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.
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.
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.
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.