We all know how important a washing machine is in a household.
We need to wash clothes, but we also need to have our clothes washed quickly in many situations too. For instance, if you have kids, you will need to carry out more wash loads and more than likely a lot more often.
If you have a busy working life, you’ll need to throw your clothes in the washer and let it do its thing, without having to think about it too much.
Life without a washing machine is pretty grim.
When you’re shopping around for a quality washing machine, you’ll see there are many things you need to take into account. You’ll want to be sure on the load capacity and the different wash settings, and you might even be looking for a specific colour or slick design for your machine.
You may notice that most washing machine’s hinges are located on the left-hand side, meaning the door catch is on the right. This is the general norm for most washing machine manufacturers and it doesn’t normally pose a problem for most households – if you have a large enough utility/kitchen, you will be able to accommodate the machine easily in any spot.
But, what do you do if the room you’re planning on putting the washing machine into is restrictive? What if you can’t manage to move things around enough to allow the door to open that way?
It’s a problem. Thankfully, there are some models available which have a hinge on the right-hand side and the door catch on the left.
If you live in the UK, the easiest way to find a washing machine with the door hinge on the right is simply to choose a machine made by Miele.
Miele washing machines have the door hinge on the right because they’re designed to be placed next to Miele tumble dryers, which have the door hinge on the left.
This means that if you have the washing machine on the right you can open both the washing machine and tumble dryer doors and easily transfer your washing to the dryer without any doors getting in the way.
Unfortunately, Miele models tend to be pretty expensive, so unless having the door hinge on the right is really important you might want to choose a model with the hinge on the left (see our roundup of the top 10 best washing machines on the market here).
Without further ado, let’s take a look at two of the best washing machines on the market which have a hinge on the right-hand side.
Right-Hinged Washing Machines
Miele Eco WDB020
Capacity: 7 kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 63.6 cm deep
The Miele Eco WDB020 is a very powerful washing machine and is economical too, so you can wash with a clear conscience!
With a 7 kg load capacity, it should be big enough for the average household. If you need something bigger, take a look at the Miele WDD035 which has very similar features but a larger 8 kg load capacity (and a higher price).
The Miele Eco WDB020 has 12 programmes you can make use of including a 20-minute ‘Express 20’ programme to freshen up clothes quickly and cycles for woollens and delicates.
The A+++ energy rating means you should have lower energy bills as a result of buying and using this machine, and it has also been tested with the manufacturer stating it should last up to 20 years, so you shouldn’t have to replace it quickly, that’s for sure!
The machine is ecological in that it only uses the amount of water it really needs, thanks to the automatic load recognition function.
The machine is silver and white with a digital display to make it super easy to use. The front is enamelled, so there should be no scratching over time. Is also very easy to clean by simply wiping it down with a damp cloth.
The drum has a honeycomb pattern inside, so there is a thin sheet of water on which your clothes will sit and glide during the washing process. This honeycomb drum has been designed to be gentle to your clothing, without snagging or catching.
You can easily check the display at any time, to see how much longer you have left on your programme.
There is also a delay feature, which goes up to 24 hours in advance, so if you need to set your machine to start washing whilst you’re out, you can do that easily and come home to a fresh batch of laundry, ready to be hung out to dry.
Capacity: 9 kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Dimensions: 85 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 60 cm deep
The Miele WEG365 is on the expensive side, but it’s packed full of innovative features and is very energy and water-efficient.
This modern washing machine can be controlled via WiFi from your mobile phone using the Miele@home app. This lets you check the progress of your wash even when you’re out of the house.
Another nice feature is the Quick PowerWash cycle which offers a thorough wash in just 49 minutes. There are 12 wash programmes available in total, including cycles for delicates, woollens and silks.
Like the Miele WDB020, the Miele WEG365 uses a honeycomb-style drum surface which protects clothes from damage. There is also an in-drum light so you can easily see if there are any stray socks left behind.
The 1400 rpm spin speed means clothes come out of the washing machine dryer, so you can save money on tumble dryer energy bills or save time if you’re drying clothes outside.
The Miele WEG365 makes 48 decibels of noise while washing and 72 decibels during the spin cycle, which makes it one of the quietest washing machines on the market.
This is a great washing machine, but it isn’t cheap.
While almost all washing machines have the door hinge on the left, it’s quite easy to find a right-hinge model just by looking at models from Miele.
As far as we’re aware, all Miele washing machines have the hinge on the right. However, they’re quite pricey, so you may want to weigh up the importance of having the door hinge on the right versus the price.
For some more options, see our guide to the best washing machines on the market in the UK.