Still overstuffing your washer in order to do fewer loads? We’ve all been guilty of the overstuff, but the fact is, overloading a washer only leads to improperly washed clothes and it can potentially damage the appliance. In this case, we recommend two options: Stick to doing lighter loads more often, or upgrade to a unit with more space, such as a large-capacity front load washer.
Continue reading as we explain how a large front load washer could be a lifesaver for full-sized households and families with hefty laundering needs. Then, we provide our pick of the best large-capacity front load washer from seven categories, along with short insight on the brands you should trust.
At a Glance:
By now, you might be wondering, “Why a front load washer?” or “Do large-capacity top load washers provide the same benefits?” The answer lies in the tub design. By using the tub that sits on its side rather than as a deep tub, front loaders eliminate the need for an agitator, instantly adding more capacity and allowing users to wash more in a single go. While compact front load washers are also available on the market, buyers can find models as spacious as 5 cubic feet and above that are handy solutions to high-capacity laundering needs.
But what exactly is a cubic foot? Essentially, the cubic-rating indicates how many feet of washer space are available within the three dimensions—height, width, and depth. Luckily, shoppers don’t need to learn a math lesson; simply remember the following:
⊳ Compact washers: 1.9–2.9 cubic feet
- Ideal for apartments, small laundry spaces, and no-family households
⊳ Standard-capacity washers: 3–4.2 cubic feet
- Best for average-size households and standard laundry needs
⊳ Large-capacity washers: 4.3–5.1 cubic feet
- Suitable for high-volume laundry needs, such as families of four
⊳ Ultra-large capacity washers: 5.2+
- Enough washer room to clean a king-size comforter and bedding set at the same time; households of five or more members will benefit the most from this size
The extra space front load washers provide is just one of the perks of these washer types. Take a moment to review our top load versus front load washing machine article where we explain all the benefits of a front load washing machine.
Of course, creating the room to wash requires a bigger appliance, which is why buyers should pay special attention to the overall dimensions of each prospect. The good news is most large-capacity front loaders measure the standard 27” width, with some models falling between a heftier build of 30”. However, the real difference happens in the height and depth.
Large-capacity front load washer dimensions:
- 38”–40” in height
- 27”–30” in width
- 30”–35” in depth
Front loading washing machines measuring 30” deep are great for fitting into laundry closets, but sizes greater than 30” are better as freestanding units in a dedicated laundry space. Meanwhile, large-capacity washers sit at just over counter height, starting at 38”. But, if you want to use a laundry pedestal, plan to add at least 14” to that height. Front load washers also give users the option to stack, essentially cutting the amount of occupied floorspace in half.
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Best Overall: GE® 5.0 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer (GFW850SSNWW)
Wash huge loads inside this GE 5.0 front load washer to make laundry days a quicker process. GE SmartDispense technology lets you skip another step by holding up to 32-loads worth of detergent that also dispenses the perfect amount of cleaner for even more efficiency. And with the UltraFresh Vent System and Microban lining, this smart front load washer ensures fresh laundry from machine to wardrobe.
Best Budget: Samsung 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer (WF45T6200AW)
That moment when you find money in your pockets before a wash—that’s how we describe the affordable price and powerful features on this Samsung 5.0 front load washer. The jackpot continues with exclusive features like a 30-minute Super Speed cycle, a penetrating steam option, and VRT Plus Technology for smooth and silent operation. Sync this smart washer to your personal device via the Samsung Smart Washer/Dryer app for added user flexibility.
Best Luxury Large Capacity Front Load Washer: LG 5.0 Cu. Ft. Black Steel Mega Capacity Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Washer (WM4500HBA)
LG delivers generous capacity in this 5-cubic-foot washer for enough space to wash up to 20 pounds of laundry. That’s more than twice the size of normal-size loads, helping users get more laundry done in fewer loads. And with TurboWash 360 technology, AI fabric sensors, a Smart Paring function, and the power of steam, the features are also grand when it comes to this smart front load washing machine.
Best Large Capacity Front Loader w/Steam: LG 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Ultra Large Capacity Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Washer (WM4000HWA)
The power of steam gives this LG front loader the ability to fight deep-set wrinkles as well as bacteria and allergens all in a single go. Load up and let AI fabric sensors determine the ideal wash for the fabric type and sync with a compatible smart dryer to create customized dry settings. You’ll enjoy saving time with its ample space and TurboWash 360 setting that completes a load in 30 minutes, plus Cold Wash technology and Energy Star-rated performance provide additional savings.
Best Large Capacity Front Loader w/Sanitize: Maytag® 4.8 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer (MHW6630HW)
Your family’s health is more important than ever, which is why this Maytag front load washer is a laundry essential. Quickly sanitize up to 30 towels in a single load with an ample 4.8-cubic-foot capacity and the Sanitize cycle that eliminates 99.9 percent of germs. To experience the “best cleaning performance” in its class, press the Extra Power button and enjoy the combined power of hot and cold water that tackle stains better than comparable washes.
Best Large Capacity Smart Front Load Washer: Whirlpool® 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Front Load Washer (WFW6620HW)
Technology is on your side with this Whirlpool smart front load washer, from the intuitive controls with suggest wash settings to convenient wash functions like steam, sanitize, or a 15-minute Quick Wash cycle. With the ability to wash more than three full baskets in a single load, this Energy Star-certified washer is a testament to the efficiency of front load washers.
