Best Family Washing Machines (UK 2017)

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Busy families need the right kind of equipment to make life easier. From cleaning paraphernalia, to a good quality cooker, everything needs to be in place, and it also needs to be at the right price. Money doesn’t grow on trees after all, and one of the biggest investments a family will make, and on of the most useful, is a good quality washing machine.

Think of the amount of washing you are going to do over the space of a year – a lot! If you have a gaggle of kids, or even just one, you will understand the need to wash on a regular basis. From muddy sports kits to accident-prone t-shirt incidents, your washing basket is likely to be full on a regular basis. A small capacity washing machine is not likely to cut the mustard, and for that reason, you’re going to need something with more scope to do the washing loads that you need.

You need a high quality machine to do that washing, but you also need to find one at the right price, so as not to break the bank. Of course, the market is full of such products, but how do you know which one to go for? We’ve reviewed five of the best, to take the hard work out of your hands.

1. LG FH4U2VCN2 Washing Machine

LG FH4U2VCN2

 

You know that LG is a big brand make, and that means you’re getting instant peace of mind from your purchase, and that is a big load off when you think about the chunk of cash to spend on such a piece of equipment. Having said that, this particular model isn’t one of the most expensive on the market, and it has many features which make it a fantastic option to invest in. This particular option is cost-effective and has that large 9 kg capacity that you need when you have a family’s worth of washing to do.

Available in both silver and white, this machine has a large 9 kg capacity, which is enough for a medium-sized family who need to wash on a regular basis. The 1400 rpm spin sped means your washing is done quickly, and there is a 14-minute quick wash facility, for when you need things done fast e.g. a sports kit in the morning before school!

There is very little noise or vibration with this model, thanks to an electromagnetic motor which is attached directly to the drum itself. This means the machine doesn’t move and it doesn’t vibrate in the space it sits in. You can even program your machine via Bluetooth, thanks to the LG app, which is free to download.

The five years’ guarantee from the manufacturer gives you extra peace of mind.

Features and specifications

  • Large 9 kg capacity
  • Fast spin speed at 1400 rpm
  • Fast wash time of just 14 minutes, ideal for morning washes or when you’re in a rush
  • Energy effective, with a A+++ rating
  • Manufacturer’s five year guarantee as standard
  • Two colour options available
  • Several washing programmes to choose from
  • Direct Drive technology gives you a quiet experience whilst washing, with minimal vibration
  • Bluetooth enabled – You can download apps from your smartphone to further enhance your washing experience

Pros

  • The large capacity (9 kg) is ideal for larger families, or those who simply have a lot of washing on a regular basis. See more recommended 9 kg washing machines here.
  • Fast speed mode means you can wash quickly and hang out before work, or when you need something ultra-fast
  • Quiet operation means that your machine can be operated at any time of the day
  • Choose your drum speed from the program selection, so you have total control over your washing and your energy effectiveness
  • Several different programs to choose from, including a quick wash option

Cons

  • Fast wash mode is only energy effective if you have a full load to wash
  • A lot of programmes means that you need to spend time trying to maximise how to use them
  • Regular wash cycles can be quite long
  • Not the cheapest option available

Verdict

Overall, this LG option is a very positive one, and there is very little negative to mention. There are cheaper machines on the market, but this one really does have enough features to make the price worthwhile, and even that falls into the middle price range regardless.

The LG FH4U2VCN2 Washing Machine is a cost-effective purchase for anyone who regularly needs to wash large washing amounts, and for those who need their washing done quickly. The Bluetooth enabled feature means you can really get the most out of your washing machine, but overall, the low cost makes this an accessible and high quality product for all.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

2. Samsung Ecobubble WF90F5E5U4W Washing Machine

Samsung ecobubble WF90F5E5U4W

Samsung is an instantly recognisable brand, and their products, whether a phone, laptop, or washing machine, are always made to a high standard – this product is no different. At a low price, the product is designed to be very energy effective, whilst delivering the service you would expect from a Samsung make. Available in just white, the machine also looks very sleek and pleasing to the eye.

Because of the name and the high-tech features, the price is a little higher than our previous LG choice (at the time of writing), and many deals can be found. The major plus point with this particular machine is the Ecobubble technology which helps to remove stains much easier than otherwise. The machine creates an intense froth, which allows detergent to really penetrate into the fabric and remove stubborn stains – ideal for families with messy children!

This machine has an 8 kg capacity, which is still large enough for a medium sized family, and it has a 1400 rpm speed, with a 2 kg load able to be washed within 15 minutes. There are also several programs to choose from, to tailor-make your washing experience. This machine is also quiet and very low in vibration, and features a Smart check diagnosis feature, to tell you if there is anything wrong with your machine.

