Welcome to our handy and free guide to the best washing machines on the market today. Our guide looks at a variety of models and prices to help you find something suitable for your needs.
We review lots of models including Miele, Bosch, Hotpoint, Indesit, Zanussi and more, so you can find something suitable for you cleaning requirements and budget.
With lots of options including top loaders, washer dryers, integrated and more, where do you start? Read our guide to the best washing machines of 2019 so you can make an informed decision before purchase.
Welcome to our handy guide to help you find the best washing machine on the market today.
As you know a washing machine is a household necessity, however, they aren’t cheap, so you’ll need to be sure whichever one you choose is right for your household, bank balance and the amount of washing you do.
In our free and independent guide to the best washing machines around we will look at a range of models including Samsung washing machines, Miele, Indesit, Hoover and more, to find something suitable for all your washing needs. All of the washing machines we mention here have been favourably reviewed and comprehensively tested by consumer champions and industry publications; so you can be sure of the best possible quality and performance, no matter what your budget or washing requirements are.
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The first model in the our best washing machine guide is the fantastic Samsung Ecobubble! This chic dark grey machine has been advertised on TV so you may well have seen or heard about it already. So how did it come out in our independent washer machine tests here?
Well to be honest, with a 9kg capability and a spin speed of 1400rpm (plus a A+++ rated for energy consumption), we believe that you will struggle to find form or function better than this top Samsung washing machine. In almost every apsect we found the Echobubble to be superb. Samsung have achieved this by improving previous washing machines and by integrating ecobubble technology; a unique method of blending detergent with water and air to create a washing mix that’s much "bubblier" - hence the name the Samsung Ecobubble Washing machine! The bubbles aren't just for fun though, they penetrate fabrics effortlessly, removing dirt and stains (even on a cool wash time); allowing even the most eco-conscious consumer the opportunity to take on some heavy duty laundry without cranking up the heat!
The interior drum is embossed with diamond shapes to prevent clothes snagging and to hold a cushioning layer of water. The detergent drawer has been upgraded too – it flushes itself through with jets of water to clean away any residue and ensure every last bit is used.
In summary the Samsung Ecobubble WW90 combines efficiency with environmental-mindedness to deliver superior energy efficiency and long-lasting performance that’s second-to-none, all with minimal noise. It’s even ‘smart’ and can be linked to your smartphone with an App to monitor performance and help diagnose any detected issues!
Best washing machine review summary: This machine is perfect for busy homes with a variety of wash needs and a focus on saving money and energy alike. A superb washing machine it won the best overall washing machine in our guide.
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Hoover is a super-brand in the "white goods" world (they don't just make the best vacuums), as this brilliant hoover washing machine demonstrates. The Hoover Next model came out strongly in a lot of your tests - even though many didn't think it was the prettiest of washing machines - it offered great results and value for money!
We found that the beauty of the Hoover Next machine was in its versatility – there’s basically a cycle for everything! It has a variety of different programs which cater for all fabrics, as well as those busy times when you just need to bung everything in; this is covered with its amazing "All In One" 59-minute cycle. We felt this hoover washing machine particularly suited busy households and those with busy lives who didn't have time to do lots of different types of washes.
The Hoover Next has thought of everything to make washing easy. The port-hole is extra large for easy un/loading and the Hoover Dynamic programming allows the clever machine to constantly monitor its own performance; this means it basically optimises and amends its cycles as needed; basically an intelligent washing machine.
What’s more, it’s an NFC machine (just like a contactless payment car) so using any Android smartphone with its partner app, you can switch washes on and off, monitor and operate settings and keep an eye on energy expenditure used. Again great for modern living.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is perfect for big families and those with busy lives. Easy to use, able to take big loads, app operated and offering intelligent washing benefits, it was well priced and value for money. Highly recommended.
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The ideal budget washing machine, the Indesit IWC Eco machine aims for great results every time, without splashing the cash to get there. We found this the best cheap washing machine in our washing machine reviews; it offered good results for a small price.
