Having a washing machine can represent massive time and energy savings compared to going to a laundromat (or washing clothes by hand). But there are a lot of options out there, and selecting from them can be difficult, especially if you're on a budget. That's why we've compiled a list of the five best front-load washing machines under $1,000 of 2021.
With a 4.5 cu. ft. capacity and 27 in. width, the Whirlpool WFW5620HW is one of the most spacious front-load washing machines on this list. It provides a huge variety of cycles, including an adaptive Cold Wash cycle, a Sanitize cycle that uses a special Oxi additive to kill 99.9% of germs, and a 15-minute Quick Wash cycle. Its Load & Go™ System allows you to fill it with up to 20 loads worth of detergent cartridges at once, dispensing just the amount needed each time and saving you from having to add detergent with every load. Meanwhile, it has intuitive controls that allow you to select all these options with the touch of a button and a 1,200 RPM motor.
The Beko BWM7200X comes in at 24 in. wide and with a 1.95 cu. ft. capacity, making it ideal for smaller spaces or apartments. Don't let its size fool you, however: it comes with 15 wash cycles (including a Down Wear cycle and a cycle that removes allergens from fabric) and five temperature settings. Its 1,200 RPM motor is powerful enough to remove even the toughest stains, while the stainless steel drum is both durable and gentle on fabric. It even comes with ENERGY STAR® certification, saving you even more money through reduced water and power usage.
GE's GFW148SSMWW is a compact, 24-in. front-load washing machine that holds up to 2.5 cu. ft. of clothing at a time. It allows you a huge amount of control over your laundry: not only are there 14 different wash cycles to choose from (including two different steam cycles), but it has four different dispensers to allow you to add liquid or powder detergent, fabric softener, or bleach at exactly the right time for each load. It also comes with an internal water heater to really fine-tune the wash temperature. Not only does this help reduce the appearance of the toughest stains, it helps kill bacteria and neutralize allergens. As a bonus, the 1,400 RPM motor makes it the most powerful one of the washing machines on this list.
The Electrolux EFLS627UIW is one of the most feature-rich washing machines on our list, and with a 27-in. width and 4.4 cu. ft. capacity, it can hold nearly any clothing you want to put into it. It comes with SmartBoost™ technology that mixes detergent with water before it ever reaches your clothes, maximizing its cleaning power. Its Adaptive Dispenser™ is designed to accept powder, liquid, or even detergent pods, and its LuxCare® Wash System combines smart load sensing with a 1,300 RPM motor to customize every load based on its individual needs. It even has a Solid Soil cycle optimized for caked-on mud and other solid stains, eliminating the need to prewash.
At 27 in. wide and with a 4.5 cu. ft. capacity, the LG WM3400CW is the most spacious front-loading washer on this list, but it still manages to be closet-depth. Its Inverter DirectDrive motor spins at up to 1,300 RPM, combining with a specially-shaped NeveRust™ stainless steel drum to agitate your clothes without damaging them. This washing machine also uses 6Motion™ technology to maximize washing performance by moving the drum in up to 6 different ways.
What should I look for when buying a washing machine?
This depends on what you need. The first thing you should think about is what space you'll be placing the washing machine in. This will determine the size you need. Then look at available features, especially capacity.
What is the average life of a front loading washing machine?
Most modern washing machines last up to 10-14 years.