Laundry Washer

Washing machines come in two main types: top loaders (which can be standard or high-efficiency) and front loaders. We found the most current and credible reviews for both types at ConsumerReports.org. The website includes ratings for more than 60 front-loading washers and more than 50 top loaders, each of which is rated on such factors as cleaning power, efficiency, gentleness to clothes and noise level. ConsumerReports.org also allows owners to write reviews for the specific models they test. However, like their ratings, these owner-written reviews are available only to subscribers. Laundry Washer

ConsumerReports.org also has similar counterparts in other countries, such as Australia’s Choice and Britain’s Which? magazines. These publications conduct excellent testing of washing machines, but the products featured are not available in the U.S. We also found an evaluation of washing machines conducted by Good Housekeeping. Although editors say they tested 20 front loaders and top loaders, only seven are discussed. Asus TF201

Owner-written reviews are insightful for gauging long-term durability, something that isn’t measured in professional tests. We found the best user reviews for washers at retailer sites such as BestBuy.com, AJMadison.com, HomeDepot.com, and Lowes.com. Other sites including Viewpoints.com and Epinions.com, also offer feedback, but they generally provide fewer user reviews.

Several sites do not recommend specific models but still offer insight into the pros and cons of certain brands. For instance, the 2011 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates evaluates consumer satisfaction with different washing machine brands, based on a survey of more than 5,600 consumers who had recently purchased a new washer. Each brand is rated on such factors as features, performance, warranty and price. The government’s Energy Star program and the nonprofit Consortium for Energy Efficiency provide information about the energy and water efficiency of particular washers. Laundry Washer Reviews

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