Looking for a new washing machine? Our latest group test has uncovered four new Best Buys that may be worth a place on your shortlist.
We tested nine washing machines priced from £280 to £699 on a raft of tough criteria spanning cleaning power, rinsing, efficiency and user-friendliness.
The best models treated our test loads of laundry to a scrupulous clean, thorough rinse, and were a joy to program and load. The worst we tested fell well short of these benchmarks.
Discover the models that made the grade on our Best Buy washing machines page.
Large-capacity washing machines
In our group test we shone a spotlight on larger capacity models with drum sizes of 8kg plus. The marketing men often claim that bigger is better, and there has been a flood of new washing machines hitting the shops with ever larger capacities.
If you live in a large busy household that frequently fills what feels like a bottomless laundry basket, a big capacity washing machine is a worthwhile investment.
But if you have a small family, live alone or as a couple, you’ll probably be better served with a more average 6kg or 7kg machine, not least because you’re more likely to be able to fill it up each wash and therefore not waste water and energy on a half full drum.
The biggest models we’ve just tested have 10kg capacities, which can handle 32 shirts all in one go.
Maytag and Smeg washing machines
Maytag is one of the lesser-known brands that appeared in our group test. Maytag was originally an American brand, but is now owned by appliance giant Whirlpool. There are only a few models in its washing machine range, and we tested its 8kg and cavernous 10kg models this time around.
Joining the Maytags was a model from Smeg, a brand best known for its quirky retro-style fridges. The Smeg WHT714EUK washing machine isn’t so chunky and colourful, but you should read our new Smeg washing machine review to see if it gives clothes a stylish clean.
Washing machines on test
The full list of washing machines we’ve just tested is below – click on the links to read our full reviews.
AEG L88409FL2, 10kg capacity, £699
AEG L89499FL, 9kg capacity, £699
Bosch WAK28260GB, 7kg capacity, £330
Bosch WAT24460GB, 8kg capacity, £429
Candy GV158T3W, 8kg capacity, £289
Maytag MWA08128WH/2, 8kg capacity, £389
Maytag MWA10149WH, 10kg capacity, £519
Smeg WHT714EUK, 7kg capacity, £399
Zanussi ZWF71463W, 7kg capacity, £280
Prices are correct as of 1 June 2015 and are subject to change.