Wondering which washing machine to buy? Good news: there’s a new Best Buy in the shops. But that’s not all – we’ve also found a speedy Panasonic model and a washing machine that is quiet while it washes.
Our latest bumper batch of washing machine reviews covers machines that claim to deliver on all your most common requests; cheap washing machine, integrated washing machines, and washing machines for large and small homes, and all are from big brands such as Hotpoint, John Lewis, AEG, LG and Panasonic.
From this latest collection of 14 models to come through our tests, we’ve found a new Best Buy washing machine, a model that speeds through laundry and a washer that you’ll struggle to hear while it’s cleaning your clothes.
You can find out which washing machines are the best by checking out our Best Buy washing machines table.
Of particular interest to those who own an open plan home, if you’re looking for a quiet machine, make sure you click on the links below. One model gets four stars for noise (the more stars, the quieter it is) thanks to an unbelievably quite wash, followed by a spin that won’t bring the house down.
Quiet, integrated washing machines
Integrated washing machines are the type that you can build into your kitchen at home, and we’ve just tested three of the latest models.
Which? laundry appliance expert Adrian Porter said: ‘From our years of testing appliances, we’ve found that integrated washing machines have an unexpected benefit – they can be slightly quieter than regular, freestanding washing machines.
‘That is not to say all integrated washing machines are easy on the ears, but the quietest machines we’ve tested tend to be integrated – the extra door that covers the machine seems to provide additional sound buffering.’
Speedy wash times
We often hear complaints from Which? members that washing machines are taking too long to wash clothes, and it’s true that washing isn’t quick.
The average 8kg-capacity washing machine needs two and a half hours to finish cleaning a load of clothes on the 40°C cotton program – the most popular program among Which? members.
But the Panasonic NA-168VG4 we’ve tested has surprised us by only taking an hour and 46 minutes to complete the same cycle. That’s 45 precious minutes you can reclaim compared to an average washing machine.
But is this time worth saving? Does the Panasonic sacrifice cleaning power in lieu of quick wash times? Read our review of the Panasonic NA-168VG4 washing machine to find out.
Freestanding washing machines on test
The full list of models we’ve just reviewed and rated is below.
- AEG L76485FL £470
- Hotpoint HFEL521P £250
- Hotpoint WMAQB721P £280
- Hotpoint WMAQF641P £260
- Hotpoint WMXTF742P £300
- Hotpoint WMXTF822P £300
- Hotpoint WMXTF942P £350
- John Lewis JLWM1205 £369
- LG F1495BDSA £799
- LG F14A8FDA £599
- Panasonic NA-168VG4 £549
Integrated models on test
(Prices are approximate and may change)