A focus on efficiency and eco-friendly credentials allows the Indesit customer to save money as they save the planet… and get all their whites shiny bright! This washer machine weighs each wash load as it’s turned on and then rations its water and electricity to use only the appropriate amount for it depending on what’s in the drum at any one time.
Sports and gym fans may choose from specialist programs including "sportswear washes" to tackle grass stains and tough dirt marks across heavy-duty kit and nylon mix activewear, and sports shoes washes to effectively clean even the heaviest-used of trainers!
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is perfect for those conscious of their environmental impact and their bank balance. It achieving impressive models for a cheap price. Recommended.
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A luxury model that’s a must-have for Smeg fans, this beautifully designed Smeg washing machine blends perfectly with other Smeg white goods and is neatly hidden away from view with its cosmetic and stylish door. A brilliant washing machine for those who want the washing done to high standard but also want a machine which looks great in their home.
That said, with a 7kg load capability, 1400 rpm spin cycle, A+++ energy rating and wash options starting from just 15-minutes, this top washing machine also has everything you could ask for in practical terms; it's not just a stunning and stylish option!
This brilliant Smeg washer machine has fifteen pre-set programs to launder different categories and types of clothing to their full potential. One of the most popular programs is the Night Mode, whereby the machine waits until overnight hours to start washing at the time when energy rates are cheaper. This is great for detached home but not for those living in flats or where you may have to be conscious of neighbours!
The reinforced 7kg drum is built for longevity and the Aquastop anti-flood device means that even if it were to give up the ghost, you can be sure that the machine wouldn’t flood your kitchen with water – a good thing to know for those with other expensive appliances to match.
Best washing machines review summary: This washer machine is perfect for those with a style-curated home and those looking for a washer machine which looks great and makes a statement. Results were excellent as well, it didn't just look smart but produced brilliant cleaning.
Miele washing machines are known for their excellence and so it is no suprise to see them in our best washing machine guide! With lots of models to choose from we decided to go for the Miele WKH as it demonstrated many of the traits that they are known and respected in this leading washing machine brand.
The Miele WKH121 washing machine is the ultimate in performance; laundering your clothes to a level that is second-to-none with a variety of new technologies and traditional wash programming to reach new heights in clean clothes.
Automatic detergent dispensing puts an end to greasy stains on fabrics, and the QuickPowerWash setting is able to achieve the results you would expect from a heavy-duty industrial machine in just 59-minutes! Seven specialist stain removal settings give users the opportunity to combat staining; spanning over twenty stain types, and able to remove up to three at once. If you’re really in a rush, the pre-ironing setting can lightly heat the drum after the final spin, to smooth fabrics and make ironing faster and easier.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is ideal for those washing on a heavy-duty scale or having to deal with stubborn stains and hefty soils. With quick top class results and the iron mode we felt it was great for young professionals and young families. Achieves amazing results time after time. Highly recommended.
Don’t be fooled by this Logik washing machine’s cheap price tag – you’ll be surprised by just how much they’ve managed to cram in to a machine retailing for less than £200!
A 7kg drum capacity and 1400 rpm spin cycle puts this machine on an even keel with all of the others listed here, performance wise. Pre-set wash cycle programs start from just quarter of an hour long, with the unique ability to be able to delay for 24-hours; allowing users to fit their laundry loads into their busy schedules no matter how hectic they may be! Sixteen set programs offer the ideal washes for a variety of laundry loads and everything can be monitored right from the machine’s LED screen.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is ideal for those who don’t have time to spend on household chores such as laundry, nor the appetite to spend heavily on the goods to complete them. A fantastic cheap model for those with busy lifetstyles.
Downsizing just slightly from the standard 7kg and 1400 rpm to a 6kg drum capacity and 1200 rpm spin cycle can save you hugely on price with this Essentials budget washing machine.
This brilliant cheap washing machine does everything you’d expect of a household washer including wash, spin and work to a variety of pre-set fabric-themed cycles, but with a few added perks that you perhaps wouldn’t expect for less than £200. A A+++ energy efficiency rating lines this machine up with the best of the best – an unusual feature for a budget machine where so often these things are easily compromised on and forgotten, - and an Easy Iron cycle adds in the ability to grab your clothes straight from the wash and give them a quick once-over before popping them on and getting on with your day.