Features and specifications

  • Large 9 kg capacity
  • Fast spin speed of 1400 rpm
  • Available programme for a quick wash of just 15 minutes, with 14 other programmes also available
  • Diamond Drum feature means the machine is streamlined in terms of size, and the small water holes inside the design mean there is much less chance of damaged clothes through snagging or catching on the mechanism of the machine
  • Large LCD display makes it easy to choose your specific programme
  • Digital Inverter Motor means better energy efficiency and less noise
  • Smart check error monitoring when you pair up the machine with your smartphone app
  • Ecobubble technology to remove stains easily
  • Available in white only

Pros

  • Large 9 kg capacity means you can wash more and save energy
  • A large range of programmes means you can choose the right one for your specific garments, from a very clear LCD display which is easy to use
  • Less chance of your garments becoming damaged thanks to the smaller water hole design
  • 1400rpm speed designed to drain away excess water and therefore cut down on the amount of drying time – basically your clothes are ready much faster as a result
  • Very quiet and low in vibration
  • Energy efficient
  • Ecobubble technology is great for removing stains

Cons

  • Regular cycles can be quite long
  • The tone the machine plays when the wash is done is loud and a little annoying
  • Can be difficult to get through to Customer Service when there is an issue
  • Slightly lower capacity compared to other similar machines

Verdict

Any Samsung product is likely to be high quality, but this particular washing machine has some fantastic reviews to back up that claim.

It really is the brand name and the high performance stain removal which helps to sell this machine. The price tag may be slightly higher but it is worth it for the high quality performance. The machine is quiet and low in vibration, and actually looks very attractive too, with a white design and LCD display.

The fast washing time and the large capacity are a real winner, but the large selection of different programmes really sets it apart from machines which are in a similar price bracket and similar specification. The machine is also designed to cut down on the amount of energy you use, whilst also being a good price overall.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

3. Bosch Serie 4 WAN28280GB 8 Kg Washing Machine

Bosch Serie 4 WAN28280GB Washing Machine

Another huge brand name, but one that is often more reserved for power tools! Bosch branched out into vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, and washing machines a few years ago, and this particular product is certainly a high quality option, although comes with a slightly higher price tag than some of the other machines we have reviewed to date. Despite that, this machine is still good value for your cash.

This particular washing machine is ideal for families, because not only does it do what it says on the tin, but it also saves money on your energy bills too. The EcoPerfect feature means that you likely to save around 60% on your bills over a year, which is certainly a big chunk to save! The machine also has sensors inside which ensure that only the right amount of water is used, and not too much.

Whilst this machine is a little more expensive than our LG choice, it is on par with the Samsung. The machine has a 8 kg drum size, and can handle a quick wash in 15 minutes, at a 1400 rpm speed. The machine is also very easy to use and program, as well as being quiet and being vibration-free.

Features and specifications

  • 8 kg load capacity
  • Fast 1400 rpm spin speed, cutting down on trying time
  • A fast wash programme of 15 minutes’ duration, as well as several other programmes
  • Energy effective, with A+++ rating
  • No noise or vibration
  • Easy to use controls
  • Quiet motor, with fewer parts inside the machine that move, cutting down on noise and vibration
  • Sensors ensure excessive water isn’t used

Pros

  • Quieter operation means the machine can easily be used at any time of the day, and less vibration means no movement of the machine
  • Controls are easy to use, and you can keep an eye on the progress of your wash, including how much time is left
  • Highly energy effective, with an estimated 60% saving on your energy bills by using this machine
  • Big brand name, so you know you’re getting quality
  • EcoPerfect feature saves you money on your bills
  • No noise or vibration
  • Water sensor cuts down on your water consumption
  • Very economical

Cons

  • Higher in price compared to similar machines
  • You can purchase a 9 kg machine for a smaller price – this one has an 8 kg capacity
  • Not that many extras included for the price

Verdict

Whilst this machine is certainly high quality, it does come with a higher price tag, and when you compare it to other machines in the same vein, it has less added extras to make up for the difference. Despite that, Bosch products are usually very reliable and durable, and reviews all state that this machine is long lasting and very quiet. This is something you should weigh up when deciding which machine to opt for.

