If you are in the market for a new front loading washing machine, then you probably want to know which machines are the best 2011 has to offer. Previously more popular in Europe, front loading washing machines have become more and more common in American homes. These machines are known to be more energy efficient than top loading washing machines and many come in small, convenient sizes that can be snugly fit into tight spaces. Today's front loading washing machines also have larger capacities and are able to run quietly.
Available for about $825, the LG WM2301HW gets top marks from reviewers at Consumer Reports, AJMadison, Best Buy, and J.D. Power and Associates. This machine was rated best of all washing machines, top or front loading. The LG is water and energy efficient. It has a very large capacity and runs quietly with little vibration. This machine received high marks for its cleaning capacity and was gently on clothing. It has a very fast spin cycle, which reduces the time clothes need to spend in the dryer after being washed. The machine is stackable with the matching dryer, comes in white, and plays music when the cycle is up rather than an alarm. Customers warn that you need to leave the door to the machine open after you use it to avoid musty smells.
For about $550, you can pick up the Frigidaire Gallery GLTF2940FS. This machine received high marks from reviewers at Consumer Reports and customers at Sears. The Frigidaire is Energy Star compliant, reliable, and known to perform well when washing clothing. Customers complained that this machine had a small capacity, water leakage, and a tendency to mold though. This machine has 14 wash cycles and a very fast maximum spin cycle that gets clothes dryer faster.