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Best top-load washers to consider

Hailey Avatar By: Hailey | Last updated June 12, 2019

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Top-load washers enjoyed their many years of glory until the 2000s, which brought the front-load washing machines back into attention. Nowadays, more people prefer to go with front-load models, generally because they are larger and they can fit more laundry in them, because they are usually gentler on the clothes and because they are more energy-efficient.

However, top-load washers still have their advantages, one of them being the fact that they are usually cheaper than front-load machines and they fit better in tight spaces. It is also easier to load and unload your laundry in them, because you don’t have to keep on bending every time you do a wash.

What are the best choices in terms of top-load washers for 2019?

Kenmore Elite 31633. This Kenmore Elite top-load washer is a real monster with a capacity of 6.2 cubic feet, which is outstanding not only for top-load washing machines, but for washers in general.

It has 10 was cycles and it is one of the best stain removal washers you can find. It is a luxurious washing machine with a matching price tag and a high-end design with touch controls. Its maximum speed spin is 950 RPM and it has 5 spin speed levels. There are settings for temperature and the soil level as well. The washer is Energy Star Certified.   

The approximate price of the Kenmore Elite is $1200.

Whirlpool WTW5000DW. Whirlpool continues to remain one of the favorite washer brands and the WTW5000DW seems to be their best-selling model of top-load washing machines.

This washer has a capacity of 4.3 cubic feet, which means it is impressively large for a top-load. However, at only 135 pounds, it’s not that heavy. This Whirlpool model is not a high-end washer with smart features, WiFi and other gimmicks. It is more of an old school model, with big simple dials instead of touch controls and a really minimalist control panel. If simplicity is what you are looking for in a washer, than this is the way to go.

The WTW5000DW might be a simple washer, but does a great job cleaning your laundry thoroughly. For really messy laundry, the Heavy Duty is the best cycle to use, even though it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete. There is also a Quick Wash feature that takes only 40 minutes.

This Whirlpool model has 12 wash cycles and a 660 RPM max. Spin speed.

You can buy the Whirlpool WTW5000DW for approximately $750.

GE GTW485ASJWS. This GE top-load washer is one of the best options on a budget. The washer has a capacity of 4.2 cu. ft. , 13 wash cycles and dial controls. Just like the Whirlpool mentioned above, this is also a more traditional washer, with dial controls, the traditional agitator and an overall simplistic design. However, it will get the job done and it is a budget-friendly washer.

You can purchase this GE washer for approximately $650.

Samsung 4.5 cu. Ft. 9-cycle. This Samsung washer is another popular top-load to consider. It is also very large, with a capacity of 4.5 cu. ft. and it is very affordable.

It is a high-efficiency washer and the good news is that it doesn’t have an agitator, which is why most top-loaders are rougher on the laundry than front-load washers. It also has a VRT Plus technology which reduces vibration with 40%.

This Samsung washer has a maximum spin speed of 800 RPM and 9 wash cycles, 4 spin speeds, 3 soil levels and 5 temperature settings. There is also a matching dryer available for it. The washer is energy efficient (Energy Star Certified).

You can get this Samsung washer for only $530.