CNET: Washing machines to revolutionize your laundry routine


It’s a whole new era of laundry appliances out there. We’ve seen units with built-in sinks and faucets and even models that can be loaded from the top or the front. These four washers are the top-rated models that we’ve reviewed.

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Electrolux EFLW417SIW

Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/electrolux-eflw417siw-washing-machine/review/#ftag=CAD187281f

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding)

The good: Electrolux’s front-load EFLW417SIW washer scored high on stain removal and its display is well-designed.

The bad: It wasn’t gentle on clothes and has fewer cycles than its competition.

The cost: $699.88

The bottom line: The Electrolux EFLW417SIW is an excellent, top-performing washing machine that’s easy to recommend.

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Kenmore Elite 31633

Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/kenmore-elite-31633-washing-machine/review/#ftag=CAD187281f

CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Kenmore’s Elite 31633 washing machine has the best stain removal score of any top-loader we’ve tested so far. It also looks high-end and can hold twice as many clothes as your standard washer.

The bad: The touch-screen-integrated control panel is very sensitive and it doesn’t have an extra hot water temperature setting.

The cost: $1,019.99 to $1,099.99

The bottom line: The Kenmore Elite 31633 is the best top-load washer we’ve encountered to date.

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Kenmore Elite 41072

Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/kenmore-elite-41072-washing-machine/review/#ftag=CAD187281f

CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Kenmore Elite 41072 washing machine has a 5.2-cubic-foot capacity, solid performance, and 14 different cleaning cycles.

The bad: Its list price of $1,650 is a lot to spend on a single laundry appliance. Fortunately, you can currently find it on sale for under $900 at Sears or on Amazon.

The cost: $859.99 to $1650

The bottom line: Kenmore’s 41072 performs well and can hold a lot more laundry than your standard front-load washer, making it a huge asset for larger families.

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Samsung WV9900 FlexWash

Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-wv9900-flexwash-washing-machine/review/#ftag=CAD187281f

CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Samsung’s WV9900 FlexWash front- and top-load washing machine is gorgeous, versatile and easy to use.

The bad: It’s really expensive.

The cost: $1,705.10 to 1,789.72

The bottom line: If you think you’d make regular use of the dual washers, the FlexWash is a solid bet.

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The following CNET staff contributed to this story: Senior Associate Editor Megan Wollerton and Senior Editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit www.cnet.com



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