From the 38 units we8217;ve reviewed, we currently recommend 13 washing machines. Of this elite group, two stand out.
For the ultimate performance and convenience, the Samsung AddWash WW80K6414QW comes highly recommended. Cleverly, it allows you to pause a cycle mid-wash, to open a small drawer and drop in that sock you may have missed. For those on a tight budget, the Hisense WFH8014 is a great choice, costing under £300, yet managing to clean effectively.
The only way to recommend washing machines is to test them thoroughly. We put every single machine through the same in-depth tests, which allows us to accurately compare models.
For each machine, we measure the power and water usage, which lets us accurately work out running costs and efficiency. It8217;s our wash tests that make our reviews stand out, giving you the confidence to buy a machine that has the cleaning power you need.
Here8217;s an example 8216;test stain8217; strip that is placed in every washing machine we test. It features wine, blood, ketchup, coffee, fruit juice and oil – it will be placed inside every machine we test, and washed using a branded non-bio detergent.
This is what a test strip looks like after a standard cotton wash in one of our recommended washing machines. Almost all the stains are entirely removed. There8217;s just a hint of oil remaining, which is normal given we use a non-bio detergent.
Here8217;s the result from a less proficient machine, one that didn8217;t receive such a glowing review. The oil is almost untouched, while the wine (far left), coffee (middle) and fruit juice (second from right) are still clearly visible.
That8217;s a poor result, but it8217;s important to know that there are cheap machines that wash well and do so efficiently. More expensive machines do typically wash better and have more features, but you don8217;t have to spend lots of money to get a machine that will do the job well. Some models in our list of best washing machines cost less than £300.
- Amazingly frugal Super Eco Wash
- Excellent AddWash feature
- Smart Control app control
- Good stain removal test
- Even quieter than label states
If you think you’re immune to getting giddy over a washing machine, think again. With Samsung’s brand-new AddWash feature and app-based Smart Control, the Samsung AddWash WW80K6414QW has more bells and whistles than any washing machine to have ever graced our testing room.
So what’s AddWash, and why should you be excited about it? Simple yet genius, the AddWash feature lets you pause the washing cycle, open a small drawer built into the door and add small items such as socks and undies that you might have dropped on your way to load the machine. Brilliant.
Speaking of pausing, the WW80K6414QW’s Smart Control feature is just as exciting. With an app on your phone, you can start, stop and pause a cycle any time – and even receive notifications when your load is done.
- Good wash results
- Very low water consumption
- Energy-efficient full load
- Simple to use
- Relatively quick wash time
This sub-£300 machine uses sensor technology to determine the size of your load and adjusts water, energy and time for the most energy-efficient wash. What’s more, the big porthole door is right up there with current styling trends.
Day to day, the WFH8014 is a breeze to use – something that busy families with big washing loads will appreciate. It performed incredibly well on our stain strip tests and even comes with a rather old-school 95ºC cycle, designed as an antibacterial wash for sterilising clothes and linens.
The real boon with this machine is running costs. As long as you feed it a hefty load, it will bring big savings on electricity and water. Run lots of half loads, however, and even the machine’s Eco mode won’t save you. This is a washing machine for some serious heavy-duty family use.
- Exceptionally easy to use
- Great wash results
- Potentially amazing efficiency
- Very low water consumption
- Choice of innovative Caps
- Limited 7kg drum size
- Half loads not as efficient
- Eco cycle not the most eco
- Only average spin efficiency
- No caps supplied
The WDB020 is one of the most affordable washing machines in Miele’s appliance catalogue, with pricing starting at a reasonable £650. For your money, you get an A+++ energy rated 1400-spin machine with Miele’s innovative CapDosing system, which makes it an outright steal.
In tests, the WDB020 delivered great wash results and was wonderfully simple to use. This coupled with its stellar build quality and spectacularly good energy and water efficiency make it a great choice for small families on a budget. The 20-minute quick wash is also a godsend if you find yourself needing to do an emergency wash.
