Energy saving washing machine is Best BuyLatest Best Buy washing machines revealed

08 August 2012

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The results of our latest washing machine tests are in, revealing several Best Buys, a new Energy Saver model and colourful Smeg washing machines that look like fridges.

Models that are Best Buy washing machines offer superior cleaning performance, won't leave traces of detergent in your clothes and should be easy to use. 

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Washing machine brands rated

We tested a range of washing machines from brands such as Bosch, Miele, Hotpoint, John Lewis, Smeg, Whirlpool and Bush. Some are good enough to be Best Buys, while others may not be such a wise purchase.

The washing machines that make the Best Buy grade shouldn't raise your energy bills through the roof. But cutting back too far on power affects cleaning.

Energy saving washing machines keep energy bills down

Once in a while, a superb washing machine comes along that offers the perfect blend of energy efficiency and cleaning power – a model that's a Best Buy and among the top 20% most efficient machines we’ve tested. These are Which? Energy Savers.

We only had three Energy Saver models from more than 200 individual reviews, but now a fourth has come along. To find our four Energy Saver models, use the 'Energy Saver' filter on the washing machines compare features and prices tool. You can also look up how much individual washing machines cost to run using our washing machine running costs tool

Smeg Washing Machines

Colourful Smeg models have drawbacks

Smeg has a new range of washing machines with looks that are based on the brand's iconic 50s-style fridges.

The new Smeg models come in a range of colours - cream, blue, pink and black (right). But the design has its drawbacks:

  • The washing machines are too tall to fit under a standard work top, making them unsuitable for many. 
  • You need to leave a gap of 10cm to the left of the appliance to open the outer 'fridge' door. 
  • In keeping with Smeg's fridge-freezers, the looks will also cost you a pretty penny, with prices reaching £800 and above.

To find out if style can truly blend with function to become a Best Buy washing machine, click on the Smeg links below for our full, independent expert reviews.

Freestanding washing machines

Integrated washing machine

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