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The Best Top Load Washer Under $1000

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Top Rated Top Load Washers for Under 1000 Dollars

The following range of - best top load washers under $1000 - have all been carefully selected based on their washing performance, reliability, practical & specific features and just general overall value for money (of course all being priced for less than one thousand dollars as well). From the guide, you will hopefully find the ideal model for you or at the very least come away with a bit more insight as to what you are after in a top load washer (e.g. cleaning load you are after, a double rinse feature?, noise operation etc.).

For me, the Speed Queen range of top-load washers have to be considered -- pretty much the best (especially in terms of value for money & just within our $1000 budget). So it was hard to pick just one from their quality washers selection -- so I chose two, but even then (and before I delve into more detail on the AWN412 and AWN432) -- I highly recommend you take a look at the entire Speed queen top load washer collection.

The AWN412S 26 Washer (3.3 cu.ft.) Wash Tub By Speed Queen

Rating: 4.6 out of 5.

A quick overview on the AWN412s: as you can see from the image below, it is a white top-load washing machine (made from stainless steel) with all the washing settings being controlled by dials and is fitted with an agitator. Its size: 25 inches in width, 43 inches in height and 28 inches in depth (weighs in at 195 lbs) and consumes 120 volts, 15 amps (60Hz).


Top Load Washer With 3.3 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Wash Tub
Amazon Price: $742.00 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 21, 2013)

In terms of washing performance & settings  you are offered a range of cleaning options: delicate, extra rinse, hand wash and prem press, along with 3 different temp settings and 2 speed levels (max mode: approx 475 RPM). Moreover, it also features indicators such as the water level sensor and an out of balance detection mechanism, you also get compartment dispensers for bleach & fabric softener.

Warranty coverage: you are covered for 3 years on both parts, 3 years on labour costs & 5 years on the motor. This specific model is UL Listed but isn't energy star certified (you do however get models such as the AWN432 which are, below).

The 3.3 Cu. Ft. White Washer AWN432 By Speed Queen

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

This version is rated the best out of 'the best range' of top load washing machines. It shares many aspects as the AW412s, so I will only mention what is different -- it doesn't offer a delicate, hand wash and prem press mode, it is however energy star certified. They both offer 3.3 cu. ft  which in terms of washing load the user guide describes it as being: "9 shirts, 5 pair polyester pants or 2 queen sheets, 4 pillow cases, 2 nightgowns, 1 pair of men's pajamas or 1 queen bedspread."

They aren't silent but they are far quieter than your average washer. In all, I really can't recommend the Speed Queen washers enough -- awesome top load washers for a very good price. My only real criticism is, they aren't as 'appealing' as some of the other models such as the washers below, yet again you aren't exactly buying it for its looks.

Speed Queen 3.3 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - AWN432
Amazon Price: $799.00 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 21, 2013)

The WA50F9A8DSW 5.0 cu. ft. White (Energy Star cert) By Samsung

Rating: 5 out of 5

Certainly towards the upper end of the budget, but this Samsung washer is a top quality machine that basically is intended for doing laundry fast (saving 3 hours a week, estimated, compared to a conventional washer). Again, to give a brief overview -- it measures 27" wide, 44.75" height and 29.25" in depth -- offering 5 cubic ft load space (weighing in at 142.7 lbs). 

The washer uses a unique aquajet cleaning technology that offers a superior quality wash but in a 'gentle fashion' -- "powerful yet gentle" as well as an internal water heater to get the perfect temperature for sanitizing your clothes (NSF certified 99.9% bacteria free). Moreover, integrated VRT technology ensures it is ultra quiet when in operation of washing your clothes -- due to sensors that monitor the clothes to offer an automatic even balance (even at super fast speeds).


Samsung WA50F9A8DSW 5.0 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washer - Energy Star
Amazon Price: $1,384.30 Too low to display Buy Now
(price as of Nov 21, 2013)

It offers numerous wash cycles to accommodate speciality cleaning: normal, heavy duty, perm press, sanitize, bedding, active wear dedicates, hand wash, wool, quick wash, colors, infant wear. This can then be combined with the options on offer: purecycle, delay start (24 hrs), my cycle (customizable cycle), extra rinse, child lock, pre-soak, aqua-jet, eco +, deep clean, add a garment, delicate wash as well as four temp settings.

Warranty Coverage: 1 year for components & labour costing, 2 years on the control board, 3 years on the stainless steel tub and 10 years on the motor.

Note: it is energystar rated and if you are after a dryer, you can get a matching one with the DV50F9A8EVW model.

As you can see, this Samsung is a great washing machine (and is available at just under  $1000)

The GTWS8655DMC 5 Cu. Ft. Gray By GE

Rating: 4.4 out of 5.

I think this model is vastly underrated, with many who own one considering it to be an "excellent product" (note: the best price - with it being under $1000 is found on amazon.com) -- and it certainly looks the business (measuring h: 44.5" x w: 28" x d: 29").

Just to provide a brief overview: it has 5 cubic feet capacity within a stainless steel (hence no rust etc.) basket that uses a smart dispense system to allow an optimal amount to be added (based on the load size). It also comes with hydro-heater to get the internal washing to achieve sanitization as well as a vibration control system to ensure it is ultra-quiet whilst in operation (i.e no vibration occurs) through "optimizing the spin pattern". Moreover, the 'steam assist' system can help to 'loosen' debris and odors from the load before it even starts washing.

Note: it is also energystar rated, matching dryer -- GTDS855EDMC, it also uses an impeller/washplate (instead of an agitator) and has a max speed of 1000 RPM with 6 different temp settings and 5 wash speeds.

GE GTWS8655DMC 5 Cu. Ft. Gray With Steam Cycle Top Load Washer - Energy Star
Amazon Price: $1,463.99 Too low to display Buy Now
(price as of Nov 21, 2013)

What top-load washer will you get and why?

Also, if you have ANY questions, comments or concerns at ALL regarding either the showcase of the best top load washers under $1000 or about any of the models mentioned above (including the specified speed queen washers-added), please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.



Nov 21, 2013 3:08am
I wish I could buy the Samsung washing machine for my mother.
Well written economist.
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