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Don't Buy washing machines

by Matt Stevens
A Don't Buy washing machine skips stains and leaves detergent on your clothes – these are the worst washing machines you should avoid.

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Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

Our tough tests help us find the best washing machines, which you can rely on to give your clothes a great wash every time. But the same tests also ensure we can alert you to the worst washing machines that do a pitiful job.

Buy a Don't Buy washing machine with a rank rating for cleaning and you'll get 30% less stain-busting power. Don't Buys that score poorly for rinsing could leave traces of detergent in your laundry. Not good news for those with sensitive skin. Buy a Best Buy washing machine instead. 

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The best vs the worst washing machines

You'll be throwing your money away if you get caught out with a Don't Buy washing machine. Every year we wash more than 1,750kg of clothes to test washing machines from all the top brands. We've found that even the most reliable brands can make a dud that's bad at cleaning, rinsing or spinning. The worst washing machines are a combination of all three. 

Make the right choice and you'll get a washing machine that won't let you down. Avoid the dross and spend with confidence by following our recommendations.


We test hundreds of washing machines each year – cheap and more expensive models. All the top brands are in our reviews, including Beko, Bosch, Miele, Samsung, Hotpoint, Indesit and more, and we've found that price isn't always an indicator of the quality and even good brands can have bad machines. Our testing is the most thorough way you'll find to separate the best from the worst washing machines.

  • We test every washing machine on tough-to-shift stains including coffee, wine, grass and blood. And we run each machine three times on different programs so you can be certain a good wash is a certainty rather than a fluke.
  • We use a clever machine that spins at around twice the speed of a normal washing machine to measure how much detergent is left on the laundry. This machine also tells us how much water is left in the clothes. This was we can identify those washing machines that don't do a good job of rinsing and spinning.
  • Running costs add up. But a washing machine's energy rating isn't always the best indicator of how much you'll be forking out. That's why we measure how much water and energy each washing machine uses to give you the estimated running costs. We've found A+ models that are more efficient and cost less to run than A+++ machines.

Avoid the worst washing machines

Avoid the worst washing machines and cleaning your clothes is much less of a chore. 

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