When is the best time to buy a washing machine?

Buying a new washing machine can be a costly expense, especially if you're the type of shopper who waits for their machine to break before upgrading. Fortunately, our price research shows that the best months to buy a new washer or dryer are during January, September and October. That's when manufacturers roll out their new machines and retailers — who are eager to clear their remaining inventory — make the biggest discounts.

Can you find washing machine deals anytime of the year?

But what if your machine breaks outside of those months. After combing through our research, we've found that buying a new washer during any national holiday, like Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day, can also be cost effective.

Best top-load washing machines for big loads

1LG Mega Capacity WT7700HVA

From TopTenReviews

LG's Mega Capacity WT7700HVA is a high-efficiency top-loader that offers more cycles and options than any other top-load unit we reviewed. With a spacious 5.7 cubic feet, it has enough room to clean and rinse your fluffiest bedding. The LG DLEX7710VE, the matching dryer, has a 9.0-cubic-foot capacity and a sensor dry system that measures the moisture levels and automatically adjusts the drying time to help ensure dry clothes with each load.

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2Maytag MVWB955FC

From TopTenReviews

As high-efficiency top-loading washing machines go, the Maytag MVWB955FC has all of the wash cycles and options most people will need. This is an enormous 6.2-cubic-foot drum to fit big loads of dirty laundry, which reduces the number of times you need to load and unload. Although this Maytag model uses more gallons of water per wash cycle than many of its Energy Star counterparts, it’s still quite an efficient machine.

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Best top-load washing machines for energy efficiency

1Samsung WA9000

From TopTenReviews

Although the Samsung WA9000 top-load washing machine does not offer the most cost-effective laundry solution, it comes close. The generous 5.6-cubic-foot drum means you can do a lot more laundry at once than you could with a traditional washer. You also get several wash cycles and options to help you do your laundry your way – in fact, there’s even a "favorite" wash cycle that allows you to customize a load that you can save and use later.

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2Whirlpool Cabrio High-Efficiency WTW8700EC

From TopTenReviews

The best top-load washers give you a multitude of options, barely increase your energy or water bill, and give you plenty of room for your biggest, heaviest items that need washing. Whirlpool’s Cabrio high-efficiency WTW8700EC top-load washer fits the bill as being one of the best out there. This top-load washing machine uses the impeller method to wash clothes, so there’s no center agitator – which means more space for your clothes.

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Still craving more? Check out our partner’s guide:
The Best Top-Load Washing Machines of 2017