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The 6 best washing machines for 2024

The 6 best washing machines for 2024

When was the last time you did laundry and thought to yourself, "Wouldn't it be great if...?" Well, the folks at LG and other major appliance brands have been thinking the same thing. They've been tweaking the designs of their newest washers to make them more accessible, smarter and more energy efficient. The latest LG washers can even sense the type of fabrics you want to clean and then adjust settings and detergent amounts.

Some of the latest machines also offer faster washing times (often under 30 minutes), remote control via your smartphone -- even a new concave front on top-loading washers, making it easier to bend over and reach the bottom of a washer tub. 

Plus, larger load capacities mean more laundry can get done at once, without the appliance itself taking up any more space. Washers with LCD digital touchscreens make them easier to operate. You can even let AI make choices on your behalf before pressing a start button.

For many households that have had the same washer and dryer for more than 10 years, it's probably time for a much-needed upgrade. Whether you purchase your new appliances outright or finance them, there are some great deals to be found when you shop directly from top brands like LG or Samsung, or buy from a well-respected appliance retailer like Home DepotBest Buy or Wayfair.

What is the best washing machine for 2024?

Our team of in-house appliance experts has curated this roundup of the best washing machines currently available. Keep in mind, each of these appliances is sold on its own, but can also be purchased as a matching washer and dryer set, sometimes at a discount. 

Best washing machine overall:  LG 5.5 cu. ft. mega capacity smart top load washer with EasyUnload

LG 5.5 cu.ft. Mega Capacity Smart Top Load Washer with EasyUnload, AI Sensing, ezDispense, Water Faucet & LCD Digital Dial Control

Capacity: 5.5 cu. ft. | Best paired with: LG 7.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Rear Control Electric DryerSmart functionality: Yes | Key features: Ergonomic reach for easy tub access; AI can set washer settings and dispense detergent; Built-in water faucet; LCD digital dial control panel | Dimensions: 43 x 27 x 28 3/8 inches | Model #: WT8600CB

This LG washer does a wonderful job mixing design and high-tech functionality to make doing laundry faster, easier and more energy efficient. It uses AI to detect fabric types and automatically pick washer settings and to dispense the appropriate amount of detergent and fabric softener. You get a 5.5 cubic-foot capacity wash basket, which is the perfect size for an average family. 

Another feature we love is a built-in faucet that makes spot cleaning stains easier, without having to make extra trips to the sink. We're also a fan of the intuitive LCD digital dial control panel that displays wash cycle settings and describes what each is best used for. The slam-proof glass lid and remote control functionality via the ThinQ app are also convenient. 

This washer includes the new ThinQ Up feature. It allows you to download specialized features, updates and new wash cycles via your smartphone and install them in the washer in under a minute. The washer is available in a modern-looking matte black finish. Not only is this washer Energy Star Certified, it also uses a Direct Drive motor and AI to maximize energy efficiency. And when it comes to unloading the washer, the new ergonomic design makes it easier for people to reach into the washer to grab items from the bottom of the tub. 

Best for most families: Samsung Bespoke 5.3 cubic-foot ultra capacity front load washer

Samsung Bespoke 5.3 cu. ft. Ultra Capacity Front Load Washer

Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft. | Best paired with: Samsung DVE53BB8900T dryer | Smart functionality: Yes | Key features: AI OptiWash; Auto detergent dispenser; Super Speed Wash (28 minute wash cycle); AI Smart Dial | Dimensions: 27 x 38.75 x 34.5 inches | Model #: WF53BB8900AT

Whether it's a washer and dryer, refrigerator or oven, here at CBS Essentials, we're huge fans of Samsung's popular (and higher-end) Bespoke line of major home appliances. This 5.3 cubic-foot capacity washer can handle a full load in just 28 minutes, so in addition to offering a large capacity, it also washes clothes faster and more efficiently. This saves you time and money on your utility bills. (This model is Energy Star certified.)

This washer is SmartThings compatible, so like all of Samsung's most popular appliances, you can remotely monitor and manage it from your smartphone. We also like that this washer has a detergent and fabric softener dispenser that holds enough product for 32 loads. It automatically dispenses the right amount of detergent and fabric softener at precisely the right time during each wash cycle.

AI-fueled tech can sense the fabric type and soil level and then adjust wash time and detergent amount as needed.

Samsung offers this washer (and matching dryer) in a variety of colors, like brushed navy, silver steel, or forest green. And both appliances offer a modern, flat panel design with intuitive controls.

