How Much Does a Washing Machine Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 21, 2018

One of the most basic needs of homeowners in the way of appliances is a washing machine.  Most homes will already be equipped with a plumbing and hook-ups for a washing machine, but the machine must usually be purchased separately.

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How much does a washing machine cost?

The cost of a washing machine will vary depending on the efficiency, load capacity, and make and model.  A standard top-loading machine with multiple load capacities and cycle options will cost $250-$500.  For example, the GE 4.3 cubic feet 24-cycle washer can be found at Amazon for about $300.

A mid-range washing machine, one that is more efficient on water and energy and possibly quieter with a greater capacity, will cost between $500-$1,200.  A washing machine such as the LG – 5.2 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle Ultra Capacity High-Efficiency Washer will cost around $900, for example.

A high-efficiency front-load washer with a large load capacity that is much quieter than mid-grade washers will cost between $500-$1,500.  For example, the Samsung 5.0 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Steam Washer will cost around $1,450.

MichaelBlueJay.com notes you should spend about $100 more for a top loader; however, common electricity savings are close to $100 for the year.

A compact portable washing machine that can be taken anywhere with a water hook-up can cost anywhere from $55 to $300.

BrandPrice Range
Best Buy Washing Machine$300 to $1,400
hhgregg Washing Machine$329 to $1,200
Home Depot Washing Machine$299 to $1,400
Kenmore Washing Machine$299 to $699
LG Inverter Direct Drive Washer$549 to $959
Lowes Washing Machines$249 to $1,200
Maytag Washing Machine$399 to $1,100
Samsung Top Loader Washer$375 to $760
Sears Washing Machines$300 to $1,600
Whirlpool Compact Washer$399 to $699



Factors that influence the price:

The capacity load

How much can the washing machine hold?  The more it can hold, the more it’s going to be.

The quality

Stainless steel appliances are going to cost more than a standard one.

Brand

Like any product in life, the brand name is going to play a rather crucial role.

Features

Washing machines are fairly high tech today.  Some features include programming cycles, digital timers and more.  The more features a machine has, the more it will cost.

Washing machine overview

There are two common types of washing machines on the market:  a front load and top load.  The front load will use less water and will have the door in the front of the washing machine, while the top loading machine will have the lid on the top.  Studies have shown that front load washers will tumble your clothes in a shallow puddle of water rather than submerging the clothes in a pit of water like a top loading machine.  Also, the spinning action of a front loading machine is gentler on clothes than that of a top loading machine that uses an aggressive agitator.  Lastly,  a front-loading machine will use much less detergent than its top load counterpart.

Common features on washing machines may include a built-in sink, steam sanitizer, stackable qualities or a pedestal washer that allows you to do two loads at once.

Every washing machine will come with installation instructions.  Some stores will also include free delivery and/or free installation.

Limited warranties can come with many name brands.

What are the extra costs?

Efficiency

The higher the efficiency of the washer, the more expensive it will be and the less power and water will be consumed.  On the other hand, a washer with a lower efficiency will cost less initially but will cost more per month in water and energy usage.  Which way you choose to go is up to you.

Accessories?

Most washing machines won’t include the start-up accessories such as hoses, clamps or other small parts.  Even if the machine comes with hoses, you may want to upgrade to a stainless steel version, rather than a plastic tube.

Install and/or delivery fee

While many stores today will install a washing machine for free, some may charge an installation and/or delivery fee.

Repairs in the future

If problems happen down the road, additional parts such as hoses, lint traps and more may be required.

Optional cleaner

While optional, many prefer to purchase cleaner to help prevent deposit and residue build-up.  Cleaners can start at $5.

How can I save money?

Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing a new washer.  Inefficient washers can use 75% more energy.  You will also want to look for high modified energy number (MEF) and low water factor (WF) number.

Front load washers are said to be more efficient since these machines leave less water in the clothes, ultimately reducing the dryer’s time.

Wash your clothes in cold water as this can save you more than 90% in energy costs.  If you insist on washing in warm water, consider a front-load washer since these machines use 66% less water.

Depending on your homeowner’s insurance and the reason for needing a new machine, your cost may be covered.

Used machines can often be found on ebay.com.  You may have to pay for shipping.

Some stores have deals for those who purchase a dryer and washer at the same time.  Check local current sales ads for opportunities.

Top brands to consider:

How to compare prices:

If money is tight, shop based on necessity only.  Some washing machines have extras that, while they may be convenient, are not really necessary in order to get the job done.

If you’re strapped for cash, try local thrift stores or even Craigslist for a second-hand washing machine.  Many washing machines can be found under $200 that work.


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  1. Joe (Louisville,  Kentucky) paid $426 and said:

    Kenmore, front loader, 41262 model from Sears

    Was it worth it? Yes

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