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Brushless washing machine

A brushless washing machine is a washing machine with a motor without brushes. Because there are no carbon brushes in the motor it is much quieter. The motor is also less likely to break down, making the washing machine last longer. A brushless washing machine is usually also much more energy efficient.
Looking for a brushless washing machine? Below, we've listed the best brushless washing machines of 2024 for you. Take a look now!

Brushless washing machine

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October

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What is a brushless washing machine?

A brushless washing machine is usually driven by a belt. This ensures that the drum keeps moving when you are washing. Brushless washing machines are therefore referred to as direct-drive machines. This makes this type of washing machine energy efficient, durable and quiet. They also require less maintenance than washing machines with a carbon brush motor. The vast majority of washing machines sold new today are brushless.

In some cases, washing machines use a magnetic field to spin the drum. This technology is also known as Direct Drive.

Best carbon brushless washing machine of 2024

Are you looking for the best washing machine with a carbon brushless motor of 2024? We’ve compared a range of washing machines of this type. We compared them on their fill weight, energy label, spin speed, and customer reviews. Below you can read which washing machines were the best in the test. Which washer will you choose?

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Best brushless washing machine

Your search for the perfect new washing machine is done with the GE GFW850SPNRS front load washer. Let’s start with the impressive 5.0 cu. ft. maximum capacity that will allow you to wash more laundry at once. With measurements of 34 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide at 246 lbs., you can pair this washing machine with your favorite GE dryer because it is stackable. Have more even space saving options and freedom to place your brand-new washing machine wherever you want with its reversible glass door. Spoil yourself with 12 wash cycles, including Active Wear, Allergen, Bedding, Bulky Items, Cold, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Extra Rinse, Normal, Prewash, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Time Saving, Towels & Sheets, and Whites. This baby is jam-packed with All-American GE technology. The UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors ensuring your washer stays fresh and clean. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into parts including the gasket, dispenser and draining system, delivering protection that lives on load after load. With SmartDispense Technology, you can save time and make laundry effortless with an intelligent dispenser that holds up to 32 loads of detergent that automatically dispenses the right amount each time. 1 Step Wash + Dry allows you wash a small load in your washer, removing the need to transfer clothes into the dryer. Sanitize + Allergen kills 99% of common bacteria and irritants such as dust mites. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is our patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during the spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. PowerSteam safely penetrates deep into fabric fibers, loosening stains to deliver enhanced cleaning performance. Sanitize Cycle allows you to sterilize clothing with elevated temperatures designed to kill common household bacteria. The GE GFW850SPNRS comes with a power cord.
From the long trusted, all-American company, GE, comes a brand-new washing machine. Introducing the GE GFW650SPNSN. This front load washer has a large maximum capacity of 4.8. cu. ft., perfect for a growing family. The beautiful satin nickel color covers the body measuring 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide. You can place this machine in homes with many different layouts and configurations because it features a reversible glass door and is also stackable. It’s very cost efficient with an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier I, and just using about 158kWH/year of power. The GE GFW650SPNSN has maximum spin speed of 1300 revolutions per minute (RPM), power to dry your laundry enough so it spends less time in the dryer or the clothing line. With 12 wash cycle functions including Active Wear, Allergen, Bedding, Bulky Items, Cold, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Extra Rinse, Normal, Prewash, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Speed Wash, Time Saving, Towels and Sheets, and Whites, you have the option to choose the right setting for your laundry. Not only does this washing machine have standard GE washer features like Adaptive Fill, Adjustable Legs, Advanced Vibration Control, Cycle Status Indicator, Delay Start, Door Window, Front Control, Odor Blocking, Spin Speed Option, and Wi-Fi, but it’s also packed with GE exclusive technology. Enjoy functions such as the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock – keeps extra moisture in control so your washing machine stays fresher and cleaner. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into the parts like the gasket, dispenser, and the draining system, controlling bacterial growth. Save time with the SmartDispense function, allowing your machine to hold up to 32 loads of detergent at one time. The patented GE Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT) saves wash time by sensing and rebalancing uneven loads during the spin cycle. Discover more when you buy this amazing product. The GE GFW650SPNSN comes with a power cord.
