This article will address common customer questions on what the best washer is to avoid mold odor.

Mold odor in washing machines isn’t specific to 1 brand or even top loading versus front loader. Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Kenmore, Maytag, Roper, Estate) simply by virtue of being the biggest is unfairly singled out, in my opinion, by lawyers in class action lawsuits, see: Today’s NewsSlate NewsForbes ReviewConsumer Reports. To a certain degree, there is a buildup of residue on all washers. It’s just a matter of how much residue is present if odor is noticed. The odor is generally first noticed in towels because they’re plusher, used when wet and used close to your face. Without cleaning or maintenance the odor-causing residue will grow to cause problems in any washer.

Almost futile attempts to eliminate mold odor in washing machines have included:

  • UV lights in washing machines
  • creation of a corporate cottage industry of mold odor removers
  • advising users to get rid of odor by using products such as bleach, vinegar, baking soda and even leaving the door open to lessen odor.
Posted in Washing Machine Advice.