When shopping for a new washing machine (or, perhaps, your first washing machine), it helps to be familiar with popular washing machine manufacturers, as well as consumer trends. In general, recent purchasers of washing machines prefer top-loading machines, but front-loading machines have been gaining in popularity as they garner positive reviews. Before purchasing, consider the following popular washing machine manufacturers and their reputations.
LG is a South Korean company that offers a wide range of front- and top-loading machines that have been earning recognition for energy efficiency and performance.
Frigidaire is a company that was formed in 1918 in Indiana as a producer of refrigerators. Later, they expanded to produce washing machines, and have been a popular manufacturer ever since.
Samsung is another South Korean electronics company. They are primarily known in the United States for top-notch (yet affordable) home electronics, though they do have a division that produces washing machines.
Maytag is another washing machine company with its roots in the Midwest. Maytag was founded in 1893 in Iowa as the Maytag Washing Machine Company. They were acquired in 2006 by Whirlpool.
General Electric (GE)
General Electric is an enormous conglomerate founded in 1892 that sells washing machines through its appliance division. They began selling automatic, top-loading washing machines in 1947.
Kenmore is a line of appliances offered by the Sears department store that are manufactured by different companies, including Whirlpool, LG, and GE.
Amana was founded in 1934 in Iowa, but is now owned by Whirlpool.
Consumers tend to buy a washing machine that offers a combination of durability, performance, capacity/size ratio (especially important in small living areas), price, and high efficiency. All of these manufacturers offer a range of machines fitting various profiles, and websites such as Consumer Reports can guide you to the best-rated washing machines in each category.