Having as much capacity possible is an indispensable asset when it comes to knocking out continuous piles of laundry with minimal effort, but buyers should also evaluate a machine’s performance rating. Here are three factors we feel are essential when it comes to shopping for a large-capacity front loader.
Front load washing machines are the modern laundry appliance, and thanks to their unique design, they save water and use tumbling agitation, which is easier on fabrics.
That alone makes them the more efficient washer option, but there are other factors to consider:
⊳ For instance, the drum. We highly approve of models with ergonomic drum designs that encourage moisture wicking and don’t snag clothes.
⊳ Pay attention to models with low-maintenance features. The gasket, door, and dispenser are especially prone to mold and mildew growth, but with special technologies, they’re less of a concern.
⊳ We’re also fans of Wi-Fi connectivity, especially when it can be paired with a compatible dryer. This helps make laundry day workflow as easy as load and go.
When it comes to layout, we place high value on models with reversible doors. They provide flexibility and allow the appliance to work with your space—not vice versa.
The location of the buttons and they work are also important. Some models come with a smart button that allows the washer and dryer to be managed from the same dial, meaning no more reaching—a major plus in our books!
Besides having a large capacity, what can you do with your front load washer? Sanitize? Steam and de-wrinkle? Quick washes? These factors, and many more, will let you maximize all the space a large-capacity front load washer provides.
Best Large Capacity Front Load Washer Brands
Here are five of the best front load washing machine brands we recommend for getting the job done efficiently.
This household appliance hero needs little introduction. With over a century manufacturing quality appliances, GE’s lineup of large-capacity front load washers stands the test of reliability with a 10-year limited warranty on all models. On top of that, several models in the collection have earned a Good Housekeeping seal of approval as high-performance washers ideal for the modern home.
Signature features include the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock and Microban antimicrobial lining along the door and the dispenser. Together, both combat the growth of mold and mildew, a common problem with many first-generation front loaders. Other perks include Wi-Fi management, steam, and the industry’s first sanitize/allergen cycle for clothes that are 99-percent free of harmful bacteria and allergens.
Price range: $899–$1,199
✓ Recommended for: Budget buyers who depend on quality performance, as well as households that require hygiene laundry solutions for members with health sensitivities. Learn more in this GE front load washers spotlight.
When a brand consecutively ranks as a J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction winner, not much needs to be said about its performance. Samsung achieves this feat with its large catalog of future-forward large-capacity front load washers packed with innovative washer and user functions. Select models provide smart features like a Super Speed Wash cycle for loads that finish in 28 minutes, Wi-Fi connectivity, and VRT Plus technology for quiet operation.
Other models are also lined with a CleanGuard antimicrobial material along high-contact areas such as the detergent dispenser and drum to protect against bacteria buildup and mold for clean laundry on a new level.
Price range: $949–$1,349
✓ Recommended for: Smart appliance enthusiasts will enjoy Samsung smart front load washers that are capable of running from a smart device, as well as learning user habits for washes that are intuitive and efficient.
Here’s another J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction winner, this time from a brand that offers a simpler approach to laundry with straightforward washing needs that are accessible to every kind of user. That includes essential washer features like presoak and steam, along with some surprising features, like a 15-minute wash cycle and wash and dry option that turns the washer into a dryer with a built-in fan.
Price range: $949–$1,599
✓ Recommended for: Shoppers looking for large-capacity front load washers in mid- to high-end price points are encouraged to explore Whirlpool’s line. Top performance with easy-to-use features make these washers powerful workhorses with customer-approved usability.
If you’re a features-forward shopper, consider LG large-capacity front load washers an ally to your buying needs. Each model in this lineup is a showcase of LG’s industry-leading innovation, whether it’s TurboWash 360 that cleans a load in about 30 minutes, or Smart Pairing technology that recommends a tailored drying cycle based off the wash. Other standout exclusives include the Allergiene Cycle and a 10-year warranty on Inverter DirectDrive Motor.
Additionally, each of these Energy Star certified washers can be paired with a compatible LG SideKick pedestal washer to gain even more washing flexibility from the same appliance profile.
Price point: $799–$1,499
✓ Recommended for: Buyers looking to include the best washer features to their laundry routine will not be disappointed by what an LG washer can do.
Simple, yet effective—that’s how we sum up Maytag high-capacity front load washers. Each model is ranked as a top-performer, according to Consumer Reports, thanks to the innovative Extra Power button that uses dual water temperatures for enhanced stain-fighting power. These models also boast the “most powerful cleaning in the industry” among front load washers in the same class and offer a 10-year Limited Parts Warranty on their Direct Drive Motor and wash basket for even more value. See what else the brand offers in our Maytag Washer and Dryer review.
Price range: $949–$1,299
✓ Recommended for: Buyers looking for a washer brand made in the U.S.A. will get major value out of Maytag washers.
Shop Large Front Loading Washing Machines at Spencer’s
With the extra space of a large front loading washing machine in your laundry room, washing and drying clothes just got a little simpler. These seven models are our experts’ favorites, but there are even more choices to select from when you shop Spencer’s TV & Appliances.
Explore all the possibilities by shopping online or at one of our appliance showrooms across Arizona, including locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and Scottsdale!