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The 10 Best Washing Machines - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every washing machine on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 3,670 washing machines, 1,060 reviews and 8,200 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
FSCR10432

Whirlpool FSCR10432

A fully featured and extremely cheap to run 10kg 48dB washing machine
Reviews
81
1 Review
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
91
Fully-Featured
Age
88
11 Months Old
Running Costs
98
£7 / 10 Years
Overall Score
90
Excellent
10kg
48dB
Black
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Aug 2016
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#2
WF80F5E5U4X

Samsung WF80F5E5U4X

A recently released and bargain buy 8kg 53dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
78
Good Features
Age
90
5 Months Old
Running Costs
87
£11 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
8kg
53dB
Graphite
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Feb 2017
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#3
W95F64

Gorenje W95F64

A high-quality and great value for money 9kg 53dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
91
Fully-Featured
Age
75
2 Years Old
Running Costs
81
£13 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
9kg
53dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Jun 2015
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#4
F4J5TN3W

LG F4J5TN3W

A low cost and extremely cheap to run 8kg 55dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
76
Good Features
Age
91
4 Months Old
Running Costs
94
£9 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
8kg
55dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Mar 2017
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#5
ZWF01483W

Zanussi ZWF01483W

A gigantic drum capacity 10kg 54dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
85
Fully-Featured
Age
87
10 Months Old
Running Costs
70
£33 / 10 Years
Overall Score
84
Excellent
10kg
54dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Sep 2016
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#6
WHT814

Smeg WHT814

A newly released and excellent value for money 8kg 53dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
77
Good Features
Age
93
1 Month Old
Running Costs
78
£14 / 10 Years
Overall Score
84
Excellent
8kg
53dB
Silver
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Jun 2017
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#7
WW80K5413

Samsung WW80K5413

A newly released and extremely cheap to run 8kg 53dB washer
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
88
Excellent
Features
77
Good Features
Age
92
3 Months Old
Running Costs
96
£8 / 10 Years
Overall Score
83
Excellent
8kg
53dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Apr 2017
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#8
FH4G7QDN0

LG FH4G7QDN0

A very cheap and extremely cheap to run 7kg 52dB washer
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
69
Good Features
Age
88
7 Months Old
Running Costs
95
£9 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
7kg
52dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Dec 2016
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#9
FSCR80410

Whirlpool FSCR80410

A top-value but 1 year old 8kg 49dB washer
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
79
Good Features
Age
87
8 Months Old
Running Costs
80
£12 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
8kg
49dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Nov 2016
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#10
FH4U2VFN3

LG FH4U2VFN3

A cheap but 1 year old 9kg 53dB washing machine
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
89
Excellent
Features
81
Fully-Featured
Age
86
10 Months Old
Running Costs
71
£20 / 10 Years
Overall Score
80
Excellent
9kg
53dB
White
Drum Capacity
Noise Level
Colours
Front-Load
Oct 2016
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Washing Machine Brands

Find out how washing machine brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their washing machines. Click on a link to compare all washing machines made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Washing Machines Price Range Average Rating
AEG logo AEG Washing Machines 56 £250 - £3,041
Bosch logo Bosch Washing Machines 55 £220 - £905 90%
Samsung logo Samsung Washing Machines 51 £229 - £1,299 84%
Miele logo Miele Washing Machines 35 £529 - £2,000
Beko logo Beko Washing Machines 33 £110 - £618 89%
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Washing Machines 30 £169 - £600 70%
Indesit logo Indesit Washing Machines 29 £149 - £400 81%
LG logo LG Washing Machines 25 £260 - £1,279
Hoover logo Hoover Washing Machines 20 £160 - £570 64%
Other brands Other Washing Machine Brands 125 £62 - £1,243

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines come in 2 different forms - top loading or front loading. While these two forms largely do the same thing, there are some small advantages and differences between them:

Top Loading

These washing machines tend to be older, and don’t have quite as much power, but because of this they are quieter and cheaper. Clothes are loaded into a hatch in the top of the machine - because of this they require less bending to load, which may be a boon for elderly people or those with back problems. The top-loading means that it can’t be stacked under other white goods, since you’ll need access to the top of the machine.

Front Loading

These comprise of the majority of washing machines. Clothes are loaded into a hole in the front of the machine. These machines generally are newer and have more power than top loading machines, though are also more expensive. This extra power comes with increased noise and vibration, which may be detrimental depending on where you’re going to be installing the machine. Finally, some brands of front loading machines can be stacked on top of each other, saving valuable space in flats and smaller utility rooms.

