The LG WM8000HVA and LG WM8000HWA topped ConsumerSearch.com's rankings based on surveys of expert testing and consumer reviews in 2014. The models are twins other than for exterior finish: stainless steel for the LGWM8000HVA and white for the LG WM8000HWA.
The LG WM8000HVA and LG WM8000HWA have a 5.2 cubic foot capacity. While these models are slower than average to run a load, they make up for it with energy efficiency and exceptional water retention. The latter factor is important because it means drier clothes coming out of the washer, leading to shorter times in the dryer. Reviewers also found that these washers did a very good job of cleaning clothes while remaining gentle on fabric. Both washers earned the Energy Star Most Efficient designation for 2014.
The LG WM800HVA and LG WM8000HWA offer two other attractive features: a steaming function to loosen dirt and reduce wrinkles and SmartDiagnosis remote troubleshooting via telephone or a mobile phone application. Both models have a one-year overall warranty and a 10-year warranty for the motor.
For families needing a higher-capacity washer, ConsumerSearch.com's recommendation is the Samsung WF56H9100AG, which boasts 5.6 cubit feet of laundry capacity and excellent professional reviews for its performance. Its main drawback is that it needs more space than most other models.