Our latest washing machine group test has uncovered six new Best Buys, one of which achieved an impressive 77% overall score – just 3% lower than the best model we’ve ever tested.
This top scoring Best Buy washing machine earned full marks in our cleaning and spin drying tests, so it ensures clothes emerge spotless and quick to dry. But while the best on test left clothes thoroughly cleaned, several models out of the 15 on test proved disappointing when put to work on dirty laundry in the Which? test lab.
Which? members can head straight to our Best Buy washing machines page to discover full details and reviews of the best models.
Fast washing machines
Washing machines can take very different times to complete their cycles, and so one of the things we assess on every model we review is the length of the 40°C cotton cycle and the 40°C synthetics wash, based on the washing machine’s capacity.
Two 8kg models in our most recent tests showed just how different wash times can be. The Zanussi ZWF81463WR washing machine took more than half an hour longer to complete the 40°C cottons cycle and 40 minutes longer on the 40°C synthetics cycle than the Hotpoint WMFUG842P washing machine.
However, we know from our tests that just because clothes spend longer in a washing machine doesn’t always mean they’ll get any cleaner. For a better chance of finding a speedy machine that will do a good job of cleaning your clothes, don’t miss our washing machine reviews to earn a little extra time in your day.
Washing machine spin speed
No washing machine can completely dry your clothes but the best ones will remove about 50% of remaining moisture. Seven washing machines impressed us enough to achieve full marks in our most recent tests. A decent spin-dry means your clothes need less time either in a tumble dryer or on a washing line – and you won’t have to face the prospect of a soggy lump of laundry whenever you do the washing.
The maximum spin speed of a washing machine does not necessarily determine the effectiveness of the spin in removing water from clothes. Indeed, some machines in our latest test with a 1400rpm maximum spin did a better job than one with a 1600rpm maximum spin.
Washing machines on test
Bosch WAQ2836SGB £469
Bosch WAS32760GB £697
Hotpoint HULT742P £269.99
Hotpoint HULT822P £299.99
Hotpoint HULT943P £319
Hotpoint WMFUG1063P £429.99
Hotpoint WMFUG842P £329.99
Indesit IWSB 61151 ECO UK £229.99
Miele WKR 570 WPS £1599
Samsung WW12H8420EW £999
Samsung WW90H7410EW £799
Siemens WM14Y791GB £769
Whirlpool WWDC8200 £315.99
Whirlpool WWDC9440 £279
Zanussi ZWF81463WR £319
Prices are correct as of 3 November and are subject to change.