Best budget washing machine: Whirlpool 3.9 cu. ft. high efficiency top load

Whirlpool 3.9 cu. ft. High Efficiency White Top Load Washing Machine with Soaking Cycles
The Home Depot

Capacity: 3.9 cu. ft. | Best paired with: Whirlpool WED4950HW dryerSmart functionality: No | Key features: Water level and wash cycle selection | Dimensions: 44 x 27.5 x 27 inches | Model #: WTW4955HW

Sure, you can spend four figures on a washing machine that boasts all of the latest features and functions, such as AI and wireless connectivity. Or you can go old school and spend under $700 on this basic Whirlpool 3.9 cubic-foot capacity top-loading washer.

This model is only available in white. It offers manual control dials that allow you to choose your desired wash cycle, water level and water temperature. There's also an option for selecting a soil level, so the washer uses heavy agitation for dirtier loads.

This is one of several Whirlpool washers that are priced below $700 when on sale. Just keep in mind, at this price point, you don't get certain features like an extra-large capacity or steam cleaning and sanitizing. You will, however, get nice, clean clothes out of it.

Best washing machine for larger loads: LG Signature 5.8 cu. ft. large smart front load washer

LG SIGNATURE 5.8 cu. ft. Large Smart wi-fi Enabled Front Load Washer

Capacity: 5.8 cu. ft. | Best paired with: LG Signature 9 cu. ft. Large Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Electric DryerSmart functionality: Yes | Key features: Inverter Direct Drive motor is more energy efficient; Offers 6 wash motions; 13 wash cycle options; Sanitary cycle; Ergonomic angled door for easier loading/unloading | Dimensions: 29 5/8 x 41 3/16 x 33 1/16 inches | Model #: WM9500HKA

LG's Signature line of appliances offer a combination of premium design features with higher-end components. In this case, you get a large-capacity, front-load washer that uses LG's ThinQ smart technologies and artificial intelligence to streamline the monotonous laundry process that so many people dread.

The washer comes in a premium and contemporary black stainless steal finish. It works with a modern inverter Direct Drive motor for maximum energy efficiency and quiet operation. The control panel is nicely integrated into the front of the machine (above the front-load door) for easy access.

Thanks to the washer's 5.8 cu. ft. capacity, it's able to handle a complete bedding set (including a king size comforter) in a single load. One feature that stands out is the optional LG SideKick washer that attaches to the bottom of the main washer to increase capacity to 6.8 cu. ft., while allowing you to clean two different types of clothing at the same time. 

And for everyday washing needs, the TurboWash feature can complete a 10 pound laundry cycle in just 30 minutes. The washer comes with 13 cleaning programs which can take advantage of five spin speeds that maximize its cleaning capabilities based on the type of fabrics being cleaned.

Among other things, the AI will identify fabric type and automatically adjust the washer settings for you and then add the perfect amount of detergent and fabric softener to each load. Other washer features that caught our attention include a special wash cycle that removes common allergens from clothing and a sanitary cycle that uses steam to disinfect clothing.

Best washer/dryer in one unit: GE 2-in-1 Ultrafast Combo

GE 4.8 cu. ft. UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer

Capacity: 4.8 cu. ft.  | Smart functionality: Yes | Key features: Washer and dryer combo in one unit; Complete run-time per load is about 2 hours | Dimensions: 46.7 x 28 x 32 inches | Model #: PFQ97HSPVDS

Why buy a washer and dryer when you can get both in a single appliance? Thanks to the latest 2-in-1 washer and dryer combos, you simply load in your clothing, adjust a few settings and press start. In about two hours, your clothing will be washed and dried, without requiring you to transfer clothing from the washer to the dryer.

One drawback of this particular 2-in-1 unit is its rather small (4.8 cu. ft.) capacity. This washer/dryer combo offers a ventless design that takes up much less space than a separate washer and dryer. It's also Energy Star certified, so it's energy efficient (and could qualify you for a nice rebate from your utility company).

The unit has a detergent dispenser that holds enough liquid detergent for up to 32 loads. It then dispenses just the right amount of detergent during each load. There's also a separate compartment for fabric softener. Using the GE SmartHQ app, you can scan the barcode on your detergent and fabric softener bottle when you refill the dispensers. This appliance then automatically determines how much detergent and fabric softener to use and when to dispense it. Another feature we like is the Microban antimicrobial technology that helps to prevent odors and keeps the internal workings of the appliance clean.

Best stacked washer/dryer unit: GE 2.3 cu. ft. top load washer and 4.4 cubic foot electric dryer Laundry Center 

GE 2.3 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer and 4.4 Cu. Ft. Electric Dryer Laundry Center
Best Buy

Capacity: 2.3 cu. ft. | Best paired with: Not applicable | Smart functionality: No | Key features: Washer and dryer in one unit | Dimensions: 75 x 23.75 x 27.37 inches | Model #: GUD24ESSMWW

Ideal for apartment living, this GE Electric Laundry Center includes a 2.3 cu. ft. capacity washer and 4.4 cu. ft. capacity dryer in one unit. It's comprised of two distinct appliances, so you'll need to manually transfer your clothing from the washer to the dryer when appropriate.

