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Best Washing Machine (2019 UK)

What’s the best washing machine to buy in the UK?

In this guide we’ll look at what we consider to be the top 10 best washing machines on the market right now.

We’ve selected highly rated machines from reliable brands and have tried to include something for all budgets.

Read on for our reviews of the top models, plus more information to help you choose the right washing machine for your home.

All of these washing machines are freestanding rather than integrated.

Best Washing Machine (2019 UK)

1. Samsung WW90J5456FW

SAMSUNG WW90J5456FW

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 60 cm wide x 55 cm deep
Spin speed: 1440 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

The Samsung WW90J5456FW is one of the most popular and highly rated washing machines on the market in the UK, and we’d recommend it as the best washing machine for most people.

Features

  • Samsung’s ecobubble technology for more energy-efficient washing
  • 15-minute quick wash feature
  • Stay Clean Drawer—jets of water stop washing detergent getting stuck in draw
  • Smart Check feature for error monitoring and troubleshooting via an app
  • Digital inverter motor for reduced noise and vibration

Pros

  • Plenty of wash cycles to choose from
  • 5-year warranty available
  • Reliable—should last a long time
  • Fairly quiet

Cons

  • Most cycles are quite long except for the 15-minute cycle

Summary

One unusual thing about this machine is that it plays a short tune when your washing is done, which is something that some people like but others find annoying. You can turn this feature off.

Overall though, this is a great washing machine, and there’s very little to complain about. It’s quiet and has a lot of wash cycles to choose from, including a handy 15-minute quick wash cycle.

Samsung are a reliable brand, and the 5-year warranty gives you extra peace of mind.

 

2. Bosch WAT28371GB

Bosch WAT28371GB

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 84.8 cm high x 59.8 cm wide x 59 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

The Bosch WAT28371GB is one of the main rivals of the Samsung WW90J5456FW reviewed above. It has a similar price tag and is another popular and highly rated washer.

Features

  • VarioPerfect—lets you choose to wash clothes quicker with more energy, or more slowly using less energy
  • Allergy+ feature for removing allergens more effectively
  • ecoSilence drive—keeps the machine quiet
  • Delay timer
  • 30-minute SuperQuick cycle
  • Pause function

Pros

  • Lots of washing programmes available
  • Quiet
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Most programmes are only suitable for smaller loads (not 9 kg)

Summary

One of the best things about this washing machine is how quiet it is. It’s also easy to use, and offers plenty of setting and washing programmes.

 

3. Samsung AddWash WW90K5410WW

Samsung AddWash WW90K5410WW/EU Washing Machine

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 60 cm wide x 55 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

The Samsung AddWash WW90K5410WW takes its name from the fact that you can pause it to add something to the wash via a small door if you’ve forgotten something.

This is useful if you put a load on and then realise there are still a few socks left in your laundry basket.

With a 9 kg load capacity, this machine could be a good choice for a family. Like some other Samsung washing machines, it plays a short tune when the washing is done.

Features

  • 15-minute quick wash cycle
  • Delay timer
  • Pause button for adding items
  • Digital inverter motor for reduced noise
  • LED display

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quiet
  • Self-cleansing dispenser
  • Useful AddWash and delay timer features

Cons

  • Washing is very wet after short cycles
  • Some cycles are very long

Summary

Overall, the Samsung AddWash WW90K5410WW is a great washing machine with some really useful features. It’s well designed and should last a long time.

 

4. Hotpoint FML942

Hotpoint FML 942 G

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 59.5 cm wide x 60.5 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A++

The Hotpoint FML942 is a reasonably priced washing machine with some useful programmes, including programmes for removing allergens, getting rid of stains and washing delicate items.

It uses old-fashioned dials rather than a digital display, which some people prefer.

Features

  • Anti-allergy programmes
  • Anti-stain cycle
  • Delicate wash cycle suitable for ‘hand wash’ items

Pros

  • Relatively cheap
  • Very quiet
  • Useful programmes

Cons

  • Energy rating could be higher
  • Some cycles take around 3 hours
  • No delay timer feature

Summary

This washing machine doesn’t have as many features as some of the other machines reviewed here, but there are a lot of things to like about it.

It’s very quiet, even on the spin cycle.

