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Top-Load Washing Machine Review

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You may think of top-load washing machines as technology of the past, but they just keep getting better.

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  • Overall Rating
  • Functionality
  • Features
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Help & Support
9.35
LG Mega Capacity
8.77
Maytag Bravos XL
8.58
Samsung WA500
8.53
LG Mega Capacity Front Control
8.53
LG Smart ThinQ
8.43
LG Ultra Large Capacity H.E.
8.40
Kenmore Elite
8.15
Samsung King-size Capacity
8.03
Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum
7.88
LG Ultra Large Capacity
7.75
Kenmore Elite High Efficiency
7.70
GE High Efficiency
7.57
Whirlpool Cabrio HE
7.53
Maytag Bravos X HE
7.53
Samsung Large Capacity
7.45
Frigidaire Affinity
7.35
LG Large Capacity
7.20
Kenmore High Efficiency
7.03
LG Extra Large Capacity
6.75
Whirlpool High Efficiency
6.65
Amana High-Efficiency
6.57
Maytag HE
6.35
GE
6.03
Whirlpool Traditional
4.53
Kenmore
4.47
Maytag
4.22
Amana
4.15
Frigidaire
Functionality
Washing Performance Score
100%
90%
90%
90%
90%
85%
100%
85%
90%
85%
90%
90%
80%
75%
75%
70%
75%
80%
65%
70%
70%
3.8
75%
65%
65%
65%
65%
60%
Capacity (cu. ft.)
5.2
4.8
5.0
5.0
4.7
4.7
5.2
4.5
4.8
4.5
4.8
4.0
3.8
3.8
4.2
3.4
4.3
4.5
3.6
3.8
3.8
3.8
3.9
3.4
3.6
3.6
3.4
3.4
Number of Cycles
14
16
13
12
14
12
14
11
15
8
14
20
13
11
9
14
8
9
8
12
12
10
16
12
10
9
11
8
Number of Options
14
8
10
13
12
12
10
8
5
9
10
6
10
5
7
5
9
8
7
5
5
2
5
4
3
2
3
1
Number of Soil Levels
3
4
5
3
3
3
5
3
4
3
5
5
4
5
5
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
3
Not Available
3
3
Not Available
Number of Wash/Rinse Temperatures
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
4
5
5
5
6
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
6
5
4
4
4
5
Features
Features Quality Score
90%
85%
85%
80%
85%
85%
80%
80%
80%
80%
80%
75%
65%
75%
70%
75%
75%
70%
65%
70%
60%
65%
60%
65%
60%
55%
55%
Vibration Control
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Child Lock
 
 
 
Sanitize
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NSF Certified
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spin Speed Selection
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Automatic Water Level
Notifications
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rinse Only
 
Spin Only
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Normal Cycle
Heavy Duty Cycle
Quick Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
Delicate Cycle
 
 
Specialty Cycles
 
 
 
 
 
Clean Washer Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
Whites Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allergen Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Permanent Press Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colors Cycle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delay Wash Option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steam Option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stain Treat Option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prewash Option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Energy Efficiency
Estimated Yearly Operating Cost
$16
$17
165
155
$20
170
$16
$18
$16
$24
$18
$19
$14
$14
$18
$7
$24
$15
$18
$14
 
$14
$22
$15
$52
$52
$50
$46
Estimated Yearly Energy Usage (kWh)
155
159
$18
$17
182
$18
155
169
183
225
170
175
135
135
169
171
230
145
165
135
135
135
208
144
488
488
470
425
Energy Star Qualified
 
 
 
 
Eco-Friendly Wash Cycle
 
 
$14
 
 
 
 
Appearance
Color Variety
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Touch-Sensitive Controls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stainless Steel Wash Drum
 
 
 
 
 
 
Transparent Lid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Height (in.)
45.375
45.125
44.75
40.156
45.375
45.375
45.43
43.875
45.125
40.156
37.5
42
43.5
43
43.875
43
40.156
43.9
40
43
43
43
42
42
43.5
43
43
42.5
Width (in.)
27
27.625
27
27
27
27
27
27
27.5
27
27
27
27.5
27.5
27
27
27
27.5
25
27.5
27.5
27.5
27
27.5
27.125
27.5
27.5
27
Depth (in.)
28.375
27.625
29.25
28.375
28.375
28.375
28.4
29.25
27.5
28.375
28.406
25.5
27
27
29.25
29
28.375
27
26
27
27
27
25.5
27
26.25
27
27
29
Help & Support
Parts & Labor Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Motor Warranty
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
1 Year
10 Years
1 Year
10 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
10 Years
10 Years
1 Year
10 Years
1 Year
10 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Wash Drum Warranty
Lifetime
10 Years
3 Years
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
1 Year
3 Years
1 Year
Lifetime
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
10 Years
3 Years
Lifetime
Lifetime
1 Year
Lifetime
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
 
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Phone
Email
Live Chat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FAQs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
User Manual
 
 
 
Tutorials
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top-Load Washing Machine Review

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The traditional top-load washing machine has undergone many changes over the years to keep up with its front-load washer competition. In the past, front-load washing machines were generally more energy efficient and gentler on your laundry. But things have changed. Newer top-loading washing machines have decreased their energy consumption and operating costs while increasing their features. In short, you get cleaner laundry at a better cost. Many new models have also switched out the traditional agitator for options like high-pressure jets and dual wash plates. This creates more space, is gentler on clothes and makes it easier to take laundry out of the washtub.

Because we know that choosing a top-load washing machine can be overwhelming, we’ve done the research for you. We’ve determined the best top-loading washing machines to be the LG Mega Capacity, Maytag Bravos XL and Samsung WA500. We’ve also written some articles about top-load washers to help you choose the best washing machine for your situation. You can also check out our articles about top-load washers for some tips and advice.

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Top-Load Washing Machine: What to Look For

You shouldn't make a major purchase, such as a top-loader washing machine, on a whim. To help you compare your options, we have rated the best washers in functionality, features, energy efficiency and manufacturer help and support.

Functionality
The most important thing to know about a washing machine is how well it works. We gave each machine in our lineup a score for washing performance to help you choose between comparable units. Tub size is also an important factor to consider. Larger washtubs are generally preferable because you can fit more clothing into each load, which saves both time and energy.

Features
Having a top-load washer with a myriad of wash cycles, options and other features really does make doing laundry less of a chore. The best top-load washing machines will include not only the basic wash cycles and features you would expect a washing machine to have, but also a handful of specialty wash cycles and advanced features, too.

Energy Efficiency
More and more consumers are adopting a greener lifestyle, and companies are catering to that shift by offering energy-saving units. The best top-load washers aren’t just Energy Star qualified – many also include energy-saving features such as an eco-friendly wash cycle.

Help & Support
A high-performing washer can be pricy; that’s why the unit’s warranty is extremely important. The best top-loading washing machines will offer a lengthy warranty for the motor and wash drum in addition to a standard one-year warranty for the unit’s parts and labor.

Aside from a good warranty, getting help and support from the manufacturer when you need it is also important. You should be able to contact the manufacturer by phone and email for support, and it’s nice to be able to view frequently asked questions and the user manual for your top-load washer on its website.

Fortunately, top-loader washing machines are not what they used to be. Upgrading your top-loader could give you better washing performance and a more energy-efficient appliance, which could turn into more money in your pocket in the long run. You’ll also enjoy the attractive and innovative features that today’s top-load washers are coming standard with.

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