Our Top Picks
Best Overall: LG 5.0 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Top-Loading Washer at Best Buy
“This machine checks all the boxes for a standard top-loading washer.”
Best Value: Samsung WA50M7450AW at Best Buy
“This washer has great features and capabilities for a mid-priced machine.”
Best for Large Loads: LG 5.2 cu. ft. Top Load Washer at Home Depot
“Has more space than most top-loading washing machine on the market.”
Best Budget: Amana NTW4516FW at Home Depot
“This appliance isn’t cheap in terms of features or performance.”
Best Water Savings: Whirlpool WTW5000DW at Home Depot
“Uses the optimal amount of water for each load.”
Best for Smart Homes: GE Smart Top Load Washer at Home Depot
“The GE Washer is one of the smartest machines at the best value.”
Best for Small Spaces: GE Portable Top-Load Washer at Lowe's
“Has eight wash cycles and four wash temperatures to handle tough stains.”
01 of 07
Best Overall: LG 5.0 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Top-Loading Washer
For a machine with all the bells and whistles, check out the LG 5.0 cubic foot top-loading washer in Graphite Steel.
This machine checks all the boxes for a standard top-loading washer, then adds a few more. The variety of cycles, wash speeds, and wash temperatures may not be necessary for everyone, but they’re handy to have and make washing clothes so much easier. Some of the machine’s wash motions include bedding, delicates, heavy duty, and speed wash (which will clean small loads in just 15 minutes). If you have a newborn in the house, or you're worried about the washer making too much noise, this model comes equipped with the LG TrueBalance anti-vibration system which significantly reduces noise and vibration.
This top-loading washing machine is also sleek-looking, with a graphite steel body and top door with window. Selecting from the machine’s many options is made easy with a large dial to select cycle, and a digital control pad to fine-tune water temperature, spin speed, and more. A machine packed with so many features will be an investment, but this highly-rated top-loading washing machine from LG will give you every option you thought you needed—and more.
02 of 07
Best Value: Samsung WA50M7450AW
Generously sized and with plenty of cycles, this 5.0 cubic foot model from Samsung a great value of features and capabilities in a mid-priced machine.
The Samsung WA50M7450AW has 11 wash cycles to choose from, with options for special cycles to meet the needs of activewear, bedding, or items requiring a deep wash. Additional selections are available to adjust the temperature, soil level, and spin speed for each cycle. While there are washing machines with even more cycles and options (such as steam, sanitizing or allergy cycles), this washer offers users all of the essential functions plus some great features to more precisely handle special laundry needs.
The only significant point to consider with this machine is the fact that the deep 5.0 cubic foot wash drum may make it a little more challenging to remove articles if you’re not especially tall. Many users mentioned using a stool or tongs to retrieve items from the very bottom of the washer. This one small added step seems like a minor consideration for the fact that this Samsung washer can handle even large loads of bedding or towels with ease. Buy the Samsung WA50M7450AW if you want the best overall value in a top loading washer.
03 of 07
Best for Large Loads: LG 5.2 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer
For a mega-sized top-loading washer, this 5.2 cubic foot model from LG Electronics is hard to beat. With more space than just about every other top-loading washing machine on the market, this is a great choice for families with large loads—or if you only like to do laundry once every few weeks.
As with other impeller-based machines, the key to success is in loading the machine properly. If you do, you’ll be able to wash baskets full of laundry in a single load, or clean that King-sized comforter without a trip to the laundromat.
The dual LED display lets you choose from 14 different cycles, including delicates, heavy duty, speed wash, sanitize, and permanent press. In a rush to get a load of laundry done? TurboWash will speed up your cycle by 20 minutes and still get your clothes clean.
A common concern with large machines is that they're noisy, but this model has an advanced anti-vibration system to reduce noise (both water noise and vibrations). If you're in the market for a large machine that can handle challenging loads, this is a highly rated machine that will save you time and energy.
04 of 07
Best Budget: Amana NTW4516FW
Your search for a quality top-loading washer on a budget stops with the Amana NTW4516FW. This washing machine may be basic, but it isn’t cheap in terms of features or performance.
The Amana 3.5 cubic foot washer has the familiar center agitator, but the two pieces move independently of each other to actively circulate clothes through the drum. The machine also provides you with eight different cycles to handle all your laundry needs. While some top loading washers offer 12 or more cycles, the Amana’s basic skill set is sufficient to handle many everyday laundry scenarios. It even includes a self-cleaning cycle that is not often found on budget washers.
Users are extremely satisfied with this washing machine’s performance, and often note its quiet operation. It may have a simple appearance with generic-looking knobs for cycle selection, but the washer cleans clothes well and can handle even large loads thanks to its deep-water cycle option. A final plus for this budget washer is the fact that it’s equipped with the ability to auto-detect the size of a laundry load and fill the tub with water accordingly. No more wasted water means more savings for you! For a budget top-loading washer that gives you all the basics and then some, choose the Amana NTW4516FW.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best for Water Savings: Whirlpool WTW5000DW
If you’re looking to maximize your savings on water with a top-loading washing machine, then this model featuring a low-profile impeller and 12 cycles will deliver what you’re looking for.
