Washing Machine Under £300

Best Washing Machines Under £300 (2021 UK)

It can be tough to get a high-quality and reliable washing machine that has the features you want on a low budget.

The best washing machines on the market (see our top 10 here) tend to cost at least £400, but there are some good budget options under £300.

In this article we’ll look at some of the best washing machines on the market today for less than £300.

Please note, prices fluctuate so we can’t guarantee all of these washing machines will still be available for less than £300 when you read this article.

Best Washing Machines Under £300

1. Beko WER860541W

Beko WER860541W 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)

With an 8 kg load capacity, this Beko washing machine is ideal for small or medium-sized households. With features like a smartphone app and Fast+ function, this Beko machine is a great and affordable choice for many homes.

Features

  • Bluetooth powered smartphone app
  • Fast+ function
  • SteamCure feature to reduce creasing
  • Dedicated sports and anti-allergy programmes
  • 24-hour delay timer
  • 28-minute Quick Wash programme
  • Variable temperature and spin speed
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

This Beko washing machine packs a lot of punch for its relatively low price. The machine has a smart appearance and features dedicated features for a whole range of applications, such as a sports programme for active households, and an anti-allergy programme for those with sensitive skin or small children.

With features such as a 28-minute quick wash cycle, this washing machine is ideal for households who are likely to need to wash work or school uniforms quickly. For emergency wash cycles where only a couple of items need to go through, the machine even has a super-fast 14-minute Xpress Super Short cycle.

Tech-savvy households can control the machine remotely from the smartphone app. The app allows you to control the appliance (and any other Beko smart appliances you have) remotely.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quiet whilst in use
  • Quick Wash cycle is ideal for last-minute emergencies
  • Hand wash programme
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • 1600 rpm spin speed isn’t available on all programmes
  • Some people may find the app tricky to use

Summary

Overall, this Beko washing machine is packed full of features that will make doing a range of laundry loads a breeze for most medium-sized households, especially those with kids.

 

2. Hoover H-WASH 300 H3W492DBBE


Load capacity: 9 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 52 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: D (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

At 9 kg, this machine has a surprisingly large load capacity for its low price point. This machine is ideal for medium-sized households, and the range of cycles will tackle everything from muddy football kits to red wine on your favourite blouse.

Features

  • 14-minute Quick Wash cycle
  • 14 wash programmes
  • 24-hour delay timer
  • Variable temperature and spin speeds
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

This stylish black washing machine will look great in your kitchen and is packed with a range of programmes that make it a no-brainer for many medium to large-sized households.

The KG Mode is ideal for those who are conscious of their energy usage as it will automatically weigh the laundry and adjust the cycle time, water usage and electricity consumption to suit.

The add steam function is a welcome addition for households who would rather not spend their evenings ironing out nasty creases.

Pros

  • Can be controlled remotely using NFC (Android only)
  • Choice of 4 cycles that take less than an hour
  • Dedicated sports programme can be downloaded using the mobile app
  • 9 kg drum is ideal for larger family laundry loads
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • Can be loud during some cycles
  • Eco cycles can take longer than three hours

Summary

With the affordable price, large drum capacity and 14 different programmes, this Hoover washing machine is ideal for medium to large households. Functions such as add steam and the KG programme are added bonuses, however it is worth considering that this machine is not as quiet as other machines available.

 

3. Beko WTL82051W

Beko WTL82051W 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)

This Beko washing machine will help make tedious laundry a breeze. The 8 kg drum is ideal for medium-sized households, and the quick wash programme is just what you need if you are in a hurry.

Features

  • 28-minute quick wash programme
  • 9-hour delay timer
  • 15 wash programmes
  • Dedicated eco programme to save water and energy
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

This Beko washing machine is ideal for typical medium to large sized households. The machine does offer 15 different wash programmes, but lacks the specialist programmes such as sports, silk, and wool programmes seen on other machines on this list.

This machine is still ideal for families as it includes features such as a 28-minute quick wash programme for those last-minute school uniform emergencies and the 8 kg drum capacity is more than enough for daily laundry needs.

This machine might not have all the fancy features you’ll find in other machines on this list; however, this machine is a good all-rounder and very affordably priced making it ideal for households on a budget.

Pros

  • Quiet during use
  • Good sized drum
  • Great performance even at 20 degrees
  • Most programmes are less than 2 hours long
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Maximum spin speed is lower than competitors
  • Basic model compared to others on this list

Summary

If you are looking for a washing machine that has a good size drum and just does the basics, you cannot go wrong with this Beko machine. This washing machine is a great all-rounder and is very affordably priced; it just lacks some of the specialist programmes you will find on other machines.

