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7 of the Best Washing Machines Right Now

Andy Vandervell

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It pays to do your research if you want to find the best washing machine for your home. We test machines from all the top brands to save you the time and effort, and every machine in our round-up has been thoroughly put though its paces.

Our pick of top washing machines includes machines from major brands like Hotpoint and Samsung. The list is organised from cheapest to most expensive, and the cheapest machine costs less than £250. That's right – you don't have to spend big bucks to find a good washing machine.

What's the difference between a good and a bad washing machine?

We examine the washing performance and power use of every washing machine we test, but what's the difference between the best washing machines and plain bad ones?

Before

Here's an example 'test stain' that we use in every washing machine we test. It features wine, blood, ketchup, coffee, fruit juice and oil – we put similar test strips in every machine we test and use a branded non-bio washing detergent.

Best

This is what a test strip looks like after a standard cotton wash in one of our TrustedReviews Recommended washing machines. Almost all the stains are entirely removed with just a hint of oil, which is normal given we use a non-bio detergent.

After

Here's the result from a less proficient machine that didn'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.

That's a very poor result, but it'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 don't have to spend loads of money to get a good machine – some in our best washing machine round-up cost less than £300.

Indy 10
Key features:
  • 8kg capacity and A++ energy rating
  • 1,400rpm max spin speed
  • "My Time" washes under an hour
  • Load weight sensing and delay start

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 sensible 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 telling you what stage the wash cycle is at. It’s a neat and tidy machine that’s easy to operate, which makes it a no-brainer for those on a budget when you consider its overall washing performance and energy efficiency.

Buy now at AO.com from £229

At the time of the review the Indesit My Time EWD 81482 was available for £249

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Hisense WFH8014
Key features:
  • 8kg max load and A+++ rated
  • 1,400rpm spin and 15 programmes
  • Approx. £31 a year running cost
Good wash results, frugal electricity and water consumption with full loads, and sharp styling rarely come together on a washing machine at the Hisense WFH8014’s budget-busting price. The 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 – a feature 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 wash cycle, designed as an antibacterial wash for sterilising clothes and linens.

The real boon with this machine is its running cost. As long as you feed it a hefty load, it’ll 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.

Buy now at DebenhamsPlus.com from £265

At the time of the review the Hisense WFH8014 was available for £259
HottyRSG 13
Key features:
  • 9kg capacity and A+++ minus 10% energy
  • 1,600rpm maximum spin speed and sensor wash
  • Approx. £66 a year running cost
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 dealing with larger loads, so you should think carefully about whether you’ll be able to use the RSG964J to the max before you buy.

While the machine boasts Hotpoint’s Smart+ symbol, 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, with 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.

Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £389.99

At the time of the review the Hotpoint RSG964J was available for £519.99

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Sharp ES-GFD9144W3-EN
Key features:
  • 9kg capacity and A+++ energy rated
  • 1,400rpm spin and extra large door
  • Approx. £25.80 a year running cost
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.

A semi-sensor machine, the ES-GFD9144W3 lets you input exactly how dirty your clothes are on a three-step scale before you wash, which progressively lengthens the programme duration. 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.

We were particularly impressed by the ES-GFD9144W3’s ability to spin water out of our washing, leaving just 2.3kg (32% of dry washing weight) behind after the final spin. That kind of spin performance is up there with some of the most expensive, top-spec machines on the market

Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £449

At the time of the review the Sharp ED-GFD9144W3 was available for £449
Samsung WW80H7410EW 4
Key features:
  • 8kg drum capacity and A+++ energy rating
  • 1,400rpm spin
  • Approx. £32.53 a year running cost
Samsung makes many excellent washing machines, but the Samsung WW80J6410CW proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one. With 14 programmes, Samsung’s Ecobubble air technology, a quit digital inverter motor and intensive stain removal system, that £500 price tag is incredibly reasonable.

The prize feature with the WW80J6410CW is its outstanding washing performance. Our test stain strip was buffed clean with five key organic stains completely removed. Even a blob of engine oil was reduced to a feint smudge by this machine’s supreme stain cycle. In this department, it’s on par with some of the very best machines we’ve tested at any price.

It’s moderately quiet too, clocking in at around 79dB on an average full spin. Only very top-end machine are quieter than this. You also get Samsung’s Smart Check error system, which sends diagnostic reports to an app on your phone to help rectify minor issues, such as a blocked filter or water being turned off.

Buy now at JohnLewis.co.uk from £474

At the time of the review the Samsung WW80J6410CW was available for £499


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Whirlpool FSCR10432
Key features:
  • 10kg load and A+++ minus 60% energy rating
  • 1,400rpm spin and super-quiet
  • Approx. £58 a year running cost
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 tranquility. Part of the brand’s top-spec Supreme Care 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 there'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.