The Whirlpool WTW5000DW is a top-loading washer that users love for its ability to clean laundry loads of all sizes while using the optimal amount of water for each load. After detecting load size and filling with water, the impeller gently guides clothes towards the center of the wash basket where cleaning action is most effective. As a result, less water is needed and clothes are spared the wear and tear that agitators can cause. The key to achieving good results with an impeller-style washer is to follow the loading instructions from the manufacturer.
If you’re looking for an efficient top-loading washer with the ability to detect load size and a wide range of cycle options, but you also want a machine that will be gentle on clothes, then pick the Whirlpool WTW5000DW.
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06 of 07
Best for Smart Homes: GE Smart Top Load Washer with WiFi
For a connected laundry experience, the GE Smart Top Load Washer is one of the smartest machines at the best value.
This 4.5 cubic foot washer isn’t the biggest on the market, but still offers plenty of room for even larger loads of laundry. What really makes this washer stand out is its smart features. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of forgetting a freshly-washed load of clothes in the machine, you’ll appreciate that reminders and alerts offered by the GE Smart Top Load Washer. Using the GE Laundry app, the machine will let you know when your load is done washing, remind you when it hasn’t been removed from the machine, or allow you to set custom wash cycles. One additional smart feature is the ability to let you know when dispensers with optional add-ins like fabric softener are running low.
This machine is also EnergyStar-certified, making it an even better choice for smart homes that also want to be energy-efficient. Users find this machine to be attractive, with its glass lid that allows you to take a peek at the in-progress cycle. One thing to note, though, is that you’ll need to purchase an additional WiFi module if you want to take advantage of the machine’s high-tech capabilities.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best smart washers and dryers you can buy.
07 of 07
Best for Small Spaces: GE Space-Saving 2.8-cu ft Portable Top-Load Washer (White)
Whether you have a small laundry room, a tight closet, or other reason for searching out a compact top-loading washer, the GE Space-Saving Portable Washer is a great choice.
This 2.8 cubic foot washing machine is small but mighty. It has eight wash cycles and four wash temperatures so it can handle all kinds of stains and fabrics. Users consistently praise it for its ability to efficiently wash away dirt and grime, leaving clothes clean and ready to be dried. For a portable machine, the interior has a surprising amount of room, so you won't have to do multiple loads of laundry in one day.
While this machine is equipped with wheels, some users complain that these wheels provide very little clearance. The machine is not necessarily made for frequent rearranging and rolling, and the manufacturer recommends putting stoppers (which are included) on the front wheels to fix the unit in place during operation. If you’re installing the GE Space-Saving Washer in a closet or other location and don’t have a need to constantly move it around, the wheels shouldn’t prove to be a shortcoming. For a small washer that is big on getting clothes clean, look to this model.
Read more reviews of the best top and front-loading washing machines available for purchase online.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought a highly-rated top-load washer and our reviewers tested it for 30 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this washer, from its size to its special features. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Top-Load Washer
Drum size Perhaps the most important consideration when buying a top-load washing machine is the drum size, which can vary significantly from around 3 cubic feet up to 6 or more. For perspective, consider that a queen-size comforter can fit into a 3.5 cubic foot washer, and a king size comforter can fit into a 3.8 cubic foot washer. This will give you an idea of just how much laundry bigger washers can hold.
Wash options Once upon a time, washers had just a few settings—typically for colors, whites, and delicates. Today, however, modern washing machines come with a wide variety of wash cycles, including quick wash, bulky, sheets/towels, power wash, hand wash, permanent press, and sometimes even athletic wear settings. Consider which, if any, of these cycles might be useful to you when shopping.
Extra features Similarly, many of today’s washing machines have advanced features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in sinks, and more. However, these options will drive up the cost of the appliance, so make sure they’re something you’ll use before buying.
Test Results: LG 5.0 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Top-Loading Washer (Best Overall)
What We Like
Easy to use
Great value for the price
What We Don't Like
Difficult to empty for shorter people
Fingerprints show on shiny finish
This washer was a big hit with our tester because it was easy to use and effective: “It’s a great purchase for anyone looking for the perfect blend of style and function along with a slew of high-end features,” she said. “And everything comes out super clean!” Although she acknowledged that its price was a little higher than other similar models, “its energy efficiency offsets the cost and its nice design makes laundry more fun.” Its main downside, she said, was that if you’re on the shorter side, “this washer may be hard to empty without the use of a step stool or tongs.” She also noted that its ultra-shiny exterior was prone to showing fingerprints.