Overall, this machine is ideal for cutting down on energy bills over the space of a year, and that is a huge saving when you have a family to look after. The 8 kg capacity is large enough for a family, and the performance is very high quality. The price tag might be higher, but the savings over time make up for it.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

4. Indesit BWA81683XW 8 Kg Washing Machine

 

Indesit BWA81683XW 8 kg

One of the biggest names in the washing machine world is without a doubt Indesit, and that should tell you a lot about the quality of this product. At a very low price, considering what you’re getting, this is a great option to go for, and with an 8 kg load capacity, this is enough for larger families, considering the lower cost.

The price of this particular machine is also much lower than you might think, and that in itself is a real positive, especially for a cash-strapped family. This machine also has several features which make it ideal for those living with children and teenagers, such as an anti-odour cycle, and a sports cycle, which is designed for heavy-duty sports gear and PE kits.

The capacity is a regular 8 kg, ad the spin speed is higher than most other similar machines at 1600 rpm. There is a quick wash feature, and also a push and wash button for ease of use. This machine does have many programs to choose from but it is made simple by many features and an easy to read LCD display.

Features and specifications

  • 8 kg load capacity
  • Easy to use controls
  • 16 programmes in total, and a 30 minutes’ fast wash option
  • Anti-odour cycle removes unwelcome odours from clothes
  • Highly energy efficient, with A+++ rating
  • Fast 1600rpm speed
  • Push and wash button makes programming easy 

Pros

  • Low cost option
  • Large number of programmes available, with the anti-odour programme very useful, especially during the summer months
  • Streamlined design means the machine doesn’t take up a huge amount of space in your home
  • Energy efficient
  • Fast spin speed, at 1600 rpm

Cons

  • The fast wash option is a little slower than some others, at 30 minutes, rather than 15 minutes
  • 8 kg is a little smaller than some other machines we have reviewed
  • Unable to be programmed, you have to stick to the pre-installed programme settings

Verdict

Indesit is certainly one of the best washing machine makes out there, and this particular product is ideal if you are on a budget and you’re looking for a machine that is going to give you plentiful programme options. The programmes are really what sell the machine, and there are many presets which are good for families with teenagers in particular. The machine looks the part too, and is lightweight and virtually noise-free.

Whilst the capacity is slightly less than some other machines we have reviewed, it is enough, and there are a wide range of different options to tailor-make your washing experience and to suit the clothes you’re washing too.

Buy on Very.co.uk

 

5. LOGIK L814WM16 Washing Machine

 

Our final choice is a budget choice, and one which is ideal for those who want to be able to do their family washing, without a huge number of presets and confusing buttons. This machine is simple to use, and has a combination of both dial controls and buttons. There is an LCD display to make everything even clearer. The delay timer is ideal for fitting washing cycles around a busy family and work life, and the 15 minute quick wash cycle is good for those items you need in a rush.

Anyone on a budget will certainly gain major benefit from this particular washing machine, which has a more than adequate 8 kg load capacity, and a fast wash time of just 15 minutes. What it lacks in terms of extras, it makes up for in cost effectiveness and energy efficiency, making it the ideal choice for those who need a low cost product, fast.

Features and specifications

  • 8 kg load capacity
  • Fast 1400 rpm spin speed
  • A quick wash programme of just 15 minutes
  • Highly energy effective, with a rating of A+++
  • Several pre-installed settings available
  • LED screen is easy to use
  • Delay timer allows you to delay your wash until you return home/when you go out
  • A combination of dial and button control, with an LCD display

Pros

  • Very low cost makes this the ideal product for those on a budget
  • 15 minute fast wash option ideal for those on the go, or who want their washing done quickly
  • Very energy efficient, cutting down on your electricity bills
  • Several programmes available, which can be monitored from the LCD screen
  • Delay timer option means you have total control over your wash

Cons

  • Quite a heavy machine, which can be difficult to move
  • Not the quietest machine to run – the spin cycle can be a little noisy compared to others
  • Some wash programmes can be quite lengthy
  • Not a huge amount of extra features, for those who want them

Verdict

This is the ideal option for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a new washing machine, and for those who don’t want a complicated machine with a huge array of features. This machine is attractive in appearance and it is energy efficient too, with a delay feature to make it flexible and convenient too.

For a budget machine, this particular option is ideal, and whilst it lacks a huge amount of programmes, the ones available are certainly enough, and the 8 kg capacity is still very good for the price you will pay.

Bigger budget machines might have more added extras, but if you can’t afford to splash out on a big brand make, this particular machine has some fantastic reviews, and is certainly worth the money.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

Conclusion

There you have it, our top 5 favourite washing machines for families in the UK. If we had to pick just one to recommend it would be the LG FH4U2VCN2 as it offers good value for money and will be able to keep up with the demands of a busy family well.

 

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