Buy now at Hughes.co.uk from £549

At the time of the review the Whirlpool FSCR10432 was available for £550

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Samsung WW80K6414QW
Key features:
  • 8kg maximum load with A+++ energy rating
  • 1400rpm spin and Samsung’s AddWash feature
  • Approx. £33 a year running cost
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 machines 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 like socks and undies that you might have dropped on your way to load the machine. We know – 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 get notifications when your load is done. Beats the machine shouting at you from the kitchen.

Along with a nigh-on unbeatable estimated yearly running cost of just £33, a solid array of programmes and great washing performance, this makes the WW80K6414QW our favourite washing machine right now.

Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £729.99

At the time of the review the Samsung AddWash WW80K6414QW was available for £699

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disqus_ik923LgAfc

April 22, 2014, 4:08 pm

How come there are no products from Germany company Miele which is well known for the highest quality washing machines. The author should be ashamed as the title Best washing machines is a real overstatement.

Bugblatter

April 22, 2014, 6:31 pm

True; Which always ranks Miele first for washing machines.

And Bosch second...they aren't on this list either.

Prem Desai

April 23, 2014, 7:38 am

Too true. Miele is one of the few, maybe only, company that makes an appliance to its standards, then sets a price. Other manufacturers make machines to meet a price point. Bosch had joined this party lately.

My 12 year old Miele washing machine came with a 10 years parts and labour warranty (which I have never has to use). Other manufacturers never offer this because they can't. Some, like LG, do offer a 5/10 year warranty for parts only (you get ripped off on their labour charges) and then again on some parts only e.g. The motor only. Ridiculous.

If my washing machine needed replacing, I will not be looking beyond Miele regardless of how many bells and whistles other manufacturers offer.

Prem Desai

April 23, 2014, 7:41 am

The total capacity e.g. 10kg is misleading as this can only be used on certain loads. For most loads like delicates, it's usually half or sometimes less.

To anyone buying a washing machine based on load capacity, please check the appliance's manual online before buying.......

Jordan

April 23, 2014, 8:18 am

To be fair, I believe TR have done in-depth, real-world tests on each of these washing machine. Considering this isn't 'Trusted Washing Machines Reviews' I don't think they'd have the time to review every model out there. Having worked at a review site before, I know that some manufacturers don't send out review samples or only send to select sources - so it could even be Miele to blame.

M Anton

April 23, 2014, 9:28 am

Prem, I think you'll find Miele's warranty is based around X years of expected usage as opposed to the flat X years the literature implies. If for example you used a machine 3+ times a day you'd be be exceeding their reasonable usage.

That said we have 3 Miele appliances and I recently got spares for a 17 year old vacuum cleaner.

Check out ISE Appliances; - http://www.iseappliances.co.uk... A brand with a good ethos.

oh and if you thought Miele were expensive, have a look at http://www.vzug.com/gb/en/

pablouk

April 23, 2014, 12:53 pm

Best washing machine is one that last for years and years, such as a Miele.

pablouk

April 23, 2014, 12:55 pm

Agree, our Miele machine is coming up to 20 years old and we have three children so its well been used, never a days problem.

Prem Desai

April 23, 2014, 11:25 pm

No mate. My Miele came with a 10 year parts and labour warranty. No reasonable usage clause or anything except that it should be used for domestic purposes only.
Miele do these offers every now and again on selected models.

I don't feel Miele is expensive compared to the other big name brands. It is dearer than budget or own brand models.

I had a look at the zug website - no prices there but they don't really have a presence in the uk and you'd be stuck for spares, service, etc.

Great thing about Miele is they're easily obtainable, reasonably priced and spares, consumables are plentiful.

No, I don't have shares in Miele ..!!

Abc Tyres

April 24, 2014, 12:44 pm

Miele is really good quality, expensive though.

andyvan

April 24, 2014, 3:50 pm

We're currently waiting on delivery on one of Miele's new washing machines. We also have a couple of Beko's in the lab at the moment. We're building up our base of washing machines at the moment, but this kind of thing takes time.

andyvan

May 1, 2014, 10:10 am

FYI -- we're expecting delivery of Miele's latest machine very soon.

Maciej Jablonski

May 1, 2014, 7:17 pm

How Panasonic NA-140VZ4 compares to NA-140VS4?

Maciej Jablonski

May 1, 2014, 7:17 pm

It looks to me Panasonics leave wash quite wet (40-52% comparing to 34% by other machines on the top list).

andyvan

May 8, 2014, 10:58 am

It's a good point, Prem, though it's worth remembering too that large majority of people use the main cotton wash.

Prem Desai

May 8, 2014, 12:13 pm

I am the only bloke in my household and have been told (nay, ordered) to use the delicates programme only!!!

Interestingly, most of my own clothes (man things!!) say to use the delicate cycle and at either 30 or 40 degrees.

