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The 7 Best Front Load Washer Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Nov 11, 2019, 10:00:00 AM
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Front load washers are an alternative to the traditional top load style, offering great cleaning performance while being gentle on clothes (see our article comparing top load vs front load washers for more info). They're also more likely to be ADA-compliant, so they can be helpful and easy to use for people with physical disabilities. 

Our reviews of the best front load washer models of 2020 cover a range of price points, features, and capacities. Are you shopping for a new front load washer for 2020? Read our reviews to discover some of the great options available! And don't forget to check out our washing machine buying guide for even more great information!

 

Table of Contents

  1. Maytag MHW5630HW
  2. GE GFW450SSMWW
  3. LG WM3700HWA
  4. Samsung

    WF45R6300AC

  5. Electrolux EFLS527UIW
  6. Whirlpool WFW5620HW
  7. Speed Queen

    FF7005WN

 

Overview - 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Front Load Washer

  • Capacity & Dimensions: The average size of a front load washer is 4.5 cubic feet, which is plenty of room to wash a king-sized comforter! However, these new models may not share the same height, width, and depth as your old one, so make sure to measure your space and compare it to the dimensions of any new front loader you're considering.

  • Control Layout: Different brands have different ways of organizing the control panels. Check and see if the setup seems easy to use. Whirlpool in particular has a simplified take on front load washer controls called "Whirlpool Intuitive Controls."

  • Features & Options: Many front loaders come with excellent specialty cycles and options. Consider steam cycles to reduce wrinkles and improve stain removal, or perhaps a cycle to handle your workout clothes.

For more info on front loaders, watch our 3-minute video below - and consider downloading our washing machine buyer's guide as well!

 

 

 

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1. Maytag MHW5630HW - 4.5 cu. ft. - $899

Maytag updated their popular entry level model MHW3505FW in 2019 that was originally featured in this article with the Maytag MHW5630HW, pricing at $899. They updated the stainless steel wash drum from 4.3 cubic feet to 4.5 cubic feet and added a few new options like Fresh Spin and the Extra Power button. The control panel has been rearranged slightly, but overall it has the same look and feel as the previous model.

Made in the USA, this model includes a 12 Hour Fresh Spin option that tumbles clothes after the wash cycle has ended to help prevent odors, so you can take your time switching the load over to the dryer. Equipped with Maytag's PowerWash system, which claims to be "the best cleaning in the industry," you can now add the Extra Power wash option to fight stains more effectively with hot and cold water. Other fan favorites include the PowerWash cycle and Steam for Stains - read more about steam cycle washers here.

The warranty covers 10 years on the stainless steel tub and direct drive motor. If you're looking for an entry level front load washer that's tough on stains and soils, this Maytag model might be a perfect fit! It's one of the best front load washers under $1,000 (although promotions and rebates can take 20% or more off the cost of a new appliance)!

 

Features:

  • 10 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Whites, Bulky Items, Towels, Delicates, Quick Wash, Wrinkle Control, Drain & Spin, Clean Washer with Affresh

  • 6 Options: Steam Clean, Delay Wash, Extra Rinse, Extra Power, Control Lock, 12 Hour Fresh Spin

  • Internal water heater

  • Direct drive motor

  • Maximum spin speed: 1,160 RPM

  • Steam option for fighting stains

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.312"

  • Height: 38.625"

 

Click here to read over 145 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Maytag MHW5630HW - $899

Maytag MHW5630HW Front Load Washer

 

 

2. GE GFW450SSMWW - 4.5 cu. ft. - $999

The next product on our list of the best front load washer models comes from GE. The GE GFW450SSMWW is available in diamond gray at $1,099 or classic white at $999. GE's built-in stain removal guide makes it easier to tackle 5 common stains, and an internal water heater, a PreWash option, and steam can provide a stain-fighting boost.

This model comes with some of the great options we love, including an Add Steam wash option to improve stain-fighting power, a Time Saver option to reduce cycle times, and Tumble Care, which tumbles clothes for up to 8 hours after the wash cycle ends to keep clothes fresh. The "Add a Garment" option allows you to pause the wash cycle and drain the tub so you can add in a forgotten sock or other item.

With a solid set of convenient features and options plus a spacious interior, this front load washer has a lot to offer for a great price!

 

Features: 

  • 10 Cycles: Normal, Whites, Towels/Sheets, Active Wear, Bulky Items, Sanitize, Tub Clean, Rinse + Spin, Quick Wash, Delicates/Hand Wash

  • 7 Options: Add Steam, My Cycle, PreWash, Time Saver, Delay Wash, Extra Rinse, Tumble Care

  • Built-in stain removal guide

  • Maximum spin speed: 1,300 RPM

  • Precision dispenser with prewash dispense option

  • Internal water heater

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 39.75"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 33.5"

 

Click here to read over 360 real customer reviews of this product!

