Washing machines are a modern convenience most homeowners wouldn’t want to live without. Choosing a new washer can be a difficult decision. In recent years, manufacturers have started producing machines with more features, looks and styles than ever before. Besides considering price and other factors, consumers should consider size while making a decision. High capacity washers are available from most manufacturers and offer additional space, meaning fewer loads are required.
Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ
Maytag’s Bravos is a super high-capacity washer with excellent reviews on performance and reliability. It features 5 cubic feet of space and is one of the best-rated top loading machines by Consumer Reports. It offers 13 wash cycles, four temperature options and a variety of colors. The washer is one of the best-rated top loading machines in energy and water efficiency and comes with an Energy Star certification, sound and vibration reduction technology and “Sensi-Care” wash system, which aids in reduced water and energy consumption. Maytag Bravos is available online or from home improvement outlets nationwide.
Among the best-rated washing machines, according to consumersearch.com, is the Samsung WF448AAW. It is a front-loading model with steam washing, vibration-reduction equipment and sound dampening technology. The washer offers 4.5 cubic feet of space, making it one of the largest residential machines on the market. It is among the company’s most energy and water efficient and has received an Energy Star certification. Unlike other front-loading machines, the Samsung includes the company’s SilverCare technology, which is designed to eliminate bacteria and mold odors. One of the major drawbacks of the Samsung steam washer is its cost. Like other models with steam cleaning, the Samsung averages between $1,200 and $1,400. It is available from most nationwide retailers and home improvement stores and can also be found online.
Voted the best overall washing machine by consumersearch.com, the LG WM2301HW is a front- loading model that is highly energy and water efficient, providing more of both than required for Energy Star certification. The model features 4.2 cubic feet of space, making it LG’s largest, and it features a high spin cycle which eliminates some water before going to the dryer. The major complaint associated with the LG model is the smell of mold being present. According to Consumer Reports, this is a problem commonly associated with front-loading washers. This problem can be remedied by leaving the washer door open between uses and wiping the gasket after each use. It is reportedly quiet while operating and cleans clothes efficiently. Consumers can find LG washers at most home improvement stores, retail outlets and online.
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