According to the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the best front-loading washing machine is the Kenmore Elite 41073. The washing machine that is the gentlest on clothes is the Maytag Bravos XL HE.
The Kenmore washing machine received positive reviews for its quick and normal wash cycles that can also be customized to save the user time. The Maytag washing machine is both effective and gentle on clothing and was voted the best top-loading washing machine. The machine is gentle on fabrics and doesn't use more water than necessary. The LG Ultra Large Capacity Washer was cited as particularly easy to operate because of the buttons positioned at the front of the machine.
ConsumerSearch.com provides an updated list of the best washers. They recommend the best top loader, high capacity, front loader, and budget options.