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|1||4.50 starsExcellent||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||4.50 starsExcellent||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||4.10 starsVery Good||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||4.00 starsGood||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||3.90 starsGood||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||3.90 starsGood||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||3.90 starsGood||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||3.80 starsGood||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||3.60 starsGood||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||3.10 starsGood||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||2.90 starsFair||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|
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. These washers are less expensive than other washer types. There is no bending or kneeling required to load and unload Top Load washers. It is also easier to add items in mid-cycle than with front-loading machines.
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. These washers fill only partly, so they use less water, and spin at higher speeds.
Front Load Washers: Front load washers outperform Traditional Top Load Washers in their ability to clean and energy efficiency. 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. The Front Load Washers also offer a sleek and stylish modern look.
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.  You can fit about 25 to 50 bath towels in a 4.5 cubic feet washer.  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.
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.
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".  Look at the tub size specified in cubic feet to compare washer capacities.
An average American family washes 300 to 400 loads of laundry every year, using about 40 gallons of water per full load. Washing laundry accounts for 15% to 40% of the overall water consumption in a typical four persons household. 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.
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.
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. Some washers also offer an extra rinse cycle. This is helpful to clean detergent residue. 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. 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. More advanced models may offer internal water heater that can boost temperatures beyond the household water heaters can.
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. Steam helps in killing bacteria, allergens (especially dust mites), remove stains and prevents wrinkles. Most steam washers are at higher end of the price scale. Before paying extra for the steam feature check on the efficiency of steam cleaning since this will vary between washers.
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. Higher end washers use better suspension systems, shock absorbers, insulation and motor design in an attempt to ensure silent operation.
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.
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. 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.
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). 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. 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.
Electronics (including appliances) reliability stats show low rate of failure during the first four years of ownership. 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%. However, according to SquareTrade, an extended warranty company, the repair rate for 3 to 4 year old Top Load Washers is 22%.
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.