Washing Machine Buying Guide | Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports breaks down the different types of washing machines, from HE top-loaders and front loaders to laundry centers and combination units, to help you choose the best one for your home.

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  1. Samia Jbeli on May 8, 2021 at 5:04 am

    This is not a guide ! you should change the title to "The type of washing machines"

  2. Kimberly Thomas on May 8, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Are there any "Best Front-Loading Washing Machines" of 2020 that permit an owner to manually control the water height within the wash tub (e.g. low, moderate, or high)? I really do not trust many of these so-called "high-efficiency" machines, as they do not have enough water within the wash tub to provide an adequate rinse for the clothing.

  3. Eastern on May 8, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Excellent info. Terrible music to loud. Became a distraction.

  4. J Scott Upton on May 8, 2021 at 5:09 am

    My front load Maytag HE started giving me problems after 2 years. My next machine will be an old-school type top loader…NOT an HE.

  5. ClockFixer 1964 on May 8, 2021 at 5:09 am

    If it’s NEW, it’s JUNK !

  6. Tyler Games on May 8, 2021 at 5:10 am

    For people who want to see these comments, don’t even look at them. Just about all of them are idiots who don’t even know how to use an HE washer. (Because there not reading the manual.)

  7. Jamamiss on May 8, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Consumer Reports has gone to the woke side. Their advice is no longer relevant.

  8. Dee C on May 8, 2021 at 5:12 am

    Simple advice, Do NOT buy Samsung. They are over priced, piece of crap that breaks down every time you blink and there is NO service technician in most areas. Have a set that I have had just over a year , dryer has broken down twice, simple fix first time, this time, can’t find the part I need anywhere. No service tech anywhere near by.

  9. dan yeoman on May 8, 2021 at 5:12 am

    And what ever you do don’t buy the newer GE models. They don’t last for more than 2 years, and they won’t stand behind them. Better off to take your money and toss it out in the bay,,,,,,,,,,,

  10. Akhror Obidov on May 8, 2021 at 5:12 am

    what is the age of people buy washing machine?

  11. crabbypatty2004 Robloxgod on May 8, 2021 at 5:13 am

    Ok the reason why washers don’t last long these days is because if they last 40 years how is that company gonna make money

  12. Jerry on May 8, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Don’t buy a high efficiency washer they’re crap

  13. klevis on May 8, 2021 at 5:15 am

    i stopped listening to consumer reports when they said that direct drives poorly cleaned and were noisy and that they extracted less water

  14. Sammy Boi on May 8, 2021 at 5:15 am

    If you want to do you comforters do it in a front loader or use a top loader with an agitator he top loaders for wash comforters it just swirls it around

  15. Shenglee Chen on May 8, 2021 at 5:16 am

    When I do my laundry in my top load washer, I will start the machine with an empty tub first , let the machine fill up with water, add detergent and let it mix thoroughly before adding the clothes in to continue the whole wash and rinse and spin cycle, I do this to prevent detergent bleaching my dark colored work pants or leaving detergent burnt marks on my clothes.

    Can Consumer reports do a study on adding detergent powder and liquids on top of laundry and pushing the start button and waiting for the water to fill vs My method of pre mixing the detergent and water before piling in the laudry.

    How widespread is the damage caused to colored fabrics with concentrated detergent soaking into clothes before they had a chance of micing fully with the water?

  16. Night Fam26 on May 8, 2021 at 5:18 am

    Which brand is the best????

  17. rattown99 on May 8, 2021 at 5:19 am

    Buy an ugly speed queen and never buy another washer. Built like a tank.

  18. WhiteEagle on May 8, 2021 at 5:21 am

    If you want my support explain Weight of clothing

  19. no no on May 8, 2021 at 5:21 am

    I am a appliance repairman and consumer reports is full of shiite

  20. Robert Demaio on May 8, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Never buy computerized washers or Samsung

  21. Robert Demaio on May 8, 2021 at 5:24 am

    I don’t trust this

  22. athay14 on May 8, 2021 at 5:26 am

    Omitted con of front loaders: prone to odor and mold. Thats important.

  23. dil bert on May 8, 2021 at 5:26 am

    Pedestal? I built a box out of plywood and 2×4’s to stand the washer & dryer on. No more bending. Total cost, $49 for both machines box stands.

  24. Angie Tyndall on May 8, 2021 at 5:26 am

    What about portable washer for like an apartment that doesn’t have W/D hookups. Which do you recommend?

  25. Loo Loo on May 8, 2021 at 5:30 am

    This review seems so biased towards high-priced front loaders. Waste of time.

  26. hal chesnut on May 8, 2021 at 5:36 am

    One very important thing to do i look on Craigslist in the Appliance section for a couple of days and see Which ones are for sale for $50.00 because they have a F CODE (for failure ). It becomes evident these expensive front loader washers and dryers have a very short life cycle!!
    Most you see will be about 3 years old!!!

  27. Kyo Shiroma on May 8, 2021 at 5:37 am

    "non profit" hahaha yeah equal to a NP political parties

  28. Kyo Shiroma on May 8, 2021 at 5:37 am

    this is NOTHING coz is just a "reading" there is NO Lab measurement

  29. Rebel9668 on May 8, 2021 at 5:39 am

    Don’t know who does their tests for them, but I’ve never had clothes come out as clean with a front loader as I have with a top loader with an agitator. My next washer will be a speed queen TC5. They fill to the top and still use the agitator.

