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    Washing Machine Ratings

    Washing machines have big performance differences in water efficiency, noise, and capacity.

    View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best washing machines.

    Front-Load Washers (57)

    The best front-loaders clean better and are gentler than the best HE top-loading washing machines while using less water. Front-loaders take longer than HE top-loaders but spin faster, extracting more water and reducing dryer time.

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    Top-Load Agitator Washers (55)

    Agitator models cost less and are faster than top-loading washing machines without an agitator, known as HE washing machines.

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    Top-Load HE Washers (42)

    Capacities keep increasing in HE washers, so you can do more laundry at once. HE top-loaders use less water and extract more of it from laundry than agitator top-loaders. This cuts dryer time, saving energy and money.

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    Compact Washers (25)

    Smaller spaces demand smaller appliances, and compact washer-and-dryer sets are slowly growing in popularity. In recent years some stackable laundry appliances have become more stylish and have larger door openings for easier access.

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    Washer/Dryer Pairs

    Matching washer and dryer pairs are a widely sold choice, although some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style makes a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together. Our tests found pairs that are worth a look.

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    All Ratings

    You can't escape dirty laundry. What you need is a reliable washing machine that gently cleans clothes for years to come. Washers can cost $400 to $1,900, depending on the type, capacity, and features. Here’s how to find the best washing machine for your needs.