The 9 kg capacity is good for families who get through a lot of laundry, and the price is good for families on a budget!

 

5. Candy Grand’O Vita GVS169DC3

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 60 cm wide x 52 cm deep
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

The Candy Grand’O Vita GVS169DC3 is an inexpensive 9 kg washing machine that’s currently only available on AO.com.

One nice thing about this machine is that it automatically adjusts the amount of water and energy used based on the weight of the load, which saves money.

Features

  • KG Detector – adjusts water and time based on load weight
  • Smart Touch technology lets you monitor washing progress using an app
  • Delay timer
  • 3 quick wash programmes (14, 30 or 59 minutes)
  • Delicates programme suitable for washing woollen items

Pros

  • Relatively cheap
  • Shortest cycle is very quick (14 minutes)
  • Automatically adjusts to load size
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • 1600 spin speed only applies to longer programmes
  • Made by a less established brand

Summary

The Candy Grand’O Vita GVS169DC3 is a very good washing machine for the price. However, you may have reservations about buying from a lesser-known brand.

 

6. Bosch WAN28201GB

Bosch WAN28201GB

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84.8 cm high x 59.8 cm wide x 55 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

With an 8 kg capacity, the Bosch WAN28201GB is slightly smaller than some of the other washing machines reviewed here, but is still big enough for a busy family.

Features

  • EcoSilence Drive for increased energy efficiency and reduced noise
  • VarioPerfect lets you choose to prioritise speed or energy efficiency
  • ActiveWater feature senses the load size and adjusts the water and energy use accordingly

Pros

  • Relatively quiet
  • Flexible, with lots of options and washing programmes
  • Very energy efficient

Cons

  • Number of options make it quite complicated

Summary

The Bosch WAN28201GB is a very flexible machine that gives you a lot of control over your washing.

However, this can make it quite complicated to use at first, and you may need to refer to the user manual a lot.

 

7. Hotpoint Extra WMXTF942P

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 59.5 cm wide x 60.5 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A++

This affordable washing machine from Hotpoint could be a good choice for families with its 9 kg load capacity.

It has lots of programmes to choose from, including some for removing stains and allergens.

Features

  • Anti-Allergy cycle for removing allergens
  • Anti-stain programme
  • Gentle cycle for washing woollen items
  • 30-minute quick wash programme

Pros

  • Low price
  • Quiet
  • Plenty of programmes to choose from
  • Large drum size

Cons

  • Clothes are very wet after the quick wash cycle

Summary

The Hotpoint Extra WMXTF942P is ideal for families who get through a lot of washing and don’t want to spend too much on a washing machine. It’s versatile and reliable, and is made by a trusted brand.

 

8. Indesit Innex BWA81683XK

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 60 cm wide x 60 cm deep
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

The Indesit Innex BWA81683XK is a stylish and reasonably priced washing machine with spin speeds of up to 1600 rpm.

Features

  • Water Balance Plus feature for saving water
  • Delay timer (up to 9 hours)
  • Shoes programme
  • Wool and hand wash programme

Pros

  • Good spin speed, so clothes don’t come out too wet
  • Energy and water efficient
  • Stylish design
  • Usually fairly quiet

Cons

  • Some cycles are very long (over 3 hours)

Summary

The Indesit Innex BWA81683XK looks great and is very energy efficient. However, some programmes are very long, so it’s not ideal if you need to get the washing done quickly.

 

9. John Lewis & Partners JLWM1407

John Lewis & Partners JLWM1407

Load capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 60 cm wide x 57 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

This own-brand washing machine from John Lewis & Partners comes with a nice 3-year guarantee.

Although the 7 kg capacity is a bit smaller than some of the other machines reviewed here, this model is still a good choice for families who produce a lot of laundry.

Features

  • 14-minute quick wash cycle
  • Delay start function
  • Adjustable programme lengths

Pros

  • Plenty of cycles to choose from
  • 3-year guarantee
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Some washing cycles are very long
  • Can be noisy

Summary

The John Lewis & Partners JLWM1407 is easy to use and has some good features, though it can be quite noisy and some washing cycles take a long time.

 

10. LG Steam F4J6JY2S

Load capacity: 10 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm x 60 cm wide x 61 cm deep
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

With a 10 kg drum capacity, the LG Steam F4J6JY2S could be a good choice for large families who need to be able to wash a lot of clothes at once.