The all-in-one unit features a top-loading washer on the bottom and a front-loading dryer on top. It's designed to fit in a closet-size space. The unit has an integrated water heater, but lacks a steam function. There's a separate bleach, detergent and fabric softener dispenser. 

There are 11 wash and rinse cycles, plus six dryer cycles. The washer and dryer each offer six temperature setting options. This unit is not Energy Star certified.

10 features to look for when buying a washing machine

Regardless of the brand, many washing machines look very similar on the outside. However, it's the technology offered within each appliance and the feature set provided that set each apart and contribute to its pricing. Here are 10 key things to look for when shopping for a washing machine:

  • Physical size: It's important to carefully measure the space where you plan to install your washing machine (and dryer) to make sure the models you choose will fit within the designated space and the appropriate power and plumbing connections are easily accessible. While a professional installer can handle connecting your new washing machine to your home's pre-installed plumbing and electricity, if you need to add these features to your home where you plan to install the washer and dryer, you may need to hire a licensed plumber and electrician.
  • Capacity: How much laundry a washer can hold per load is measured in cubic feet. If just one or two people live in a household, a smaller capacity washer will be adequate, but if you have kids or multiple people living in your home, you'll want a higher capacity washer (at least five cubic feet).
  • Front versus top loading: Washing machines come in two main designs: front-loading and top-loading. Which you choose is a personal preference and a matter of the size of the space where you'll be installing the appliance. If you plan to stack a washer and dryer, you'll probably need a front-loading option. Top loading options, however, tend to be less expensive.
  • Onboard controls: Pay attention to the buttons and dials used to control the washer. You want controls that are well-labeled, easily accessible and intuitive to operate. An onboard display can also be useful so you can see options selected, a timer and other pertinent information while the appliance is running.
  • Smart functionality: Many mid-priced and high-end washers from major brands now offer smart technology and utilize artificial intelligence to make using the appliance easier and more efficient. Smart technology allows you to monitor and control the appliance remotely using a smartphone app. How AI is used varies greatly between brands and washing machine models.
  • Wash cycles and other options: The best washers offer a good selection of wash cycles, water temperature options and other features that allow you to properly clean your clothing based on the type of fabric they're made from. We also recommend choosing a washer that uses steam to sanitize clothing and remove odors. 
  • Cost of the matching dryer: Most people opt to purchase a new washer and dryer at the same time. If this is the case for you, pay attention to the cost of both appliances and make sure they fit within your budget. Keep in mind that you can often save money when you purchase a washer and dryer at the same time.
  • Washing process: This determines how the washing machine actually cleans your clothing. For low-to-mid range models, most rely on an agitator that moves your clothing around during the washing process. This option tends to be less expensive, compared to high-efficiency (HE) washers that tend to offer larger capacities and more thorough cleaning options. HE washers use less water and are able to remove more water from the clothing by the end of the wash cycle, which means you'll experience shorter drying times.
  • Noise and vibration suppressing features: All washing machines make noise. After all, they're machines that have to work hard to get your clothing cleaned. However, some models offer noise suppression materials built into the appliance's housing to muffle noise, as well as anti-vibration technology that also helps to reduce noise when the washer is operating. 
  • Rebates, delivery and installation options: Depending on the make and model washer (and dryer) you choose, a cash rebate may be available from Energy Star, the appliance company, your utility provider or your state. This can reduce the overall cost of your appliance investment. But, as you're shopping for your washer (and dryer), pay attention to how much you'll be charged for delivery and installation, since this varies greatly. Depending on where you buy your appliance from, the service that delivered your new appliances may remove your old appliances either for free or for an additional fee, so be sure to calculate this into your budget as well.

How to pick the best washing machine

The best washing machines to buy include smart features such as AI technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, antimicrobial capabilities, super speed and a bevy of wash cycle options to tackle a small load or a large load of laundry. If you have a large family or know that you like to wash your king-size duvet once a week, consider a large or ultra-large capacity washing machine. 

Keep in mind, just about every washing machine has a matching dryer that's sold separately. While you can purchase these two appliances one at a time, you'll almost always save money if you buy them together. And you can typically save even more money of you bundle your washer and dryer purchase with other major home appliances as well. This applies if you purchase your appliances directly from a brand like Samsung or LG, or shop from a popular retailer, like The Home DepotBest Buy or Wayfair

For more help choosing the perfect washer and dryer, be sure to check out our full review of the LG WashCombo and our roundups of the 8 best electric dryers for 2024 and best front-load washing machines in 2024. To discover the very best deals on washers, dryers and appliance combos, stay up-to-date with our ongoing deals coverage.

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