What are the key differences between top-load and front-load washers?

Top-load washers are traditionally more common and allow you to add clothes during the wash cycle. They can be less expensive and have faster cycle times. Front-load washers are generally more efficient, using less water and energy. They also often provide a better clean and are gentler on clothes. However, they can be more expensive and may require bending down to load and unload, unless they are raised with a pedestal.

How much capacity do I need in a washing machine?

The capacity you need depends on the size of your household and the amount of laundry you typically do. A larger capacity washer (over 4.5 cubic feet) can handle more clothes and is ideal for families or those who prefer to do less frequent, larger loads. For individuals or couples, a smaller capacity (around 3.5 cubic feet) may be sufficient and more energy-efficient for smaller loads.

What features should I look for to get the best cleaning performance from a washer?

For the best cleaning performance, look for washers with multiple wash cycle options to handle different types of fabrics and soil levels. Machines with steam cleaning can offer deeper cleaning and stain removal. Washers with a high spin speed can extract more water and reduce drying time. Additionally, some washers come with smart features that can tailor the wash cycle automatically based on the load's weight and soil level.