 

GE GFW450SSMWW - $999

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3. LG WM3700HWA - 4.5 cu. ft. - $999

Next up on our list of 2020's best front load washer options is the LG WM3700HWA. It has a large 4.5 cubic foot capacity and is available in white at $999 or graphite steel at $1,099. It’s also compatible with LG pedestals, including the LG SideKick mini pedestal washer, and LG’s SmartDiagnosis troubleshooting app. The SmartThinQ® technology allows you to start and monitor wash cycles and get notifications when a cycle is complete.

This washer has an inverter direct drive motor and comes with a variety of great new features. Steam technology helps gently release stains and soils, the FreshCare cycle helps keep clothes smelling fresh by periodically tumbling them after a cycle completes, and the Allergiene cycle uses high heat and steam to remove over 95% of common household allergens. 

Newer washers available with steam cleaning technology are one way to get serious stain removal performance without beating up your clothes. LoDecibel Quiet Operation and the TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System keep this washer steady and quiet. The LG WM3700HWA is a great pick for busy households and people looking for premium features in their new front load washer.

 

Features:

  • 12 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Sanitary, Allergiene, Tub Clean, Bright Whites, Perm. Press, Delicates, Towels, Speed Wash, Downloaded

  • 11 Options: Steam, Fresh Care, Prewash, Wi-Fi, Delay Wash, Add Garments, ColdWash, Water Plus, Extra Rinse, Rinse+Spin, Child Lock

  • 6Motion Technology mixes up the washing motions for thorough but gentle cleaning

  • SmartThinQ® Technology

  • Compatible with LG SideKick pedestal washer

  • TubClean cycle uses water jets and heats up to 149 degrees Fahrenheit

  • LoDecibel quiet operation

  • Dispenser with prewash option

 

Dimensions: 

  • Height: 38.7"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.5"

  

Click here to read over 210 real customer reviews of this product!

 

LG WM3700HWA - $999  

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4. Samsung WF45R6300AC  - 4.5 cu. ft. - $1,099

Another great choice for a front load washer in 2020 comes from Samsung. The Samsung WF45R6300AC is a 4.5 cubic foot capacity front load washer available in champagne or fingerprint resistant black stainless steel at $1,099, or classic white at $999. It provides a premium look and feel with a stainless steel Swirl+ drum, steam washing options, and Vibration Reduction Plus Technology.

Although many new washers feature steam technology, Samsung makes the innovative choice of releasing the steam from the bottom of the tub rather than the top to ensure that the load is completely saturated. The Super Speed option can be used to reduce cycle time on five different cycles for washes as quick as 36 minutes. This washer will remind you to run the Self Clean+ every 40 cycles, and the cleansing action includes sanitizing the gasket!

With Samsung’s Smart Care troubleshooting app and wifi controls, this front load washer is a great choice for tech-savvy households interested in using new steam washing technology to destroy stains! 

 

Features:

  • 12 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Whites, Bedding, Sanitize, Permanent Press, Quick Wash, Delicates, Activewear, Rinse+Spin, Self Clean+, Downloaded

  • 6 Options: Pre Soak, Delay End, Steam, Super Speed, Smart Control, Alarm Off

  • Vibration Reduction Plus Technology

  • Self Clean+ cycle with cleaning reminders every 40 washes

  • Wifi connectivity plus Smart Care app for quick troubleshooting

  • Maximum spin speed: 1,200 RPM

  • Stainless steel Swirl+ drum design

Dimensions: 

  • Height: 38.7"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.3"

 

Click here to read real customer reviews of this product!

 

Samsung WF45R6300AC - $1,099

Samsung WF45R6300AC Front Load Washer Champagne

 

 

5. Electrolux EFLS527UIW - 4.3 cu. ft. - $999

Electrolux is a Swedish appliance manufacturer known for innovative appliances. One of their best front load washer offerings for 2020 is the Electrolux EFLS527UIW, available in white starting at $999 and titanium at $1,099. The LuxCare wash system keeps your clothes clean while minimizing wear and tear with smart load sensing, specialized wash actions, and more. 

On top of that, this Electrolux front load washer comes with the world's first adaptive dispenser designed to accept PODS as well as traditional liquid detergents. It also has Perfect Steam technology that releases steam at the bottom of the washer so it rises up and penetrates the fabrics for maximum effect on stains and wrinkles. 

 

Have 30 seconds to spare? Check out our video on the Electrolux PODS Dispenser!

 

 

The Electrolux Platinum Star Limited Warranty provides three years of coverage on parts and one year on labor, plus it comes with a ten-year warranty on the motor and a lifetime warranty on the tub. If you're looking for a front load washer with a large capacity for a smaller space, this front load washer is a great option! We think it's definitely one of the best front load washers with steam. Interested in seeing more Electrolux laundry products? Check out our Electrolux washer reviews for more info.