The Samsung WF45R6100AP high-efficiency front load washing machine looks great with its platinum exterior finish. The 4.5 cu. ft. maximum capacity is just right for you and your family. It has a left swing, round metal door and surface measurements of 31.4 inches deep, 38.75 inches high and 27 inches wide at just 201 lbs. The standard width along with being stackable will allow you to place this machine in many different home layouts. You can pair it with matching Samsung dryers: DVG45R6100P (gas) or DVE45R6100P (electric), both sold separately. Power efficient with a Tier I Energy Efficiency Rating, consuming only 80kWh per year. Impressive! The maximum spin speed is 1200 revolutions per minute (RPM). It includes 10 different wash cycles: Bedding, Delicates, Heavy Duty, Normal, Permanent Press, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Speed Wash, and Whites. On top of this machine’s many different features is the steam function, which provides powerful stain removal without the need for pretreatment. Self Clean+ keeps your washer drum fresh and clean, while Smart Care allows for easy troubleshooting from the convenience of your smartphone. The GE VERT Plus Technology which reduces noise and vibration allows for an overall quieter wash. The Swirl + Drum interior improves the drum pattern and lets the water flow more quickly and therefore limiting excess moisture. The Closet Depth Fit3 provides space-saving design, great for flexible installation in any laundry space. The ADA Compliant4, AUI, Braille accessibility feature, allows easy use of this machine for more people. 5 Temperature Levels for the ideal temperature to wash your clothes gently and thoroughly. Other features include adjustable legs, control lock, control sounds on/off, cycle status indicator, delay start, door window, end-of-cycle signal, remote diagnostics, water heater and more. The Samsung WF45R6100AP comes with hoses and a power cord. The matching pedestal WE402NP can be bought separately.
With a beautiful white exterior that would look good in many rooms, the LG WM3400CW front load washer fits right in your home. A large maximum capacity of 4.5 cu. ft. allows you to put in more laundry at one time, reducing the need to do more loads. It’s stackable, so you can pair it with your favorite LG dryer, sold separately or put it on top of the LG SideKick Pedestal Washer, also sold separately. Measuring 30.25 inches deep, 39 inches high and 27 inches wide at only 187.4 lbs., this washer can be placed in smaller laundry spaces or second floor closets. It has a left swing glass door that allows you to see inside. The LG WM3400CW washing machine has an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier II and consumes only 100kWH per year of energy with a maximum spin speed of 1300 revolutions per hour (RPM). The 8 wash cycle options give you enough choices without making things complicated. Choose from Bedding, Cold, Delicates, Extra Rinse, Heavy Duty, Normal, Permanent Press, Prewash, Rinse & Spin, Speed Wash, Towels and Sheets, and Tub Clean. It doesn’t come with a steam function, but instead offers a trove of other amazing features. The special LG 6Motion technology uses 6 different wash motions, from scrubbing power to a gentle swing ensuring your clothes are cleaned effectively but gently. The LG TrueBalance anti-vibration system is designed to reduce the noise made by your washing machine, so you could enjoy a quiet time before the cycle finishes. Because this washer is made to be compatible with the LG Smart Diagnosis app, if you ever have a problem with your machine, you can avoid a call to the customer service center by troubleshooting yourself. The SenseClean system sets the water level automatically based on the weight of your laundry. What’s more, you also get standard features like adjustable legs, control lock, delay start, end of cycle signal, and spin speed option. The LG washer dryer stacking kit (model # KSTK1) is not included.
The MHW5630HW front load washer from the Maytag Corporation holds up to 4.5 cu. ft. of laundry. It’s space saving because it is stackable, so you can pair it with a dryer of your choice. The measurements are 31.31 inches deep, 38.63 inches high and 27 inches wide with a total weight of 210 lbs. The exterior is covered with either a white or metallic slate finish. The square left swing glass door is fashionable and allows you to peer inside the machine with interior light. With a stainless-steel drum, your washer is low-maintenance and prevents your clothes from getting caught. Save money and electricity. This machine is Energy Star Rated and just consumes 86kWH of power per year. Dry your clothes faster with a maximum spin speed of 1160 revolutions per minute (RPM), allowing the laundry to come out with less moisture. The Steam function sanitizes your laundry while dissolving dirt and grime gently. You have an abundance of choice with 10 wash cycle options. If you’re in a hurry, the Quick Wash Cycle can clean a small load within 15 minutes. Throw that load in a Maytag dryer with the Quick Dry Cycle (sold separately) and your clothes will be ready in no time. If you can’t remove the load from the washer after a cycle right away, the 12-Hour Fresh Spin option keeps your laundry soft and free from wrinkles until you’re back. If you found additional laundry you need to wash, Late Add allows you to stop the machine mid-cycle and throw in additional articles of clothing. Keep your washing machine clean and hygienic by running the AFFRESH cycle every 30 washes using the AFFRESH Washer Cleaner tablet or simply a liquid chlorine bleach. The Heavy Duty Cycle provides effective dirt and stain removal. Give it an extra oomph with the Extra Power Button which provides the most powerful cleaning in the industry. In addition to the special Maytag features, other functions include control lock, cycle status indicator and front control. The Maytag MHW5630HW front load washer comes with hoses and a power cord.

Buying a brushless washer; what to look for?

If you choose a brushless washer, you automatically have a number of advantages; they are quieter, more fuel efficient and more durable than washers with a brush motor. But there are of course more things to consider when buying a new washing machine. First, you need to decide whether you want a front- or top loading washing machine. The front loader has the door on the front and is the most popular. Many people choose a front loading washer because you can put a dryer on top of the washer. The top loading washer has the fill opening at the top, which makes it easier to reach the drum to pick up your laundry. Both front and top loading models are available with a brushless motor.

