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Top 10 Best Washing Machines (2021 UK)

What is the best washing machine to buy in the UK right now?

You want a machine which can handle large wash loads, look after baby clothes and delicates, make laundry days easier and also not add too much onto your energy bills.

Let us tell you that there are washing machines which can do all of that and more, and we’ve collected together some of the best options on offer.

In this guide, we’ll look at what we consider to be the top 10 best washing machines on the market right now – including highly-rated machines from reliable brands.

We have also tried to include something for all budgets as we know not every household can shell out £400+ on a washing machine.  This guide should help you to find the best bang for your buck, so you don’t feel short-changed.

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 included in this list are free-standing rather than integrated.

Best Washing Machines in the UK

1. Hoover H-Wash 300 H3W4102DBBE

Hoover H-WASH 300 H3W4102DBBE

Load capacity: 10 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 56 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: E (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

Hoover’s H-Wash washing machine is packed with features that make this machine an ideal choice for medium-sized households. With a 10 kg drum, quick wash settings, a unique Hygiene+ cycle and even a smartphone app, this washing machine really does have a lot to offer.

Features

  • 14-, 30-, and 60-minute Quick Wash cycles
  • 81 dB noise level (spin cycle)
  • Childproof lock
  • Delay timer
  • Delicate “Hand Wash” cycle
  • KG Mode weighs the washing and adjusts the settings, helping you save on your energy bills
  • 16 wash programmes
  • Compatible with the Hoover Wizard app
  • 1 year warranty

Design, use and performance

This washing machine is a smart appliance ideal for medium-sized households. This Hoover washing machine has a wide choice of cycles, including a unique Hygiene+ cycle designed to get bacteria and allergens out of your laundry.

This machine is easy to use, and the 10 kg capacity means you can comfortably wash large loads of laundry or even duvets; perfect for households with messy kids.

For tech-savvy households, this Hoover machine can be controlled and monitored using the Hoover Wizard app or built-in NFC chip (NFC only available on Android devices).

The app allows you to monitor the machine’s energy consumption, access your preferred programmes, receive alerts, and monitor the status of the machine whilst you’re on the go.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • 10kg capacity is ideal for large loads of clothing or duvets
  • Quick cycles are ideal for last-minute loads
  • Sleek black finish

Cons

  • App can be tricky to use
  • Machine can be loud on the highest spin setting

Summary

Overall, this 10 kg Hoover washing machine is ideal for a wide range of households. The machine presents great value for money, and KG mode will help you save money on your utility bills too.

 

2. Beko WER860541W

Beko WER860541W 8Kg Washing Machine

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84 x 60 x 59 cm
Spin speed:
1600 rpm
Energy rating:
C (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

This Beko 8 kg washing machine is ideal for medium-sized households. The machine is packed with modern, smart features that will help you achieve great results and cut down on the amount of time you need to spend doing laundry.

Features

  • 75 dB noise level (during spin cycle)
  • 28-minute Quick Wash cycle
  • Delicate “Hand Wash” cycle
  • Compatible with the HomeWhiz app
  • 1 year warranty

Design, use and performance

This Beko washing machine’s 8 kg capacity is ideal for busy, medium-sized households. The machine is packed with a range of programmes, including a handy 14-minute Xpress Super Short programme that is ideal for those Sunday night school uniform emergencies.

The machine is easy to use, and the anti-allergy programme is a great addition if anyone in your household has sensitive skin or suffers from allergies. This programme makes use of extra rinses and higher temperatures and has been Allergy UK approved.

Pros

  • SteamCure feature cuts down on wrinkles, saving ironing time
  • Xpress Super Short programme ideal for last-minute emergencies
  • Easy to use
  • Quiet during operation
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Highest spin speed is only available on one programme

Summary

This Beko washing machine is an affordable option that packs a punch with some really useful features and programmes. Beko is a trusted household brand, so you can rest assured that the machine is a quality purchase.

