Five new Best Buy washing machines onlineHave we found the best washer yet?

08 February 2013

Panasonic washing machine

21 new washing machine reviews are online and we've had some surprising results: five new Best Buys and a washer that has scored 80% - an accolade only one other washing machine on our site has achieved. These latest models are so good, we’ve been forced to raise our Best Buy standards.

Our latest test includes Bosch washing machines, Hotpoint washing machines and washing machines from other major manufacturers including Beko, John Lewis, Miele, Panasonic, Siemens and Zanussi. And we’ve found one of the best models we’ve tested yet.

The washer in question offers powerful cleaning, excellent rinsing and is very easy to use. It's matched the top score of 80% previously set by an LG washing machine, and you can immediately find out which model we’re talking about by heading to our Best Buy washing machines and seeing which machines top our score table.

Cheap washing machine

Among the models we’ve tested is the Beko WMB51221W, a washing machine you can currently buy for a very economical £200 - which is £170 less than the average Which? member says they'll spend on a washing machine. For those who are after built-in appliances, we’ve also reviewed the Hotpoint BHWMD742 integrated washing machine.

Which? members can log in to find out how these machines have done. But if you’re not a member yet, you can still discover which washing machines have done well in our tests by signing up for a £1 trial and getting instant access to all of our results.

Better Best Buy washing machines

Washing machines are getting better. And with so many models in the latest review acing our tests, we’ve had to raise our standards across the site.

The new minimum score needed to be a Best Buy is 75% - up from 72%. Best Buy hopefuls will also require a brand reliability rating of three stars or better, or come with a free warranty of five years or more.

Raising the standard means we only recommend the best washing machines currently on the market. But it does mean we've had to remove Best Buy status from 15 existing washing machines - has this affected your Best Buy washer? Head to our washing machine reviews to find out.

Washing machines tested:

  • Bosch WAQ283S0GB
  • Bosch WAS24461GB
  • Hotpoint WMEF742P UK
  • Hotpoint BHWMD742 (integrated washing machine)
  • Hotpoint WMFG8537P UK
  • Hotpoint WMEF762UK
  • Hotpoint WMFG8337P UK
  • Hotpoint WMFG631G UK
  • Hotpoint WMFG651P UK
  • Beko WM74155LW
  • Beko WMP652W
  • Beko WMB51221W
  • Panasonic NA-148VG4
  • Miele W5780
  • Siemens WM14Q390GB
  • John Lewis JLWM1204
  • Indesit IWE81681 UK
  • Indesit IWE91281 Eco
  • Zanussi ZWG7160P
  • Zanussi ZWH7122J
  • Zanussi ZWG6120K

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