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The 7 Largest Top Load Washing Machine Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 8:30 AM
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If you have a household of four or more people - or a family with young children - as you shop for a new washer you may be interested in finding the largest top load washing machine possible! We've put together reviews of the seven best and largest top load washing machines for 2020 complete with prices, features, and links to customer reviews so you can choose the best option for your needs.

These top load washers usually have an impeller rather than an agitator to boost tub capacity, and are considered high efficiency machines that use less water to wash your clothes. If you're looking for more info on choosing a new washer, check out our washing machine buying guide!

Prices range from $999 to $1,299, although keep in mind that holiday sales and rebates can shave 20% or more off of the list price. Maytag is definitely a leader in this category, but Samsung, Whirlpool, and LG offer some stiff competition! The models are listed in no particular order but are numbered for your convenience. Let's dig in!

 

Table of Contents

  1. Maytag MVWB965HW*
  2. Samsung WA50R5400AV
  3. Maytag MVW7232HW
  4. Maytag MVW7230HW*
  5. Whirlpool WTW8500DW
  6. LG WT7800CW
  7. Samsung WA52M7750AW

Models marked with a * are agitator washers rather than high efficiency impeller washers.

 

3 Factors to Consider with XL Top Load Washers

  • Tub Depth. Some of these monstrous top loaders can have very deep tubs that shorter members of your household may not be able to reach! 

  • External Dimensions. If your old washer was an average size model, it likely has smaller external dimensions than many of these huge options. If your washer and dryer are enclosed in a closet, consider the depth of the new model you're considering (plus room for water hookups) and the width as well. You should also measure any doorways or halls the appliance will have to pass through - in particular, older homes can have narrower doorways. 

  • A Matching XL Dryer. A dryer that's made to match with an average-size washer may not be able to handle loads from a bigger machine. Overloading your dryer can make parts wear out faster and shorten its lifespan, so to get the full use out of your big top load washer, make sure to grab a dryer that is at least 1.5 times the capacity of the washer (but preferable twice the capacity).

 

Learn more about buying a new top load washer in our quick video!

 

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1. Maytag MVWB965HW - 6.0 cu. ft. - $1,299

First up on our list of the largest top load washing machine models is the Maytag MVWB965HW. Unlike many of the largest washers on our list, this model has an agitator! This agitator washer uses PowerSpray technology that recirculates water and detergent from bottom to top for a stain-fighting boost. It's all part of the PowerWash System: an internal water heater and optimal dispensers for detergent, fabric softener, and oxygenated additives top off this cleaning system.

Options include Deep Fill, ideal for heavily soiled loads, and a steam cycle option for yet another stain-fighting boost. This is Maytag's largest agitator top load washing machine on our list! It's also one of the largest top loaders, period. The dial control knob plus cycle status indicator lights make this washer easy to use. You can even watch how it washes through the tinted glass lid!

Maytag offers a 10-year limited parts warranty on the direct drive motor and durable stainless steel wash basket. If you want to do a week's worth of laundry in one load rather than two or three, this is the washing machine for you! At the time of this writing, this is the largest top load agitator washing machine on the market today!

 

Features:

  • 10 Cycles: Bedding, Clean Washer with Affresh, Whites, Delicates, Rinse & Spin, Normal, Powerwash®, Rapid Wash, Sanitize with Oxi, Wrinkle Control

  • 4 Options: Deep Clean with Steam, Deep Fill, Extra Rinse, Oxi

  • Best Cleaning in the Industry Driven by the PowerWash System

  • "Fully loaded" agitator washer with steam cycles and more!

  • Energy Star rated

 

Dimensions: 

  • Width: 29.5"

  • Depth: 30"

  • Height: 43.4"

 

Click here to read over 35 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Maytag MVWB965HW - $1,299

 Largest Top Load Washing Machine_Maytag MVWB955FW

 

 

2. Samsung WA50R5400AV - 5.0 cu. ft. - $999

Samsung is always offering innovations in appliances, and the Samsung WA50R5400AV is a great example of this. It's available in white at $899 or fingerprint resistant black stainless steel at $999. Wifi connectivity with the Samsung smart washer app also allows you to control and monitor your washer from your smartphone. Never forget about a clean load of laundry again!

With the ActiveWash built-in sink, you can soak and scrub items that need extra care before dropping them into the washer. Vibration Reduction Plus technology is an upgrade to Samsung's original VRT, reducing vibrations 40% more for even quieter operation. The EZ Access tub is shallower, so it's easy to reach the bottom to unload clothes while still offering a huge capacity.

This model also includes great premium features like a Super Speed option you can add to different wash cycles to reduce wash time, a direct drive motor, and an internal heater. The soft-close lid is another favorite. If you pre-wash items often or want a smart washer, this option among the largest top load washing machines is a great choice!