Sure, so it’s a bit smaller than your bog-standard washing machine, but in performance there’s little difference. The small drum actually makes things quicker: lesser loads can be washed on cold for 15-minutes and still come out looking fresh, so there’s no need to cut back on efficiency because you’re cutting back on cost.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is ideal for those who live alone, or couples, who do small washes frequently rather than larger loads periodically. A great cheaper version and highly recommended.
Another super-brand in the washing machine world is Bosch!
A mid-range price tag for a heavy duty machine, the Bosch WAT is designed for busy and big families with hectic schedules and lots of laundry to get through!
The large 9kg drum capacity can be filled and things still operate on an energy efficient basis thanks to the A+++ energy rating. The wave-drum structure within the room drum allows for constant water flow that’s slightly agitated to distribute detergent perfectly and rinse thoroughly even through the most soiled of items.
Even despite its large capacity, if laundry needs completing in a hurry, the Bosch WAT has you covered. The 15-minute cycle can handle up to 2kg for an efficient clean (that’s the equivalent of about 10 shirts), and the detergent drawer is self-cleaning, so you needn’t worry about constantly scrubbing it out.
What’s more, the Bosch WAT won’t disturb the kids once they’ve gone to bed either… as the advanced motor produces maximum efficiency even at exceptionally low noise levels. It comes with a 10-year guarantee too, so you can rest assured it’ll stay quiet even as it grows old; even if your mother-in-law does the opposite!
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is perfect for big and busy families who need lots of laundry washed efficiently and quietly.
Busy families with varying needs often struggle to find an ‘all-rounder’ machine that can take equal care of everyone – but the Hotpoint WMX definitely manages to. Mucky children’s clothes can be quickly cleaned off with rapid cycles as quick as 9 minutes, and the unique anti-stain cycle is a must-have for those with toddlers or teenagers who always return home with mystery stains!
The machine works with an anti-allergy cycle using high-temperature technology and extra rinses to neutralise allergens; and it’s been proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of them, even without specialist detergents. Furthermore, Mum and Grandma can take good care of their woollens using the Woolmark Platinum Care Programme to utilise an extra gentle drum cycle and low spin speeds to keep delicates looking tip top.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is ideal for families with mixed needs; including stain removal, allergy care and a mix of fabrics.
Perhaps the ‘Jack of all trades’ of washing machines, the Zanussi ZWF works brilliantly for a range of needs. It plays host to a variety of specialist programmes, including cottons, delicates and denims, for the optimum clean no matter the garment; all taken care of efficiently by a 1400rpm spin speed to reduce drying times.
For smaller loads, a 30c wash can service up to 3kg of soiled laundry in just 30 minutes – though you don’t need to worry about the energy efficiency of your washes when this comes graded as A+++ for efficiency! Any wash cycle can be halved using the QuickWash option, and the LCD display shows you exactly how long is left on the programme you’ve selected. You can even delay your wash starting for up to 20hrs – so why not run it overnight, when your electricity costs will be cheaper?
Best washing machines review summary: This machine works great for those who feel they have a variety of laundry needs but don’t know exactly what.
The ultimate in ‘smart’ tech for laundry, the LG TurboWash isn’t your average washing machine: it’s so much more! Use with your Android smartphone to download wash programmes and read up on laundry hints and tips, the machine is NFC enabled so can be linked through Bluetooth. The Smart Diagnosis system on the machine will update your phone if there’s any issues with the wash, and will self-diagnose to try and fix itself in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.
Combine this innovative tech with LG’s patented 6 Motion Direct Drive technology, which includes a variety of drum motions and speeds for unprecedented control over your laundry (even as it’s washing!) makes for a really special machine. This all enables you to ensure the perfect wash every time, no matter how stained, soiled or speedy.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is the perfect addition to a household that loves its tech!