Larger families may want to look elsewhere, however – the WDB020 has a limited 7kg drum capacity. People in flats should also be aware it isn8217;t the quietest machine around and could lead to some complaints from neighbours one floor below.
The Indesit EWD 81482 is a budget machine that offers a relatively quiet spin, sensor load adjustment and a host of standard programs that take less than an hour to complete. While the drum is cramped for an 8kg machine, this affordable washer is great for doing sensibly sized loads while keeping your energy bills trim.
In our tests, wash results were good for a model at this price point, and our test stain strip cleaned up relatively well, even using non-bio powder. A nice touch is the LED indicator on the right side of the fascia, which tells you what stage the wash cycle the machine is at.
With sound generally under 50dB, the Hotpoint Ultima S-Line RZ 1066 BUK is exceptionally quiet in use. Despite this, wash performance is excellent, with the machine performing well with our selection of stains. The only slightly strange thing is the opaque door, which makes it hard to see what8217;s going on during a wash.
- Good wash performance
- Low energy on full loads
- Good basic programmes
- Anti-Allergen programme
- Easy to use
The Hotpoint RSG964J is a solid, mid-priced machine with A+++ credentials and a good selection of programmes. It’s easy to use and delivers good cleaning results. It’s most energy efficient when handling larger loads, so you should think carefully about whether you’ll be able to use the RSG964J to the max before you buy.
The machine boasts Hotpoint’s Smart+ symbol, but this doesn’t suggest smart home connectivity or fancy app control. It actually refers to built-in technologies including an anti-microbial seal around the door to reduce mould and musty odours, automatic load balancing, load sensing, and Direct Injection of pre-mixed water and detergent to best penetrate fibres.
The RSG964J is a slick looker, too, sporting a stylish, solid-looking door, control knob, bright orange LED display and a novel pivoting soap drawer. Fairly low running costs and easy operation mark out the Hotpoint RSG964J as a solid all-rounder at the price.
- Very sensitive touch controls
- Control knob is a bit clunky
- Porthole opening not as big as door
- Water use could be lower
- Half load not as eco as full load
Sharp’s re-entry into the UK home appliance market kicks-off in style with the well-specified, solid-performing and very efficient Sharp ES-GFD9144W3. Features such as a clothes-protecting Bubble Drum, Doublejet injection system and an ultra-speedy 12-minute quick-wash programme make this monster an incredibly appealing prospect for the price.
Operation can feel a little fiddly, what with the clunky traditional knob right next to a modern soft-touch display. But if you bury your nose in the manual for long enough, you’ll soon find it easy to customise your washing cycle for anything from a gentle half load to a hefty bundle of mud-splattered sports clothes.
- Energy efficient across programmes
- Solid wash and spin results
- Plenty of options
- Quiet wash and spin
- Low water use
- Good value
The Sharp ES-GFD814QW3 boasts impressive features, wash results and low running costs for a washing machine at this price – and it comes with the bonus promise of being the world’s quietest washing machine.
In our tests, its motor was indeed super-quiet, but increased to a less librarian 55dB when the machine was emptying. Still, if you’re sick of shouting over your noisy machine, the Sharp’s more stealthy approach won’t fail to impress.
Stick to full loads and the machine will live up to its A+++ billing, making it an incredibly eco- and wallet-friendly appliance to run. Things are a little less straightforward when it comes to programmes, owing to the machine’s rather complicated LCD menu panel and a total of 22 stain options from which to choose. These include everything from blood, coffee and red wine to engine oil, fruit stains and grass.
Once you get a handle on the confusing controls and multi-layer menus, however, it’s a tough machine to beat for washing performance, making it worthy of a much higher price tag. If you’re on a mid-range budget with high-end dreams, the Sharp ES-GFD814QW3 will deliver the finely tuned features you’re after.
