In 2014, the Good Housekeeping Institute ranked the Maytag Bravos XL High Efficiency Washer as the best all around top-loading machine tested. The LG Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer also received high marks, and the affordable Amana High Efficiency Washer and GE DOE Washer also fared well.
The Maytag Bravos XL HE Washer is energy efficient with an estimated yearly energy consumption of 159 kWh. The manufacturer's warranty is exceptional and provides a 10-year limited parts warranty for the wash basket and drive motor. The Maytag machine gently and effectively cleans clothes on all wash cycles. The control panel offers cycle adjustments for stain treatment and temperature.
The LG Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Control Design and Waveforce Technology is easy to operate with the control panel positioned at the front of the machine. The lid folds and unfolds providing better access for shorter consumers.
The Amana High Efficiency Washer is considered an affordable option at $600, as of February 2015. The washer is energy efficient, consuming only 135 kWh of electricity per year. Although the machine lacks extra features, it cleans gently and effectively.
The GE DOE Washer is also considered affordable and starts around $750, as of February 2015. This machine offers cleaning performance comparable to more expensive washers, but clothes retain more water after washing than other machines. This traditional washer has a simple to use control panel with more settings than most standard models.