True to AEG’s signature style, the ProSteam L7F looks great and its function truly matches up to its form. It holds premium certifications from Woolmark, Lenor and Arial – which is no mean feat in the laundry world where brands normally choose to compete against each other in endorsing equipment!
The ProSteam programming is designed to minimise the need for ironing by reducing wrinkles and drying garments off evenly with steam. It’s effortless for the user, but the end result really is something. Working alongside this, ProSense technology weighs each wash load and only uses the exact time and water consumption needed for an effective launder adjusted bespoke to your washing requirements, every time. The SoftPlus feature disperses detergent and soap evenly throughout (no more greasy marks from overloading!), and the specialist fabric programmes are each designed by experts for the ultimate material care.
The AEG ProSteam L7F isn’t the cheapest of washing machines, granted, but it’s one of the best – and some of the industry’s leading names agree.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine works brilliantly for the eco-conscious and those with delicate fabric washing needs.
A minimalist looking machine, you may not have heard of Candy before; and to be honest, you may struggle to find many stockists of them. That said, now’s the time to do your research into this brand – because this machine stacks well up against the best of ‘em.
The Candy GVS holds an impressive 8kg load with a 1200rpm spin cycle, which is a unusually high performance for a machine at this price level. It holds all the standard features you’d expect from a washing machine – custom programmes, low-temperature options, quick washes – as well as some you wouldn’t. A ‘quick weigh’ sensor to monitor and judge the weight of your wash load within the first four minutes ensures your laundry only ever takes as long as it needs to, and never uses excess water. Economical night-time washes can be taken advantage of without having to stay up late thanks to a handy time delay, so there’s really no need to overspend on your laundry loads… or your machine! The downsides? It’s not the quietest, and there’s no low-volume tech built in, so perhaps don’t put it in a room next to your bedroom. Candy also isn’t stocked everywhere, so you’ll need to visit an Argos or shop online through them.
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is perfect for a household with a low laundry budget but still needing something that packs a punch.
A super sleek and smart looking washing machine, the Hotpoint Aquarius looks great in any kitchen or utility room. A whopping 16 programmes cater for every type of fabric you can think of, including anti-allergy, stain removal AND a certified Woolmark programme for specialised woollen care.
For those on a time limit, the super express cycle delivers an excellent wash in just 9-minutes – you’d never guess it was a rapid cycle with performance like this. The anti-allergen programme is approved by Allergy UK to neutralise and remove up to 99.9% of allergens, and the TimeZone feature allows all programmes to run to different types depending on the urgency and soil level of your laundry load.
Of course, all of these features can often mean bundling ongoing costs with home energy usage, but the Hotpoint Aquarius negates the need for anxiety – it’s A++ rated for energy efficiency, so you won’t notice a hike in your bills!
Best washing machines review summary: This machine is ideal for those who want an appliance that looks great and functions too; as well as those with allergies to look after.
Washing machines aren’t often a product we pay much attention to but when you consider how heavily they’re used, how rapidly and often frantically they work and how much we all rely on them, it’s a wonder we don’t talk about them more! Long gone are the days of picking out a white plasticky block to sit in the corner of your kitchen or utility room and just use it as you needed until the day it died a watery, bubbly death. Now, washing machines come in a whole host of colours to match the look of your other appliances and decoration, can work ‘smart’ to detect your laundry’s weight and only use the necessary water and electricity levels, and most have speedy settings to adapt to different time scales and different fabric types. Who knew?
Historically, washing machines have used a great deal of water and energy and so it’s been economical and more environmentally friendly to stock up large loads and do them periodically rather than little and often – a noble effort, but something not often convenient. Now, however, quick-timed programs and optimised water measure systems afford decent energy efficiency ratings even when small loads washing often. This finally blends user convenience and ease of use without impacting negatively on the environment, your energy usage or your water rates, for a win-win situation all round.
Washing machines now come in a host of colours and shades, with some even boasting cosmetic doors to hide them out of view like a cupboard or other shielded appliance. If you find a machine your want to purchase but discover it doesn’t come in the shade you need to match it to your other goods or furniture, shop around for decals, stickers and coverings that can easily adapt to match.