 

Features:

  • 12 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Permanent Press, Activewear, Whites, Bedding/Waterproof, Quick Wash, Delicates, Darks, Rinse + Spin, Spin Only, Self Clean

  • 6 Options: Pre Soak, Delay End, Fabric Softener, Deep Fill, Super Speed, Smart Care

  • Energy Star rated

  • ActiveWash built-in sink for pre-washing

  • Wifi-connected

  • Vibration Reduction Plus technology

  • Maximum spin speed: 800 RPM

 

Dimensions: 

  • Width: 27.5"

  • Depth: 29.4"

  • Height: 44.6"

 

Click here to read over 40 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Samsung WA50R5400AV - $999

Samsung WA50R5400AV Top Load Washer

 

 

3. Maytag MVW7232HW - 5.3 cu. ft. - $999

At the lower end of the price range for the largest top load washing machine options is the Maytag Bravos XL Maytag MVW7232HW. This smart capable washer comes in white at $999 or metallic slate at $1,099 and is replacing the popular MVWB835DW for 2020. Like the first model on our list from Maytag, this one comes with optimal dispensers to automatically dispense detergent, fabric softener, and oxygenated additives throughout the cycle, and the PowerWash system with a direct drive motor and a stainless steel wash basket. However, it's an impeller model rather than an agitator model and has a smaller footprint.

One feature we like is the SmoothClose windowed lid, which closes slowly just in case your hand or head is in the way! The Deep Fill option is ideal for handling heavily soiled items, and the Sanitize cycle removes 99.9% of common household bacteria. A new feature for 2020 is optional wi-fi connectivity, so you can control your washer through your smartphone and receive alerts when a cycle is complete. Another new feature is a built-in water faucet for pretreating stains and soils.

If you're looking for stain-fighting, soil-fighting power, but maybe you need a washer with a smaller footprint or lower price, this model is a great alternative to #1 on our list. The only thing it's really lacking compared to other fully featured washers in this price range is a steam option, but the built-in water faucet gives it an edge.

 

Features:

  • 13 Cycles: Normal/Regular, Heavy Duty, Whites, Sanitize w/ Oxi, Towels, Bulky Items, Custom Cycle, Quick Wash, Delicates, Wrinkle Control, Colors, Drain & Spin, Clean Washer

  • 7 Options: Deep Fill, Remote Enable, Fabric Softener, Delay Start, Extra Rinse, Cycle Signal, Extra Power

  • Energy Star rated

  • Built-in water faucet for pretreating

  • Maximum spin speed: 850 RPM

 

Dimensions: 

  • Width: 27.25"

  • Depth: 28"

  • Height: 43"

 

Maytag MVW7232HW - $999

Maytag MVW7232HW Top Load Washer

 

 

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4. Maytag MVW7230HW - 5.2 cu. ft. - $999

For 2020, Maytag is replacing the popular MVWB865GW with the Maytag MVW7230HW, a 5.2 cubic foot agitator washer with smart wifi connectivity retailing at $999. The agitator, combined with the Deep Fill option and Extra Power button, means this model may appeal to people who need to wash heavy-duty work clothes or heavily soiled items.

Maytag Commercial Technology provides a 2X Life tested direct drive system and commercial springs - although it's not quite to the level of other commercial washers for home use, it's still a great pick for people concerned about durability. The sleek controls and tinted glass slow-close lid give this washer a premium feel. Automatic load size sensing technology helps you save water. Unlike the previous version, this new model is Energy Star rated. It also now comes with a built-in water faucet to rinse away loose soils or soak fabrics before starting a cycle. Plus, new wifi connectivity allows you to start a cycle remotely and receive a notification when a cycle is complete.

If you prefer an agitator washing machine but are interested in bonus features that make laundry easier, this model may be right for you! This model retails at the same base price as the previous 865 model but comes with more features.

 

Features:

  • 13 Cycles: Normal/Regular, Heavy Duty, Whites, Sanitize w/ Oxi, Towels, Bulky Items, Custom Cycle, Quick Wash, Delicates, Wrinkle Control, Colors, Drain & Spin, Clean Washer w/ Affresh

  • 6 Options: Extra Power/Deep Clean, Deep Fill, Remote Enable, Extra Rinse, Delay Start (1-12 hours), Fabric Softener

  • Maximum spin speed: 850 RPM

  • Energy Star rated

  • Built-in water faucet for pretreating

  • Wifi connectivity

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 27.25"

  • Depth: 28"

  • Height: 43"

 

Maytag MVW7230HW - $999

Maytag MVW7230HW Top Load Washer

 

 

5. Whirlpool WTW8500DW - 5.3 cu. ft. - $1,199

The Whirlpool WTW8500DW comes in white or cranberry red at $1,199 or chrome shadow at $1,299. This 5.3 cubic foot capacity washer sets up the controls differently than you may be used to: first, you select "What to Wash" (Mixed, Casuals, Whites, Delicates, or Bulky/Sheets) and then "How to Wash" (Normal, Quick, Cold, Deep Water, ColorLast) and any options you prefer. Indicator lights for temperature, soil level, and spin speed will shift depending on the combination of selections to help you optimize the cycle for the load. 

Active Spray technology reduces the need to pretreat clothing by evenly spraying the load from top to bottom with a mix of detergent and water. The precision dispenser mixes additives with water before spraying them over clothes and releases detergent, fabric softener, and bleach at the right times throughout the cycle.

