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Hoover washing machines rated

By Matt Stevens

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Hoover washing machines are cheap. But find out below how well they wash and whether they're a bargain or not.

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Hoover washing machines appear to be a bargain if you're just going on price, but our tests have found a few things shoppers need to be aware of.

Hoover can trace its history back to the early part of the last century and Ohio, USA. The current incarnation of Hoover in Europe was bought by Italian appliance manufacturer Candy more than 20 years ago, and Candy washing machines are a sister brand to Hoover.

A brand with a mixed heritage – and mixed is how we'd rate Hoover washing machines. You can find out in our table below what Hoover does well and not so well. We'll tell you how highly Hoover machines score in our reviews, how reliable they are, and whether their owners would recommend them to others. 

If you'd rather read reviews of individual models, head to our Hoover washing machine reviews.

We subject every washing machine we review to a barrage of tests – including how well they wash on different temperatures, how well they rinse and spin and how noisy they are. We've included the pros and cons that you need to know about about Hoover washing machines below, as well as our Which? verdict on whether you should buy one.

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Hoover washing machines overview table
Hoover washing machines overview table
Number tested in the last three years 9
Number of Best Buys
Average test score
Brand reliability rating
Typical spend
Should I buy one?
Table notes The average test score is based on results of models tested between January 2013 and September 2016 that are still currently available. The brand reliability rating is based on a Which? member survey conducted in October 2016 of 25 Hoover owners and members' experience of that brand. Table last updated November 2017.


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How much do Hoover washing machines cost?

Most Hoover models are in the £200 to £400 price bracket. Our surveys have told us that the average Which? member would spend around £335 on a Hoover washing machine, making it a reasonably affordable brand, if not one occupying the bargain basement. 

But top of the range Hoover washers dripping with cutting-edge tech will cost you noticeably more – the priciest and most tech-heavy Hoovers we've tested are around £500.

Choosing the best Hoover washing machine

Like most washing machine manufacturers, Hoover focuses on producing freestanding models. However, it's possible to find some built-in models if you're looking for a washing machine that you can hide behind a cupboard door.

There's a wide range of drum capacities to choose from, with the most cavernous Hoover washing machines able to wash a massive 12kg of cottons at once. That's almost two average-sized loads being washed in one go, and that kind of capability could be very handy for a busy family.

Interestingly for a mid-priced brand, on some Hoover washing machines you'll find smart technology, which allows you to set the machine from your smart phone. And Hoover makes the most affordable smart washing machines we've so far seen. 

You can find Hoover washing machines in white, black and silver.