As of March 2015, prices of top-loading washing machines at Lowes are $330 to over $1,400. The costs of front-loading washers ranged from about $650 to over $1,400. Prices varied by size, features and brand.
At Lowes, the least expensive top loaders have capacities of 2.3 cubic feet or less. Haier washers tend to cost less than Whirlpool, Frigidaire, GE, Samsung and Maytag machines. Many of the moderately priced to expensive washers are designated as Energy Star appliances. The most expensive top-load models have features such as steam cycles and automatic detergent dispensers.
With front loaders, smaller machines tend to be less costly. The Energy Star feature is consistent across all price points. Features of top-of-the line models include steam cycles, built-in pedestals and technology that adapts to the needs of various loads.