Most retailers also offer installation of new washing machines into your home and the removal and disposal of old ones – so ask when you buy for service prices. Many stockists offer such services cheaper than independent vendors, so take advantage of good value if you’re able to. Whilst washing machines aren’t overly difficult to install in most cases, it’s always less hassle to have someone professional take it on. In cases of removal and disposal, this can often be quite pricey and relies on you having relevant transportation and the ability to lift and move the machine; so consider carefully whether your time is worth more or less than the fee your retailer offers.
What To Look For In A Washing Machine
Shopping for white goods isn’t often the most exciting experience you’ll have for your home, but it can be one of the most expensive – so it is a purchase you should make well-researched, thoroughly considered, and with great care taken.
When you’re in the market for a washing machine, there’s much more to think about than just a price tag and a delivery date. What do you need to consider for your laundry purchases? We give you the full rundown right here…
Never judge a book by its… oh, wait. OK. So your washing machine isn’t just something you’re going to read and then pass on, but rather something that will be in your kitchen or utility room for at least a few years! If you’re at all fussy about aesthetics, or feel your tenants/future buyers of your home may be, then pick a machine in a colour or style that matches your room’s furniture and dynamics. Some machines come hidden behind doors, and such doors can often be purchased separately if you end up with something that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the room. It shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for your perfect machine, but don’t compromise if it’s going to annoy you – and check elsewhere to see if you can find a cupboard cover to fit it.
Most washing machine nowadays have a range of pre-set wash programmes that are designed to give the optimum wash either on fabric type or time constraint. These vary in time, water temperature, rinses, and spin cycles to best take care of the laundry load within. Ensure the machine you’re buying fits what you wear often, and if you have a household that needs to take care of allergies or heavy staining, consider this too. Some brands of detergent and specialist organisations endorse some machines over others; although be aware, these endorsements and sponsorships are often paid for, so all may not be as it seems. Do your research first!
If you’re on a hectic schedule, or are prone to little accidents such as spillages and stains, you may find that sitting around and waiting for hours on end for a wash to complete isn’t ideal for you. Lots of washing machines now offer ‘quick washes’ that give a short, sharp wash for light to medium soiling. Daily wash cycles are typically around the 1-hour mark, but machines can be optimised to offer programmes down to less than 10 minutes. Check your machine’s timed cycles for convenience.
Time delay functions
If you’re budget-conscious, it’s usually best to run your wash loads overnight: when energy tariffs are generally cheaper and you can just grab your clean clothes to hang in the morning. Some machines have the ability to delay your wash from starting by a few hours, so you can programme in a time and have it start when you’d like to. This isn’t standard but is becoming more commonplace, and is an easy way to save some cash.
The use of electricity, and often a lot of water, isn’t always conducive to environmentally-friendly living. In the past few years, washing machine manufacturers have made great progress in optimising on energy efficiency and ratings now are better than ever. For maximum efficiency and to ensure the best use of water, choose a machine that weighs your load before it works – so it only ever uses what it needs to and doesn’t create any waste.
For more information on what machine does what, check out our comprehensive washing machine guide now to find the best possible match for you and your laundry.
Many now have tumble driers built in (a godsend for those with smaller rooms to host all of their white goods in) and almost all manufacturers strive to make their machines as ‘green’ as possible with eco-friendly electricity ratings and credentials.
Currently, the best stockist of great value deals for washing machines is arguably Currys, who still sit on the British high street as well as large out-of-town retail parks and online. Their current range has something for everyone, and here’s our top picks of what’s on offer. if you are looking for top Currys washing machine click here. Our other favourite supplier is Argos, if you are interested in Argos washing machines click here.
There’s many reasons to shop around before purchasing white goods, and washing machines are no exception; but at least with such a variety it can be easy to choose the option to best fit your family’s washing requirements and wants. Curry’s have a wide range of washing machines in-store and online, so seek advice, make some picks and compare and contrast to find the right machine for you.