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Don’t Buy washing machine revealed by Which?

Leading washing machine brand scores just 39%

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A Don’t Buy washing machine leaves you with dirty whites and coloureds

An expensive washing machine from a leading brand has been labelled a Don’t Buy, following the latest round of washing machine tests at the Which? Test Lab.

We’ve just posted 12 new reviews of washing machines, ranging in price from a bargain-basement £170, right up to £549.

The best washing machines on test did a good or excellent job of washing clothes but our Don’t Buy, scoring just 39%, was a massive let-down at washing both cottons or synthetics, and had an irritatingly loud spin. We’ve dubbed it: ‘Too bad at cleaning to be worth considering.’

Make sure you avoid this Don’t Buy washing machine by picking a model that excelled in our tests.

To choose from more than 40 Best Buy machines visit our washing machine reviews.

Don’t Buy washing machines

We label the worst washing machines as Don’t Buys, so you don’t have to waste your money on them. We currently list 19 Don’t Buy machines from 12 manufacturers. See the washing machines we recommend you avoid in our washing machine Don’t Buys.  

Best and worst washing machines

We see a massive difference between the best and worst washing machines we test at Which?. The best machines blast away stains brilliantly, whatever you’re washing. They work hard to thoroughly rinse away detergent and they spin excess water away from clothes effectively.

But the worst machines can be terrible at washing clothes or provide inconsistent wash results. 

Each washing machine we test is given star ratings based on its performance at each of the following: cleaning, rinsing and spinning, convenience (program length, ease of use, noise) and energy and water use. These star ratings are combined to give a washing machine’s final score.

Washing machines scoring just one star in our tests will leave visibly more stains on clothes compared to three and five-star machines. And machines scoring just one star for rinsing will leave visible traces of detergent on the clothes after the wash.

Latest washing machine reviews

Follow the links to read the full review for each washing machine.

Beko WJ837543W – £250
Beko WM74145W – £170
Beko WM84125W – £220
Beko WX842430W – £250
Hoover DXA49W3/1-80 – £270
Hotpoint RSG964J UK – £350
Neff W7460X2GB – £529
Panasonic NA-148XR1 – £529
Smeg WHT1114LSUK – £549
Smeg WHT814LUK – £394
Smeg WHT914LSUK – £450
Smeg WMI14C7 – £458

Prices correct as of 31 March 2016

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