Most Economical Washing Machines in the UK (2017)

Being eco friendly is becoming more and more important as people become more aware of the environmental impact of un-recycled waste, chemicals, water waste and energy usage. Also, as energy prices continue to rise, we want to do as much as we can to save on our household bills.

The average home in the UK consumes 4600 kWh per year in energy and uses around 164 m³ of water costing around £400 in bills from water alone! On average, one washing machine cycle uses 1.24 kWh which adds up fast with regular use.

Reducing these averages is the perfect starting point. So why not start with something that a lot of households use every day; the washing machine. Here are some of the most energy efficient and economical washing machines in the UK.

1. Siemens avantgarde iSensoric Freestanding Washing Machine

Siemens avantgarde iSensoric Freestanding Washing Machine

Annual energy consumption: 98 kWh
Energy rating: A+++
Price range: High
Capacity: 9 kg
Spin speed: 1400 rpm
Warranty: 2 years

This Siemens avantgarde iSensoric washing machine is the cheapest to run in our roundup of most economical washing machines with the smallest annual energy consumption. It is a little on the pricey side for the drum capacity, but money will be saved on bills over time.

This 9 kg washing machine would suit a larger household perfectly and will also appeal to those who like their appliances to look stylish with its black and white, sleek design.

Features

  • 20 wash programmes
  • Quick wash function
  • LED display, touch control
  • 24 hour end time delay
  • Load recommendation
  • Child Lock
  • DrumClean
  • Drum interior light
  • Self cleaning detergent dispenser

Pros

  • Looks stylish, uniquely designed
  • Good sized drum
  • Interior light is helpful to see any stray socks left in the drum
  • Uses a lot less water compared to annual average
  • A large choice of washing programmes
  • Some great features to help reduce energy use, detergent use and water use
  • Can change the spin speed, temperature and load amount, using the control panel, to suit your wash load
  • Higher spin speed means clothes come out close to dry; minimising the drying time

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Pretty noisy during spin cycle
  • Build quality could be better considering the price
  • Control panel may take some time to figure out

Verdict

If an economic washing machine is the highest priority on your list, then this machine outperforms the rest of our list, however, it is a little pricey when you consider the 9 kg drum size. This means it would take a long time for the washing machine to pay for itself through energy savings.

With a unique “avantgarde” look, this washing machine wouldn’t look out of place in a sleek, modern kitchen with clean lines and monochrome colour scheme. It also has a matching tumble dryer which is perfect for a cohesive look across your appliances.

To sum up; there are machines which have the same drum size, similar features, the same A+++ energy rating and which cost a lot less, so if you aren’t willing to shell out this much for a new washing machine, then please do read on.

See on JohnLewis.com

 

2. AEG L8FEE965R Freestanding Washing Machine

Annual energy consumption: 106 kWh
Energy rating: A+++
Price range: Medium
Capacity: 9 kg
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Warranty: 5 years

The AEG L8FEE965R has a great manufacturer’s warranty of 5 years as well as a super energy rating of A+++. The mid-to-high price of this washing machine is reflective of the money you will save over time from using less energy, therefore reducing your energy bills. Another 9 kg capacity drum, the AEG is a great choice for a larger family who create more washing than an average household.

Features

  • 10 wash programmes
  • Quick wash function of 20 minutes
  • LED display, touch control
  • End time delay
  • Load sensor
  • Child Lock
  • Steam programme
  • OKOPower
  • OKOMix
  • DirectSpray

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Good build
  • Can wash a whole load in 59 minutes
  • Handy steam function to quickly freshen up clothes without creasing
  • DirectSpray and OKOMix mean that all clothes are constantly wet during the wash cycle and fabric softener and detergents are dispersed evenly throughout the whole garment
  • Great for delicate fabrics
  • Can alter the spin speeds for different washing functions
  • Relatively quiet when washing and spinning

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • There are limited washing programmes for a full wash load
  • Can have varied results when using washing powder instead of detergent at lower temperatures
  • 10 washing programmes isn’t as many choices as other washing machines

Verdict

Again, this machine has a higher price, but it has some great functions which are well suited to busy family life. Not everyone has time to iron all of the time, so the steam function is a really handy tool for a beyond-busy mum or dad. The touch LED control panel makes this easy to use too, so anyone can do the wash load (cue chores for the kids to earn their pocket money).

If you are loyal to the AEG brand, this machine shouldn’t disappoint! If you are on a more strict budget, don’t worry, there are other cheaper options for an economical washing machine.

See on JohnLewis.com

 

3. Hoover Dynamic Next DXOC69AFN3R Washing Machine

Hoover Dynamic Next DXOC69AFN3R Washing Machine

Annual energy consumption: 109 kWh
Energy rating: A+++
Price range: Low
Capacity: 9 kg
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Warranty: 1 year

The Hoover Dynamic Next DXOC69AFN3R comes in a silvery colour which is great if you want to match your appliances in the kitchen and you don’t have typical “white” goods. With a small difference of 11 kWh annual energy consumption compared to the Siemens model reviewed above but with quite a big difference in price, this is a great 9 kg capacity machine for a large family on a budget.