  30. Francene Kelly on May 8, 2021 at 5:41 am

    What obnoxious music! Why???

  31. Donald Hixon on May 8, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Dontvever buy any appliance made by bosch

  32. DisFarm on May 8, 2021 at 5:44 am

    I still had a Kenmore 70 Series up until a week ago. Ran great for decades! Now I’m scared to buy a new one. She didn’t discuss the difference between a belt drive washer and a direct drive.

  33. kenny C on May 8, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Bought myself a second hand Whirlpool dryer to match my ten year plus washer. Simple three mechanical dials, no motherboard, no digital crap.

  34. Joel Tilson on May 8, 2021 at 5:49 am

    After using front loaders for years with fighting mold-mildew, I decided to go with a LG HE top loader. The results were no mold, mildew and cleaner clothes. Problem solved with saving over thousand dollars.

  35. Mystical Ms M on May 8, 2021 at 5:51 am

    CR: you missed mentioning one of the major cons of a front loading washer… The mold issue. I only have room for a stacking washer and dryer in my space, so I am now switching back to an all in one space saver unit after 5+ years with a front loader. It feels wasteful to switch, but living with a machine that is stinky and musty at best and very likely emitting toxic mold into my home is no longer an option. I think Front load washers are complete sham. And, along with the mold – they require much more maintenance… Meaning daily or weekly maintenance if you want to try to keep the mold under control – and you also have to clean out the filter at the bottom of the machine regularly, or it will stop working until you do clean it. This is nonexistent on the top loading washing machine. Very frustrating if you have animals especially since animal hair is often the kind of thing that gets caught up in the filter. Since my front loader is in a stacking set up and there is no pedestal to raise up the washer off the floor…this means that I am nearly laying on the floor at times to achieve this task with my front. 🙄 Thankfully, I get to say bye-bye to it in just a matter of days!

  36. 5610winston on May 8, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I bought Consumer Reports high rated HE top load washer, an LG CW1101.
    It was absolutely horrible.
    It never cleaned the clothes as well as the traditional top-load machine.
    It took anywhere from three hours to all night to run a regular load, and often had stopped mid-cycle because it couldn’t balance a load that had been placed in accordance with the instructions.
    It filled brim-full, drained, refilled, drained, and sometimes never even ran the impeller plate before going into its electronic sulk, full of wet clothes.
    It wasted huge amounts of water, detergent, and time.
    It broke down after only five years and the estimate to repair was more than I had paid for it originally.
    I went to a local furniture and appliance store and bought a SPEED QUEEN ‘classic’ model AWN632SP116TW01, product code TC5000WN, a traditional agitator washer essentially identical to the workhorses in the corner coin laundry.
    My clothes are cleaner, my water bill is down by about 40% over the time I had the so-called HE machine, and a full load is done in under 40 minutes, including the extra rinse cycle.

  37. Waldcraft on May 8, 2021 at 5:53 am

    This video was pointless.

  38. Bb Cala on May 8, 2021 at 5:54 am

    All computer controlled junk. Just wash the clothes for God’s sake. My machine Kenmore had it 5 years. Unfixable, not worth fixing. Parts of machine are made in China, Mexico and other places. High priced computer junk. Appliance man told me. Speed Queen is the best. The best. Made in America, 7 to 10 year warranty. All laundry mats have Speed Queen , because they last. You pay a little more. But worth it

  39. Edgar Rodriguez on May 8, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Useful info, but the background music is TOO loud!

  40. Alex Mighty on May 8, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Kenmore 90 series is the greatest washer of all time. 21 years and counting with 0 issues. FTW!

  41. Horacio Castillo on May 8, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Do not buy Maytag front loaders. The control boards fail and you can not find the repair parts. mine is idle looking for a used
    control board some place if I am lucky. Nothing better like the old simple models.

  42. Interstate Puerto Rico on May 8, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Don’t ever buy a Samsung HE washers because those are a Time-Bomb. Buy an Kenmore Whirlpool Direct Drive, or a Maytag Dependable Care instead.

  43. Emmett J. on May 8, 2021 at 6:01 am

    I have school tomorrow and I’m watching a video on washing machines…

  44. RKGSD on May 8, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Your tests of top-loaders with agitators didn’t include the Maytag Commercial unit (which is available at several big box stores) or the Speed Queen washer. Both units are considered to be as good as the old school top-load agitator washers.

  45. Nanaz Lifestyle on May 8, 2021 at 6:01 am

  46. Darren Davis on May 8, 2021 at 6:02 am

    The best washers dont exist anymore. Liberals have taken the Maytag top load agitator away.

  47. I EAT ASS on May 8, 2021 at 6:03 am

    The music is way too loud. I had a hard time understanding what the narrator was saying.

  48. tom s on May 8, 2021 at 6:03 am

    learn more from the comments…. while listening to the music…

  49. Charles Pratt on May 8, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Buy a Speed Queen model without an electronic control board. Old school, heavy duty like the ones you find at the coin op laundromat.

  50. Tyler Games on May 8, 2021 at 6:04 am

    90% of these comments are just people being stupid and don’t know how to use an HE washer period.