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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Samsung FlexWash

Samsung WF50K7500AV

Kenmore 25132

Samsung WF457ARGSWR

GE GTW810SSJWS

GE GFWS1700HWW

GE GFWS2600FWW

LG WM5000HVA

LG WD100CV

Electrolux EFLS617

Haier HLC1700AXW

​LG Signature

Whirlpool WTW9500EC

Marathon

GE GFWR4805FMC

LG WT7700HVA

Bosch Series 8

Haier Intelius 2.0

LG WT1801HVA

Haier Duo

Electrolux Compact

Samsung WA52J8700

Whirlpool Smart

GE GTW860SPJMC

Kenmore 26132

GE GTW485ASJWS

Whirlpool WFW92HEFU

Whirlpool WFW87HEDW

Kenmore Elite 31633

LG WM3575CV

Kenmore 29133

Kenmore 41393

Kenmore Elite 41582

Kenmore 22352

Kenmore 27132

Kenmore Elite 41072

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, vented washer-dryer combos 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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Samsung's FlexWash system 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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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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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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This $1,399 Samsung has a responsive touchscreen LCD display and a related Samsung Smart Washer app, although it's a bit confusing to configure.

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This $900 GE washing machine may have Wi-Fi capabilities, but its performance didn't stand out.

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GE's $900 front-load washing machine has a somewhat cluttered display panel, but it offers a good value in terms of features and usability.

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GE's $1,100 GFWS2600FWW has a cluttered design, but it does a good job removing stains and has plenty of features.

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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.

It also happened to score pretty well in terms of overall stain removal.

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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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The $1,099 Electrolux EFLS617 claims to take an entirely new approach to dispensing detergent.

Rather than coating the top layer of your laundry load with soap, this model is supposed to premix the detergent in water before it even reaches your clothes.

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Haier's $1,050 HLC1700AXW has a secret -- it's actually a washer and a dryer.

Common in Europe, we're seeing this trend more and more in the US, as manufacturers try to appeal to folks with limited laundry space.

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LG hasn't released pricing information for its Signature model just yet, but it seriously ups the Twin Wash ante.

It comes complete with two separate washing machines and the main compartment also doubles as a dryer.

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The Whirlpool WTW9500EC, which is expected to retail for roughly $1,200-$1,500, promises to be able to wash 26 pounds of laundry in just one cycle.

Whirlpool said this translates to being able to "clean a full week's worth of clothes at once." OK, I'm intrigued.

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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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GE's $1,400 GFWR4805FMC has scored the best in terms of stain removal to date.

But we weren't impressed with its cluttered display panel.

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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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Bosch's $1,399 Series 8 washing machine claims to be able to get rid of 99.99 percent of the stubborn germs and bacteria on your clothes -- all thanks to a feature it calls ActiveOxygen.

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The Haier Intelius 2.0 is a complete lineup of new laundry appliances, first announced at IFA 2015.

This 2.0 roster promises to include an app-enabled washer and dryer, as well as an all-in-one-washer-dryer combo unit.

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

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Here's yet another dual-drum washing machine, this time from Haier. This unit was also announced at IFA 2015, launching in China and expanding abroad from there.

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Electrolux's new $999 Compact washing machine (and companion dryer, also $999) is designed for tight living quarters. It also tacks on a ventless design, so you don't have to rely on traditional installation methods in order to do your laundry.

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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.

(Samsung has also announced a next-gen Activewash, the $1,099 WA50K8600 with the same features and a slightly different design.)

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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. While we haven't reviewed this unit yet, it promises a lot more smart functionality than your standard washing machine.

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GE's top-load washing machine works with IFTTT and has a related GE Laundry app. This model also works with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant so you can say, "Alexa, start my washer."

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

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

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The $1,100 LG WM3575CV has a 15-minute Speed Wash cycle, but it didn't excel at removing stains.

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

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

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