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The 7 Best Top Load Washer Models for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 28, 2021 8:00 AM
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The top load washer is an American standby, often with lower prices than front load washers as well as low repair costs, plus a long life expectancy. If you’re interested in upgrading to a new top load washer in 2021, our list of the “top” top load washers is a must-read! We review seven of the best top load washer offerings on the market today to help you find the best option for your home.

Now, let's dig into our reviews of the best front load washer models! They are numbered for your convenience but are listed in no particular order.



Table of Contents

  1. LG WT7800CW
  2. GE GTW465ASNWW*
  3. Frigidaire FFTW4120SW*
  4. Maytag MVW7232HW
  5. Maytag MVWP575GW*
  6. Whirlpool WTW5000DW
  7. Speed Queen TR7003WN*

(Models marked with a * are agitator models.)


4 Tips & Tricks for Buying a Top Load Washer

  1. Capacity is one of the major considerations when buying a new washing machine. Average capacity ranges from 3.1-4.0 cubic feet. You can wash 12-16 pounds or so of laundry within that range, and a king-size comforter requires about 3.8 cubic feet of capacity. Larger machines of 4.2-4.5 cubic feet can wash 20 pounds or more, and extra large-options are also available that go above and beyond!

  2. Another factor is agitator vs impeller washers: we've written about the pros and cons of agitator washing machines as well as about the new low-profile impeller style agitator that increases the room in your tub. Impeller washers can usually spin at higher RPMs than agitator models, so your clothes can spend less time in the dryer.

  3. High Efficiency top load washers tend to be gentler on clothes and feature a low-profile cone impeller rather than an agitator. Confusingly, some brands also call their agitator models "high efficiency" washers, so it's more of a marketing buzzword than anything else! These washers do tend to use less water, but "high efficiency" is not the same as "Energy Star rated" - you'll save more on energy costs and use less water with an Energy Star rated model. If your current washer is 10 years old or more, your new washer will bring significant energy savings, thanks to improvements in efficiency!

  4. Higher max spin speed = less time in the dryer. A top load washer with a faster final spin speed will wring more water out of your clothes. The dryer is the second-biggest appliance energy hog in your home after the refrigerator, so reducing dryer time saves you money. With top loaders, anything over 800 RPM is impressive (whereas front loaders usually max out at over 1,000 RPM).

That’s just a snippet of the options you need to consider with a new top load washer! Check out our washing machine buying guide for more information. If you're not sure whether you want a top loader or front loader, check out our article on top loading vs front loading washers.


Check out our 3-minute video for more tips on top load washers!





1. LG WT7800CW - Impeller Washer - 5.5 cu ft - $1,099

First on our list of top load washer reviews is a model from LG. If laundry is your least favorite household chore or if you have a large household, you can do fewer loads with an extra-large capacity washer! The LG WT7800CW, at $1,099, features a 5.5 cubic foot capacity tub. A 10-year parts warranty covers the direct drive motor, and you also get a 3-year warranty on the stainless steel tub. Use LG’s SmartDiagnosis app to troubleshoot any issues.

This model is a solid contender for the best top load washer with a huge capacity and Energy Star certification. TurboWash technology cuts wash time by around 20 minutes compared to previous LG washers by combining the rinse and spin stages of various cycles, without sacrificing wash quality. LoDecibel Quiet Operation makes it a good option for laundry spaces near bedrooms or other living areas, too! TurboWash 3D incorporates an impeller that spins independently from the drum, creating a whirlpool wash action that's super effective!

A premium washer can make laundry a much easier chore. With a glass SlamProof lid, a SmartRinse Jet Spray system, and the great features we outlined above, this top load washer is an amazing upgrade! 



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

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

  • Glass SlamProof lid

  • TurboWash 3D Technology cuts wash time without sacrificing wash quality

  • SmartDiagnosis app for troubleshooting

  • 10-year parts warranty on direct drive motor

  • Energy Star rated

  • LoDecibel Quiet Operation

  • Max RPM: 950



  • Height: 44.5"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 28.4"


Click here to read over 195 real customer reviews of this product!


