Washing Machines for Small Families

Washing Machines for Small FamiliesJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best medium-capacity washing machines the market, good for small families
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WW90J5456

Samsung WW90J5456

70 Reviews
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Over 10 years
Dec 2015
The highest scoring washing machine for small families on the market, with great features and very low running costs
#2

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WW80J5555

Samsung WW80J5555

35 Reviews
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£354.00

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£480
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
An excellently reviewed and top-value 8kg capacity washing machine, with a recent release date and very low running costs
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WAT28421

Bosch WAT28421

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£459.00

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£440
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A recently released and very economical to run 8kg capacity washing machine, with great features and a very good price
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L6FBG842R

AEG L6FBG842R

14 Reviews
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£339.99

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£520
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A breathtakingly fast maximum spin speed and excellently reviewed 8kg capacity washing machine, good for small families
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WFBJ90121

Hisense WFBJ90121

4 Reviews
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£199.00

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£570
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
An excellent value for money and positively reviewed 9kg capacity washing machine, with moderate running costs and good features
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WAQ2836SGB

Bosch WAQ2836SGB

98 Reviews
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£383.90

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£480
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
A phenomenally highly rated and cheap 8kg capacity washing machine, with very low running costs and very good features
#9

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FWD91496

Whirlpool FWD91496

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£349.00

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£580
Over 10 years
May 2017
A very good value for money and massive capacity 52dB noise level washer, with OK running costs and features
#10

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L6FBG941

AEG L6FBG941

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£479.99

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£560
Over 10 years
Oct 2017
A new and top-value 9kg capacity washer, with alright running costs and fantastic features
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86

L8FEE965R

AEG L8FEE965R

15 Reviews
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£549.99

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£460
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A top-rated and astoundingly fast maximum spin speed 9kg capacity washer, good for small families
#11

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WW80K6414Q

Samsung WW80K6414Q

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£549.99

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£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
An award winning and very economical to run 8kg capacity washer, good for small families
#12

86

F4J5TN3W

LG F4J5TN3W

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£364.00

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£500
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
A top-value and relatively new 8kg capacity washer, with great features and very low running costs
#15

86

GV159TWC3

Candy GV159TWC3

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£296.98

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£340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A stunningly cheap and breathtakingly economical to run 9kg capacity washing machine, good for small families
#14

86

FSCR90420

Whirlpool FSCR90420

6 Reviews
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£449.00

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£650
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A phenomenally highly rated and great value for money 9kg capacity washing machine, good for small families
#13

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WAW28560GB

Bosch WAW28560GB

25 Reviews
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£547.49

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£550
Over 10 years
Mar 2015
An astonishingly quiet and positively reviewed 9kg capacity washing machine, good for small families
#16

85

68AC3

Hoover 68AC3

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£205.00

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£320
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A bargain price and stunningly economical to run 8kg capacity washing machine, with good features and one of the fastest maximum spin speeds around
#4

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WW80J6410CX

Samsung WW80J6410CX

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£399.00

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£420
Over 10 years
Mar 2016
A highly rated and very economical to run 8kg capacity washer, with good features and a fair price

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F4J5TN4

LG F4J5TN4

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£379.99

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£510
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A very good value for money and recently released 8kg capacity washing machine, good for small families
#17

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NA-148XR1

Panasonic NA‑148XR1

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£313.99

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£460
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A cheap and very economical to run 8kg capacity washer, with very good features
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WM8120W

Beko WM8120W

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£219.99

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£390
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
The latest washing machine for small families available, with good features

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L7FEE865

AEG L7FEE865

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£399.99

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Sep 2015
A top-rated and cheap 8kg capacity washing machine, with great features and a sensationally fast 1,600 RPM maximum spin speed

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow much is a kilogram of laundry when measuring capacity?
A1kg of washing equates to approximately a single change of clothes (for example top, jeans, underwear, socks). Therefore an 8kg washing machine will be able to hold clothing approximate to 8 'outfits'
QWhat is the average noise of a washing machine?
AOn average, washing machines make between 50-60db of noise. This means the are fairly quiet - nothing that will disrupt daily life.
QWhat is the benefit of faster spin speed?
AFaster spin speeds mean that the water will be removed from the clothing faster and more efficiently, meaning they are less damp at the end of the cycle.
QWhat is a load balancing system?
AA load balancing system helps to spread the clothes evenly around the drum of the washing machine, rather than have them all bunch in a single place. This helps keep the machine more stable while in the spin cycle.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.