 

3. Beko WTL82051W

Beko WTL82051W 8Kg Washing Machine

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84 x 60 x 59 cm
Spin speed: 1200 rpm
Energy rating: C (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

Beko’s WTL82051W washing machine is an affordable, basic machine with a variety of programmes to help keep your clothing looking new for longer.

The 8 kg load capacity is ideal for medium-sized households, and it is an eco-friendly option too.

Features

  • 28-minute Quick Wash programme
  • Economy Wash cycle uses less water and energy
  • Dedicated synthetics cycle
  • 1 year warranty

Design, use and performance

This Beko washing machine is an affordable, simple choice that only has the basic functions and is ideal for medium-sized households.

The machine still has a range of cycles to choose from, but it does not have all the smart features you will find with some of the other machines on this list.

The machine is easy to use, and a dedicated energy saving programme will help save you money.

Pros

  • Very good budget machine
  • Good choice of programmes
  • Easy to use
  • Quiet during use

Cons

  • Aside from the Quick cycle, the others are quite long
  • No variable temperature option
  • Basic machine with limited features

Summary

This Beko washing machine is a great choice if your household only needs basic features and have a tight budget. The machine’s 8 kg capacity and range of programmes makes it ideal for households with kids.

 

4. Indesit My Time EWD71452WUKN


Load capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 51.7 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: E (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

The Indesit My Time washing machine is a budget-friendly machine that makes light work of a range of laundry cycles.

The machine has a range of cycles, including dedicated options for cottons and synthetics, with many offering great results in less than an hour.

Features

  • Variable spin and temperature settings
  • Choice of six My Time daily cycles that take less than an hour
  • Dedicated wool, cotton, and synthetic programmes
  • Economy Wash programme saves water and energy
  • 77 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • 1 year warranty

Design, use and performance

Indesit have always been a popular household brand. Their My Time machine has a choice of programmes that make light work of the typical laundry loads an average medium-sized household will have to deal with.

Despite its low price point, this Indesit machine still offers a wide range of settings, including a quick 20-minute cycle, and Energy Saver and Extra Wash features.

Even the standard washing cycles are quite fast whilst still achieving great results, making this machine ideal for busy households.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly washing machine
  • Dedicated cycles for different fabric types
  • Quick cycles ideal for busy households

Cons

  • Can be noisy on some cycles
  • No childlock or delay timer

Summary

The My Time washing machine from Indesit is a budget-friendly option that does what it says on the tin.

The machine has a range of programmes for various fabric types, and many take less than an hour.

The My Time machine might be simple, but it is packed full of programmes and settings that the average household will appreciate.

 

5. John Lewis & Partners JLWM1417

John Lewis & Partners JLWM1417

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 57 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: E

This freestanding washing machine from John Lewis & Partners has a convenient 8 kg load and smart appearance.

The machine offers a range of cycles, including a Delicate cycle, a Wool cycle, and a handy 14-minute Quick Wash cycle too.

Features

  • Dedicated delicate and wool programmes
  • 78 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • Overflow protection
  • 14-minute Quick Wash cycle
  • Variable temperature control
  • Delay timer
  • Digital display
  • 3-year guarantee

Design, use and performance

This washing machine from John Lewis & Partners has a sleek, modern design, and a wide range of features and programmes to suit just about every laundry requirement your household could throw at it.

The 8 kg load is more than enough for around 40 t-shirts, plenty for medium-sized households, and the machine is incredibly easy to programme.

The adjustable temperature and time settings make planning your washing cycles easy, and the 14-minute Quick Wash cycle makes light work of last-minute back to school emergencies.

Pros

  • Good capacity for medium-sized households
  • Convenient washing times
  • Great results, even on the 14-minute cycle
  • Easy to use
  • Competitive 3-year guarantee

Cons

  • More expensive than other models on this list
  • Spin cycle is quite loud
  • Small gaps in the handle can be tricky to clean

Summary

This machine from John Lewis offers all the programmes and features you would expect from the more typical, well-known washing machine brands. The machine is easy to use, and the 3-year warranty adds a little extra peace of mind.

