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Modern washing machines for your home

With more manufacturers taking major risks with their appliance designs, it's a pretty exciting time to be writing about washing machines.

We've seen units with built-in sinks and faucets and even models that offer two separate washers for simultaneous cleaning.

It's a whole new era of laundry appliances out there, but we're here to help you sort through the specifics.

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Electrolux EFLS617SIW

The $1,099 Electrolux EFLS617SIW claims to take an entirely new approach to dispensing detergent.

Rather than coating the top layer of your laundry load with soap, this model premixes the detergent in water before it reaches your clothes.

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Electrolux EFLW317TIW

Electrolux's $879 EFLW317TIW is a simple washer with strong cleaning power. 

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Electrolux EFLW417SIW

The Electrolux EFLW417SIW has excellent cleaning performance for $899. 

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GE GTW485ASJWS

This GE top-loader is affordable at $650, but its traditional agitator is tough on clothes.

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GE GTW680BSJWS

GE's $699 GTW680BSJWS top-loader performs well enough, but there are better washers out there that cost about the same. 

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GE GTW750CSLWS

The $799 GE GTW750CSLWS top-load washing machine has a built-in water faucet so you can treat clothes before you wash them.

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Kenmore Elite 31633

The Kenmore Elite 31633 top-load washing machine has a large 6.2-cubic-foot capacity.

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Kenmore Elite 41072

The $1,650 Kenmore Elite 41072 has 14 wash cycles, a 5.2-cubic-foot capacity and impressive cleaning power.

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Kenmore Elite 41582

The $1,100 Kenmore Elite 41582 washer has a 30-minute "Accela" wash cycle. It also has a steam function and an interior drum light.

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Kenmore 22352

Kenmore's $720 22352 does a decent job removing stains, but its price is a little high considering it doesn't offer many features.

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Kenmore 25132

The $600 Kenmore 25132 has the best stain removal score of any washing machine we've tested so far, but it doesn't have any advanced features.

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Kenmore 26132

Kenmore's $830 26132 washing machine has a very good stain removal score, but its small digital display is difficult to read.

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Kenmore 27132

The $950 Kenmore 27132 top-load washer has a really nice display panel and is gentle on clothes, but it doesn't distinguish itself in any significant way.

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Kenmore 29133

This $1,100 Kenmore washing machine has a very good top-load stain removal score and a large 5.3-cubic-foot capacity.

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Kenmore 41393

Kenmore's $1,000 41393 has a pretty generic design and disappointing stain removal power.

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LG WM5000HVA

LG's $1,500 Twin Wash machine changed the laundry game when it introduced compatibility with a second, smaller washer that's built into a regular-looking pedestal stand.

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LG WD100CV

The $730 LG WD100CV is the smaller pedestal washer that fits below a select roster of traditional LG front load machines, including the $1,500 WM5000HVA.

The WD100CV, also called a "Sidekick," has a range of cleaning cycles and a 3-pound laundry capacity.

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LG WT1801HVA

LG's $1,150 WT1801HVA has a very modern display panel, but it didn't clean particularly well.

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LG WT7700HVA

LG's $1,500 top-load WT7700HVA washing machine may look nice, but it doesn't do that good of a job removing stains.

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Marathon

Marathon debuted its first-ever laundry appliance at CES 2016 with big plans to shake up the industry. Its new device, slated to hit retail midyear, packs a vented washer and dryer into a single product.

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Maytag MHW8200FC

Maytag's MHW8200FC has a fan setting so you can "tumble" your clothes if you forget to take them out of the washer. 

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Maytag MVWB765FW

Maytag's MVWB765FW did a great job removing stains, but its busy display panel made it hard to find the right setting. 

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Maytag MVWB955FC

Maytag's $1,399 MVWB955FC has a huge 6.2-cubic-foot capacity -- big enough to fit a person inside (but, you know, don't do that). 

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Samsung WA52J8700

This $1,199 Samsung is something of a design departure from your standard washer. This model actually has a built-in sink, so you can soak your clothes before you stick them in the basin.

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Samsung WA52M7750AW

Here's another Samsung washer with a built-in sink -- the $899 WA52M7750AW. While the tab holding the sink and the lid together wasn't as flimsy as Samsung's WA54M8750AW, it didn't do particularly well removing stains. 

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Samsung WA54M8750AW

Samsung's WA54M8750AW has a built-in sink, but the tap holding the washer lid and the sink together is flimsy and annoying to use. 

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Samsung WF45M5500AZ

At $999, the Samsung WF45M5500AZ front-load washer isn't cheap, but it does a good job removing stains. 

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Samsung WF50K7500AV

Samsung's $1,499 AddWash washing machine stands out due to its small trap door, which you can open midcycle to add forgotten items like socks.

Unfortunately, it doesn't add much value since you have to pause the cycle anyway and could just open the main door.

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Samsung WV9900

Samsung's WV9900 FlexWash washing machine is similar to LG's Twin Wash, but instead of storing the secondary washer in a pedestal below, this one's built into a small top-load washer above.

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Whirlpool WFW87HEDW

Whirlpool's $1,199 front-load washer has very good performance, but it isn't compatible with any smart home products or platforms.

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Whirlpool WFW92HEFU

The Whirlpool WFW92HEFU costs $1,349. It doesn't have great stain removal performance, though, and its various musical tones are somewhat annoying.

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Whirlpool WTW8700EC

Whirlpool's $1,399 Smart Washer is a stylish top-load model that's designed to work in concert with Nest -- and has a related app, too. 

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Whirlpool WTW7500GC

Whirlpool's $999 WTW7500GC has an integrated faucet for hand-washing delicate clothes. 

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