The 6 Best Washing Machines of 2022
By Corrie Pelc
Today’s washing machines are a far cry from the washing boards and hand-cranked “washing machines” of the 1700s and 1800s. Washing machines in 2022 are bigger, faster, and more tech-savvy than even a few years ago, and even more stylish with modern designs and color options to choose from. And depending on how fancy you want to go, today’s washing machines come in a variety of prices as well.
But when it comes right down to it, anyone looking to purchase a washing machine wants the same thing — clean clothes and household textiles. So with so many options out on the market today, how can you find the best washing machine to get the job done? Luckily, we’re here to help!
Best Overall Top-Load Washing Machine: Maytag Smart Capable White Top-Load Washing MachineA top-load washing machine with lots of cleaning perks.
Best Overall Front-Load Washing Machine: Electrolux Front-Load Washer with SmartBoost TechnologyAn Energy Star-rated front-load washer with lots of bells and whistles.
Best Washing Machine for Small Spaces: Magic Chef 1.6 Cu.ft. Top-Load Compact WasherA top-load washing machine that offers much of the same proficiencies of full-sized machines in a smaller, space-saving package.
Best Washing Machine for Large Families: LG Electronics High-Efficiency Mega Capacity Smart WasherA top-load washing machine capable of handling the largest of loads.
Best Washing Machine for Small Families: Amana Top-Load Washing MachineA full-sized, top-load washing machine for smaller families for under $500.
Best Washer-Dryer Combo: LG WashTower Electric Stacked Laundry CenterAn energy-efficient stacked washer and dryer combo for an instant laundry room.
How to Buy a Washing Machine
When starting to look for a new washing machine, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself:
- Top-Load or Front-Load? All of today's washing machines are available in either top-load (where the clothes are placed into the machine through a door on top of the machine) or front-load (the door for putting in and taking the clothes out is placed in front of the machine). This is really a personal preference, but keep in mind front-loading washing machines are generally more expensive.
- How Much Laundry Do You Have? When figuring out what size washing machine you want, you have to keep two deciding factors in mind — the first is the amount of laundry you need it to handle. A family of two adults should be fine with a small- to medium-sized washing machine (anywhere up to 3.5 cubic feet of space inside the machine for laundry), while a larger family would want something bigger, up to about 5 cubic feet.
- How Much Space Do You Have? The second thing that will determine the size of the washing machine you want is the size of the space where you’re installing the washing machine. Although a super-large capacity washing machine may sound great, it might not fit in your apartment or home's laundry room. On average, most washing machines are about 27 or 28 inches wide and around 30 to 35 inches deep, but this can change depending on design and capacity, so always double-check measurements in your laundry space before purchasing.
Test Factors We Used to Find the Best Washing Machines
Here’s a round-up of the test factors we used in deciding our list of the best washing machines you can buy in 2022:
- Price: There are washing machines available at several different price points.
- Type: Is the washing machine top-load or front-load?
- Size: Knowing the width, depth, and height of the washing machine will determine whether the machine will fit in a desired space or not.
- Capacity: How many cubic feet of laundry can the machine wash at one time?
- Drum Material: The washing machine drum is where clothes are placed and is what moves around — or agitates — to clean clothes and other textiles. They can be made of various materials, from stainless steel to porcelain.
- Cycles: Cycles are the pre-programmed instructions that a washing machine uses to clean clothes. Standard cycles include regular/normal, permanent press, and delicates, but many of today’s washing machines have additional specialized cycles.
- Controls: How is the washing machine controlled — a turn knob? Touch screen? Phone app?
- Detergent Dispenser: What type of laundry detergent can be dispensed into the washing machine?
- Energy Star Certified: Washing machines use electricity to power them, and quite a few today are Energy Star Certified, meaning they use about 25 percent less energy and 33 percent less water than regular washers.
- Warranty: Does the manufacturer back their product?
Best Overall Top-Load Washing Machine: Maytag Smart Capable White Top-Load Washing Machine
With more than 2,200 reviews and 4.5 stars on The Home Depot's website, there's no surprise the Maytag Smart Capable White Top-Load Washing Machine is our number-one pick for top-load washing machines. With a 4.7 cubic foot capacity, this washer can clean up to 19 towels at one time in its stainless steel drum and powerful agitator. The washer's Extra Power button provides a stain-fighting boost, and the deep fill option allows you to add more water for larger loads. The washer has 11 wash and two rinse cycles, and you can customize them and store your settings on the machine. As the washer is WiFi capable, you can easily manage your laundry from anywhere with the Maytag app.
- Under $1,000
- Extra Power button provides a stain-fighting boost
- Manage your laundry from anywhere on the Maytag app
- No steam option
- Not Energy Star rated
Best Overall Front-Load Washing Machine: Electrolux Front-Load Washer with SmartBoost Technology
Boasting over 5,300 reviews and 4.75 stars on The Home Depot, the much-loved Electrolux 4.4 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer with SmartBoost Technology offers quite a few unique features. For starters, this washing machine has an adaptive dispenser that allows you to use any type of detergent, while the SmartBoot function premixes the detergent with water to help maximize its capabilities. The washer also uses steam that rises from the bottom of the machine to help lift any grime and stains from fabrics before washing and has an auto water level adjustment to ensure that it's not using too much or too little water. Choose from nine different washing cycles, including a 15-minute fast wash and a sanitize option that removes 99 percent of bacteria and 95 percent of allergens from your clothes. And to top it all off, the Electrolux Front-Load Washer with SmartBoost Technology is Energy Star rated, so you'll be saving money on electricity and water while getting your fabrics clean.
