Best washing machine deals for 2021
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 appear. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains and find out how to spot your own.
Best washing machine deals for March 2021
LG F4V909WTSE - was £730, now £619 (£111/15% off)
- We like: Great at removing stains, has a useful pause feature, smart compatible
- We didn't like: Not very energy efficient, long program times
This smart LG washer is typically around £730. While it was £550 for a brief time in February, it's currently £619 - still a great £111 saving. If you want an LG dryer, too, you could save £100 with code WASH100, taking the price down to £519, for a total saving of £211. Read our full to find out if it's a Best Buy.
Hotpoint NSWR963CGKUK - was £370, now £300 (£70/19% off)
- We like: Great cleaning, rinsing and spin drying
- We didn't like: Takes a long time to wash a full load, not energy efficient
This Hotpoint is typically pretty stable at £370, so the significant £70 off is certainly worth a look. With a large 9kg capacity, it could be ideal for families or households of four or five. Read our full to see if it's worth buying.
Bosch WAN28100GB - was £369, now £300 (£69/19% off)
- We like: Effective spin, Easy to use
- We didn’t like: Slow cottons cycle
This budget-priced model normally costs £369, but can currently be found for £300 from small retailer Appliance Electronics. Please note, though, that there is no installation option so before buying, have a read of or guide on how to install a washing machine. And read our full .
John Lewis JLWM1437 - was £529, now £479 (£50/9% off)
- We liked: Brilliant cottons and synthetics washes, simple to use
- We didn't like: Quite noisy
This John Lewis own-brand washing machine is typically very stable at £529, but is currently has £50 off, to £479. It has a great range of programs and extra functions, letting you really take control of your washing. Read our full to find out if it's a Best Buy.
Deals last updated on 1 March 2021.
Where is the best place to buy a washing machine?
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.
How much do you need to pay for a good washing machine?
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.
What extra washing machine costs should you consider?
1. Installation and delivery costs
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).
2. Disposal and recycling costs
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 December 2020.|
3. Energy running costs
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.