Looking to find a bargain 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 of washing machines on an annual basis. This means that retailers are often reducing last year's range to clear stock - so there are often washing machine bargains to be had.
But not all price cuts are as attractive as they first seem. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains and find out how to spot your own.
This is a freestanding washing machine from Samsung. One interesting feature is the ‘Add Wash’ door – a hatch in the porthole that allows you to add a couple of garments after the wash has started.
This AEG washing machine is typically on sale for well over £600, but is currently just £513. It has an 8kg load capacity and can be controlled using a smartphone app.
This is a built-in washing machine with space inside for around 8kg of cottons or 4kg of clothes made of synthetic fibres, such sports kit. It comes with an A+++ energy label and a fast 1,400rpm spin speed. This Bosch washing machine is typically around £850, but can currently be had for a £100 discount.
This is a feature-packed, freestanding, frontloading washing machine from Samsung. It has a reasonable 8kg cotton capacity and a 4kg synthetic capacity.
It has been priced at £749 recently, but a further price drop this month means it’s now available at £709.
A freestanding washing machine with a bigger-than-average capacity of 12kg for cottons, and 5.5kg if you're washing synthetics. This makes it suitable for big wash households, or for bulky items like duvets. It has been priced at £949, but a reduction of £50 means it’s now available at £899.
Deals last checked on 31 August 2021.
To find the best shops for home appliances, tech and more, we surveyed 12,419 people in August 2020, 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 PC World and John Lewis & Partners.
John Lewis & Partners comes out on top as the best place to buy home appliances for 2020. Shoppers particularly loved its aftersales service, product guarantees and warranties, and website layout.
Home appliances are often used every day and there’s a lot that could go wrong, so what happens after you’ve parted with your cash is just as important as the buying experience.
Overall, a third of household appliances shoppers who tried to make a return were unhappy with the process. John Lewis & Partners was the only retailer in this category to get the maximum five stars for aftersales service and returns. See our guide on if you have to return an appliance or get it fixed.
In joint-second place were AO.com and Euronics. While AO.com is online-only, Euronics has a very different business model, with a network of independent electrical retailers across the country.
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.
While it's true that the more you spend, the more choice of Best Buys you get, the good news is there are diamonds in the rubble. The cheapest Best Buys are available for around £200.
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.
Maximum total extra cost
Varies from free (no choice of date or time) up to £55 (quick delivery and chosen time slot)
£25 (£80 for integrated models)
£10 disconnection service
Currys PC World
Free standard delivery
£15- 20 for chosen date sooner than standard delivery
£25 (£90 for integrated models)
John Lewis & Partners
£12.95 for four hour slot
£24.95 for two hour slot
£19.95 for next day delivery
£25 (£90 for integrated models)
Table last updated in December 2020.
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 18.75p per kWh.
The most efficient cost just £15 a year to run, while the least could add £63 – a £48 difference.