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 freestanding John Lewis JLWM1428 washing machine features a sensor to weigh your laundry and adjust the length of the wash accordingly, potentially saving you water and electricity, and reducing wear and tear on your clothes. John Lewis has reduced the price by £100 in the New Year sales.
It's quieter than a lot of machines, while having effective wash and spin cycles to leave your clothes fresh and clean.
It may take its time cleaning clothes, it's easy to use and has a large capacity drum, too.
It’s available now at Currys, reduced by £180 (albeit the white version as opposed to the graphite coloured 's' model tested).
This Samsung washing machine has multiple high-tech features which make doing laundry a breeze. The downloadable smartphone app lets you schedule washes ahead of time and will notify you when it's done. As well as this, the control panel is smart and easy to use. The added steam setting is designed to help eliminate bacteria and allergens.
This model has £120 off the typical marked price so could be worth considering.
This Haier did well in our cleaning tests, and we found it easy to use. It’s reasonably energy efficient, the programs won’t keep you waiting too long, and the spin removes plenty of water.
AO and Boots both currently have this model on offer for £479.
This 9kg-capacity washing machine has plenty of features that are designed to make doing the laundry less of a chore.
Its automatic dispenser system means there’s no hunting around for the detergent or conditioner, as the built-in reservoirs hold enough for around 35 washes.
This Samsung has plenty of features to make laundry day less of a chore, including automatic detergent dispensing and the 'AddWash' door - a hatch in the machine porthold that means you can add in that missed sock after the wash has started.
You can also control the washing remotely via the Smart Things app.
Both AO and John Lewis are currently selling this model for £120 off its RRP of £669.
We've spotted this LG washing machine on offer for £619. Usually priced between £700-£800, this appliance has been on offer before but it's not a bad deal.
This freestanding washing machine has a 10.5kg drum capacity and a host of clever features, such as an intelligent sensor system and the ability to weigh the load. Both of these features allow the machine to select the optimum washing conditions.
Other useful extras include a 39-minute TurboWash, a duvet cleaning programme and a button to cut programme times.
The Haier HW120-B14979 washing machine has a huge drum with room for 12kg of cottons, so it’s ideal for large households with plenty of laundry to get through. It has functions including a stain removal setting and a steam setting.
This washing machine has a powerful spin that helps clothes dry quickly and you’ll find plenty of features to make laundry day less of a chore. It’s easy to program using the control panel or smartphone app.
We regularly check to find the best deals currently available. When we last checked there were no deals on washing machines over £800.
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 21p per kWh, the new energy price cap.