The ‘Steam’ in this product’s name refers to the fact that it uses steam technology to kill allergens and bacteria.

Features

  • Steam technology for removing bacteria and allergens
  • Delay timer (up to 19 hours)
  • 30 minute quick wash cycle

Pros

  • Large drum size
  • Useful allergy-reduction setting
  • Quiet
  • Stylish design
  • Rinses well

Cons

  • Quick wash cycle is relatively long (30 minutes)

Summary

The LG Steam F4J6JY2S is a stylish washing machine with a large drum capacity. It would be ideal for a big family.

 

Best Washing Machine Brands

Which washing machine brand should you choose? Here are 12 of the top brands available in the UK.

AEG

German-based company AEG was founded in Berlin over 100 years ago and was originally known as the German Electricity Company.

The company has been bought and sold several times since being founded in 1883, and the appliance side of AEG is now owned by Electrolux.

AEG is placed in the upper-mid range of the market, with machines typically costing between £300 and £700.

The brand is extremely reliable, with AEG washing machines generally praised by customers for their excellent washing ability.

Many recent models have a much higher drum capacity than washing machines made by other manufacturers, with some AEG machines able to hold up to 10kg washes.

AEG machines generally only come in white, although some models are available in silver.

AEG have introduced several innovative features to their washing machines, such as a steam function for freshening up a small 1.5kg load of dry clean-only items, and ÖKOMix technology.

With ÖKOMix, the detergent is premixed with water then sprayed directly into the drum where it begins to work straight away (unlike most machines where the laundry, water and detergent are mixed together, and the detergent can take much longer to dissolve).

This means clothes can be washed more gently and at a lower temperature, protecting garments and saving energy.

 

Beko

Beko is a Turkish based company and was founded in Istanbul, in 1967.

Beko is firmly placed as a budget brand, with most models typically costing between £200 and £300 – similar to brands such as Hotpoint and Indesit.

It’s a very popular brand in the UK, with huge numbers of machines sold each year.

Many customers rate them highly for value for money, and despite the lower price Beko machines are generally reliable – however even though there are machines with special programs available, don’t expect many cutting-edge technological features from this budget brand.

One area where Beko does excel is choice of design – not only are there many models to choose from, but Beko produce machines in a much wider variety of colours than many other brands.

For example, some models are not only available in the usual white and silver, but also in shades such as red, black and various greys.

 

Bosch/Siemens

Bosch and Siemens are the principal brands forming part of the German company BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, (or BSH Home Appliances), the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe, and their washing machines share many of the same parts and technologies.

The Siemens brand dates back to 1847 and Bosch was founded in Stuttgart in 1886.  In 1967 Robert Bosch GmbH and Siemens AG set up BSH Hausgeräte GmbH as a joint venture, however in September 2014, Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to purchase Siemens’ 50% stake in the company.

Bosch and Siemens products are currently placed as upper mid-range in the washing machine market, however both brands offer premium models, which offer more advanced technology but at a high-end price.

Both brands are generally considered to be reliable, and offer innovative technological features such as remote operation via smartphone or tablet PC.

Bosch and Siemens washing machines are sleek and modern in design; however most models are only available in white.

 

Hoover

Hoover is one of the World’s best known appliance manufacturers, founded in Ohio, USA in 1908.

The Hoover Group quickly expanded into the UK and Europe and continued to grow until the 1980s.

In 1995 Candy purchased Hoover European Appliances Group with exclusive rights to the Hoover brand in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Hoover is considered a budget brand today, producing washing machines that are extremely affordable, but which don’t always rate highly on reliability tests and with consumers.

Some hoover models are available in black, as well as white or silver – and look quite stylish for a budget appliance.

Hoover machines don’t offer as much as higher-end brands in the way of advanced technology, however top-of-the-range Hoover washers are starting to offer cutting-edge technology, such as remote control via an app (for a higher price).

 

Hotpoint

Hotpoint was established in 1911 in Ontario, California. In 1920, it established Hotpoint Electric Appliance Company Limited in the United Kingdom, a joint venture with competitor General Electric.

Recently, it was acquired by American appliance firm Whirlpool.

Hotpoint is an affordable budget brand, with an average price of around £300 for a washing machine.

