Which? verdict on large-capacity washing machinesWhich? reveals latest washing machine test results

24 December 2010

Whirlpool Aquasteam 9769B

Just tested: the Whirlpool Aquasteam 9769B

Our latest round of washing machine test results are in - including our verdict on large-capacity models from Zanussi, Hoover, Whirlpool and Panasonic designed to fit lots of laundry into a single wash. 

Which? washing machine expert Katie Hill says: 'We've seen an increasing number of large-capacity machines become available and these models can help you reduce the number of washes you do in a week, and potentially save on energy and water. 

'But you'll need to fill the drum up to it's maximum load to get the benefits, otherwise they can end up costing you more. Our test results are based on washing a maximum load so you'll know exactly what performance you can expect at home.'

We've reviewed more than 50 washing machines with 8kg or larger drum sizes - you can see test results for these, and more than 200 washing machine in total, in our full washing machine review.

Buying a new washing machine

If you need a new washer but aren't sure where to start, our video guide to can help you decide what type, size and features are best for you. 

You'll also want to know which brands are built to last - we rate the reliability of washing machine brands including Bosch, Hotpoint, LG and Miele, based on our annual survey of thousands of owners. Which? members also tell us how satisfied they are with their brand of washing machine and whether they'd recommend it to a friend. 

Best Buy washing machine

We put all our washing machines through rigorous independent tests in our laboratory. We test cleaning, rinsing and spinning as well as energy and water consumption, plus we rate how noisy a washer is. 

A Best Buy washing machine combines great cleaning, rinsing and spinning with good energy and water consumption. And only brands with average or above reliability can be awarded a Best Buy.

We've got more than 50 Best Buys in our washing machines review. Use our compare features and prices tool to find a Best Buy washing machine to suit your needs and your budget.  Best Buys washing machines start at just £210. 

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