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The 10 Best Washing Machines - May 2017

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 3,450 washing machines, 1,020 reviews and 9,300 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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WVG30461GB
#1 in Washing Machines

Bosch WVG30461GB

4 Reviews
  • A top selling washing machine
  • Bosch has good reviews for its washing machines
  • Has a foam control system
White
Front-Load
52dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
8kg
Drum Capacity
WW80J6410
#2 in Washing Machines

Samsung WW80J6410

6 Reviews
  • Samsung washers have good reviews
  • Quite big drum capacity
  • Not cheap
White
Front-Load
53dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
8kg
Drum Capacity
  • £495.00
    Simply Electricals
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  • More shops: 10
  • £499.00 Argos
  • £40 Off at Currys
WMI71641
#3 in Washing Machines

Beko WMI71641

403 Reviews
  • Excellent owner reviews
  • Cheap
  • Best seller
White
Front-Load
51dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
7kg
Drum Capacity
  • £295.00
    eBay
    Save £54.00 (15%)
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WW10H9600EW
#4 in Washing Machines

Samsung WW10H9600EW

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29 Reviews + 4 Awards
  • Four industry awards
  • Running costs are very low
  • Very big drum capacity
White
Front-Load
46dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
10kg
Drum Capacity
  • £1,030.00
    eBay
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Classixx
#5 in Washing Machines

Bosch Classixx

37 Reviews
  • Good user reviews
  • Popular choice
  • Competitively priced
White
Front-Load
59dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
6kg
Drum Capacity
  • £249.00
    Co-op Electrical
    Save £95.99 (34%)
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  • More shops: 14
  • £266.49 Amazon UK
  • £40 Off at Currys
WMAQF621P
#6 in Washing Machines

Hotpoint WMAQF621P

36 Reviews
  • Good user reviews
  • Running costs are very low
  • Inexpensive
White
Front-Load
80dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
6kg
Drum Capacity
  • £205.00
    Next Domestic Appliances
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  • More shops: 10
  • £205.00 Boots Kitchen Appliances
  • £10 Off at Currys
XWD71452
#7 in Washing Machines

Indesit XWD71452

15 Reviews
  • Good user reviews
  • Low-priced
  • 16 washing programs
Silver
Front-Load
59dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
7kg
Drum Capacity
  • £219.00
    eBay
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HW80-B14636
#8 in Washing Machines

Haier HW80‑B14636

White
Front-Load
67dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
8kg
Drum Capacity
  • £369.00
    Amazon UK
    Save £30.00 (0%)
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WW80K5413
#9 in Washing Machines

Samsung WW80K5413

  • Only released a month ago
  • Running costs are very low
  • Samsung has good washer reviews
White
Front-Load
53dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
8kg
Drum Capacity
  • £399.00
    PRC Direct
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  • More shops: 29
  • £399.00 Sonic Direct
  • £420.00 Boots Kitchen Appliances
L99699
#10 in Washing Machines

AEG L99699

  • Just released a month ago
  • Running costs are very low
  • Inexpensive
White
Front-Load
49dB
Colours
Loading Type
Noise Level
9kg
Drum Capacity
  • £579.00
    John Lewis
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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
Bosch logo Bosch Washing Machines 54 £220 - £1,097 86%
AEG logo AEG Washing Machines 52 £299 - £2,964
Samsung logo Samsung Washing Machines 43 £130 - £1,049 84%
Miele logo Miele Washing Machines 39 £469 - £2,280
Beko logo Beko Washing Machines 30 £129 - £430 89%
Indesit logo Indesit Washing Machines 30 £145 - £370 81%
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Washing Machines 29 £185 - £600 81%
LG logo LG Washing Machines 26 £300 - £1,199
Other brands Other Washing Machine Brands 130 £58 - £2,879

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

Washing Machine Prices

In total we found 435 washers ranging from £57 to £2,965. A new washing machine costs on average £496 and 80% of washers are priced between £200 and £923. The cheapest washer that we found is the OneConcept Sg003 at only £58, and the most expensive is the AEG L76475WFL at £2,964.

Washing Machine Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average washing machine price out of all brands is Miele washing machines with an average price of £1,033. Miele washing machines start at £469 and the most expensive Miele washing machine costs £2,280.

Gorenje washers range in price from £289 to £2,879, and the average price of Gorenje washers is £879 which is the second highest average price of all washer brands.

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

Washer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 19 expert reviews and 570 user reviews for washing machines from across the internet and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of washer. The top rated washer brand is Beko with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Bosch with 87% and the third best brand is Hotpoint with 81%.

Biggest Washer Retailers

We found 232 current offers for washing machines from Currys making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 227 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is ao with 96 current washing machine offers.

When Are Most New Washing Machines Released?

July to September is the most common period for new washers to be released in. If you wait until July 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your washing machine. Also the price of the current washing machines 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 2015 most new washing machines were released in July as well, with 272 new washing machines released that month. In September 2014 425 new washing machines were released making it the biggest month that year for new washing machine releases.

How Fast Do Washing Machine Prices Drop After Release?

New washers drop in price by an average of 8% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £38 on a typical £496 new washer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Noise Levels

Across the range of washing machines, the noise levels range from 41dB to 86dB. The noise levels of the majority of washers range from 50dB to 55dB. The washing machine with the loudest noise level is the HotpointRSG964 JX, which is an 86dB noise level washer and is priced at £549.99. The HotpointRSG964 JX has the quietest noise level. This washing machine is a 41dB noise level washing machine and currently retails for £499.00.

Drum Capacities

The amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold.

The drum capacities of washers range from 2.8kg to 14kg. The drum capacities of the majority of washers range from 7.3kg to 8.4kg. The HooverDWTL413AIW3, which currently retails for £379.99, has the biggest drum capacity and is a 13kg drum capacity washer. The washing machine with the smallest drum capacity is the HooverDWTL413AIW3, which is a 2.8kg drum capacity washer and is priced at £57.99.

Biggest Washer Retailers

We found 232 current offers for washers from Currys making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 227 current offers for washers. The third biggest retailer is ao with 96 current washing machine offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washing Machines?

With the cheapest price on 174 washing machines, eBay is most frequently the cheapest washing machine retailer.

Proportion of Washers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 76.7% of its washing machines, eBay is most frequently the cheapest washer shop.

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