Best kitchen appliances for growing familiesWashing machines, fridge freezers and blenders

03 November 2015

Mother and son washing clothes in a washing machine

A growing family means you'll probably need a bigger washing machine

To save new parents from having to search through all the reviews we have on washing machines, fridge freezers and blenders, we’ve picked out the models best suited to new and growing families. 

All of the products we've chosen are Which? Best Buys, so you can rely on them to support you with the extra household work.

Expanding your family puts a lot of extra pressure on certain kitchen appliances: washing machines when you have all those extra loads to get through, fridge freezers need to accommodate all those different tastes and if you have a really little one, a blender is going to get a lot of use whipping up baby food purees.

Best fridge freezers for filling hungry tums

The best family fridge freezers offer plenty of space, cool efficiently, and don’t cost a bomb to run. When you’re buying a fridge freezer, you need to think about your shopping and eating habits: go for a model with a sizeable fridge compartment – upwards of 200L – if you’re likely to load up on fresh food and perishables in your weekly shop. 

We’ve also tested models with larger than average freezer compartments for storing big batches of baby food and family meals if you're someone who likes to cook in advance. 

Energy consumption is also key when your household bills are expanding. 

Browse our Best Buy fridge freezers for families.

Best washing machines for heavy loads

A baby, toddler, child or combination of the above adds a mountain of washing to your laundry load. The best family washing machines have a generous drum capacity that will allow you to get through a good amount of washing in one go, and one of the models we’ve chosen is particularly speedy at tackling large loads.

If you’re worried about interrupting the delicate sleep patterns of your little one, we can also recommend a washing machine with a great noise rating, which is a rarity.

Check out our best washing machines for heavy loads.

Best blenders for baby food

A good blender can be a life-saver when you’re going through the weaning process with your little one and want healthy food with no hidden lumps. We’ve picked out a Best Buy hand blender, mini blender and jug blender, each perfect for whipping up smooth baby food in no time – they work quickly, are a dream to clean and won’t break the bank. 

Take your pick from our best blenders for baby food.

To find other useful buys to help with weaning, see our rundown of the best weaning products.

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