Best Budget Washing Machines

Top 10 Budget Washing Machines

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Looking for a washing machine on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have sacrifice quality or efficiency. Generally top loaders are less expensive than front loaders, but there are models in both styles that offer high efficiency and good performance for a reasonable price. Here’s an overview of ten of the best washers you can find for $700 or less. See the budget washing machine comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

LG WT1101CW  9.5/10

$629.99
White
4.3 cu. ft. capacity

With a tremendous 4.3 cubic foot capacity, the LG WT1101CW is perfect for houses with constant, heavy laundry needs. Its roomy stainless steel drum can fit bulky comforters, towels, and sleeping bags…read more


LG WT5101HW  9/10

Color: White
Energy Star
14 Cycle Count
5.2 cu. ft. capacity
45.38″ H x 28.38″ D x 27″ W

LG introduced another handsome top loader with 5.2 cu. ft. drum capacity, the greatest capacity I’ve come across. With that much space you’ll greatly cut down on the number of loads you have to do. A sanitizing … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
9 Cycle Count
4.0 cu. ft. capacity
43.75″ H x 26.75″ D x 27″ W

This budget model from Samsung just barely squeezes into the category, but it’s for good reason. This one offers all the convenience and extra features of a high end top load washer…read more


GE GTWN4250DWS  8.5/10

$494.99
White
3.9 cu. ft. capacity

The GE GTWN4250DWS is another basic, no-frills top load washer that delivers high performance and a variety of washing options. With sixteen wash cycles, including jeans, towels, sheets…read more


LG WT1701CW  8/10

Color: White
Energy Star
12 Cycle Count
5.0 cu. ft. capacity
40 5/32” H x 27” W x 28 3/8” D

If you have a large household with a never-ending stream of laundry, you’ll greatly appreciate the LG WT1701CW, which has a 5.0 cubic foot capacity tub. With that much space, you’ll find yourself cutting down… read more


Color: White

8 Cycle Count
3.4 cu. ft. capacity
43″ H x 26″ D x 27″ W

Maytag put out a high quality top loader at the excellent price of $499. That makes this a very affordable budget washing machine. Ranked highly by reviewers… read more


Color: White
Energy Star
12 Cycle Count
3.4 cu. ft. capacity
43″ H x 26″ D x 27″ W

This Whirlpool top loader offers a deep cleaning and can be found as low as $335 online. It’s Energy Star rated, so it uses less water and energy. Note also that it requires HE detergent to run properly. With 3.4 cu. ft. capacity … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
4.1 cu. ft. capacity
6 wash/rinse temperatures
42″ H x 25.5″ D x 27″ W

For $650, this top loader from GE cleans laundry very well and is highly water efficient. You can adjust the water level for each load so no water is wasted … read more


Color: White
Energy Star
10 Cycle Count
4.0 cu. ft. capacity
41.5″ H x 31.25″ D x 27″ W

This budget front loader offers a wide variety of cycle options for a less expensive price (roughly $650). It’s quite efficient, using at least 50% less water and 30% less energy than ordinary washers … read more


Haier HLP21 7/10

$245.99
White
1 cu. ft. capacity

Ideal for single people or couples with minimal laundry needs, this portable Haier HLP21N is large enough to hold up to six pounds of laundry. It has three water levels…read more



 

Budget Washing Machine Buying Guide

How to Select the Right Washer

There are at least five main factors you should consider when picking out your next washing machine: the washer’s durability, performance, efficiency, and affordability, and your washing needs. If you know what to look for in a washing machine, you can avoid some of the common mistakes buyers make and find a product that satisfies your laundry needs for years to come.

Durability

Nothing’s more frustrating than buying a machine that works fine for the first year or so, and then starts to fall apart conveniently after the warranty expires. Know before you buy a particular brand if there is a service company in your area that can fix your washer should it someday have problems. Read up on the model, including customer reviews, to be aware of any red flags. Sometimes it’s better to go with a trusted model that’s been on the market a few years than to risk purchasing a brand new, expensive washer with lots of fancy features that are prone to breaking.

Performance

How well does a washer actually clean laundry? Again, read reviews before making your final choice. Customer reviews are usually good about lavishing praise where it’s due and forthcoming about any flaws. Do you need a washer that can handle big, bulky loads, gentle on delicates and tough on highly soiled garments? Look for performance features that match your specific laundry needs.

Efficiency

Everyone is concerned about energy efficiency today. Not only are efficient washers better for the environment, they help you save on your electric bill. Compare the EnergyGuide stickers on different models to see which is most efficient: the lower the EnergyGuide rating, the more efficient the machine. Also look for Energy Star label, which indicates a washer meets or exceeds the government energy standards. Both top load and front load washers have highly efficient models that help conserve water and energy.

Affordability

How much you should pay for a washer depends on the level of quality you expect from the machine. The least expensive models, with only the most basic features, typically run from $250 to $350. Modestly priced machines that can handle the laundry needs of most families can cost up to $700. The priciest, most sophisticated models with advanced features and high efficiency usually exceed $1000. Decide how much you can budget for a washer and figure out which washing features you will actually need and use. Be aware that the cheapest models are generally the least efficient and roughest on your clothes, and avoid washers with only one water level, as these waste the most water.

Know what you need

Your laundry habits and family size determine what kind of washing machine you should buy. A person living alone who only does a few loads a week has very different washer requirements than a family with several messy children and pets. Don’t pay extra for frills and features you won’t use. Look instead for a reliable, high performing model that conserves water and energy at a reasonable price.

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