Would you spend £1,349 on a 'smart' washing machine?We pit a pricey Samsung against cheaper rivals

07 October 2015

Zanussi and Samsung washing machines

The Zanussi ZWF71240W (left) is £1,120 cheaper than the Samsung WW10H9600EW

Samsung's hi-tech WW10H9600EW washing machine will set you back an eye-watering £1,349 - which makes it one of the most expensive washing machines we’ve ever tested.

It’s laden with bells and whistles, including smart connectivity and an automatic detergent dispenser, but is it ever worth shelling out a four-figure sum on a washing machine? We tested it to find out.

We pit the Samsung WW10H9600EW against six more conventionally priced machines in the Which? test lab, including three that cost less than £350.

In fact, there was a price difference of more than £1,000 between the cheapest and most expensive washing machines in our group test. 

And more than one of the models in the group earned our Best Buy accolade. Go to our list of Best Buy washing machines to see if the Samsung WW10H9600EW made the grade.

Samsung WW10H9600EW: what you need to know

Launched last year, the Samsung WW10H9600EW is one of the most hi-tech models on the market. It’s part of Samsung’s Ecobubble range – machines with this technology mix detergent with water before it goes into the drum, with the aim of improving cleaning power, especially at lower temperatures.

It’s also one of the first ‘smart’ washing machines we've seen – you’ll need to download the Samsung Smart Home app, but then you should be able to control this model from your smartphone.

You can even download extra cleaning programmes that are tailored to shift different types of grime and stains. As well as the standard programs you'd expect, the machine comes with six ‘specialty’ cycles. There’s a program specifically designed to remove food and cooking stains, and another for grass and mud stains.

And you have a choice when it comes to how you want to use detergent. You can use the automatic detergent dispenser, which you prefill with liquid detergent and fabric conditioner, or you can fill the ‘aqua pebble’ with powder, liquid or gel detergent, and place it inside the washing machine before each cycle.

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Cheap washing machines

We put the Samsung and its cheaper rivals through the same tough tests, assessing everything from cleaning power to energy efficiency. 

Our previous tests have shown that there’s not always a direct link between price and quality, and we’ve certainly found many Best Buy washing machines that cost a lot less than the Samsung WW10H9600EW before now. Read our latest reviews to find out whether it might be worth splashing out or if you’re better off going with a cheaper model.

If you’re just after our full list of the best washing machines we’ve tested, head to our Best Buy washing machines page.

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Prices are correct as of 06 October 2015 and are subject to change - see our reviews for today's prices. 

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