Best Budget Washing Machines (UK 2017)

Washing machines are such an important part of every household. When yours breaks or when you move into a property without one, it can seem impossible to manage. If you can’t wait to save up money for a top-tier washing machine, you’ll need a cheap washing machine. For the purposes of this article, we’re considering any washing machine below £300 to be budget-friendly, but we’ve gathered machines at a range of price points.

Without further ado, here are our picks for the best budget washing machines.

1. Indesit My Time EWE91482W 9Kg Washing Machine

Indesit My Time EWE91482W Free Standing Washing Machine

Noise Level (Wash/Spin): 50/78 dB
Capacity: 9 kg
Type: Freestanding
Dimensions (cm): H85 x W59.5 x D60
Number of wash programmes: 16

First up, we’re looking at the Indesit My Time EWE91482W. This washing machine has a decent mid-sized 9 kg drum capacity, which should be enough to handle the day-to-day washing needs of a mid-sized family. Price wise, it sits closer to mid-range machines.

Features and Specifications

  • Everyday Fast programmes offer a range of daily wash programmes that complete in under an hour
  • Easy Iron function uses clever drum motion to prevent creasing in the fabric
  • Baby programme is designed to remove tough stains whilst using extra rinsing to keep the fabric soft
  • Sports Shoes programme is designed to refresh and clean sports footwear

Pros

  • Good drum capacity
  • Reasonably quiet
  • Excellent range of programmes

Cons

  • Shorter programmes don’t use the full spin speed, so you may need to do a 10-minute spin cycle on top of your regular programme

Verdict

If you find an 8-kg capacity to be a tad too small, the My Time EWE91482W from Indesit is a brilliant choice. It has a solid range of programmes, good drum capacity, and it’s fairly quiet. Whilst it’s lacking the energy efficiency of higher-end models and the lower spin speed in most programmes is a tiny bit annoying, it’s a perfectly capable washing machine. Overall, a great choice.

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2. Kenwood K714WM16 Washing Machine

Kenwood K714WM16 Washing Machine

Noise Level (Wash/Spin): 59/78 dB
Capacity: 7 kg
Type: Freestanding
Dimensions (cm): H85 x W59.5 x D55
Number of wash programmes: 16

At a similar price to the Indesit above, we’ve got the Kenwood K714WM16. The primary selling point of this machine appears to be its A+++ energy rating. This energy rating is quite impressive for the price range, so it’s good for the environmentally conscious households.

Features and Specifications

  • A+++ energy rating means this washing machine uses less electricity, saving your wallet as well as the environment
  • Hand wash programme gently cleans delicate fabrics
  • Wide range of programmes allow you to tailor the wash to the load

Pros

  • Impressive energy efficiency
  • Good range of wash programmes

Cons

  • Drum capacity might be a bit small for some households

Verdict

The efficiency of this machine is extremely impressive given the price range. The A+++ rating is very uncommon at this price range. In addition to being efficient, this machine has a good range of programmes, including a hand wash programme for delicate fabrics. All things considered, it’s hard to go wrong with this machine.

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3. Beko WMB71543W 7Kg Washing Machine

Beko WMB71543W Free Standing Washing Machine

Noise Level (Wash/Spin): 56/78 dB
Capacity: 7 kg
Type: Freestanding
Dimensions (cm): H85 x W60 x D50
Number of wash programmes: 16

From Beko we’ve got another energy efficient machine: the Beko WMB71543W. In fact, many of the specifications are similar to the Kenwood: 7kg drum capacity, A+++ rating, and a similar noise level. The slightly higher price of this machine does afford some very nice features, however.

Features and Specifications

  • A+++ energy rating means this washing machine uses less electricity, saving your wallet as well as the environment
  • Automatically adjusts water and energy usage based on the weight of the load
  • Xpress Super Short programme can quickly clean a 2-kg load in just 14 minutes

Pros

  • Solid energy efficiency
  • Excellent quick wash programme

Cons

  • A bit on the loud side during spin cycles

Verdict

If the efficiency of the Kenwood appealed to you, but you wanted a few quality-of-life improvements, then the Beko WMB71543W is a brilliant choice. The automatic half load function is really helpful in keeping energy costs down, so you don’t have to feel as guilty for not doing full loads.

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4. Candy Grand’O Vita GV169TWC3W 9Kg Washing Machine

Candy Grand'O Vita GV169TWC3W Free Standing Washing Machine

Noise Level (Wash/Spin): 60/82 dB
Capacity: 9 kg
Type: Integrated
Dimensions (cm): H85 x W60 x D54
Number of wash programmes: 15

If you desire a high spin speed, impressive energy efficiency, and decent drum capacity, the Candy Grand’O Vita GV169TWC3W might be the machine you’re after. For a medium-large family, this integrated washing machine is a great choice.

Features and Specifications

  • Candy’s KG Mode weighs your laundry to determine the right amount of water and detergent to use, helping to save electricity
  • A+++ energy rating means you’ll be saving your wallet as well as the environment
  • Gentle wool programme is ideal for taking care of your woollen and delicate items

Pros

  • Good energy efficiency
  • Decent drum capacity

Cons

  • Quite loud
  • As an integrated machine, it’ll be more difficult to service

Verdict

For a medium-large capacity washing machine with decent energy efficiency and good range of features, the Candy Grand’O Vita GV169TWC3W is surprisingly reasonably priced. As an integrated machine, it’ll fit into your kitchen without affecting the look, as it’s designed to fit comfortably behind a cabinet. This can make it a bit more difficult to remove for servicing, but the energy efficiency and capacity help to make up for it.

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5. LOGIK L612WM16 Washing Machine

LOGIK L612WM16 Washing Machine

Noise Level (Wash/Spin): 58/76 dB
Capacity: 7 kg
Type: Freestanding
Dimensions (cm): H85 x W59.5 x D47
Number of wash programmes: 16

If the other items on this list were a bit out of your price range, the LOGIK L612WM16 might be closer to what you’re looking for. It’s not got the features or specs of the other machines, but it can be grabbed for nearly £100 cheaper.

Features and Specifications

  • 24-hour delay timer allows you to load the machine and set it to run at a convenient time
  • Simply dial and button controls make the machine extremely simple to use
  • 15-minute quick wash programme allows you to quickly refresh an outfit when you’re in a hurry

Pros

  • Quite inexpensive
  • Simple controls

Cons

  • Max spin speed is rather slow
  • Drum capacity is on the small side
  • Currys exclusive product, meaning you can’t price match

Verdict

If you’re strapped for cash, this LOGIK machine might be the way to go. It delivers a perfectly reasonable wash performance in a highly affordable package. Of course, it doesn’t compare to the more expensive models on this list, but at close to £100 cheaper, the benefits are obvious.

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