Washing machines are amazing time-savers. Doing a family's laundry used to be almost a full-time job on its own, but with modern automation it only takes a little time out of your day to select a cycle and have the appliance do the hard work for you. Having a small space shouldn't limit your ability to fit a high-end, feature-rich washing machine in your home. In fact, many brands pride themselves on their ability to produce smaller appliances with many of the same conveniences as their larger counterparts. That being said, here are our picks for the five best 24-inch washing machines.
The Miele WWH860WCS is the most powerful washer on this list, thanks in no small part to its German engineering. Its ProfiEco motor spins the stainless steel drum at up to 1600 RPM, meaning it can efficiently clean up to 2.26 cubic feet of heavily soiled clothes. For more delicate loads, though, you can choose between 17 programmed cycles (which include options for silks and pillows). Its SoftSteam option even lets you clean your most clothes with steam. Using the Miele@mobile app and this washer's WiFiConn@ct system, you can also download new cycles from the internet, monitor your wash status on your home network, and even see when you need to buy more detergent (which can be purchased directly through the app).
The Electrolux ELFW4222AW is an economical but feature-rich option ideal for people who have a lot of different kinds of clothes to wash. Its LuxCare wash system fine-tunes the water level and drum movements to suit whatever you place inside the stainless steel drum. Its 12 cycles include a steam refresh cycle that breaks up dirt on lightly soiled items and a sanitizing cycle that heats the water up to remove 99.9 percent of bacteria. Its 2.4 cu. ft. capacity can handle towels and bedsheets, and it comes with Electrolux's Perfect Balance® system and a Second Floor Guarantee — you can run it next to a bedroom or on your second floor without generating too much noise.
LG's WM1388HW is a durable and powerful 24-in. washer. Its Direct Drive Motor spins at up to 1400 RPM, and with 5 spin speeds and 14 wash programs to choose from, you'll be able to wash just about anything. It even has a four-tray detergent dispenser, so it can handle two doses of detergent as well as bleach and fabric softener. It even has a built-in pause button so you can easily add forgotten items to the load. With its NFC Tag-On capacity, you can even download custom cycles from your smartphone to the washer. Its 2.3 cu. ft. stainless steel NeveRust™ drum has LoadSense sensors that keeps even the bulkiest loads of laundry well balanced. Its SmartDiagnosis™ feature lets you diagnose technical issues before they become serious problems, and help you avoid service calls.
As part of Bosch's 300 series, the WAT28400UC has many of the high-end features of its larger counterparts, in an economical and compact body. It uses ActiveWater technology to fill its 2.3 cu. ft. drum to exactly the right level and utilizes SpeedPerfect technology to spin at the ideal speed for each load, greatly reducing your power consumption, water use, and wear on its components working in tandem with its AntiVibration design. That's why it's no surprise this unit is Energy Star certified. Its circular side walls and EcoSilence drive minimize the noise this washer makes, even on the heaviest of the 15 available wash cycles. It even has an "allergen" cycle that breaks down pollen and other airborne contaminants, which makes this a handy choice for anyone who deals with hay fever.
At 2.5 cubic feet of capacity, the GE GFW148SSMWW is the most spacious of the washers on this list. Its stainless steel basket agitates your laundry without damaging it (even when spinning at its maximum 1400 RPM), and you can choose from 14 different wash cycles. Its timed compartments allow you to precisely dispense detergent and fabric softener without needing to manually add it as the cycle progresses. It has a soft-touch electronic control panel with a bright LED display, so it's easy to configure this washer for a huge variety of loads, monitor its progress and then just go on with whatever other plans you have for the day.
How many loads of laundry can I wash in a machine?
A washing machine's life span is measured in the number of cycles it will run. Each cycle is one load of laundry. You can check a washer's cycle rating in the owner's manual. Most washers last between 4000 and 8000 cycles.
When should I replace my washing machine?
If your washer is more than 10 years old, moves around irregularly during cycles, or makes excessive noise, it may be time to replace it with a newer, more efficient machine.