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Best Cheap Front Load Washers - The Most Fully Featured Entry Level Models

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Aug 1, 2022 11:40 AM
Meredith Czymmek

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When you're shopping for a new front load washer, you'll probably notice that the cheapest options are around $949-$1,049 outside of holiday sale periods. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you're in the right place! We'll show you which entry-level front load washers have the most features to help you choose which option is best for you.

Whirlpool, LG and Electrolux currently make the cheapest front load washers at $949-$999. Your options really open up at $1,049 with options from GE and LG as well.




Great Bonus Features Available on Cheap Front Load Washers

Do you have to get a super basic model if you want to keep your spending down? Nope! Models in this price range can include great features like...

  • Steam cycles - Steam cycles in washers can boost cleaning power!

  • Bulk detergent dispensers - You fill a detergent reservoir, and the washer automatically dispenses the right amount of detergent for each wash! Most of the problems people have with their washing machines are related to using too much detergent, so this is a worthwhile feature to consider for reasons beyond just convenience.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity - Get alerts when a cycle is finished, or start a cycle remotely.

  • Options like Prewash, Sanitize, and more.

Features that are pretty much industry standards at this point include direct drive motors with 10-year warranties, stainless steel drums, and capacities of at least 4.0 cubic feet. Steam is also relatively common. Personally, I'm a big fan of the bulk detergent dispensers and Wi-Fi connectivity.




My Top Picks for Entry Level Front Loaders

At $1,049, that's where your options really start to open up. And don't forget that holiday sales can save you $100-200 off the normal price, and "mid-tier" models are more likely to go on sale than the entry-level models. You might end up paying about the same as you would for an entry-level option if you time it right!

Options I like at $1,049 include:

  • The Whirlpool WFW5605MW - It has 4.5 cu. ft capacity and intuitive controls that will easily guide you to know which is the best cycle for the type of clothes you're washing. The features include Steam option, TumbleFresh, Cold Wash cycle, and Presoak. This model is available in white at $949 and in chrome shadow at $1,049. 
    Whirlpool WFW5605MW Front Load Washer
  • The GE GFW550SSNWW - GE's new Ultra Fresh Vent system is a must-see. If you don't like leaving the door open to dry out the tub, this is the washer for you. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, an easy-to-reverse door, a "More Water" option, a Prewash option, and one of the larger capacities at 4.8 cubic feet! To get a bulk detergent dispenser, you'll have to upgrade to model GFW650SSNWW.GE GFW550SSNWW Front Load Washer

  • The LG WM3600HWA - This model has a tempered glass door instead of plastic, so it won't get scratched up over time by zippers and metal clasps. It comes with steam cycles (including an Allergienne cycle to destroy pet dander and dust!) and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can start cycles remotely and receive notifications when they're finished.

WM3600HWA Front


My cheapest favorite is the LG WM3400CW, retailing at $949. It has a spacious 4.5 cubic feet capacity and covers the basics with all of the cycles you need, plus useful options like Delay Wash, Prewash, and Extra Rinse. It also has a Tub Clean cycle - add a cleaning tablet or other product and run the cycle every month or so to cut through detergent buildup and prevent mildew and odors. As you can tell, it's not quite as stylishly designed as the 3600 model above.

LG WM3400CW Front Load Washer


You could also go for the Electrolux ELFW7337AW, retailing at $999, it has pretty similar features though lacking some options you may like, such as the Prewash option. However, Electrolux's Second Floor Guarantee might be of interest if you're installing your washer on an upper floor. I'd recommend upgrading to the ELFW7437AW at $1,049 (pictured below) if you want an Electrolux washer. The 437 comes with features like an 18-Minute Fast Wash cycle and a StainTreat option, plus a nicer-looking control panel.


Electrolux ELFW7437AW Front Load Washer


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I hope this helped you quickly get an idea of which budget front load washers have the most features. For more options to explore, check out our reviews of the best front load washers of the year!

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