Additionally, some washing machines come as integrated - meaning they are altered to look like a cupboard or part of the work surface. These types of machines generally cost more than a standalone model, but may be worth the expense to gain a more streamlined and design-focussed kitchen.

Capacity & Size Of Machine

The capacity of the drum in your washing machine will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single wash. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger washing machines have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller machine.

Programs

Modern washing machines come with a variety of different programs to handle different types of clothing, levels of dirt, etc. Most machines will include programs for white and coloured washing, as well as delicates and quick cycles. More advanced machines may also have more specialist programs, with cycles catering specifically to the safe washing of woollen jumpers, pillows, jeans and even shoes. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable washing machine.

Energy Efficiency

All washing machines are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per wash, and the cheaper the washing machine will be to run. Look for a machine graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Spin Speed, Noise & Vibration

Most modern washing machines will have a spin cycle that can run at the end of the wash, to remove excess water and mean the clothes dry faster. Higher spin speeds mean the clothes dry faster and more efficiently, but there is a tradeoff: higher spin speeds mean more noise and vibration from the machine while it is running.

Noise levels for washing machines are measures in Db - most washing machines fall between 60-70Db, which is generally equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner running.

Vibration is harder to measure, but generally speaking the faster the spin speed, the more the machine will move around when you use it. Newer models have special technology to reduce the amount of vibration given off by the spin cycle - look for these machines if you want quieter washing cycles.

Washing Machine Retailers, Prices and Features

Washer Prices

We currently list 447 washing machines ranging from £57 to £2,965. A new washing machine costs on average £500 and 80% of washing machines are priced between £200 and £929. The AEG L76475WFL is the most expensive washing machine that we found at £2,964, and the OneConcept Sg003 is the cheapest at only £58.

Washer Brands - Price Range

Miele washers range in price from £450 to £1,889, and the highest average washing machine price out of all brands is Miele washers with an average price of £998.

The average price of Gorenje washing machines is £803 which is the second highest average price of all washer brands. Gorenje washing machines start at £289 and the most expensive Gorenje washer costs £2,879.

Siemens washers range in price from £634 to £955, and the third highest average washer price out of all brands is Siemens washers with an average price of £769.

Washing Machine Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 19 expert reviews and 575 user reviews for washers and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of washing machine. The top rated washing machine brand is Beko with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Bosch with 85% and the third best brand is Hotpoint with 81%.

Biggest Washing Machine Retailers

The biggest washing machine retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 239 current washing machine offers from eBay. The second biggest washing machine retailer is Currys with 228 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Currys when it comes to washing machines. Appliances Direct is the third biggest retailer with 96 current offers.

When Are Most New Washing Machines Released?

Most new washing machines tend to be released between July and September. For the latest washing machine technology you may be best waiting until July 2017. Also the price of the current washers may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. 176 new washing machines were released in July 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new washing machine releases. In July 2015 272 new washers were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new washer releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new washing machine releases was September, with 425 new washing machines released that month.

How Fast Do Washing Machine Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, washing machines drop in price by 7%. On a typical new washing machine costing £500, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £37.

Noise Levels

This denotes how much noise the washing machine makes when it's in use, measures in decibels (dB).

The noise levels of washers range from 41dB to 86dB. The noise levels of the majority of washing machines range from 50dB to 55dB. The washing machine with the loudest noise level is the HotpointRSG964J, which is an 86dB noise level washing machine and is priced at £230.00. The HotpointRSG964J, which currently retails for £499.00, has the quietest noise level and is a 41dB noise level washing machine.

Less noise makes for a nicer atmosphere while your wash is running, and means the machine is less likely to disturb and annoy people.

Drum Capacities

The amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold, measured in kilograms.

Comparing all washing machines, the drum capacities range from 2.8kg to 16kg. The drum capacities of the majority of washers range from 7.3kg to 8.4kg. The HooverDMP413AIW3, which is available at £523.04, has the biggest drum capacity and is a 13kg drum capacity washing machine. The HooverDMP413AIW3, which is priced at £57.99, has the smallest drum capacity and is a 2.8kg drum capacity washer.

A bigger drum capacity means that the washing machine can hold more clothes at once.

Biggest Washing Machine Retailers

We found 239 current offers for washing machines from eBay making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 228 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Direct with 96 current washing machine offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washing Machines?

The cheapest shop by number of washer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 183 washing machines.

Proportion of Washers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 76.6% of its washing machines, eBay is most frequently the cheapest washing machine shop.

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