Buying a washing machine is something everyone needs to do at some point in their lives, and it really shouldn’t be all that hard to do. Prices can vary from about £30 right to over £2,000; it just depends on what you’re looking for. So the first decision to make is whether you want to buy new or get one second-hand.
Where to Buy a New Washing Machine
Buying a new washing machine is usually the preferable option when it comes to kitting out your kitchen or utility room, as you know it will be pristine. Also, with a brand new machine, you’ll be covered for any malfunctions or breakages, and more often than not you will be able to get it delivered straight to your door.
Where possible, visit your local retailer to browse the machines they sell and even chat to the sales assistants about the different makes and models. Make sure you measure up the space you have for the washing machine, as you may end up buying a machine that is just a centimetre too big. Most appliances have a standard sizing, so this shouldn’t be too much of a worry.
Pros of buying a new washing machine
Here are a few of the main advantages of buying a washing machine new rather than second-hand:
- Brand new so it shouldn’t have any faults
- Wide choice
- Options for free delivery
- Options to spread the cost
- Warranty/guarantee to cover broken or malfunctioning machines
Cons of buying a new washing machine:
- Can be expensive
A well known and trusted company with a history that stretches back to the 1880s, Currys is a very popular choice for purchasing household appliances and electricals.
Roughly £170 – £1750 (at the time of writing)
There are currently 20 different brands to choose from, including Kenwood, Hotpoint and Siemens.
A free delivery option is available on all orders as well as free collection from over 800 stores.
Currys are currently offering free installation as well as next day delivery on all Bosch washing machines (installation is normally at a £25 charge).
As well as delivering your item, Currys also have a pick up option where they will take your old appliance away for you, with prices starting at £15.
Different brands and models come with various guarantees included in the price, from 2 to 5 years. Some models’ guarantees have to be purchased separately.
At the time of writing you can choose a payment plan to suit you on orders over £249. This ranges from paying nothing for 6 months to setting up monthly payments with varied amounts on offer.
Currys can be contacted by phone, email or by visiting a store. They do offer a 24/7 KnowHow help and advice service which you can sign up for £70 per year.
AO has fast become one of the UK’s largest household appliances retailer since it’s launch back in 2001.
Roughly £180 – £1750 (at the time of writing)
There are currently 21 different brands to choose from including Smeg, Daewoo and Miele.
There is free delivery on all products with options to choose a delivery day to suit your schedule. AO do charge for installation.
All washing machine manufacturers offer a 1 year guarantee, some offer 2, 5 or even 10 years, so make sure to check in the item’s Key Information.
There are monthly finance plans available to spread costs.
AO can be contacted by telephone, email and FAQs can be easily accessed on their site.
White goods and appliances can be purchased from Tesco Direct and if you’re brave, you could collect one in store when you go shopping for your groceries!
Roughly £190 – £1,400 (at the time of writing)
There are currently 22 brands to choose from including Sharps, Russel Hobbs and Panasonic.
As Tesco Direct has items from different sellers, their delivery options will differ from product to product. When buying from Tesco you can get free standard delivery and they offer free click and collect on all items.
Tesco’s warranty information is sometimes unclear, as they feature products from different sellers. You may have to do some research to find out about any guarantees from suppliers that aren’t Tesco.
Tesco’s ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ service is no longer available. Payment will have to be made in full upon purchase.
Tesco can be contacted by email, telephone and by visiting a store.
John Lewis are usually a very trustworthy retailer to buy appliances and electronics from, with good policies and customer services.
Roughly £200 – £1,750 (at the time of writing)
There are currently 14 brands to choose from including Indesit, LG and John Lewis own brand.
They have approved suppliers, whose delivery is separate from John Lewis. Standard delivery from John Lewis is free and they also offer a washing machine fit for £25 on certain models.
John Lewis has different length guarantees on different brands and some even come with free detergent for 1 year!
There is a monthly payment plan available for purchases of £1,000 or above.
John Lewis are available on email, phone and in store.
Argos is the shop that most people think of when purchasing large household items, since they have such a large variety of options as well as being relatively easy to purchase from.
Roughly £150 – £1,050 (at the time of writing)
There are 10 brands to choose from including Candy, Bush and Servis.
Argos is probably one of the best places to buy a washing machine for delivery, offering same day delivery for Fast Track items for as little as £3.95. You can also choose a day and a time slot to suit your schedule. Their click and collect service also makes it relatively quick to make your purchase.
Breakdown care (which can be purchased with your item) covers your washing machine for up to 4 years. Most machines will come with a 1-year guarantee as standard.
Argos do offer credit options, so you can spread the cost of your washing machine.
Argos are contactable by phone, email and by visiting a store.