- Adaptive dispenser and SmartBoot function get the most out of your detergent
- Sanitize option removes 99 percent of bacteria and 95 percent of allergens from fabrics
- Extensive 10-year warranty on the motor and lifetime warranty on the stainless steel tub
- Not WiFi capable
Best Washing Machine for Small Spaces: Magic Chef 1.6 Cu.ft. Top-Load Compact Washer
If you live in an apartment or travel in an RV, a portable washing machine can help you save a lot of time running to the laundromat. The Magic Chef 1.6 Cu.ft. Top-Load Compact Washer is a great option for those who want a portable washing machine for traveling, or for homeowners with limited space. This compact washer boasts six wash cycles with three water levels and three temperature settings, as well as a stainless steel drum, a detergent dispenser, and a delay start function. This portable washer runs off a sink and isn’t as complicated to hook up as you’d think—the machine comes with a quick-connect kit to make that an easy operation. The Magic Chef 1.6 Cu.ft. Top-Load Compact Washer also has rollers to make moving it around easy, a see-through window, and an electronic LED display.
- Stainless steel drum
- 6 wash cycles, 3 water levels, and 3 temperature settings
- Comes with a quick-connect kit for attaching to the sink
- Has to be connected to a sink to operate
- Is not WiFi capable
- Not Energy Star rated
Best Washing Machine for Large Families: LG Electronics High-Efficiency Mega Capacity Smart Washer
If you're washing clothes for a crowd, the LG Electronics 5.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Mega Capacity Black Steel Top-Load Smart Washer with TurboWash3D will help you cut down on laundry time with its impressive 5.5 cubic feet of washing space — that means you can wash a king-sized comforter and set of sheets in just one load (the dream, right?). The washer's EasyDispense system allows you to load it with detergent, bleach, and fabric softener at the same time, and it will dispense them when they're needed. The machine uses specialized technology to save you money by using cold water while getting the same washing benefits as warm, and offers 15 wash cycles with up to six different washing motions. You can also easily manage your laundry loads through the washer's WiFi and smart home connectivity.
- 5.5 cubic feet of washing space can handle a king-sized comforter and sheet set at the same time
- 15 wash cycles and 5 rinse cycles
- Energy Star rated
- Only available in black
- Large size may be hard to fit in some laundry rooms and through some doors
Best Washing Machine for Small Families: Amana Top-Load Washing Machine
With almost 5,000 reviews and 4.4 stars on Best Buy's website, the Amana Top-Load Washing Machine is a top pick for smaller families who don't need a large capacity washing machine but want something larger than compact. The machine features a dual-action agitator that moves your laundry through its 3.5 cubic foot porcelain tub for extra cleaning power, and the deep water option allows you to add more water during the rinsing cycle if needed. The machine offers 13 automatic cycles, including delicates, cold wash, bulky/sheets, and casual, along with five temperature settings. The Amana Top-Load Washing Machine has also thought of just about everything: the Late Lid Lock feature gives you extra time to add in forgotten socks before the spin cycle begins.
- Under $500
- 13 automatic cycles
- Dual-action agitator to help ensure everything gets clean
- Only available in white
- Not Energy Star rated
Best Washer-Dryer Combo: LG WashTower Electric Stacked Laundry Center
The LG WashTower Electric Stacked Laundry Center is an instant laundry production facility thanks to its space-saving, stackable units. The washing machine features 4.5 cubic feet of cleaning space, while the dryer can handle 7.4 cubic feet of fabric. Both feature AI technology that helps figure out the specific wash and dry settings your laundry requires, removing any guesswork. The washing machine offers six wash cycles and 10 rinse cycles, including an Allergiene Cycle that uses steam to get rid of more than 95 percent of allergens like pet dander, and a speedy wash cycle that cleans small loads in only 15 minutes. The LG WashTower Electric Stacked Laundry Center is WiFi-compatible and your entire laundry progress can be monitored and controlled through LG’s ThinQ App.
- A stacked washer and dryer for an instant laundry solution
- Washing machine offers six wash cycles and 10 rinse cycles
- Control and monitor your laundry's progress with the ThinQ App
- Not the best option for those who don't have space for stacked units
How to Take Care of Your Washing Machine
A washing machine is an investment that should last you for many years to come. But like any type of machinery, TLC and proper maintenance go a long way in making sure it works well for many years. Here are some tips on how to keep your washing machine in good working order:
- Read Your Owner's Manual — While we know they don't make for the most riveting of reads, owner's manuals are included for a reason. Make sure to take the time to read through your washing machine's manual before putting in your first laundry load. It's a great way to learn about all the features your washing machine comes with, possibly saving you time and money in the long run.
- Don't Overstuff It — Make note of your washing machine's cubic foot capacity and abide by it. Putting too much in your washing machine can throw it off balance, possibly damaging its mechanical parts. And too much laundry does not allow water and detergent to circulate properly, meaning your clothes may not get very clean.
- Keep It Clean — While you'd think a washing machine keeps itself clean since it's using water and detergent every time it washes your laundry, that's not the case. Residues from detergents and the dirt it removes from your laundry can get caught on the machine's inside parts, and get built up over time to make it, well, not something you'd want to clean your clothes in. Some washing machines come with a built-in cleaning function, so take advantage of that if you have it. If not, it's pretty easy to clean a washing machine yourself.
- Prevent Mold and Odors — Because the washing machine deals with water, it is always a bit wet after you remove your laundry. If you always close the washing machine door after every load, the water doesn't have a chance to fully dry out, which can lead to a musty odor in your machine—and even mold. If possible, always try to leave the washing machine door open about 15 to 30 minutes after you finish your laundry to let it dry out thoroughly.
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Dee on Jan 05, 2023
I absolutely hate my large capacity LG front load. I will definitely go back to top loader one day.
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