Washing Machines: Which Brands are Best

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We recently read an article by Yale Appliance comparing the new GE Frontload washer with the Electrolux Front Load Washer. They mention quite a few appealing features of both brands. The thing that stuck out most to us, though, was later in the article they have a comparison chart about the reliability of various appliance brands for frontload washers for both 2019 and 2020 based on their experience of both selling and servicing specific brands. They calculated the service ratio for each brand based on the number of washing machines purchased of each brand divided by the number of serviced machines of the same brand. According to their research, Whirpool won the lowest service ratio for 2019. GE took the win for 2020 so far. However, Yale acknowledges that data is insufficient as the product is brand new.

In our own experience, we have seen the best success with Samsung washing machines. However, we decided to do some more digging and see what other studies have shown. Here’s what we found…

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping drew the same conclusion as Yale Appliance with the GE Appliances UltraFresh Front Load Washer with OdorBlock rated as the best overall washer. They reported, “In our tests, the drum and door seal were bone dry after a full vent cycle. We found the wash cycles speedy and very effective, impressively cleaning our cotton and polyester test stain swatches in warm and cold water.  Even the quick wash removed a set-in stain in just 20 minutes.” However, they also tested the Kenmore Elite Top-Load Washer with Steam and Acela Wash and rated that as the Best Value Washing Machine.


Best Products had a different winner, with the LG WM3900HWA 4.5-Cubic-Foot Front-Loading Machine taking the “Best Overall” vote. In their testing, they found that not only is this LG washer both quick and great at removing stains, but it is also currently ranked as number one by the American Customer Satisfaction Index ratings for both product and service quality. Additional pluses they mentioned was it being easy to operate, allergy-friendly, and energy-efficient

Best Products’ “Best Budget Buy” award went to the Samsung WF42H5000AW 4.2-Cubic-Foot Front-Load washing machine. An obvious plus they mention for this one is its affordability. However, they also note that, like their LG winner, this Samsung washer is also energy-efficient and easy to use. It is also stackable for those with limited space options. 


For all of the same reasons mentioned by Best Products, Wirecutter also went with the LG WM3900 as their overall winner in their washer product testing. Wirecutter also makes note of this washer being more gentle than most. 

Their runner-up was the Electrolux EFLS627U, primarily for its stain-fighting abilities. This washer is also one of the few that allows you to reverse the direction of the door. This allows for more options in where you place it.   

When it comes down to it, there are a number of fantastic washers available out there today. Most of them are equipped with modern technology and are both highly functional and reliable. Ultimately, by familiarizing yourself with what we’ve covered here, you should have a better idea of what option(s) will be best for you and your life circumstances. No matter which washer you choose, though, Sarah’s Appliance Repair is here to help keep up the maintenance, and, when necessary, take care of any repairs you might need. Just give us a call at 505-835-1927 or head over to our scheduling page to set up an appointment!

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