- Super-low running costs on Eco
- Excellent programme selection
- Very quiet wash and spin
- Inspiring build quality
- Top-spec inverter motor
Solid and inspiring build quality, a wide selection of programmes and excellent cleaning performance make the Blomberg LWF29441W one of the best machines around at the £400 price. It’s A+++ rating puts its running costs nice and low for a machine that cleans so well, and the full-load fast wash is a winner, delivering a thorough clean in just over 30 minutes.
The machine boasts a 9kg capacity, but we reckon 7.5-8kg is about the maximum realistic capacity it can handle before you have to cram in clothes, which would impact wash performance. Still, that’s a decent-sized load, and the supremely effective Eco Cottons cycle makes up for any load size misgivings.
There’s a 16-strong programme list with a great range of cycles, including a super-fast 14-minute wash to freshen up lightly soiled loads. High-quality touches include an inlet hose with a built-in mechanical safety shut-off valve to stop flooding in the event of a failure, and a high-tech inverter motor with a 10-year guarantee. Few machines offer such good build quality and features for this price.
- Great energy efficiency
- Excellent spin drying
- Low water consumption
- Effective Steam feature
- Anti-microbial door seal
- Only Eco programmes deliver A+++
- Average stain removal on full loads
- Not quiet at full spin
- Max load less than 10kg
The Hotpoint Ultima S-Line RPD 10667 DD isn’t the most straightforward machine to use – you have to put in some effort to get the results you want. Nevertheless, it offers great potential through its useful features and low running costs.
Billed by Hotpoint as its greenest and most efficient washing machine ever, the Ultimate S-Line offers extras such as a Steam Hygiene intensive clean and Direct Injection stain removal. The latter feature pre-mixes water and detergent, activating biological powders before spraying the mix directly into the wash. There are 14 programmes in total, including a Woolmark-approved wool cycle for hand-wash items, a Bed & Bath cycle for towels and bedsheets, and a Baby and Anti-Allergy cycle.
Achieving the best wash results requires a specific combination of programmes and options, alongside keeping the load large but not excessive (about 7kg, in fact). Using the machine to its full potential takes some mastering, so we wouldn’t recommend this model to those after a plug-and-play solution.
- Quietest washer on the market
- Extremely energy efficient
- Huge programme and options list
- FreshCare post-wash tumble
- Low water use
- Effective 1400rpm spin
The kitchen is a noisy enough place without the infernal rumbling of a washing machine. But worry no more, because the Whirlpool FSCR10432 is here to restore domestic peace and tranquillity. Part of the brand’s top-spec SupremeCare series, it packs in sensor load detection, water-jet washing, a gentle wave-motion drum, and a tumbling cycle once the wash is complete to keep it from stagnating. And its most important feature of all? Silence.
This feat is down to a new traction motor system. In our regular cycle tests, the FSCR10432 hummed gently along at an average of 44-45dB, peaking at 48db at faster spins. If there8217;s anything going on in your kitchen much nosier than someone reading a Sunday paper, you simply won’t hear this machine. Peace at last.
Along with its stealthy silence, the FSCR10432 packs in a whopping 18 programmes and a respectable wash. You probably do need to leverage all of these programmes to make the most of this machine’s performance. After being left disappointed by the machine’s main wash stain results, we had to turn to the Intensive and Bio Stain options.
- Excellent wash results
- Low running costs on Eco
- Handy auto-dosing system
- Lots of programmes8230; and options
- Quiet running
The smart Grundig GWN59650CW sits near to the top of the company’s range of washing machines, and as such, offers stacks of features, including an A+++ energy rating and maximum 1600rpm spin.
We’re most taken with its automatic ProDose technology, which detects the material type, the load and how dirty the clothes are, adding in just the right amount of detergent and softener, so none goes to waste. Clever stuff.