 

Features:

  • 9 Cycles: Heavy Duty, Whitest Whites, Normal, Delicates, Rinse & Spin, Clean Washer, Fast Wash (18 minutes), Activewear, Colors

  • 9 Options: Sanitize (Temperature Level), Extra Rinse, Wrinkle Release, Delay Time, Control Lock, Perfect Steam, StainTreat II, Extended Refresh, PODS 

  • LED display with capacitive touch controls

  • Adaptive dispenser for PODS

  • Perfect Balance System/Second Floor Guarantee

  • Maximum spin speed: 1,300 RPM

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 38"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 32"

 

Click here to read over 585 real customer reviews of this product!

        

Electrolux EFLS527UIW - $999 

Best Front Load Washer Electrolux EFLS527UIW

 

 

6. Whirlpool WFW5620HW - 4.5 cu. ft. - $899

The Whirlpool WFW5620HW is a 4.5 cubic foot capacity front load washer pricing at around $899 with Whirlpool Load and Go technology, which allows you to fill the dispenser "in bulk" with enough detergent for about 12 loads at a time. You can also use a single load dispenser if you want to run a wash cycle with a different detergent.

Whirlpool updated their washer and dryer model lineup for 2019 with Intuitive Controls intended to simplify the process of customizing your wash cycle. First you choose from a handful of "What to Wash" options, then choose "How to Wash" the load. You can customize your wash care with a relatively simple control panel! Add steam or an automatic presoak, or sanitize your fabrics with ease.

The Smooth Wave stainless steel wash basket protects against snags and rust, and Adaptive Wash Technology senses and adapts the wash actions based on the cycle selection and other factors. Check out this front load washer and see if the new control setup appeals to you!

 

Features: 

  • What to Wash: Regular, Delicates, Bulky Items, Whites, Colors, Towels

  • How to Wash: Normal, Wrinkle Control, Heavy Duty, Sanitize with Oxi, Cold Wash, Quick

  • 6 Options: Clean Washer, Drain & Spin, Steam Clean, Extra Rinse, Pre Soak, Load & Go

  • Load and Go bulk dispenser

  • Whirlpool Intuitive Controls

     

Dimensions:

  • Height: 38.625"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.563"

 

Click here to read over 285 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Whirlpool WFW5620HW - $899

Whirlpool WFW5620HW Best Front Load Washer

  

 

7. Speed Queen FF7005WN - 3.5 cu. ft. - $1,889

Last but not least on our list of the best front load washing machines is the Speed Queen FF7005WN. This model was released in mid 2019 after Speed Queen discontinued their old front load washer dryer pair in 2017. It retails at $1,889 in white and $2,129 in stainless steel. This model is far from the cheapest or largest option on our list of the best front load washers, but Speed Queen guarantees the reliability of its products, making this a great investment for the long haul.

Every major component of Speed Queen's washers and dryers is tested to last 25 years. With truly heavy-duty components plus dynamic balancing technology to reduce noise and vibration, this washer is a match made in heaven for people who value reliability and durability over all else. And in the event that you have any issues with your front loader, Speed Queen's warranty covers a full five years on the entire machine, and their machines are built with ease of repairs in mind.

Customize your wash with nine wash cycles, four temperatures, four spin speeds, and four soil levels. Patented baffles and tumble rhythms ensure that your fabrics are totally saturated with water and detergent for the best possible clean. If you're looking for an investment that will give you years of dependable service, you should definitely consider Speed Queen.

You can read more about this new washer and its sister model, the FR7002WN, in our Speed Queen front load washer review.

 

Features:

  • 10 Cycles: Heavy Duty, Favorite, Whites, Bulky, Normal Eco, Quick Wash, Permanent Press, Sanitize with Oxi, Delicate, Spin

  • 5 Options: Soak, Extra Rinse, Delay Start, Pre-Wash, Allergy Rinse (plus Signal On/Off and Control Lock)

  • Maximum spin speed: 1,200 RPM

  • Digital time remaining display

  • Tested to last 25 years; designed to be easy to repair

 

Dimensions:

  • Width: 26.875"

  • Depth: 27.75"

  • Height: 40.4375"

  

Speed Queen FF7005WN - $1,889

Speed Queen FF7005WN Front Load Washer

  

 

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What do you think of our picks for the best front load washer models of 2020? With plenty of energy efficient options available and new features like steam cleaning and better vibration reduction, this is just a small sampling of the many amazing options out there! The cheapest front load washers on our list come from Maytag and Whirlpool at $899, while the largest model options are around 4.5 cubic feet. If you're looking for more XL models, check out our reviews of the largest front load washers of the year as well!

In your opinion, what makes a front load washer better than a top loader? What features are you looking for in a front load washing machine? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in July of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

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