Front-Load Washer Review

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Front-loading washers are becoming increasingly popular compared with the traditional top-loading washers that consumers have used for decades. Beyond the novelty of fresh design options, front-loading washers are energy efficient, and they offer attractive features and advantages over traditional top-loaders, such as additional specialty cycles and options like steaming, stain treating and allergen cycles.

Every model in our complete lineup of front-loading washers is Energy Star-rated, and nearly all of them include energy-saving options that make them extra green, which translates into lower operation costs and energy consumption. Most front-loading models also have an optional pedestal drawer to raise the door to a more convenient height for loading and unloading. The pedestal drawer also provides some extra laundry room storage.

We’ve determined the best front-loading washers to be the Electrolux Wave-Touch, Electrolux IQ Touch Perfect Steam and the Samsung King-size Capacity. We’ve also written some articles about front-loading washers to help you make the best decision possible.

Front-Loading Washer: What to Look For

As with any major purchase, there is a lot to consider before deciding which front-loading washer is right for you. Consider functions, features, warranty coverage, appearance, and manufacturer help and support.

Functionality
The best front-loading washers have many wash cycle, temperature and other options to choose from for each load. You’ll also enjoy a handful of different wash and rinse temperatures, and soil levels, like sanitary mode for deep cleaning and steam cleaning for delicate clothing items that traditionally need dry cleaning. Furthermore, front-loading washers are far less expensive to run than traditional top-loading washers are. The energy savings you get from front-loading washers are significant, making their yearly operating costs substantially less than a top loader. The tub capacity of each washer ranges, and over time, you may need to do more washes if you opt for a smaller tub. With a larger tub capacity, check for a small-wash feature to use with loads that don’t fill the tub.

Features
Consider which features are useful for you and which might just add to a washer’s cost. Vibration control is probably a no-brainer, and nearly every front-loading machine has it. The same goes for child-safety locks. If your washes include a very varied selection of clothes and soil levels, look for specialty cycles and stain-treating options. An allergen-cycle option targets dust and pet dander. Front-loading washers come with optional machine-cleaning cycles that help to maintain the washer from mildew build-up, which extends the life of the appliance. You should look for washers with steam wash cycles if you have a large amount of delicate clothes you want to wash, and washers that include a freshwater rinse are good if you are allergic or sensitive to laundry soaps.

Appearance
In general, most front-loading washers have around the same dimensions, but the best front-load washers have a stainless steel drum, offer a variety of color choices and include an optional pedestal drawer that you can purchase to go with the appliance.

Help & Support
The warranty of a front-loading washer varies slightly with each manufacturer. In general, a lengthy warranty for the motor and tub of the appliance is the most important coverage. Most front-loading washers come with a standard one-year warranty for the parts and labor on the appliance, and some include lengthier coverage for the motor and tub – up to 10 years on the motor and lifetime coverage for the tub.

The ability to get help and support for your front-load washing machine when you need it is important. Look for a washer from a manufacturer that offers at least a couple of different contact methods, such as phone and email. Additionally, the ability to view the user manual, product-specific FAQs and tutorials online are a plus.

Front-loading washers, with improved functionality and attractive features, make the traditional top-load washers many people have known for a long time look downright dowdy. These energy-efficient appliances use less water and consume less energy than their top-loading counterparts. And more wash cycle options really do make laundry easier. Check out our front-load washer reviews to see which one suits you.

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Functionality
Washing Performance Score 95% 95% 95% 90% 90% 85% 90% 90% 85% 85%
Capacity (cu ft) 4.42 4.3 4.5 5.2 4.3 4.2 4.8 5.2 4.5 4.0
Number of Cycles 20 17 21 14 14 11 13 14 12 13
Number of Options 12 6 13 12 12 9 9 8 6 7
Number of Soil Levels 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Number of Wash/Rinse Temperatures 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Estimated Yearly Operating Cost $13 $12 $10 $14 $12 $15 $17 $14 $16 $10
Estimated Yearly Energy Usage (kWh) 118 102 90 135 115 138 162 135 153 93
Features
Features Quality Score 100% 95% 85% 90% 90% 95% 90% 85% 90% 80%
Energy Star Qualified
Vibration Control
Child Lock
Sanitize
Time Delay Start
Notifications
Spin Speed Selection
Energy Saver Options
Steam Option
Prewash Option
NSF Certified
Stain Treat Option
  
Freshwater Rinse Option
   
    
Normal Cycle
Heavy Duty Cycle
Quick Cycle
Delicate Cycle
Spin Only Cycle
Specialty Cycles
Clean Washer Cycle
 
Whites Cycle
 
 
Small Load Cycle
 
  
Allergen Cycle
 
 
 
 
Colors Cycle
   
    
Hand Wash Cycle
 
 
Appearance
Height (in.) 38 38 39 40-4/5 38-11/16 38 47 40-4/5 39-2/5 38-6/8
Width (in.) 27 27 27 29 27 27 28 29 28 27
Depth (in.) 31-1/2 31-1/2 34 32-3/10 29-3/4 31-1/2 34-2/5 33-7/8 34-2/5 32-2/8
Stainless Steel Washtub
Optional Pedestal Drawer
 
Color Variety Available
 
 
 
Help & Support
Quality Score 80% 80% 95% 100% 100% 80% 75% 75% 75% 85%
Parts & Labor Warranty 3 yrs. on Parts/1 yr. on Labor 3 yrs. on Parts, 1 yr. on Labor 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 3 yrs. on Parts/1 yr. on Labor 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Motor Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 10 Years 10 Years 10 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 10 Years
Washtub Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 3 Years Lifetime Lifetime 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 3 Years
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User Manual
 
 
 
FAQ's
 
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