Hoping to find a bargain washing machine in the sales? We’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can find right now.
The big manufacturers, such as Bosch and Miele, normally launch a new range on an annual basis. So looking out for price drops on last year's washing machine ranges can turn up some real bargains.
But not all price cuts are as attractive as they first seem. We've scrutinised every deal we list here. The models aren't always Best Buys - the very best products we've tested - but they've scored well enough in our tests for us to be confident recommending them. Of course, we also check to make sure the deals are good ones.
Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains and find out how to spot your own.
This is a freestanding washing machine with a maximum capacity of 9kg on the cotton wash and 4.5kg on the synthetics program. It's a good size for laundry baskets that are brimming with a variety of different fabrics. Notable programs include an anti-allergy setting to clean away potential irritants such as pollen and dust mites, a steam hygiene option, an anti-stain wash, plus a rapid program that promises to clean a full load in just 45 minutes.
It’s available now at Very with a £41 (or 9.5%) reduction on its typical price of £430.
This fully integrated washing machine has an 8kg cottons capacity, with dedicated programs for bed and bath, woollens, delicates and duvets. There are also three extra functions on top of the usual temperature and spin-speed controls. The energy saver option won’t heat the water at all, saving you energy but giving a less thorough wash. The multi-rinse option allows you to add extra rinses to wash away excess detergent – useful for those with sensitive skin. The cleaning action option allows you to customise the intensity of your wash from intense to delicate.
This freestanding white washing machine has an 8kg cotton capacity – plenty for a medium-sized household of four people. It also has an automatic detergent dispensing system called i-DOS. This means you can add a whole bottle of detergent and softener at a time, and it only uses however much it needs for each wash, based on the program, weight of the load and hardness of the water.
This washing machine comes with many stylish features including automatic detergent dispensing and smart connectivity. It has a capacity of 10.5kg and includes a silent wash program, so you can be sure you won't disturb your neighbours - no matter what time of the day you do your washing.
To find the best shops for home appliances, tech and more, we surveyed 8,491 people in September 2021, including Which? members and the general public. We asked how satisfied people were with the retailer and have star ratings for customer service, value for money, and delivery and returns for all the major retailers, including AO.com, Currys and John Lewis & Partners.
Some washing machines are available for less than £200, while others stretch well over the £1,000 mark.
The bad news is Which? testing shows that you’re more likely to end up with a dud Don’t Buy than a Best Buy if you spend less than £250.
More than £600 is where most Best Buys are. With this budget you can choose between all different Best Buys, ranging from big to small, freestanding and integrated.
But be careful the most expensive Don’t Buy we’ve found in our tests is £619 – a costly mistake to make.
Getting an online delivery of a washing machine can be a real hassle and you'll need to fork out quite a lot to make it more convenient.
Delivery costs is where you see the biggest differences between retailers.
All offer free delivery, but this gives you no choice over the date or time of the delivery (so you'll need to make sure you stay home that day).
AO.com charge the most we've seen for a quick delivery and a timeslot of your choice, either morning (7am to 12pm), lunch (10am to 2pm) or afternoon (12pm to 5pm).
Disposal costs are normally around £20 from each retailer.
Unusually, AO.com separate out £10 to disconnect your old appliance, a service normally included in the installation cost of your new machine.
This could add £10 to the total cost your new freestanding appliance. As the cost for installing an integrated model is £10 less than other retailers, it doesn't increase the cost for built-in models.
|Retailer||Delivery costs||Installation costs||Disposal/recycling costs||Maximum total extra cost|
|AO.com||Varies from free (no choice of date or time) up to £55 (quick delivery and chosen time slot)||£25 (£80 for integrated models)||£20 recycling|
£10 disconnection service
|Currys PC World||Free standard delivery|
£15-20 for chosen date sooner than standard delivery
|£25 (£90 for integrated models)||£20 recycling||£130|
|John Lewis & Partners||Free standard|
£12.95 for four hour slot
£24.95 for two hour slot
£19.95 for next day delivery
|£25 (£90 for integrated models)||£20 recycling||£134.95|
|Table last updated in November 2021.|
Another extra cost you need to consider is the cost of the energy used to run your washing machine.
We calculate an estimated annual running cost of every washing machine we review by multiplying the energy used for one standard cottons load by 208 (four loads a week for 52 weeks a year) and 28p per kWh, the new energy price cap.