The LED display shows the estimated time remaining so it's easy to check on the status of a load. Adaptive wash technology with Active Bloom wash action aims to clean your fabrics thoroughly and gently, while helpful options like Presoak and Steam Clean help remove stains and soils. 

 

Features:

  • What to Wash: Mixed, Casuals, Whites, Delicates, Bulky/Sheets, Clean Washer, Rinse & Spin

  • How to Wash: Normal, Quick Wash, Cold, Deep Water, ColorLast

  • 5 Options: Delay Start, Steam Clean, Oxi/Additives, Extra Rinse, Presoak

  • Energy Star rated

  • Advanced Vibration Control

  • Intuitive touch controls - "What to Wash" and "How to Wash"

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 27.5"

  • Depth: 28"

  • Height: 42.25"

 

Click here to read over 2,000 real customer reviews of this product!

        

Whirlpool WTW8500DW - $1,199

Largest Top Load Washing Machine_Whirlpool WTW8500DW

 

 

6. LG WT7800CW - 5.5 cu. ft. - $1,099

Another highly rated option among the largest top load washing machine models is the LG WT7800CW. This model offers a ton of different cycles and options. TurboWash 3D Technology uses an impeller that rotates in the opposite direction of the drum to create a powerful wash action for an effective clean that's still gentle on clothes. This is an interesting alternative to an agitator, while still satisfying the preference of some consumers for more clothing turnover and more intense washing action.

Although there's no steam cycle in this washer, the Sanitize cycle is a great option for eliminating germs, bacteria, and allergens. TurboWash technology saves 20 minutes on larger loads without sacrificing cleaning performance by combining the rinse and spin stages of each wash. Features like a cycle for waterproof items, a StainCare option, Water Plus option, and Soak option give you flexibility in how you tackle soiled items.

A SlamProof lid, internal water heater, the SmartRinse Jet Spray System, and LoDecibel Quiet Operation round out the features package of this top load washer and make it a great option for large households.

 

Features: 

  • 12 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Deep Wash, Oxi Sanitize, Whites, Pre Wash+Normal, Delicates, Perm Press, Speed Wash, Waterproof, Downloaded

  • 12 Options: Soak, Extra Rinse, Delay Wash, Control Lock, Water Plus, ColdWash, Rinse+Spin, Spin Only, StainCare, Tub Clean, Remote Start, Wi-Fi

  • Energy Star rated

  • Maximum spin speed: 950 RPM

  • TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System and LoDecibel Quiet Operation

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 28.4"

  • Height: 44.5"

 

Click here to read over 50 real customer reviews of this model!

 

LG WT7800CW - $1,099

LG WT7800CW Top Load Washer

  

 

7. Samsung WA52M7750AW - 5.2 cu. ft. - $999

Last but not least on our review of the largest top load washing machine models is the Samsung WA52M7750AW. Available in white at $999 or fingerprint resistant black stainless steel at $1,099, it has a stainless steel pulsating impeller and tons of great features. It has the ActiveWash built-in sink and a Steam Sanitize option, plus a Self Clean cycle that uses jets of hot water and high spin speeds to eliminate bacteria and odors from the wash tub.

VRT+ technology, which reduces vibration 40% more than Samsung's original Vibration Reduction Technology. The EZ Drawer dispenser is conveniently placed inside of the washer and moves smoothly on ball bearing glides. Other convenient features include the Samsung Smart Care app and soft close glass lid. The Mist Shower feature sprays your fabrics with water at the beginning of each rinse to help remove detergent residue, and the Swirl Drum interior is super smooth to prevent snags.

This washer has a ton of great features on top of its huge capacity! It offers effective cleaning that can be customized to your clothes.

 

Features:

  • 13 Cycles: Normal, Bedding/WaterProof, Heavy Duty, Permanent Press, Steam Sanitize, Colors/Darks, Brilliant Whites, Active Wear, Delicates/Hand Wash, Quick Wash, Rinse + Spin, Spin Only, Deep Wash

  • 8 Options: Self Clean, Delay End, My Cycle, Pre Soak, Extra Rinse, Fabric Softener, Smart Care, Eco Plus

  • Energy Star rated

  • Vibration Reduction Plus technology

  • ActiveWash built-in sink

  • Samsung Smart Care app connectivity

  • Maximum spin speed: 800 RPM

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 29.3"

  • Height: 46"

 

Click here to read over 35 real customer reviews of this product! 

 

Samsung WA52M7750AW - $999

Largest Top Load Washing Machine_Samsung WA52M7750AW

 

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You've reached the end of our top picks for the largest top load washing machine models of 2020. The absolute largest model on our list is the #1 product from Maytag at over 6.0 cubic feet, followed by the LG model (#6). The LG model also offers the highest RPM spin speeds, and faster spin speeds mean shorter drying times. If you want a good variety of wash programs and options, but find the traditional control setups confusing, the Whirlpool model (#5) might be a great choice for you with its "What to Wash" and "How to Wash" control design.

Besides size, what are you looking for in a top load washer? Have you compared top load vs front load washers and decided a top load model is the best for your needs? Do you want a lot of wash programs or a machine that is as simple as possible to operate?

Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in January of 2019 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

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