Best washing machines on a budget: five new Best Buys under £500Cheapest Best Buy washing machine revealed

24 November 2014

Cheap washing machines lined up

Our latest Which? group test focused on cheap washing machines for less than £500

Looking for the best cheap washing machines? All 15 of the washing machines we’ve just reviewed cost less than £500, and this latest Which? group test revealed five new Best Buys including the cheapest Best Buy available.

We’ve reviewed 15 freestanding and integrated washing machines from brands including Bosch, John Lewis, Beko, Hotpoint and Neff. The cheapest on test costs just £204.

Find out which machines earned our seal of approval on our Best Buy washing machines page.

Cheap washing machines

Which? appliances expert Adrian Porter said: ‘The price of our existing Best Buy washing machines range from less than £400 to more than £1,500. The average price of a Best Buy washing machine is around £700.

‘Our most recent research shows the amount of money most people would pay for their next washing machine is around £420, so to find five new Best Buys for around this price or less is great news for the consumer.

‘It’s not all good news though. As well as five new Best Buys, the new washing machine reviews has revealed two models we think are so bad, we’ve had to label them Don’t Buys.’

Price has never been a guarantee of quality. The only way you’re going to be able to tell the Best Buys from the Don’t Buys is by using our independent washing machine reviews, based on rigorous lab tests.

Introducing Hisense washing machines

Hisense WFN9012 washing machine

The 9kg capacity WFN9012 is the first Hisense washing machine we’ve reviewed

We’ve also run our first test of a washing machine from the Hisense brand, one of the newest brands to enter the melee of the UK white goods market.

Founded in China in 1969, Hisense produces a large range of appliances from TVs and phones to fridges and washing machines. Hisense UK was established in 2012.

The company currently has two washing machines available to buy, the 7kg capacity Hisense WFU7012 and the larger 9kg capacity Hisense WFN9012. The latter is the first Hisense washing machine to go through the Which? test lab.

The WFN9012 is incredibly cheap for a 9kg washing machine at £280, sports a range of features including a smart self-diagnosis function and our results reveal this is a washing machine that keeps annual electricity bills low.

Sounds like a good combination – but could scrimping on power use mean clothes are not given an impressive wash? Find out if Hisense has made an impressive debut by checking out our Hisense WFN9012 washing machine review.

Latest washing machines reviewed

The full list of washing machines we've just reviewed is below - click on the links to read our reviews.

Washing machines for less than £500

Washing machines for less than £400

Washing machines for less than £300

Prices correct as of 19 November 2014. For the latest prices, click through to our reviews.

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