 

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)

With a 7 kg drum and a wide range of programmes, this basic and affordable Indesit washing machine is the ideal choice for medium-sized households. With options like Economy Wash available, this washing machine is kinder to both your bank balance and the environment.

Features

  • 20-minute express setting
  • Six daily cycles of less than 1 hour each
  • Dedicated wool and hand wash programmes
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

This washing machine from Indesit only packs the basic features, and as a result, is one of the cheapest on this list. The machine will tackle typical household laundry with ease and does also have dedicated programmes to look after wool or delicate items.

This Indesit washing machine is an ideal starter machine; ideal for small households or those who have just moved out for the first time.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Good entry-level washing machine
  • Quiet during use

Cons

  • Relatively small load capacity (7 kg)

Summary

Indesit’s My Time washing machine offers all the basic features but lacks some of the added extras some machines in this list possess. That means this machine is an ideal entry level machine for homes with basic laundry needs, and it sits at an incredibly low price point too.

 

5. Hotpoint NSWM742UWUKN


Load capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 51.6 cm
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Energy rating: E (this product would have been rated A+++ on the old scale)

According to Hotpoint, this washing machine will help you to blast through your laundry backlog in a breeze. With features like a quick wash, anti-stain setting and a 7 kg drum, this washing machine is targeted at medium-sized households, or families with young children.

Features

  • 16 programmes
  • 30-minute quick wash cycle
  • Anti-stain function
  • Steam hygiene programme
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Design, use and performance

This washing machine from Hotpoint has a sleek and stylish finish in a choice of white, graphite, and black. This machine offers a range of quick programmes, including a true 30-minute quick wash cycle, and the ability to wash a full load of washing in just 45 minutes, perfect for busy households and last-minute school uniform emergencies.

This Hotpoint washing machine is a cost-effective choice that will tackle a range of daily laundry tasks with ease. The 7 kg capacity is ideal for medium-sized households or families and is packed with programmes that tackle even the worst stains.

Pros

  • Stain removal cycle tackles even tough spills such as red wine
  • Easy to use
  • Great performance even at low temperatures

Cons

  • Can be loud during some cycles
  • Hot cycles take longer than three hours
  • Max spin speed is lower than some alternatives

Summary

Overall, this Hotpoint washing machine is a cost-effective appliance that will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people. The stain removal cycle will tackle a range of nasty stains without complaint, and the machine offers good performance even at low temperatures.

 

Choosing a Washing Machine for Under £300

There are a few things to think about when you are looking for a new washing machine under £300. Perhaps you have a large household, or you need to have a certain wash setting for specialist clothing items – think about how a washing machine needs to fit into your life and routines.

What load capacity do you need?

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a washing machine is the load capacity.

The load capacity refers to how much washing you can put in the machine. It’s measured in kilograms, and refers to the dry weight of clothes and laundry items that you put in the machine.

Overloading or even underloading your washing machine can lead to problems later down the line, so make sure that you aren’t using a 9 kg washing machine for just 6 kg of washing every time.

This could cause the drum to spin in an unbalanced manner, making loud noises and perhaps even being unable to spin if the load weight is too small.

Same goes for overloading your machine – bunging 8 kg or more of laundry into a 6 kg machine means your clothes will not get washed properly and you could mess up the washing machine’s bearings.

Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the right load capacity:

  • 6 kg and below: Good for single-person homes
  • 7-8 kg: Good for couples and three- or four-person families
  • 9 kg and higher: Good for large families

If you want to wash large and bulky items, you should opt for a machine with a bigger load capacity and ideally, a larger door, to make washing big items so much more practical.

Brand

If you’re looking for a cheap washing machine, you’ll usually have to make do with slightly less reliable brands. Buying (or inheriting) a second hand washing machine could help you to get a better make, but you must be sure that the machine is in a good enough state before paying for it.

Buying new often means you get a manufacturer’s guarantee which would cover you if anything were to break in the first few months (sometimes years) of owning the machine.

Some of the best brands in the under £300 price range include:

  • Beko
  • Bosch
  • Candy
  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Logik
  • Zanussi

Do you actually save money by buying a cheaper washing machine?

Buying a cheap washing machine with a short warranty and poor energy efficiency could work out more expensive than buying a pricier machine.

If anything were to go wrong with your machine outside of this warranty cover, you would be forced to pay for expensive repairs or to buy a completely new washing machine.

Over time, a low energy efficiency rating could mean that you pay out so much more on your monthly energy bills – just by running the machine at a normal frequency.

It’s worth taking a close look at the warranty length and annual energy and water usage before buying to make sure the washing machine is really as good a deal as it seems.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one washing machine under £300 to recommend it would be the Beko WER860541W. It’s quiet, easy to use, and has a useful Quick Wash programme.

For some more options to consider, see our list of the top 10 best washing machines available in the UK.