If you’re looking for the best washing machine for your home, it pays to do your research. We test machines from all the top brands to save you the legwork, and every machine in our roundup has been thoroughly put through its paces.
Our pick of top washing machines includes models from major brands such as Hotpoint, Samsung and Whirlpool, with prices ranging from as little as £250 to above the £1000 mark. That’s right – you don’t have to spend big bucks to find a good washing machine. But if you do have the cash to spare then you can get a high-end machine with some impressive bells and whistles.
We examine the washing performance and power of every washing machine we test, and we know what constitutes a good and bad cleaning result. We scrutinise all areas from the design, capacity and range of programmes, to how well a machine can tackle tough stains such as red wine and oil.
Note that there are cheap models on the market that wash well and do so efficiently. More expensive washing machines typically perform better and offer a greater number of features, but you definitely don’t have to spend lots of money to pick up a model that will tackle your washing needs.
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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?
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 machines list cost less than £300.
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