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 first seem. Read on for our expert pick of some genuine bargains and find out how to spot your own.
Best washing machine deals for May 2021
1. Bosch WAU28S80GB – was £629, now £499 (£130/20% off)
- We like: Easy to use, reliable brand
- We didn’t like: Not very energy efficient
This Bosch washing machine was originally £629, but prices have been falling over recent months. There’s been a further drop recently and this washing machine is now cheapest at AO.com and Boots Kitchen Appliances where it can be bought for £499. Read our full review.
2. Hotpoint NSWR963CWKUK – was £350, now £299 (£51/14.5% off)
- We like: Good rinsing and spin drying
- We didn't like: Takes a long time to wash a full load
This Hotpoint washing machine is typically around £350, but prices have been dropping at its now the lowest price we’ve seen it at £299 from Currys PC World. With its large 9kg capacity, it could be ideal for families or households of four or five.
3. AEG L6FBG841CA – was over £600, now £544 (£66/11% off)
- We like: Thorough spin dry, Easy to use
- We didn’t like: Not as energy efficient as some
This AEG washing machine is typically on sale for well over £600, but is currently just £544 at AO.com. It has an 8kg load capacity and can be controlled using a smartphone app.
4. Hotpoint NSWM863CW – was £309, now £280 (£29/9% off)
- We like: Good rinsing and spin drying
- We didn't like: High energy use
This Hotpoint washing machine is typically around £309, but there’s been a price drop this month and can now be had for £280 in Argos. One interesting programme setting ends the wash with a blast of steam, which Hotpoint claims reduces up to 99.99% of bacteria.
5. Bosch WAX32GH4GB – was £900, now £864 (£36/4% off)
- We like: Excellent cottons and synthetic wash, Energy and water efficient, Remote control via app
- We didn’t like: High price
This high-end model is typically on sale for around the £900 mark, but at the moment can be had for £36 less at Boots Kitchen Appliances and AO.com. With its extra-large 10kg capacity drum; among the bigger machines you can buy. But is it the model for you? Read our full to find out.
Deals last checked on 30 April 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.