The Best Washing Machine?

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Ahh, doing laundry. The never-ending chore. Like some Sisyphean torture! And there is nothing worse than a housekeeping task that doesn't yield satisfying results. So now we are turning to you to ask, "What's the best washing machine?" Be sure to share your experiences in the comments below.
When it comes to washing machines, obviously the most important thing is how well they clean clothes. I remember taking clothes out of my old washer and there would be literal CHUNKS of food stuck on the kids' shirts. Nice. My new fancy LG front-loader (the SteamWasher) is amazing. I won't lie and say it makes washing fun exactly. (I think I would worry if any housekeeping task became my idea of fun). But having a good washing machine makes the chore far more satisfying. The cylce is longer but clothes come out truly clean. The LG was an expensive upfront investment, but it uses less water, less detergent and less energy, which makes me feel less guilty about the volume of clothes a family of four can go through in a few days. And I have been told I will save money in the long run on lower utility bills. (something I could verify if I were more diligent in my personal finance!)

What The Reviews Say:
After reviewing expert lab tests and user reviews on various sites, Consumer Search round-up found that front-loaders are more efficient, easier to use and do a better job at cleaning than top-loaders. The site's top scorers are
• Best front-loader: LG SteamWasher WM3875HWCA (about $1,500).
• Best budget front-loader: Energy Star-rated GE WCVH6800JWW (about $700).
• Best top-loader: LG WT5101HW (about $960).

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports is a big fan of the Whirlpool Duet and the Samsung WF511AB[W], both of which are between $1,100 and $1,400.

Which washing machine(s) have you loved or hated? We welcome your comments on energy efficiency, noise and ease of use--and of course how well it actually cleans your clothes!

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