Hotpoint machines offer better reliability than many other budget-range machines; however washing performance is much poorer than machines from mid and high-range brands.

Unlike machines from some other budget brands, even the cheaper Hotpoint appliances often have useful features such as remaining-time displays and various high spin speeds.

Some models also use premixing technology called Direct Injection, where detergent and water are premixed and sprayed directly into the wash, allowing washing temperatures to be reduced whilst laundry is still washed effectively.

 

Indesit

Indesit was founded in Fabriano, Italy in 1975, and was recently bought by the American company Whirlpool, which also makes Hotpoint.

Indesit is a budget brand, with most machines costing less than £300; however top-of-the-range machines can cost a little more.

Indesit washing machines aren’t the most reliable appliances, even amongst budget brands, and they’re also not the best for removing dirt from clothes.

They also don’t boast many features or cutting-edge technology. However, they are easy and simple to use, and offer several colour options including stylish black.

 

LG

LG is based in Seoul, South Korea, and was founded around 70 years ago.

LG is placed in the upper-mid range of the market, with some machines starting at as little as £350 but with more advanced models with larger drum capacity costing around £700.

LG washing machines offer good reliability for the price, second only to high-end brands such as Miele.

The direct driver motor rotates the washing machine’s drum directly rather than using belts, chains or gearboxes and is a design feature that has become associated with the LG brand, although this is not exclusive to LG.

This feature can reduce the noise of the machine, and also increases the reliability with fewer parts to potentially fail.

 

Miele

German-based company Miele was formed 118 years ago in Herzeblock, and remains a family-owned business.

Miele is a high-end brand, with machines starting at £500 but with some models costing well  over £1000.

Miele washing machines are generally considered the most reliable machines available on the market, and also offer five-year or even ten-year parts-and-labour warranties as standard.

Miele test their machines for twenty years’ worth of use, and are expected to last twice as long as competitor’s models.

In addition to being one of the most reliable machines you can buy, Miele washing machines also offer leading-edge technology and unique features, for example a two-phase detergent dispensing system called TwinDos, designed to improve washing performance, and a patented honeycomb drum design to help protect your laundry.

Miele washing machines have a sleek and stylish design; however they are usually only available in white or silver.

 

Samsung

Samsung are a multinational conglomerate formed around 80 years ago in Daegu, South Korea.

Samsung are often more well-known for producing technology such as mobile phones, however they are a growing presence in the UK washing machine market.

Samsung washing machines are placed in the upper-mid range of the market, with models available for around £400, but some advanced machines may cost well over £1000.

These are generally reliable washing machines and perform well, with excellent washing capabilities.

Samsung washing machines are known for their advanced features and effective use of new technology, including their Ecobubble system which mixes detergent and water then injects air to create activated foam, which gets deeper into the fibres of clothing to clean more quickly and efficiently.

Another useful new feature is the AddWash feature, a hatch in the door which allows you to add extra items halfway through a wash.

 

Smeg

Smeg was formed in Italy in 1948, and remains a privately owned family company.

Smeg are a premium brand, well known for their stylish fridges but now producing a wide range of other appliances including washing machines.

Unsurprisingly for a company well-known for their beautifully designed appliances, Smeg produce sleek and attractive washing machines, which also offer excellent reliability and up-to-date features such as LED displays.

Their 50’s style free-standing washing machines copy the retro design of the famous Smeg fridges and have a completely different look to any other washing machines on the market.

They’re also available in pretty and unusual colours such as cream, pastel blue and pink.

 

Zanussi

Formed in 1916 in Italy, Zanussi began to export products in 1946 and now produces a wide range of washing machines for the UK market.

Zanussi was originally a mid-range brand in the UK, however in recent years they have begun to produce more affordable machines in the low budget bracket, starting at as little as £200.

Integrated models are available, but Zanussi are generally associated with freestanding machines.

They have good reliability record for lower priced washing machines, and are excellent at washing clothes.

Zanussi don’t specialise in advanced washing technology, however they do offer plenty of features that make washing easier, particularly for large families and busy households, such as a large 10 kg drum capacity, and generously sized doors to make loading and unloading laundry easier.

 

Where to Buy a Washing Machine

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

 

Currys

http://www.currys.co.uk/

Currys

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.