Fill Weight

The fill weight indicates how many kg of laundry will fit in the drum at one time. There are several aspects that determine how much fill weight you need. The size of your household plays the biggest role in this. If you are a 1 or 2 person household, you may want to choose a 6 kg or 7 kg washing machine. If you have 3 or 4 people, an 8kg machine would be better. Do you have a household of 5 or more? Then we recommend a 9kg or 10kg washing machine. It’s important to choose a washing machine with a water filter that matches your household size. That’s because if you don’t have enough capacity, you’ll have to wash more often than necessary – which will cost you a lot of water and energy. You also don’t want a washing machine that’s too big. That means you’ll have to save a lot of laundry to fill the drum, or wash with a half-empty drum – which also wastes a lot of water and energy.

Energy Rating

The energy rating is also known as an energy label. It gives you an indication of how energy efficient a washing machine is. The big advantage of a brushless washing machine is that it is automatically relatively energy efficient. But this also falls within a spectrum. A washing machine is energy efficient when it has energy class A, B or C. There are also brushless machines that have energy class D or E. Therefore, if you like to wash energy efficiently or want to be a little extra considerate of the environment, we recommend that you go for an energy-efficient washing machine – one that has energy class A, B or C. These machines may be a little more expensive to buy, but because they are so energy efficient, they can save you up to 200 euros a year.

RPM

How many rounds your washing machine spins per minute while spinning is determined by its speed. The faster it spins, the drier your laundry will be. At 1600 rpm, your laundry will be as dry as possible. There are a number of machines available with a brushless motor that reach 1600 rpm, but most machines reach 1400 rpm. 1400 is also considered a high speed.

Sound level

How loud a washing machine can be is indicated in decibels (dB) under the ‘spin sound level’ specification. Each washing machine is classified into 1 of 4 categories; loud, normal, quiet and extra quiet. A washing machine is referred to as ‘loud’ when it produces 78 dB or more and normal when it produces between 74 dB and 77 dB. We speak of a ‘quiet washing machine’ when it reaches 72 dB or 73 dB and it is an extra quiet washing machine at 71 dB or less. Most washing machines with a brushless motor fall into the ‘normal’ or ‘quiet’ category. Depending on where you plan to put your new washing machine, you may benefit from choosing a quiet or extra quiet one.

Ease of Use

Washers are equipped with more and more options to make washing easier for the user – making each wash a snap. These include a load sensor, delayed start, add wash, a self-cleaning detergent drawer, automatic detergent dosing and control via an app. Make sure your new washing machine has these features if you think you will benefit from them.

Wash programs

Because everyone wants something different, there are many different wash programs. If you have a need for certain programs, make sure that the washing machine you buy offers them. There are special programs for delicate fabrics, stains, sportswear, baby clothes, extra hygienic wash, shirts and more.

Brands

We associate big brands with quality and longevity. And this is not without reason, of course. It is not a guarantee, but washing machines from big brands are more often made of stronger materials and therefore the lifespan of these devices is often higher. A-brands for washing machines include Bosch, Siemens, LG, AEG, Miele and Samsung.

But the brand of a washing machine is of course not everything. Experience has definitely taught us that there are plenty of washing machines in lower price ranges and from lesser brands that also keep working perfectly for years and years. For example Beko, Indesit, Zanussi, Haier and Proline.

As an indication, washing machines have an average lifespan of 10 years.

What are carbon brushes

A carbon brush is the part of the motor that transfers electricity to the motor through the commutator. Carbon brushes transfer electricity to the armature of the motor, then the armature will rotate, which will cause the drum of the washing machine to spin – through the drive belt.

Worn-out is the normal thing about carbon brushes. If they did not wear out, the commutator of the motor would be damaged. Carbon brushes are therefore deliberately made of material that is softer than the commutator. Eventually, therefore, through wear, you will only be left with nodules – and then you will need to replace them. This is because the carbon brushes no longer transfer any electricity into the motor.

In most cases, the carbon brushes of the washing machine motor are easy to replace – this is deliberately designed as it is known to wear out quickly.

Difference between a carbon brush washing machine and a brushless washing machine

In the past, all washing machines had a motor driven by carbon brushes as standard. These provide the electricity that the washing machine needs to run the drum. Nowadays, however, most new washing machines are powered by a different method; the brushless washing machine. As the name suggests, there are no carbon brushes involved. As the name implies, there are no carbon brushes involved, but instead a drive belt that directly keeps the drum in motion.

Recently, another type of motor has been developed for washing machines, which works without a carbon brush and without a drive belt. A magnetic field causes the drum to rotate in this case. This type of motor is called Direct Drive, and is currently only used in washing machines from the brands LG and Haier.

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Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

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