Front Load Washer Reviews and Comparisons

Welcome to the finest and most detailed front load washer reviews on the web. I created this website after having spent months researching a new washer to purchase for our family, and when I realized how complicated it can be to choose the right unit. You need to compare a lot of different features and figure out which are worth your money and which are just a marketing ploy. The comparison chart below will help you do a quick side-by-side comparison of all the important features in a front-loader. And when you want to learn more about a particular model, click the giant “Read Review” button located beneath the washer image.

General Specs
Capacity4.3 Cubic Feet4.1 Cubic Feet4.3 Cubic Feet3.6 Cubic Feet4.3 Cubic Feet4.5 Cubic Feet4.2 Cubic Feet3.6 Cubic Feet
Max. Speed1400 RPM1100 RPM1400 RPM1100 RPM1300 RPM1300 RPM1200 RPM1200 RPM
Wash Cycles1291274021119
Remote Controlicon-yes
Special Cycles
Express Washicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Extra Rinseicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Rinse Temperatures45155555
Fabric Softnericon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Extra Features
Special Stain Treatmenticon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Vibration Reductionicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Delayed Starticon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Noise Reductionicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Add a Garmenticon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Wash Now - Dry Latericon-yesicon-yes
Tub MaterialStainlessStainlessStainlessStainlessStainlessStainlessStainlessStainless
Color/FinishWhiteWhiteWhiteWhiteWhiteOnyxWhiteRed / White
Washer Weight250 lbs.232 lbs.250 lbs.212 lbs.236 lbs.231 lbs.247 lbs.181 lbs.
Yearly Cost (Electric)$14$18$14$19$20$10$25$10
Yearly Cost (Gas)$9.6$15$10$15$15$7$17$7
ENERGY STAR™icon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Anti-child Lockicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
CSA Safetyicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
UL Safetyicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yesicon-yes
Labor1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
Parts1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
Tub10 years1 year1 year1 year1 year3 years1 yearLifetime
Motor10 years1 year1 year1 year1 year10 years1 year10 years
Height38 in.39.8 in.38.5 in.39.8 in.40 in.39 in.38 in.38.6 in.
Width27 in.27 in.27 in.27 in.27 in.27 in.27 in.27 in.
Depth36 in.33.6 in.36.5 in.32 in.34 in.34 in.31.5 in.29.75 in.

How Were The Models For Our Front Load Washer Reviews Chosen?

I believe there are two main reasons why people choose a front load washer over any other type: one is that it allows you to save on electricity bills, and two that they have very comfortable automated dispensers. Additionally, front-loaders usually have a wider range of options than most top load washers – for example, did you know that Samsung’s 4.5 Washer can be fully controlled remotely through your smartphone or tablet?

When writing these front load washer reviews, I went the extra mile to make sure that each washer was Energy Star™ certified and CEE rated at tier III. Units which adhere to these front-load-washer-reviewsorganization’s rigorous standards are highly energy efficient and safe. Additionally, I made sure that all of my reviews were of washers that can handle even the toughest stains through Special Stain Treatment options; that they had vibration and noise reduction technology in place; that an extra rinse option was available as often as possible; and finally that design as well as customer service for that product were top-notch.

Perhaps the greatest thing about a quality front load washer is that it has excellent control over water flow. Contrary to top load washers, a front-loader will work with smaller quantities of water but instead move the laundry through that water faster and more frequently, as well as changing that water multiple times throughout a cycle. This approach is easier on the fabric of your and your family’s laundry, and is more reliable when it comes to delivering a clean end result with no wrinkles and a quick dry time.

What To Look For In a Front Load Washer?

Before purchasing a unit, you should first decide on what it is exactly that you need. Below I go through the most important information you should look for, all of which can be found by examining the comparison chart above, as well as by going through the individual front load washer reviews on this website.

What tub/drum capacity do you need?

The capacity of your front-loader is more important than you think. If you’re in the habit of only washing small loads of laundry every now and then, a 3.6 cubic feet capacity will likely be more than enough for you. On the other hand, if the unit is to be used for cleaning the laundry of an entire family of 4+ people, then you’ll definitely want to check out the reviews of washers with a 4+ cu. ft. capacity, and even consider going for a 4.3 cu. ft. model if you want complete peace of mind.

How Well Does It Clean?

This one is pretty obvious and self-explanatory. The primary role of your front load washer will be to clean your laundry, so if this part isn’t handled appropriately then no amount of extra features and no slick design will make up for things. That’s where our front load washer reviews come in.

I’d like to think that I’ve done all the research for you on this one. None of the front-loaders you’ll see here deliver anything less than perfect results. The drums in these washers were specifically designed to avoid any pinching or damage to your laundry. The drum will also always be loaded with the right amount of water for the particular load you place inside it. Also, the whole process of dispensing detergents is automated – the unit knows exactly how much of it and when to dispense, and will do so differently depending on the type of materials being washed.