JT

June 21, 2014, 5:29 pm

My old Bosch lasted 25 years without a problem but the new one has had 3 visits from their own repairers in the past 3 years and still is not satisfactory. Will be scrapping it and buying Miele if it needs another call-out.

euheide

August 21, 2014, 1:35 am

I have a Miele fridge/freezer (KF7642SN) and, some years ago, the freezer alarm started going off randomly with simultaneous freezer temperature drop. It can go days without that happening and, suddenly, in just one day (or middle of the night), it can sound the alarm (which doesn't shut up EVER and can't also be disconnected) 3 times and I wake up and have to get out of bed to turn it off (the turn alarm off button works for each time only!!)... While it was in its warranty, a Miele's technitian said the issue was just cleaning the radiator behind and that only shut the alarm for like a couple of months and we gave up trying to fix it since Miele, itself, didn't seem to have a better option. Later, when the warranty was over, we went over to Miele to replace a door handle and, because we were there, we thought, why not talk about the alarm issue again, who knows we would get a different answer, and a different answer we had. Turns out that they know that problem very well. It's in the electronics, and fixing it was almost the price of the fridge. We feel like we've been conned by Miele and I'll have trouble giving so much money for a brand that I just can't trust anymore. As a consequence, besides having to shut the kitchen door every night and every other doors on the way to our bedrooms to stop a potential random alarm from waking us us, because the freezer constantly loses cold, we can't use that one so we are using a Liebherr (I know, same factory) freezer which is sitting outside of the home and, luckily, never had any issues so far. We don't have any electrical issues in our network for those who might think of that hypothesis. That's rare. On the other hand, we have a Miele dryer and that has been working fine for years but I just thought I should write this for anyone out there who's willing to shell that extra dollar for a Miele fridge to have "peace of mind". I am in the process of replacing it. Today I went to the store and I have my sights on a moderately priced Bosch model with a good (not the best) energy rating. I saw only 1 Miele model there. It had the 2nd best energy rating was 1300€ compared to a better spec (top energy rating, more space, and neater features) Bosch which cost 999€ standing next to it. I'm going for a 600€ Bosh though. The lesson I learned is that you just can't buy your way out of trouble, even with Miele. If you think this is a one time issue specific of this model, you'd be wrong because, later I've just checked and later Miele models also have this issue (if not the same, similar, issue with the alarm sounding randomly without a chance to turn it off)

MrAnno1366

September 3, 2014, 6:15 pm

My 18 year old Hotpoint Aquarius is still working fine. never had a repair either. This was made when Hotpoint were a British brand before selling to Italy. I doubt a new machine from them would compare to my old Brit made one.

albdoctor

September 10, 2014, 12:24 am

i saw an old Miele of 98 if im correct being sold for 100€. so i guess it's better to get it than a used Candy or Indesit though a little bit cheaper?

Lisa

May 19, 2015, 9:22 am

My parents had an old Bosch for about 10 years before giving it to me - friends always thought that a washing machine was an odd hand me down. Anyway it finally gave up the ghost after another 4 - 5 years service and I had to buy a new one. After a lot of research I ended up coming via this website and was set on getting a Samsung WD906U4SAGD. it was more to do with the aesthetics than anything else. I planned to buy it via Amazon as I had a gift card knocking about which would have saved me an extra £50. However, when I clicked the Amazon market place link above I came across a company named NewLife Appliances. Not only were they bar far the cheapest but they also offered free delivery. Just to play it safe I decided to Google them - turns out there website is even cheaper than their amazon listing http://www.newlifeappliances.c...

Really worth checking out, I ended up getting mine for £325 from them! I saved roughly about £275

Petrillo123

July 5, 2015, 7:00 am

Like some of the other posters below, I also have a Miele washer that is now 12 years old, it came with a 10 year warranty that I have never had to use and the machine as is as good today as it was when it was delivered. The exterior is so well made it hasn't aged a bit and you can in fact still buy an almost identical model - class and quality don't age. The only annoying thing about it is the fact that it is so perfect I have no need to buy another Miele to replace it! I have many Miele appliances and I cannot fault any of them - They are more expensive but you really do get value out of them. I spent more on the many cheap washers I had before the Miele - besides the fact that Miele's are exceptional at what they do rather than simply lasting well.

gbCambridge

July 28, 2015, 8:05 am

Could not agree more about the Miele brand (with the exception of some of their vacuum cleaners). When we lived in Holland we purchased our first Miele washing machine. It lasted 20 years before the motor failed.For some reason we could not get a replacement. By then back in the UK, we purchased a Hotpoint. It dropped dead, after many failures, within 3 years. We switched back to Miele, it is still faultless after 18 years and that is the end of the story. They run and run. It cause me to update my will at this rate :-) However, I would like to comment on the "green" aspects of this. Being able to use and repair a machine over a 20 year lifetime is surely greener than switching to a new model for a miniscule improvement in washing efficiency. I really would like to see longevity taken into account when assessing the green aspects of a product. Miele come out very well on all aspects and there is the added bonus of owning something which is not part of the throw-away society. Efficiency ratings without taking into account longevity are not particularly relevant.

Tumer Sismanoglu

September 24, 2015, 3:09 pm

Anybody had any bad experience with Samsung with WW80H5440EW1ST which is a new model of the one started with WW80H7410 EW series or vica versa. Any comments will be most appreciated .

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March 1, 2016, 7:53 am

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