Price:

Roughly £170 – £1750 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 20 different brands to choose from, including Kenwood, Hotpoint and Siemens.

Delivery Options:

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.

Guarantees:

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.

Payment Plans:

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.

Customer Service:

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

http://ao.com/

AO

AO has fast become one of the UK’s largest household appliances retailer since it’s launch back in 2001.

Price:

Roughly £180 – £1750 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 21 different brands to choose from including Smeg, Daewoo and Miele.

Delivery Options:

There is free delivery on all products with options to choose a delivery day to suit your schedule. AO do charge for installation.

Guarantees:

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.

Payment Plans:

There are monthly finance plans available to spread costs.

Customer Service:

AO can be contacted by telephone, email and FAQs can be easily accessed on their site.

 

Tesco

https://www.tesco.com/

Tesco

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!

Price:

Roughly £190 – £1,400 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 22 brands to choose from including Sharps, Russel Hobbs and Panasonic.

Delivery Options:

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.

Guarantees:

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.

Payment Plans:

Tesco’s ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ service is no longer available. Payment will have to be made in full upon purchase.

Customer Service:

Tesco can be contacted by email, telephone and by visiting a store.

 

John Lewis

http://johnlewis.com/

John Lewis

John Lewis are usually a very trustworthy retailer to buy appliances and electronics from, with good policies and customer services.

Price:

Roughly £200 – £1,750 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 14 brands to choose from including Indesit, LG and John Lewis own brand.

Delivery Options:

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.

Guarantees:

John Lewis has different length guarantees on different brands and some even come with free detergent for 1 year!

Payment Plans:

There is a monthly payment plan available for purchases of £1,000 or above.

Customer Service:

John Lewis are available on email, phone and in store.

 

Argos

http://www.argos.co.uk/

Argos

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.

Price:

Roughly £150 – £1,050 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are 10 brands to choose from including Candy, Bush and Servis.

Delivery Options:

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.

Guarantees:

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.

Payment Plans:

Argos do offer credit options, so you can spread the cost of your washing machine.

Customer Service:

Argos are contactable by phone, email and by visiting a store.

 

eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/

Ebay

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.

Prices:

Roughly £160 – £2,000 (at the time of writing)

Choices:

From household names like Beko, Hotpoint and Bosch to lesser known brands.

Delivery Options:

The majority of new washing machines come with free delivery, with only a select few asking for postage to be paid.

Guarantees:

When buying from retailers such as AO and Argos, you will receive the same guarantees on eBay as you would buying directly from them.

Payment Plans:

On eBay the items will have to be paid for upfront, with no options to pay in instalments.

Returns:

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!

Customer Service:

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)

 

eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/

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).

Price:

Roughly £1 – £400 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There is a lot of choice when it comes to eBay, from lots of top appliance brands.

Delivery Options:

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.

 

Preloved

http://www.preloved.co.uk/

Preloved

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.

Price:

Roughly £20 – £150 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

Not as vast as eBay, but still rather decent, with choices including Bosch and Beko.

Delivery Options:

As with eBay, collection only will be the option for most of these washing machines.

 

Gumtree

https://www.gumtree.com/

Gumtree

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!

Price:

Roughly £30 – £160 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

Depends on what is available at the time you are searching, but there will be a wide range of brands available.

Delivery Options:

If you are lucky, some sellers will offer delivery, however in most cases, collection will be necessary.

 

Freecycle

https://www.freecycle.org/browse/UK

Freecycle

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.

Price:

FREE!

Choice:

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.

Delivery Options:

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.

 

Shpock

https://en.shpock.com/

Shpock

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.

Price:

Roughly £30 – £250 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

A variety of brands depending upon who is selling when you carry out your search.

Delivery Options:

Most sellers will only offer collection, not delivery.

 

Facebook Marketplace/Local Selling Groups

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/

Facebook Marketplace

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!

Price:

FREE – £100+

Choice:

Whatever is available at the time you search; this could include any of the top appliance manufacturing brands.

Delivery Options:

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!

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick one washing machine to recommend to most people, it would be the Samsung WW90J5456FW.

It’s quiet, has a generous 9 kg capacity, offers a lot of different programmes and is available with a 5-year warranty.

See it here on John Lewis or here on Currys.

 

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