Shopping for the best washing machine can be a little confusing and intimidating. As washing machines are generally considered to be large investments, it can be difficult to rest easy knowing that you’ve made the right decision. In order to quell your fears about purchasing the wrong washing machine, it’s important to look into what people are saying regarding which modern machines are rated highest. The following washing machines were rated as being the best 2011 has to offer by consumers and industry professionals alike.
When it comes to front-loading washing machines, it’s difficult to find one that gets higher marks amongst consumers than the LG WM2301HW (Est. $825). Not only is the WM2301HW one of the most water-efficient machines on the market, it offers exceptional cleaning abilities and a capacity large enough for even the biggest loads. The LG WM2301HW is also one of the quieter machines available, providing little more than a small amount of background noise that most people agree usually goes unnoticed. Perhaps best of all, the machine’s spin cycle is very fast, which cuts down significantly on how long it takes to dry clothes after washing them. Some users complain that the machine has occasional issues with both excessive vibration and mold. Still, the LG WM2301HW is one of the best front-loading washing machines available, and is an excellent choice for those who can afford it.
One of the biggest complaints consumers have about front-loading washing machines is that they are often exorbitant in price. While there is certainly a fair amount of truth to this common concern, the Frigidaire Gallery GLTF2940FS (Est. $550) stands out as being a high-quality front-loading machine that is also relatively reasonable. Aside from its low price, the GLTF2940FS complies with Energy Star regulations, features a spin cycle that is very fast and generally does a great job washing clothes. This unit is not without a few problems, however, as it has a rather small capacity and occasionally leaks water when the door is opened. Also, some people have complained that the machine sometimes has problems with mold and overall functionality, although these problems are avoidable so long as the machine is properly maintained. For the price, however, it’s difficult to beat the Frigidaire Gallery GLTF2940FS.
While front-loading washers usually get the highest marks these days, many people still prefer top-loaders for one reason or another. As far as top-loading washers go, there is none better than the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ (Est. $900). The MVWB750WQ is extremely quiet, offers a fast cycle and is Energy Star-compliant. On top of all this, its capacity is very large, making it an ideal machine for large families. The only downside users complain of is that clothes often come out somewhat tangled once the wash is finished. While the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ is a rather expensive machine, it is truly one of the best on the market, and will make anyone who can fit into their budget happy with their decision.