Best Integrated Washing Machines Under £500 (UK 2018)

Depending on the design of your kitchen, you might have space for an integrated washing machine rather than a freestanding machine. Here are four of the best you can buy for less than £500 in 2018. Please note, prices can fluctuate so we can’t guarantee all of these models will still be available for under £500 when you read this article.

1. Zanussi ZWI71201WA Integrated Washing Machine

Zanussi ZWI71201WA Integrated Washing Machine

This integrated machine from Zanussi comes with a vast choice of wash functions for every type of wash load, including a speciality Jeans programme for all those denim lovers! Another very specific wash cycle available with this machine is the Curtains programme.

More general wash cycles include cotton, mixed load and a delicate wash. The Time Saver function allows you to cut most washing programmes in half which is great for speedy freshen ups or smaller loads.

A unique feature of the Zanussi ZWI71201WA is the Rinse Hold function which means you can leave your clothes soaking in warm water and the rinse cycle will not complete until you are around to empty the laundry from the machine. This prevents excessively creased clothing which would require hours of ironing.

Features

  • 7 kg drum capacity
  • 1200 rpm spin speed
  • Energy rating of A++
  • 20 wash programmes
  • 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • 30-minute quick wash cycle
  • 12-hour delay timer
  • Aqua Control – can detect any leaks

Pros

  • Time Saver function can cut wash times in half
  • Fuzzy logic – to control water and energy used
  • Good energy rating
  • Good value
  • LED screen with time
  • Great for quick wash cycle options

Cons

  • Spin speed isn’t as fast as other models
  • Can be a little noisy when running
  • Not as much tumble action as other washing machines
  • Quick wash function is limited to 900 rpm spin

The Verdict

This machine is a good general all-rounder which would be suited to many different household types. The heavy-duty Curtains programme could be helpful for those who have a lot of furry pets and like to keep their soft furnishings nice and clean. The Fuzzy Logic means that you can save money on your energy bills and water bills, which is super handy if you happen to be on a meter.

For the price, this integrated washing machine seems like a decent choice for any medium sized household and for those living alone who can take advantage of the time saver options. The 12-hour delay timer is suited to busy lives and to those who like to use off-peak electricity.

 

2. Indesit Ecotime IWME147 Integrated Washing Machine

Indesit Ecotime IWME147 Integrated Washing Machine

The Indesit Ecotime is a good value integrated washing machine with a decent energy rating, and it’s fairly quiet when running. The machine may not be the prettiest to look at, but it will be hidden by a cupboard door for the majority of the time, so that shouldn’t be a big deal.

With easy-to-use dials, you can set the temperature and spin speed of your wash cycles, helping to cut costs and save energy. Reducing the spin speed should minimise ironing, which again saves energy and of course, time.

Features

  • 7 kg drum capacity
  • 1400 rpm spin speed
  • Energy rating of A+
  • 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • 16 wash programmes
  • 9-hour delay timer
  • 30-minute quick wash cycle

Pros

  • Wide opening porthole
  • Quiet when running
  • Easy to follow operating instructions
  • Good value for money
  • Variable spin and temp settings

Cons

  • No display to show time
  • Quick wash cycle is long
  • Washing from large loads can come out still wet
  • Not the nicest of looking machines

The Verdict

This is a relatively good-sized machine which should suit a family home with the need for an integrated washing machine. The features of this machine are suited to busy family life, with the 9-hour delay timer – allowing you to take advantage of cheaper tariffs overnight and the ability to wash sports kits (even shoes!) Running this machine overnight should not pose a problem when it comes to noise as this machine is usually very quiet during wash cycles.

If you like to see the countdown timer on your washing machine, then this one won’t be for you as there is no digital screen, just dials, buttons and LED lights.

 

3. Hotpoint Ultima BHWMD742 Integrated Washing Machine

Hotpoint Ultima BHWMD742 Integrated Washing Machine

The Hotpoint Ultima integrated washing machine has a good-sized 7 kg drum and has a wash programme specifically for a half load as well as some other great features.

The Anti-Stain technology helps to remove the toughest of stains by combining 3 different actions inside the drum – instant detergent activation, precise temperature control and variable motion. The Anti-Allergy function means that 99.9% of allergens will not survive the wash, including dust mites, pollen and pet hairs.

With a really great energy rating of A++ you can save energy and money with this washing machine. Set your wash cycle to suit your laundry, from a hand wash cycle for delicates to Woolmark Platinum care for anything woolly!

Features

  • 7 kg drum capacity
  • 1400 rpm spin speed
  • Energy rating of A++
  • 16 wash programmes
  • 24-hour delay timer
  • Half load quick wash cycle
  • Anti-stain technology
  • Anti-allergy

Pros

  • Quiet when running
  • LED display for ease of use
  • Good for delicate clothing and wools
  • Half load quick wash for smaller loads
  • Wide opening door
  • Cut programme times by changing settings

Cons

  • Can’t use full 1400 rpm spin on quick cycle
  • Wash settings can be confusing to programme
  • Maximum wash temperature 60°C
  • Detergent in drawer can build up relatively quickly – may need regular cleaning

The Verdict

The Hotpoint is another good contender for a medium-sized household, especially those with young children or pets as the Anti-Allergy feature will come in quite handy. The Hotpoint ‘Super Silent’ promise also means if you run your machine late at night (using the 24-hour delay timer) you won’t have to worry about waking the kids.

The longer cycle times may not be suited to some people as many fast-paced lifestyles need the option of a quick wash. For those who do live alone, it may be better to consider a model with a range of quick wash functions. The Hotpoint name means that you do pay a little more for this integrated washing machine than other brands with similar builds.

 

4. John Lewis JLBIWM1403 Integrated Washing Machine

John Lewis JLBIWM1403 Integrated Washing Machine

John Lewis’ own brand integrated washing machine may be one of the pricier models in our list, but it comes with a 3-year guarantee and a great energy rating which should save you money over time – making up for the steeper price.

With 20 different wash functions, you’ll be spoiled for choice and are ensured great washing results by the impressive Aquaspray system which sprays laundry with detergent infused water.

Features

  • 7 kg drum capacity
  • 1400 rpm spin speed
  • Energy rating of A++
  • 20 wash programmes
  • 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Quick wash cycle
  • 20-hour delay timer

Pros

  • Good length 3-year guarantee – with the option to extend
  • Easy to use LED screen, dial and buttons
  • Straightforward instructions
  • Narrow machine for tighter spaces
  • Quiet when running

Cons

  • A little on the pricier side
  • Washing tabs may not fully dissolve in 30°C washes, so they might need an extra rinse
  • Majority of wash programmes are quite long
  • Clothing can come out creased on certain wash functions
  • May struggle to spin with lesser loads

The Verdict

As this machine offers the same 7 kg drum size as the other models in the list, it would also be suited to a medium-sized household. The 20 wash functions are great for those who like to use specific wash cycles for different load types and the timer delay is great for busy people who like to have washing ready to be emptied by the time they get in from work.

Fitting neatly into a fitted kitchen, this slimmer design is perfect for anyone who finds they have limited space in their kitchen or laundry room.

With fewer quick wash functions, this may not be the best purchase for someone living alone or someone who likes to do smaller loads more frequently.

 

Conclusion

Overall, there are some great integrated washing machines in our list. Certain machines are better suited to different lifestyles, so there’s definitely something for everyone. Of course, always make sure to measure your kitchen’s space for an integrated machine to ensure the machine you buy will fit. The Zanussi ZWI71201WA does tend to be a good all-rounder with some really handy features – even if some are quite specific!

 

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