Washing machines: Best Buys Best buy

Washing machine

When your washing machine is beyond repair, you'll want to replace it quickly. But there are hundreds to choose from and some simply won't clean your clothes very well - or they clean well, but aren't the cheapest to run or the most quiet of machines.

At Which? we spend more than £1,000 on carrying out 100 independent assessments on each model - so you know a Best Buy washing machine really is the best.

  • Before washing, we stain laundry with ink, olive oil, milk and blood to reveal which machines tackle the most common stains you encounter

  • We test washing machines more thoroughly than anyone else - Which? washes more than 1,750kg of laundry every year, making our laundry basket heavier than a car

  • Our tests show that the energy cost of two A++-rated washing machines can vary by 30%, or £130, over five years. We look beyond the energy label, to test machines the way you use them, and find out exactly how much they'll add to your energy bill

Find the right washing machine for you, and avoid wasting money on a dud, with a £1 trial to Which?

What makes a Best Buy washing machine?


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Washing machine reviews you can trust

We lab test models from the biggest brands - including Bosch, Hotpoint and Whirlpool - to discover the things you need to know before you take a model home. As well as showing how thoroughly (and quickly) your clothes are cleaned, our independent experts assess potential niggles that could leave you kicking yourself - such as whether the display is tricky to read.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test. This means that as well as recommending great washing machines, we can highlight the ones to avoid.

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