The best washers clean your clothing and other fabric items quickly and effectively. Since it’s such a significant investment, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than purchasing a washer that will keep your whites white and your bright colors bright. To this end, let’s take a look at the 5 most reliable top-load washers of 2020.
Which brands manufacture some of the most reliable top-load washers?
Whirlpool WTW5000DW 28-Inch Washer
Whirlpool is one of the world’s most trusted appliance brands and that reputation holds true in this washer from theirCabrio Series. It has a 4.3 cu. ft. capacity in its stainless steel drum. This lets you wash plenty of clothes in one load. With 12 cycles, it can clean fabrics of all kinds. Internal sensors monitor each load and will adjust water levels, temperature settings and detergent concentration to clean anything. Whether you have dirty denim or delicate shirts, this Whirlpool washer will use its 660 RPMs to wash them thoroughly and with care.
Amana NTW4516FW 28-Inch Washer
Amana offers a washer that has 3.5 cu. ft. of space within its drum. There are eight wash cycles available with this model's dual action agitator. Some loads have different needs, which can be catered to, given the five different temperature modes this washer features. When a load has delicates, the smooth porcelain tub will launder them gently. They’ll look like new after every wash.
Speed Queen TR5000WN 26-Inch Washer
This Speed Queen 26-inch top load washer is a little smaller than the others. Its stainless steel drum has 3.2 cu. ft. of room. There are six wash cycles possible, allowing for a wide range of loads to get cleaned really well, at a speed of 840 RPMs. Each of these units have been rigorously tested and found to effectively clean 10,000 loads over their 20 year lifespans. The electronic touch pad is exceptionally durable. Speed Queen has never reported any service issues in which a washer has had to be replaced due to a faulty touch pad.
Fisher & Paykel WL4027P1 27-Inch Washer
Fisher & Paykel's top load washer from their AquaSmart Series boasts a 4 cu. ft. stainless steel drum. There are a dozen wash cycles that will wash your clothes at a blistering 1100 RPMs. Pack up to 22 lbs of laundry into the unit and take advantage of the various wash options. With the Eco-Active setting, you can wash a load with Fisher & Paykel’s unmatched energy and water efficiency. Their proprietary SmartDrive technology requires less moving parts in the washing mechanism, preventing malfunctions.
Maytag MVWP575GW 27-Inch Washer
Maytag has been churning out quality washers for a long time. This 27-inch top load washer has 3.5 cu. ft. of space within its stainless steel drum. There are seven wash cycles that clean laundry using a PowerWash agitator that cleans very effectively. With the PowerWash feature, clothes gets saturated with water and gets out the toughest stains. The four deep water wash cycles, along with the pre-soak option, help effectively tackle even the most soiled fabrics.
What is the difference between an impeller and an agitator in a washer?
An agitator is the spindle in the middle of a washer. Its auger (screw) design acts as the mechanical simulacrum of hand washing. Fabrics are roughly scrubbed between the agitator and the honeycombed drum wall. It’s by far the most effective way to thoroughly clean a load of laundry. As with all good things, though, there are downsides. It’s not exactly gently walking hand in hand down the primrose path. The process used by agitation washing will logically wear down clothes. Before that, it may dull colors if you don’t properly separate fabric types (which you should be doing anyway, you savage!). An impeller also goes by its name. A fan-like structure at the bottom of the washer's drum churns the contents of the washer drum as you would with your arm in a wash basin.