Washers that earn the EPA’s Energy Star rating must meet a number of specifications to qualify. Overall, they must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer consumers savings on energy bills.
According to energystar.gov, these are among the most energy-efficient large clothes washers (over 2.5 cubic feet):
- Kenmore 417.4112 – With an MSRP of $899, this front-load washer costs about $74‑$79/year to run and offers powerful technology to get clothes clean, remove stains gently and keep oversized loads from vibrating. It offers five temperatures and five spin speeds.
- Frigidaire FAFS4174 – Its MSRP is $899-$999 with a total annual cost of $77-$82. This front-loader is NSF (NSF International Laboratory) sanitize and allergen certified. It has the largest capacity in its class and features a steam system, vibration control and 15 cycles.
- Frigidaire FAFS4073, FAFW3921 – Its MSRP is $949-$1,149 with a total annual cost of $77-$82. It offers 10 cycles, is NSF sanitize and allergen certified and the largest capacity in its class.
The EPA has rated these small clothes washers among the top energy-efficient performers:
- Miele W3037 – A front-load model, its total annual cost to run is $49-$55. Its technology offers a child lock feature, self-diagnostics and the option to create your own custom-wash program.
- Asko W6424 – This front-loading washer has a total annual cost of $52-$60, nine programs, and a no-spin option. It’s rated as being “perfect for delicate fabrics.”
- The size of your family, how often you do laundry and the size of most loads
- How often you wash oversized, heavy items, like comforters
- If you need a presoaking or extra-long wash cycle to clean heavily stained clothes, like sports uniforms
- Where you’ll place the washer; will you need to stack a washer and dryer? Think about dimensions
- How long you plan to stay in your home vs. the cost of the machine
- If you’d rather save money by buying the white model
- What the warranty covers
Both the EPA and independent reviewers agree the LG Electronics LG WM3875HVCA is a top-performing, energy-efficient, large capacity machine priced at MSRP $1,187. They also rank the Samsung WF330 a highly efficient choice for its water-saving feature. MSRP $899.
Buying an energy-efficient washer may make you eligible for tax rebates, credit and savings. To find out if you qualify for any of these, visit http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver and look for savings and rebates by state.
Other things to think about. In the end, your decision will depend on finding the washer that best fits your needs. With that in mind, you may also want to consider: