Top five washing machines for 2021
The best washing machines clean clothes fantastically on the commonly used programs, are easy to use and won’t cost a fortune to run. The worst we’ve tested are noisy, guzzle energy and don’t even do a good job at cleaning your clothes.
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Last updated: January 2021
And here’s three to avoid
Not all machines are a whizz at washing. We’ve found models that struggle with everyday stains and leave detergent on your laundry. These are just some of the washing machines we recommend steering clear of:
Table last updated in November 2019
How to choose the best washing machine for you
Here are some key features to consider when picking your washing machine:
Freestanding machines are the most common. They can be placed anywhere as long as they can be connected to a drain and a plug and normally fit into a standard size kitchen width space of 60cm.
Integrated washing machines are for built-in kitchens and are designed to sit behind a unit door.
Be sure to check the space you have before choosing your machine.
Washing machine drum sizes range from 5kg to 12kg and are based on the number of kilos of dry clothing you can fit in.
Most medium-sized households will find a 7kg capacity machine suits their needs but if you prefer to wash larger loads then a bigger drum might be better.
The price of a washing machine varies widely from £200 to over £1,000. Spending more tends to mean more wash cycle options, smarter features and a quieter machine.
However, we’ve also found some quality models that clean well for under £350, too.
If you’re not fussed about seeing the machine in store then buy online - you could save yourself up to £100.
- Delay starts
- Numerous wash programs and spin speeds
- Time-remaining display
- Machines that can be remotely controlled via an app
- Child locks
- Anti-allergy cycles
Why Which? washing machine reviews are better
We put each model through at least a month of rigorous laboratory tests to see how well they wash and spin clothes; challenging each machine to clean a range of stains, including tough-to-shift blood, grease, ink, milk, oil and rust.
We check how noisy each machine is when running and if any traces of detergent are left on the laundry at the end of the cycle.
Our reviews then calculate how much each machine costs to run by measuring water and energy usage, temperature gauges and length of programmes.
But we don’t stop there. We also insist that all Best Buys come from a brand that we’ve found to be reliable – or have a five-year warranty. And that involves us talking to thousands of washing machine owners every year and gathering feedback about the issues they've had with their machines.