You might not realise it, but you can buy new washing machines on eBay, with brands like AO and Co-op using it as another portal to sell. To look only at listings for new washing machines, filter ‘New’ under the ‘Condition’ options.
Like most sites you can filter by price, type, size and brand, which makes finding the perfect washing machine a breeze. Always read the item descriptions, so you know exactly what you are buying and whether you are covered for any damage or dysfunctions.
Roughly £160 – £2,000 (at the time of writing)
From household names like Beko, Hotpoint and Bosch to lesser known brands.
The majority of new washing machines come with free delivery, with only a select few asking for postage to be paid.
When buying from retailers such as AO and Argos, you will receive the same guarantees on eBay as you would buying directly from them.
On eBay the items will have to be paid for upfront, with no options to pay in instalments.
The majority of sellers offer returns, so always read the item’s description before making any purchases. Some offer 30 days and some with the customer paying the shipping back to the seller. So always make sure to read all of the information!
The levels of customer service vary from seller to seller; however, most of the listings are from established sellers which pride themselves in great customer service. Their contact details should be in the item description or on their seller page.
Where to Buy a Second-Hand Washing Machine
There are loads of great options when it comes to buying second-hand and many great deals to be had. Of course, there is the issue of trust and safety when it comes to buying directly from a person rather than from a shop. If you are collecting the item, make sure you agree to pay upon receipt of the item, avoiding the possibility of being ripped off.
Asking a seller questions about the item is not against the rules; if you feel their description is a bit brief, then contact them to find out more.
Unlike buying new, second-hand washing machines will more often than not have no guarantees or warranties still covering them.
Pros of buying a second-hand washing machine:
- Really good value
- Recycling unwanted goods
- Helping local people
- Possibility of getting a washer for free
Cons of buying a second-hand washing machine:
- Not as varied a choice
- Not 100% sure of condition
- Possibility of having to deal with a bad seller
- Might have to arrange collection
- Could be a broken item
- No returns
- No payment protection (apart from on eBay through PayPal)
Most people have bought or sold on eBay before, or have at least heard of it. As mentioned above; you can find brand new washing machines for sale as well as pre-owned ones.
If you know you are just after second-hand, then you can filter your search by ticking ‘Used’ from the list under ‘Condition’ down the left hand side (or in the Refine menu if you’re on a mobile device).
Roughly £1 – £400 (at the time of writing)
There is a lot of choice when it comes to eBay, from lots of top appliance brands.
The less you pay for your second-hand washing machine, the more likely it is you will have to collect it from the seller. There are little to no buyers offering delivery for washing machines.
If you are not familiar with Preloved, it is the same set-up as Gumtree, where people post their unwanted items for pretty good prices.
Roughly £20 – £150 (at the time of writing)
Not as vast as eBay, but still rather decent, with choices including Bosch and Beko.
As with eBay, collection only will be the option for most of these washing machines.
The perfect option if you have means of collecting an item, as most sellers will offer collection only. If you want a bargain, sites like Gumtree are super!
Roughly £30 – £160 (at the time of writing)
Depends on what is available at the time you are searching, but there will be a wide range of brands available.
If you are lucky, some sellers will offer delivery, however in most cases, collection will be necessary.
On Freecycle you can nab a secondhand washing machine for free. Sometimes people just need things picked up as they are just desperate to get rid of things and sometimes offer delivery. The site is a little odd to navigate, but your search can be made more specific by searching in your local area’s group.
Like with any site for second-hand items, your choice will be hit and miss, depending on what is available on the day you search.
The majority of posts will be for collection only and some will come with a date to be collected by. Contact the seller if you’re unsure about whether they can deliver.
A relatively new marketplace for buying and selling, Shpock is predominantly used as an app, however you can sign in and browse on a laptop or desktop.
Roughly £30 – £250 (at the time of writing)
A variety of brands depending upon who is selling when you carry out your search.
Most sellers will only offer collection, not delivery.
Facebook Marketplace/Local Selling Groups
Facebook these days isn’t just a place to keep in touch with your friends and family, now you can buy and sell unwanted items on the platform. There is bound to be multiple selling groups in your local area with plenty of household appliances up for sale, and now Facebook has introduced Facebook Marketplace to make things even easier!
FREE – £100+
Whatever is available at the time you search; this could include any of the top appliance manufacturing brands.
Most Facebook Marketplace ads will be collection only, especially when people are offering their washing machine for free.
The Choice Is Yours
Of course, as with any white-goods, you’ll want to be 100% sure before making any big purchases. Now you know your options and some of the facts and figures, you can make your purchase safe in the knowledge that you’ve done your research and found the option that is best suited to you and your needs!