LG WT7800CW - $1,099

LG WT7800CW Top Load Washer



2. GE GTW465ASNWW - Agitator Washer - 4.5 cu ft - $729

The next product on our list of the best top load washers for 2021 is the GE GTW465ASNWW, a 4.5 cubic foot capacity washer available at $729. It’s a jump down in price from the first product on our list and has a more average capacity that makes it a good option for medium-sized households looking for a basic agitator model. It is a standard 27" wide model so it's a good fit for tight spaces.

You’ll notice that this washer uses traditional rotary dials but modernizes the controls a bit with cycle status indicator lights. Although the controls are simple, you have some great options at your fingertips, including water level option selections (or you can let the machine sense and set the optimum depth) and an Auto Soak option to help loosen stains before the wash begins. So although this top load washer maintains a traditional and familiar look, it has some great modern features for your convenience!

We know that not everybody is looking for an ultra-high-tech appliance, and this basic agitator model from GE is one option out there that won’t overwhelm you with tons of complicated features and settings! Note that although this washer is designed for use with High Efficiency (HE) detergents, it is not Energy Star rated. 



  • 14 Wash Cycles: Active Wear, Bulky Items, Casuals, Colors/Normal (Deep Clean, Normal, Light), Delicates, Jeans, Rinse/Drain & Spin, Speed Wash, Towels & Sheets, Whites (Heavy, Normal, Light)

  • 7 Wash Options: Water Level (Low, Medium, High, Max, Precise Fill/Auto), Auto Soak (15 Min-2 Hrs), 2nd Rinse, 2nd Rinse + Extra Spin, Deep Fill, Deep Rinse + 2nd Rinse, Extra Spin

  • Rotary electronic controls with cycle status lights

  • PreciseFill lets you select from four water depth/load size options or let the machine set it automatically

  • Dual-action agitator reverses the wash action for a thorough clean

  • Stainless steel drum

  • Max RPM: 700



  • Height: 44"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 27"


Click here to read over 6,335 real customer reviews of this product!


GE GTW465ASNWW - $729

GE GTW465ASNWW Agitator Washer



3. Frigidaire FFTW4120SW - Agitator Washer - 4.1 cu ft - $749

Our next model comes from Frigidaire. The Frigidaire FFTW4120SW agitator top load washer is another average-capacity model at 4.1 cubic feet. Priced at $749, it provides an updated control panel style with electronic touch controls and a digital readout combined with a rotary dial. It’s designed for use with High Efficiency detergent, although it isn’t Energy Star rated.

Choose your soil level, water temperature, and other options like soak or extra rinse before starting one of the 12 wash cycles. Indicator lights and an optional chime let you know how far along the cycle is. A fabric softener dispenser lets you add your favorite fabric softener at the beginning of a cycle instead of stopping the washer during the rinsing stage.

If you’re looking for the best top load washer with easy-to-use settings and cycles, you should definitely take a look at this budget-friendly option from Frigidaire. Little features like the Easy Close glass lid and cycle-complete chime add convenience to your laundry experience.



  • 12 Wash Cycles: Normal, Delicates, Hand Wash, Active Wear, Colors, Whites, Heavy Duty, Bulky, Quick Wash, Rinse & Spin, Drain & Spin, Tub Clean

  • 6 Wash Options: Max Fill, Delay Start, Soak, Extra Rinse, Chime, Fabric Softener

  • Stainless steel drum

  • Fabric softener dispenser

  • Electronic touch controls with digital readout

  • Pole agitator type

  • Max RPM: 680

  • Easy Close glass lid



  • Height: 43.3"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 28.1"


Click here to read over 1,600 real customer reviews of this product!


