If you’re in the market for a washing machine—you’ve finally gotten tired of schlepping down to the nearest laundromat, or your family ran its current machine into the ground—you’ve got a big decision to make.
The decision likely won’t be as exciting as buying a smartphone or a fancy new car, but considering that the average American family uses a washing machine for 10 years and does eight loads of laundry a week, it’s still a major purchase that will impact you and your family for years to come.
So to help you find the best washing machines, we combined five important factors into one overall score out of 100—the Smart Rating.
How we created the Smart Rating
The first factor within the Smart Rating is warranty. You’ve already shelled out plenty to buy your machine, so you’ll want to know that if your machine breaks, it’s covered with a reliable warranty.
Next, we looked at standard efficiency ratings from Energy Star for water and energy consumption. The less water and energy that your washing machine guzzles, the better for your wallet and for the environment.
Then, we logged performance and features, asking questions like, what is the number of preset wash cycles? How many temperature settings and spin speeds are there? And what is the max spin speed?
But we didn’t stop there. We also collected expert ratings from JD Power on everything from performance, to overall customer satisfaction, reliability, and ease of use.
And lastly, we factored in cost of ownership, measured by the the price of your machine per laundry load capacity (in cubic feet) of the washer.
We hope that you will find the following list based on our Smart Rating a helpful guide! But remember, it’s also important to toggle with your price range and filter for the features that are the most important to you on our full washing machines topic before you buy.