.6 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White, Energy Star (Model: )
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