Frigidaire FFTW4120SW - $749                             

Frigidaire Top Load Washer FFTW4120SW




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4. Maytag MVW7232HW - Impeller Washer - 5.3 cu ft - $999

Maytag's reputation for dependability ensures that one of their models makes our list. Replacing the popular Maytag MVWB835DC for 2020, the Maytag MVW7232HW is a high-efficiency top load washer available in metallic slate at $1,099 or white at $999. Looking for the best top load washer with an XL capacity? This massive washer is worth checking out! It's also Energy Star rated and uses an impeller to boost capacity.

New features for 2020 include smart Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can monitor your washer and receive notifications when a cycle is complete. You'll also find a slow-close glass lid and a built-in water faucet for pretreating stains and heavy soils. Add your fabric softener, detergent, and oxygenated additives like OxiClean to the automatic dispensers, and the washer will add them to the load at the right times throughout the cycle.

You have 13 cycles at your disposal. Maytag offers "the most powerful cleaning in its class" when combining the Heavy Duty cycle and the Extra Power option. They've renamed the PowerWash cycle to the Heavy Duty cycle for 2020. Use the touch-button controls and rotary dial to choose your cycle and settings. A digital display shows the time remaining, and indicator lights show where your washer is in its cycle.

This premium extra-large smart top load washer boosts cleaning performance while being energy-efficient, so it’s tough on stains and easy on your utility bill! Plus, Maytag offers a 10-year limited parts warranty on the motor and stainless steel wash basket to back up their durability.



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

  • 6 Wash Options: Delay Start, Deep Fill, Remote Enable, Extra Rinse, Fabric Softener, Extra Power

  • Power Impeller fights stains while providing greater capacity

  • Automatic dispensers for detergent, fabric softener, and oxygenated additives

  • Sanitize Cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria to deep clean your clothes

  • Energy Star rated

  • Electronic touch controls plus a stainless steel rotary dial

  • Slow-Close glass lid

  • Stainless steel drum

  • Max RPM: 850



  • Height: 43"

  • Width: 27.25"

  • Depth: 28"


Maytag MVW7232HW - $999

Maytag MVW7232HW Top Load Washer-1



5. Maytag MVWP575GW - Agitator Washer - 3.5 cu ft - $949

Tested to have two times the lifespan of typical washers and selling for $949, the Maytag MVWP575GW agitator washer is built to last with Maytag's Commercial Technology. At 3.5 cubic feet, it's not the largest model on the market, but the dual-action agitator is worth it to people who want rougher cleaning action and shorter cycle times.

Four of its seven cycles, highlighted in blue on the control panel, use a deep water wash to handle heavy soils. You also get four wash options. Rather than touch-button controls and digital screens, this Maytag model keeps it simple with turn-dial controls and indicator lights. The powerful 1/2-horsepower motor helps this washer handle anything!

It has a 10-year limited parts residential warranty that includes all parts and labor for the first five years. Refer to the manufacturer's warranty for full details. This is also a washer with a shallower than typical depth at just 26", which could be useful for a laundry closet or the narrow doorways sometimes found in older homes.



  • 7 Cycles: Bulky/Towels, PowerWash, Delicates, Mixed, Normal, Rinse & Spin, Drain & Spin

  • 4 Options: Off, Presoak, Extra Rinse, Presoak & Extra Rinse

  • Stainless steel wash basket

  • 5-year full parts and labor warranty

  • Max RPM: 700



  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 26"

  • Height: 42.5"


Click here to read over 445 real customer reviews of this product! 


Maytag MVWP575GW - $949

Maytag MVWP575GW



6. Whirlpool WTW5000DW - Impeller Washer - 4.3 cu ft - $749

Another option for the best top load washer for people that want a simpler model is the Whirlpool WTW5000DW, priced at $749. It has a large 4.3 cubic foot capacity, thanks to the impeller mechanism that takes up less space than an agitator. The rotary dial controls allow you to select the cycle, soil level, water temperature, rinse options, and presoak on/off for each load.

