Washing machines have gotten very fancy (and very pricey) in the last few years, and shopping for your perfect match can be overwhelming. Enter the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab experts, who have decades of testing under their belts and know the best models to consider in 2020.
When we test washing machines, we evaluate them on the regular, heavy duty and delicate cycles for how well they clean and remove stains, how much energy and water they consume, and how gentle they are on fabric. We also test specialty cycles like bulky bedding and quick or speed wash to see if they perform up to our expectations. If there’s a sanitizing cycle, we confirm the machine reaches a high enough temperature for the required amount of time to adequately kill germs on fabrics. We also test each model’s control panel for intuitiveness, how responsive it is and how easy it is to use. We even check how easy it is to open and close the door, and how easy it is to load and unload big and small laundry bundles into the machine.
Here are our top picks for the best washing machines of 2020:
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