Kenmore, Electrolux, Whirlpool and Maytag are the brands that make the best washing machines, according to Good Housekeeping. The best-rated models are the Kenmore Elite 41073, Electrolux 4.3 cubic foot washer, Whirlpool Duet steam washer and Maytag Bravos XL HE.
The Kenmore Elite 41073 was the top front-load washing machine thanks to its Accela-Wash cycle. The Electrolux 4.3 cubic foot washer took top marks for being both fast and affordable. Whirlpool's Duet steam washer took the top spot for its user friendliness, and the Maytag Bravos XL HE was chosen for being effective, yet gentle. All of these washing machines have a retail price of $1,100 and over, as of 2015.