Features

  • All-in-one feature
  • 16 wash programmes
  • Quick wash function of 14 minutes
  • LED display, dial and button control
  • 24 hour end time delay
  • Child Lock
  • Autoclean
  • Filterclean
  • Hoover Wizard App
  • Voice Assist
  • Load sensor

Pros

  • Good low price for smart washing machine with lots of great functions
  • The All-in-one feature means that you don’t have to separate your colours from your whites; saving time, energy (kWh and man-power!) and money
  • Can do a full 9 kg load in 59 minutes
  • Can be controlled using an app on your phone to allow for remote setting and downloading more wash programmes
  • High wash performance on a lower temperature
  • Steam function in certain wash programmes
  • High spin speed to help laundry to come out drier; decreasing drying time

Cons

  • Noisy during wash and spin cycles
  • Not that stylish to look at
  • The drum door is tinted so if you like to be able to see the laundry inside, this could be a bad choice
  • The technological functions (Wizard App) could be off putting to a less tech-savvy person

Verdict

Even though the Hoover washing machine is the cheapest in our line-up, it has some really smart technology built in to it which makes for simplified laundry for busy people. The 9 kg capacity is spot on for a larger family or for people who create a lot of washing.

With wash programmes specifically for baby clothes and delicates, this machine is suited to a family with a small child. If you are a bit of a tech nerd, then you’ll love the Hoover Dynamic Next; being able to set your machine using your phone makes doing the laundry so much more fun!

See on Currys.co.uk

 

4. LG Centum FH6F9BDS2 Smart Washing Machine

LG Centum FH6F9BDS2 Smart Washing Machine

Annual energy consumption: 113 kWh
Energy rating: A+++
Price range: High
Capacity: 12 kg
Spin speed: 1600 rpm
Warranty: 5 years

The LG Centum is the most expensive washing machine in this list but it is also the machine with the largest capacity, which is perfect for a really big family or shared accommodation with plenty of washing to do.

To have such a huge capacity drum and still have an A+++ energy rating is pretty great, saving energy as well as money over time! The 5-year warranty is comforting, as you know that you are covered if anything goes awry.

Features

  • 14 wash programmes
  • Quick wash function of 14 minutes
  • LED touch display, dial and button control
  • 19 hour end time delay
  • Child Lock
  • LG Smart ThinQ
  • Smart Diagnosis
  • Load sensor
  • Steam technology
  • Jet spray feature

Pros

  • Looks good with a nice easy-to-use control panel
  • Huge drum capacity of 12 kg
  • A great 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Loads of wash programmes and functions
  • Can control the machine using an app to set the delay timer or download new programmes
  • Saves water, energy and detergent by diagnosing the load weight and only using what is necessary
  • Runs really quietly throughout wash and spin cycles

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Some wash cycles are very long
  • The spin only cycle is often necessary as some programmes finish with a slow spin

Verdict

Although this machine is very pricey, it has some really great features which make it worthwhile. The capacity of the drum is a whopping 12 kg which means you can wash more in one load; saving you time and money as well as energy. If you have a huge family, this would be a great option for you to be able to wash more in one go, or less if you need a speedy 14 minute wash.

The price does make this economic washing machine quite inaccessible to most, so it is definitely more of an investment piece if you can afford to splurge.

See on Currys.co.uk

 

5. Samsung AddWash WW80K5410UX Washing Machine

Samsung AddWash WW80K5410UX Washing Machine

Annual energy consumption: 116 kWh
Energy rating: A+++
Price range: Medium
Capacity: 8 kg
Spin speed: 14 rpm
Warranty: 5 years

The Samsung Addwash WW80K5410UX has the highest annual energy consumption of our list, but also the smallest capacity at 8 kg. It’s a mid to high-priced machine with some smart features and a generous 5-year warranty.

Features

  • 14 wash programmes
  • Quick wash function of 15 minutes
  • LED touch display, dial and button control
  • 19 hour end time delay
  • Child Lock
  • AddWash™
  • ecobubble™ technology
  • Bubble Soak
  • Smart Washer App

Pros

  • Really great 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Sleek design and modern colour
  • AddWash allows you to pause a wash programme and add any forgotten or last minute items into the load
  • ecobubble™ means that cold washes are just as effective as a warm wash
  • The Bubble Soak function helps to remove stains from clothing without needing to add bleach to the wash
  • The app that syncs up to your machine means you will know if there are any problems with the machine and helps you to troubleshoot them instead of calling someone out

Cons

  • A little on the expensive side
  • Waste pipe placement on the machine could cause issue during install
  • Can be noisy during the spin cycle
  • The technological functions (Wizard App) could deter a less tech-savvy person

Verdict

If you don’t need a really big capacity washing machine then this would be a great option for you. 8 kg should be enough for a family of four, and will be ideal for a household with 2 or 3 people.

The AddWash door on this machine is a super feature for a busy household which may need a last-minute shirt freshen up or to be able to add that little sock that got left behind in the basket.

This is another economic washing machine that would suit someone who likes their tech; as the app functionality could be alluring. It’s a bit pricey though, so you may want to consider a cheaper, larger capacity washing machine like the Hoover Dynamic Next DXOC69AFN3R reviewed above if you’re on a budget.

See on Currys.co.uk

 

Conclusion

Hopefully you have more of an idea about which economical washing machine would suit your lifestyle, pocket and household the best, with options for those who have a strict budget, as well as for those who like to have a certain aesthetic.

Reducing the energy consumption of your washing machine is not only good to save you money on bills, but it’s great for reducing the environmental impact of excessive energy usage. Have fun saving money with your new washing machine!

 

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