Which? reveals new Don't Buy washing machineBig name machine scores just 32% in Which? tests

25 November 2015

washing machine being loaded by a woman

Washing machines need to shift tough stains, such as ink, to be a Which? Best Buy

The results of our latest washing machine tests are in and one washing machine is so poor at washing clothes that we’ve slapped a Don’t Buy warning on it.

We’ve tested eight new washing machines ranging in price from £220 to £580. 

Many do a good job of washing, rinsing clothes clean of detergent and spinning away water. In fact, one machine was so good that we've named it a Best Buy after it scored an impressive 85% overall. 

But another machine, from a leading manufacturer, was a failure in our all-important washing and rinsing tests, scoring a meagre 32%. This meant we had no choice but to name it a Don't Buy.

Find out more about the washing machines that excelled in our tests – including more than 40 Best Buys – by heading straight to our washing machine reviews.

Best and worst washing machines

Which? Best Buy washing machines give clothes a thorough clean, they're brilliant at rinsing away detergent and then spin fast enough to get rid of excess water. This means that drying clothes, whether on the washing line or in a tumble dryer, won't take too long. 

But Don't Buy washing machines give very poor results whether they're washing cottons, synthetics or when rinsing. In your home this could mean that clothes don't look fully clean, stains are still visible and muddy sports kit isn’t clean enough for the next PE lesson. It could also mean that drying takes longer than necessary.

Find out which other washing machines you need to avoid with our Don't Buy washing machine reviews.

How we test washing machines

At the Which? Test Lab we test how well each washing machine cleans away tough stains such as olive oil, grease, ink and make-up using specially prepared cloths placed in the drum with normal load of washing. After the wash, we measure how much of each of the stains has been removed.

A five-star wash provided by a Which? Best Buy removes around 85% of the stains. But a one-star wash provided by a Don't Buy, like the one we've just tested, removes less than 60% of the same stains.

Washing machines on test

AEG L68270FL – £300
AEG L79485FL – £580
Hotpoint RPD9467J – £390
Hotpoint WMBF742P – £240
Siemens WM12B180GB – £400
Siemens WM14K280GB – £530
Zanussi ZWF61203W – £220
Zanussi ZWF81441W – £250

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