Five highly rated front-loading washer units recommended by Consumer Reports in 2015 include the Kenmore Elite 41073, LG WM8500HVA, Maytag Maxima MHW8100DC, Samsung WF56H9100AG and Whirlpool Duet WFL98HEBU. The Kenmore Elite 41472 was also recommended as a front-loading washer for a budget buyer.
The Kenmore Elite 41073 front-loader washer is one of the top-rated washers, with 14 different cycle options. The washer has an accelerated wash function and a capacity of 26 pounds of laundry per load. In addition, this model connects to smartphones so that a repair technician can troubleshoot issues without a house call. The LG WM8500HVA front-loader is about 2 inches wider than other washers in this class, but also has a large load capacity of 26 pounds of laundry. Like the Kenmore, this model has a turbo wash setting and is smartphone compatible. The Maytag Maxima MHW8100DC front-loading washer is made in the United States and is highly rated for its quiet operation and 11 wash settings.
The Samsung WF56H9100AG front-loading washer has an impressive 28-pound capacity per load and also comes with an optional SuperSpeed wash setting. The Whirlpool Duet WFL98HEBU front-loader has 13 wash cycles and a quick wash time. The model is also WiFi-enabled so that the laundry progress can be monitored or the machine stopped or started remotely.