It’s also packed with programmes – 14, in fact (plus two drum-cleaning options). Within this selection there8217;s the ability to customise the wash, so you can tweak temperature, spin speed and soil level, as well as add an extra rinse, set timers and select favourite programmes.
Its cleaning is pretty impressive, seeing away most of our test stains on a cool wash. To get the rest, activate its special stain-removing modes and bump up the temperature and we reckon they might disappear entirely.
As far as costs are concerned, it’s really cheap to run, and we didn’t notice any drop in performance between standard and eco modes (although you8217;ll have to wait longer for the latter).
It isn8217;t the cheapest, but there’s a lot to love here for the money. A solid buy.
- Extremely good Eco wash
- Genuinely high-load capacity
- Great wash results
- Auto-dosing detergent
- Good app features
- Lowest running costs we have tested!
One washing machines that received a rare five-star rating in our tests, the Whirlpool SupremeCare FSCR12441 is a top performer and a dream to use. Plus, it delivers on its A+++ energy rating to offer some of the lowest running costs we’ve ever seen. With its huge 12kg capacity and whisper-quiet 50dB-ish noise level, sadly that means it comes at a big price. Nevertheless, we’re confident that the budget stretch is worth it.
So what does a £900 washing machine do that others can’t? For starters, it has Whirlpool’s 6th Sense load and turbidity (dirtiness)-sensing technology, which will automatically dose the load with exactly the right amount of detergent and conditioner to limit waste.
There’s also a 6th Sense app, giving you the power to control the machine from your phone, along with wash-selection and alerts. Perhaps most innovative is the app’s ability to synchronise the FSCR12441 washer with the HSCX10441 dryer, which is pretty neat.
That big budget also buys you simplicity: the SupremeCare FSCR1244 is incredibly easy to set up and navigate, with a crisp LCD panel spelling out exactly what you’ve selected alongside direct symbol buttons for each wash programme. There are eight everyday programmes alongside a further eight special cycles.
The level of detail displayed on the panel is superb, including graphs to denote how frugal (or not) your selected options are. Put simply, it’s one of, if not the best sub-£1000 washing machine we’ve ever tested.
Washing machines have different drum sizes. These are measured in kg, and tell you the maximum weight of dry washing that you can put in. The bigger the number, the larger the drum and the more washing that you can do in one load. Larger drum sizes are also useful if you want to wash more generously sized items, such as duvets. Typically, most households will find that a minimum of a 6kg drum will do for weekly washing; go for 8kg or larger if you have a lot of washing or regularly wash larger items.
Spin speeds, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm), tell you how fast the drum spins. The faster a drum spins, the more water can be expelled from your clothes, leaving them drier when the cycle is complete. This cuts down the time that your clothes have to be hung up for, and can reduce the time needed in a tumble drier. Budget machines tend to spin slower. If you want the best performance, look for a machine rated at 1400rpm or 1600rpm.
Best washing machine – What are efficiency ratings?
All electrical appliances have an energy certificate that tells you how efficient they are, with A+++ at the top and A at the bottom. The more efficient the machine, the lower the running costs. We work out the running costs of each machine, based on typical usage, so you can compare total running costs.
All washing machines will give you basic wash modes for cottons and synthetics, plus half load or eco options. If you want to clean a wider variety of clothes, look for the wash modes to match. Woolmark certification is essential if you want to wash woollen items; a silk wash is useful; and a handwash mode can save the drudgery of washing delicate items.
All washing machines have a variety of temperature settings from which to choose. Our reviews demonstrate how well each mode performs, but there are some general tips. Washing at the cold setting (20ºC or below) is great for lightly soiled items and reduces running costs. Most normal clothing can be cleaned at 30ºC or 40ºC. A higher 60ºC wash is useful for very soiled items or to reduce bacteria, such as on towels or underwear. Some machines even have a 90ºC wash, which you shouldn8217;t need very often, but could be handy to run as an empty cycle to keep the inside of your machine in tip-top, bacteria-free condition.
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