Put simply, all of these units will clean your laundry perfectly, delivering solid and predictable results regardless of the type of fabric you are washing. Your clothes will always come out fresh, in-tact, and nicely-smelling, too!

How Important Are Energy Savings To You?

Most front load washers nowadays are designed with the goal of making them energy-efficient. That’s where Energy Star™ certification and CEE ratings come into place. Typically, you can expect the average yearly electricity cost of using a front load washer to be around $10-$25 if using an electric water heater, and between $7 and $20 per year if using a natural gas water heater. The difference may not seem big, but it can definitely add up over the years, particularly if you’re on a tight budget. If energy savings are a concern to you, then I highly recommend checking out the Samsung 4.5 cu. ft. Washer Review - this is by far my favorite of all washers, and the energy savings with this unit are phenomenal.

How Important is a Wide Selection of Washing Cycles To You?

All of the front load washer reviews you’ll find here discuss appliances which offer all of the basic cycles, such as white, delicate, express cycle, sanitization cycle (excellent for people suffering from allergies), and other cycles. There are a few units, however, which offer way more options than others – for instance, do you need to wash bulky items such as drapes, pet bedding, or blankets? If so, then you should look for a washer which offers such options. Do you want the ability to add a garment to the washer mid-cycle? Such options are also available on some units, and they are specifically mentioned in each of our front load washer reviews.

Warranty & Support

How important is warranty duration to you? It’s obviously important to all of us, but are you willing to pay a $100 or so extra dollars to get a unit with a really long warranty? Most front load washers come with a 1-year warranty on the appliance parts and labor, though some go far beyond that – for instance, the Maytag Maxima 4.3 comes with a 1-year warranty on labor and washer parts, but also includes a whopping 10-year warranty on both the tub and the motor.

The good news is that all of the washers I’ve reviewed here are top-notch in terms of quality, and it’s very unlikely that anything should every malfunction assuming proper use and adherence to the Proper Use Manual that comes with each washer. Still, this is a decision that you need to make yourself.

As for support; I’ve already mentioned that all of the front-loaders you can read about here are made by companies that offer great customer service. Telephone and e-mail support, as well as online scheduling of a servicing appointment are the norm.

Washer Safety

Every unit I’ve reviewed over here is safer than you’ll ever need it to be – most of them adhere to at least two safety standards and have appropriate certifications; CSA Safety and UL Safety are two example certifications that come to mind. The main issue in your choice-making process should be whether you need Child Protection on your appliance or not. Child Protection is simply a mechanism that lets you lock the control panel so that your child cannot change the settings or activate/deactivate a washing cycle by accident. Whether you need this feature or not is up to you – simply look at the comparison chart above to find washers which include this feature.

How Big Does The Washer Need To Be?

Most front-loaders have pretty similar sizes, however an inch in this or that direction can sometimes make a big difference, particularly if you have very limited room in which to install your new washer. When in doubt, simply take measurements of your available space and then check the “Dimensions” section in the comparison chart above to locate washers which will be appropriate for you.

Another thing to consider is that the higher the washer, the easier it is to load it with your laundry. This can be particularly helpful if the unit is going to be use by an elderly person, for whom bending down can be difficult in some cases. Again, an extra inch in height can make it quite noticeably easier to load the drum. Plus, you can always get a pedestal for the washer to raise it up even further – all of the units mentioned in our front load washer reviews can be equipped with such a pedestal, which should be bought separately.

The Design Of Your Washer

This one is completely up to you. The washers I talk about here come in a few various colors and with different designs. You shouldn’t let the appearance of a washer be the determining factor when making a purchase, however it’s definitely something to consider as the appliance will become an integral part of your house and therefore should do your interior design justice.

Front Load Washers vs. Top-Load Washers

Here’s a quick video comparing the two:


Front Load Washer Reviews – Summary

I’d like to finish off by saying that a lot of work went into the writing of these reviews. I’ve personally tested every single one of them, be it at my own house, at a friend’s house, or simply at the store when no other option was available. Whenever I wasn’t sure of something I would e-mail the manufacturer to have them clear out any doubts I might have had.

Our front load washer reviews will also be changed from time to time. Whenever new technology is introduced or a certain defect in a specific model is revealed, I will always update the chart above to make it as informative as possible, so that you can be as satisfied as possible whichever of my recommended models you decide to go for. And yes – that’s a promise.

One Response

  1. virginia
    virginia May 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm | | Reply

    Have had a Kenmore apt size for 16 years, had boutght extended warranty and has been great. Cleans well service through Sears has been great not complaints. Have a family of 6 and wash many barn clothes and comforters, so it has to work hard. Bearing went only once in this time and timer once, so good i think.

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