With 12 cycles at your fingertips, you can customize the washer’s settings and wash actions for specific fabrics and load types, like Bulky Items/Sheets or Deep Water Wash for stained items. If you’re in a hurry, the Quick Wash cycle handles small loads in under 30 minutes. Turn on the Presoak option to help loosen stains and soils before the wash cycle begins. The clearly labeled dials make choosing your cycle and selections fast and easy!

This large-capacity top load washer keeps your choices within easy reach and can handle a range of different items and cleaning needs. It’s a great option for households that have to deal with heavily soiled items regularly! Note that this model has a lower maximum RPM than other top load washer options, so your clothes may need more time in the dryer.



  • 12 Wash Cycles: Normal, Cold Wash, Casual, Delicate, Quick Wash, Soak, Deep Water Wash, Heavy Duty, Bulky Items/Sheets, Rinse & Spin, Drain & Spin, Clean Washer w/ Affresh

  • 5 Wash Options: Presoak, 1 Rinse, 2 Rinses, 1 Rinse + Fabric Softener, 2 Rinses + Fabric Softener

  • Quick Wash cycle finishes in under 30 minutes

  • Smooth Wave stainless steel tub

  • Automatic water levels based on the size of the load

  • Rotary dial controls with indicator lights

  • Max RPM: 660



  • Height: 42.25"

  • Width: 27.5"

  • Depth: 28"


Click here to read over 16,130 real customer reviews of this product!


Whirlpool WTW5000DW - $749

Best Top Load Washer WHIRLPOOL WTW5000DW



7. Speed Queen TR7003WN - Agitator Washer - 3.2 cu ft - $1,119

Some say to save the best for last. If you want durability, this Speed Queen is arguably the best washing machine on the planet! Speed Queen is a well-known household name in the laundry industry, known for their tough, commercial grade products. The Speed Queen TR7003WN is one of their best top load washer offerings for 2020, available in white at $1,119. It’s at the smaller end of average capacity at 3.2 cubic feet, although you can fill the wash tub to the brim with no problem.

This top load washer features touch panel controls rather than rotary dials, plus a digital display of the time remaining. Some consumers worry that touch controls won't last, but Speed Queen has designed these controls to last 25 years! If you'd still prefer dial controls, Speed Queen's other top load washers have this feature. On a related note, this washer comes with a premium seven-year full coverage warranty for serious peace of mind!

If you prefer a top load washer that’s built for durability, Speed Queen should be on your list of brands to research! The TR7 has the most customizable cycles and options out of their entire lineup, so you can provide the best fabric care for just about anything, from jeans to underwear to raincoats. It’s still an upgrade as far as efficiency and cleaning without prematurely wearing out fabrics thanks to Speed Queen's Perfect Wash system. Read more about Speed Queen washers here.



  • 8 Wash Cycles: Heavy Duty, Favorites, Permanent Press, Bulky, Normal Eco, Delicate, Handwash, Rinse & Spin, Spin

  • 8 Special Cycles: ECO Heavy Duty, ECO Delicate, Waterproof, Super Soiled, Whites, Wool, Athletic, Denim

  • 8 Options: Control Lock, Soak, Extra Rinse, Delay Start, Prewash, Speed Cycle, Signal On/Off, Adjust Cycle Time

  • 4 Load Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Auto Fill

  • Bleach and fabric softener dispensers

  • Warm wash/warm rinse option

  • Extreme-tested touch panel controls with time remaining display

  • Durable stainless steel tub

  • Max RPM: 820



  • Height: 43"

  • Width: 25.6"

  • Depth: 28"


Speed Queen TR7003WN - $1,119

Speed Queen Washer TR7000WN


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That finishes up our list of some of the best top load washer options for 2021. For extra-large capacities, take another look at the LG model (#1 on our list), Maytag model (#4), and first Whirlpool model (#5). If you prefer impeller washing for its gentler motion, #4 from Maytag and the Whirlpool models on our list may be of interest. For durability, nothing beats the Speed Queen, although the competing Maytag commercial washer (#5) is trying to catch up.

What features do you look for in a top load washer? Leave us a comment below - We’d love to hear from you!


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

Topics: Washing Machines


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