 

6. Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB

Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84.8 x 59.8 x 55 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: C (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

The Serie 4 washing machine from Bosch is packed with features that make everyday laundry a breeze.

Whether you’ve spilled red wine on a white blouse or remembered you haven’t washed the school uniform late on a Sunday, the machine has a programme to make light work of the problem.

Features

  • 15-minute Quick Wash programme
  • Variable spin and temperature settings
  • Allergy cycle
  • Reload function allows you to add forgotten socks mid-wash
  • 74 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty (10-year motor warranty)

Design, use and performance

This Bosch washing machine looks great and is extremely easy to use. The 8 kg load, and the wide range of programmes and customisable settings make it ideal for medium-sized households, especially those with kids.

The machine does also feature an ECO programme that uses less water and energy; however, it is worth noting that this is considerably longer than many of the other cycles.

The machine is quite quiet on many cycles, making it ideal for flats when you don’t want to disturb the neighbours, and for running whilst you (or the kids) sleep.

Pros

  • Quiet during use
  • Easy to use
  • Wide range of cycles
  • SpeedPerfect setting ideal for when time is limited – cuts cycle times by up to 65%

Cons

  • Some cycles are quite long
  • Some programmes can only take 4 kg

Summary

The Bosch Serie 4 might be one of the most expensive on this list, however the washing machine has just about every feature you could possibly need.

The fact that the machine does come with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty (and 10-year motor warranty) and Bosch is a trusted brand may make you feel more comfortable with the higher price.

 

7. Samsung Series 5 ecobubble™ W80TA046AE

Samsung Series 5 ecobubble WW80TA046AX 8Kg Washing Machine

Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 55 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: B (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

Samsung’s Series 5 Ecobubble washing machine is ideal for a medium-sized household and is full of features designed to tackle even the toughest, most stubborn stains.

Between its large 8 kg capacity and innovative tech, this machine will make light work of your laundry.

Features

  • Variable spin and temperature settings
  • Bubble Soak feature to break down tough stains
  • Steam function for a hygienic clean
  • 74 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • 15-minute quick wash cycle
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty (10-year motor warranty)

Design, use and performance

As we’ve come to expect from Samsung, this washing machine is packed full of innovative features that will make your life easier.

The machine has a self-cleaning detergent drawer, and the Drum Clean+ cycle makes cleaning the inside of the drum a breeze.

The machine will even remind you to run this cycle every 40 washes, so you will always get the best from your machine.

The Hygiene Steam cycle can break down 99.9% of bacteria and allergens, and as a bonus, many people find it leaves their towels extra fluffy too.

The machine even has a digital invertor motor that uses brushless magnets instead of moving parts, making the machine even quieter and longer lasting.

Pros

  • Quiet during use, ideal for flats or open plan living spaces
  • Smart features
  • Easy to use and program
  • Sleek, modern finish

Cons

  • Instruction manual can be hard to follow

Summary

Samsung’s Ecobubble washing machine is super-quiet and offers some useful features. The Ecobubble does a great job of tackling tough stains, making it an ideal choice for messy households or those with small children.

The 8 kg drum offers plenty of space for everyday laundry, and the sleek graphite finish will fit perfectly into your home.

 

8. AEG ProSteam Technology L7FEE965R

AEG L7FEE965R 7000 Series 9kg 1600rpm Freestanding Washing Machine

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 66 cm
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Energy rating: C (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

AEG’s ProSteam washing machine has a 9 kg capacity and is full of handy features that will make keeping on top of your laundry a breeze.

The machine is energy efficient and will leave laundry spotless and soft every time.

Features

  • 24-hour delay timer
  • Variable spin and temperature settings
  • 77 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • ProSteam feature reduces creases
  • ProSense feature automatically measures each laundry load and adjusts cycle times
  • Anti-allergy
  • Eco Mode
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty (10-year motor warranty)

Design, use and performance

This washing machine from AEG is ideal for medium-sized households. The machine has a handy ProSteam function that will prevent creases from forming in your laundry, either negating the need for ironing or making it much easier depending on the garment.

At the end of a cycle, the machine will have also extracted most of the water from the laundry, so you will save time on drying too.

