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You don’t have to pay $1,000 or more to get a washing machine that cleans well. And while we’ve tested plenty of washers that cost far more, most of us would rather spend less.
“Eighty-three percent of all washers sold in the past 12 months were $800 or less,” says Eric Voyer, vice president of TraQline, a company that tracks trends, market share, and consumer behavior for the retail industry.
We combed through our washing machine ratings looking for the best washers that currently sell for $800 or less. We found washers that clean well, and most are water- and energy-efficient, even the more basic agitator top-loaders. So what’s the catch? Most aren’t gentle on fabrics, and many are noisy.
CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of nine full-sized high-efficiency (HE) top-loaders, agitator top-loaders, and front-loaders for $800 or less that performed well in our tests. Note that prices fluctuate, and we update this article regularly to help you find good washer deals.
For more choices, see our washing machine ratings, and check the Features & Specs section to help you compare models.
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