Among the factors to consider when shopping for a cheap washer are the style, the capacity, the footprint, and the energy consumption. The cheap washer segment is dominated by traditional top-loading washing machines. Front-loading washing machines, with their modern aesthetics and energy-saving technology, are generally priced beyond our cheap ceiling, although a few good deals can be found. Cheap washers with a front-loading design boast larger capacity for any given drum size because there's no center agitator taking up space. Cheap washers with a top-loading design are usually not as deep as front-loaders and may fit better in small laundry areas. Note that the cycle time for front-loading washing machines is about double that of top-loading washing machines.
|Type||Capacity||Dimensions||Maximum Spin Speed||Energy Consumption||Energy Star Qualified|
|Admiral ATW4475VQ estimated price $298||Top loading||3.2 cubic feet||27” W x 43” H x 25.5” D||N/A||283 KWh/year||No|
|LG WM2101HW estimated price $630||Front loading||4 cubic feet||27||1100 RPM||127 KWh/year||Yes|
|Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW estimated price $444||Top loading||4 cubic feet||26 7/8||640 RPM||212 KWh/year||Yes|
|Frigidaire GLTF2940FS estimated price $538||Front loading||3.5 cubic feet||27” W x 36” H x 27 ¾” D||1050 RPM||196 KWh/year||Yes|