If you use the ProSense feature, the machine will recognise the fabrics that are being washed and will automatically tailor all the settings to achieve optimum results without over-washing.

This machine is generally quiet; however, it can be noisy at the highest spin speeds.

Pros

  • Quiet during use
  • Time save button cuts washing time if you’re in a hurry
  • Wide range of settings
  • Woolmark Certified – you can wash “hand wash only” wool garments
  • Well-built machine
  • Washing drains well and doesn’t need long to dry

Cons

  • Steam feature is not available on all programmes
  • Fairly expensive

Summary

This washing machine from AEG might sit at a higher price point than some, but the machine is well-built and full of useful features.

The machine has a programme for just about every laundry type you can think of, produces great results, and is eco-friendly too.

AEG are a well-known and respected brand, and the 5-year warranty gives you extra piece of mind.

 

9. Bosch Serie 6 WAU28T64GB

Serie 6 WAU28T64GB 9 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine

Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 84.8 x 59.8 x 59 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: C (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

The Bosch Serie 6 9 kg washing machine is ideal for medium-sized households with a lot of laundry.

The high drum capacity will give you flexibility with your load sizes, and the wealth of settings and innovative features will give you great performance with every wash.

Features

  • 15-minute Quick Wash cycle
  • Allergy Plus function
  • The Start Reload button allows you to add forgotten clothing part way through the cycle
  • 72 dB noise level during the spin cycle
  • Variable spin and temperature settings
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty (10-year motor warranty)

Design, use and performance

This Bosch washing machine is packed with features that will make light work of just about any household laundry requirement.

If anyone in the household suffers with allergies or sensitive skin, you will benefit from the allergy function which can remove 99.9% of allergens, such has dust mites, pollen, or fur.

Busier households will love the SpeedPerfect option. This handy button decreases the cycle time by up to 65%, without compromising on the quality of the finish. This option can be used in conjunction with many of the programmes the machine offers.

For smaller loads, the machine offers Active Water technology. This will weigh the laundry when you load the machine, and work out how much water, time, and energy is required to achieve optimum results.

Pros

  • Quiet during operation
  • Ability to pause the cycle to add more laundry is handy for those missed socks
  • SpeedPerfect function reduces the length of the cycle but doesn’t compromise quality
  • Sleek finish

Cons

  • Instruction manual can be hard to follow
  • Clothes can still be quite wet at the end of some cycles
  • Not many cycles are suitable for 9 kg of washing, and they are all over three hours

Summary

The Bosch Serie 6 may have a lot of handy features and flexibility, but the number of cycles that can handle the full 9 kg load is limited. However, the machine is very adaptable and eco-friendly without compromising on performance.

 

10. Hotpoint NSWA843CWWUKN


Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 60.5 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: D (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

This Hotpoint washing machine is packed with features that make it ideal for a medium-sized family.

With features like a 30-minute quick wash, anti-stain cycle, and steam hygiene, everyday laundry chores become effortless.

Features

  • 79 dB noise level during spin cycle
  • Anti-allergy function
  • Anti-stain function designed to tackle 20 of the most common stains
  • Steam Hygiene programme for more intense cleaning
  • Variable temperature and spin settings
  • 30-minute Quick Wash cycle
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

The Hotpoint washing machine is plenty big enough for a medium-sized busy family, and the range of settings means you can avoid wasting water or energy too.

If you have small kids, pets, or just seem to always spill food, this machine has a convenient Anti Stain cycle that has been purposefully designed to tackle 20 of the most common household stains.

Whether its makeup, milk, or ink, the Anti Stain cycle will tackle it without needing to pre-soak the laundry.

In the case of stubborn stains or allergens, the Steam Hygiene setting will be able to help. This function injects steam into the drum, killing up to 99.9% of allergens.

For those last-minute emergencies, the machine has a convenient 30-minute quick wash programme too.

