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Updated: 6 May 2022

Best cheap washing machines under £400

Bag a bargain Best Buy washing machine for less than £400 with our top pick of the cheapest on test.
Aaron West
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We've found great cheap washing machines for less than £400 from Beko, Hotpoint and more.

If you're looking for a newer model that's got all the latest bells and whistles, you don't need to spend a lot. You can get a great selection of programs and even smart features for as little as £250.

Read on to see our shortlist of the best washing machines for less than £400, or go straight to our washing machine reviews for all our recommendations.


Not sure what type of washing machine you need? See our guide to the best washing machines.


Best washing machines under £400

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  • 79%
    • best buy
    £349.00

    If you’re after a solid all-rounder from a reliable brand, and don’t care much about flashy extras, this is a great choice.

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  • This brilliant cleaner will shift tough stains such as make-up, blood and grass easily. It’s not perfect – it could be more energy efficient and be better at rinsing and spin drying – but it’s still a really solid all-rounder, and great for the price.

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  • If you’re looking for a reasonably priced washing machine that cleans brilliantly, look no further. This left our grubby fabrics spotless, with a decent rinse and powerful spin thrown in for good measure. It’s easy to use, too.

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  • It might look fairly ordinary but £300 will but you a washing machine that does an exceptional job of shifting stains. It misses out on being a Best Buy due to a number of smaller flaws, though.

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Last updated: 27 April 2022

Not found what you're looking for? See all our washing machine reviews for all our Best Buys.

Three washing machines to avoid

While the best washing machines we've tested will have your clothes clean in record time, Don't Buy washing machines will try and fail to remove tough stains. Without enlisting the help of our expert reviews, you run the risk of buying a washing machine that lets you down whether you're running a cotton wash or a synthetic wash.

Below, we've rounded up a trio of Don't Buy washing machines that aren't worth your hard-earned cash.

  • 34%
    • don't buy
    £399.99

    Cleaning results are hit and miss, so while it makes a good job of cleaning synthetics, the cottons program is far less impressive. Not only does it leave plenty of stains on your clothes, but the rinse struggles to remove detergent and it’s incredibly loud when spinning.

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  • 31%
    • don't buy
    £415.00

    This washing machine is a real disappointment and best avoided. Its wash programs are shorter and more energy efficient than most, but that just means your clothes won’t be cleaned well at all. And if you want a longer wash, the next best choice is a ridiculous four and a half hour cotton wash.

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  • 26%
    • don't buy
    £249.00

    It’s hard to find anything good to say about this washing machine. Not only is it noisier than most, but the rinse is dreadful and the 40°C wash cycles left plenty of stains behind on our cottons and synthetics.

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Best washing machine deals

Every now and then you might catch a premium washing machine discounted to a fantastic price. But it can be tricky to know if a discount is the 'real deal'.

That's why every month we scour the internet to find you the best washing machines currently on offer, with real savings. 

For our top picks head to the best washing machine deals.

Cheap washing machine reviews

Even the cheapest washing machines cost upwards of around £200, and if you're paying a sizeable sum for a new one, we think you deserve the best cleaning power that won't let you down.

That's why we put each machine we review through at least a month's worth of rigorous testing to find out how well they tackle tough stains, how thoroughly they rinse clothes to remove detergent and how good they are at cleaning clothes on the most commonly used programs. We even check how noisy they are, and how efficient they are at using water and energy.

But it's worth bearing in mind that if you're going for a cheap washing machine, you should be prepared for fewer functions and programs. You're also unlikely to find the biggest drum sizes in cheap machines so may need to pay more if you've got a big family or need to wash large loads.

Our rigorous lab tests have revealed many cheap machines that are very poor. Make sure you avoid these by checking out the Don't Buy washing machines.