Pros

  • Steam Hygiene function is great for allergies
  • Wide range of settings
  • Fairly quiet during use
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Clothing can be quite wet at the end of the cycle on some programmes
  • Many cycles take more than 3 hours

Summary

Overall, this Hotpoint washing machine does offer a great deal of features and performance for its mid-price point.

However, washing can come out fairly wet at the end of cycles meaning it takes longer to dry, and many of the cycles (especially the higher temperatures) take longer than three hours.

 

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-midrange of the market, with machines typically costing between £400 and £900.

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 has 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 £350 – 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 products and Siemens products are currently placed as upper mid-range in the washing machine market, however, both brands do have premium models, which offer more advanced technology. This extra complexity and these additional features obviously come at a higher price, some exceeding the £1000 mark.

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-mid-priced brand today, producing washing machines that are affordable to many, 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 beginning to roll out cutting-edge technology, such as remote control via an app. These extra features are, of course, being sold for a higher price than the standard washing machine models.

 

Hotpoint

Hotpoint was created in 1911 in Ontario, California and 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-£350 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 (as mentioned above) also makes Hotpoint.

Indesit is a budget brand, with most machines costing less than £300 and top-of-the-range machines costing just 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 don’t boast many features or cutting-edge technology like other branded washing machines do, 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-midrange of the market, with some machines starting at as little as £350. More advanced models with larger drum capacity do exceed the £1000 mark, but you can get something similar for 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 around £550 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 tests their machines for twenty years’ worth of use and they 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 is 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-midrange of the market, with models available from around £350, but some advanced machines may cost well over £1000 (one specific model would get you closer to a £2000 spend)!

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 function is the AddWash feature, a hatch in the door which allows you to add extra items halfway through a wash with ease.

 

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. Their washing machines can range vastly in price from around £450 to over £1000.

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 – perfect for a retro-inspired kitchen or laundry room.

 

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 is generally associated with freestanding machines.

They have a good reliability record for lower-priced washing machines and are known to be excellent at washing clothes.

Zanussi doesn’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 up to over £2,000; it just depends on what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend.

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 and won’t come with any pre-existing fluff or residue from someone else’s laundry.

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. If you’ve ever even just tried moving your washing machine, you’ll know that trying to transport one in a car or van is a tricky process without the right tools.

Where possible, visit your local retailer to browse the machines they sell and even chat with the sales assistants about the different makes and models. Ask about specific functions you would prefer your machine to have and give a ballpark figure of your budget to make sure you get to see the right appliances for you.

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 and nobody needs that problem! Most appliances do have standard sizing, so this shouldn’t be too much of a worry, but it’s always best to double-check.

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
  • Having too many choices

 

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 – £1700 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 19 different brands to choose from, including household brand names 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 currently offer a ‘remove and recycle’ service from just £20 when your new washing machine gets delivered, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with your old appliance. They will also take away any packaging if you have opted for them to install it too.

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:

You can apply for Flexible Credit on orders over £99 and spread this cost over 12-36 months. You can also opt to pay a deposit, meaning your monthly payments will be lessened. This option is ideal for larger purchases if you know you can make the monthly payments on time, but you do end up paying interest on your items.

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 £170 – £1700 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 22 different brands to choose from including big brand names like 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, which is a £25 fee for laundry appliances.

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 which you can apply for to help spread costs.

Customer Service:

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

 

John Lewis & Partners

http://johnlewis.com/

John Lewis

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

Price:

Roughly £190 – £2,500 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are currently 13 different brands to choose from including Indesit, LG and John Lewis & Partners 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 with a 10% deposit required on some items.

Customer Service:

John Lewis & Partners 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 £170 – £850 (at the time of writing)

Choice:

There are 11 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. You can apply for an Argos Card to start making use of special credit plans today.

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 £170 – £2,000 for well-known UK brands. But there are other listings at £12,500 (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 the 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 are a lot of choices 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. Some of the ads you find may not be very relevant to your search, so it can be a little difficult to sift through at times to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Price:

Roughly FREE – £300 (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 FREE – £300 (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 collecting the washing machine 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 desperate to get rid of things and sometimes they even 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 FREE – £600 (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 and 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.