Best Washing Machine 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Last Updated: 30/05/2018

In the market for a new washing machine? Choosing a washing machine can feel frankly bewildering – they all come with a huge range of functions and features – and how are we ever supposed to work them all out?

Should you get a big drum or a small one? A freestanding one or an integrated one? Bosch or Hotpoint? A+ or A+++? Let’s find out.

The Best Washing Machines – Our Top Picks

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apr-table__imageBEST VALUEBEST VALUE Best Under £300: HOOVER DHL 1482D3
  • Capacity: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 79 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 1 Year
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apr-table__imageREADER'S PICKREADER'S PICK Best Integrated: Beko WMI71641
  • Capacity: 7 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 72 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years
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apr-table__imageNEW LOW PRICENEW LOW PRICE Best Portable: Streetwize Washer
  • Wash capacity: 3.5 kg (double duvet cover is the biggest item it can take on its own)
  • Spinning capacity: 2.5 kg
  • Weight: 12.6 kilogrammes (easy to carry thanks to its ergonomic handle)
  • Feature: Hardwearing and durable copper bound motor
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Best Washing Machines 2018

There’s a wide array of different models on the market now, some with very clever features. What you get will depend on what you need, how many people it must cater for and what your budget is.

We’ve collected 5 of our favourite machines as well as a buying guide to help you make an informed choice.

LG Centum FH6F9BDS2 Smart

On the lookout for something that truly does it all? If money is no object, then we think this is one you should consider. It’s super-fast, incredibly efficient, impeccably quiet and intelligent. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, you can link it to your phone using the LG Smart ThinQ app, allowing you to start cycles from wherever you are and check up on any issues.

It comes with an extra-long 5 year warranty (and 20 year warranty on the motor) that offers peace of mind should anything go wrong. We love all the different features it has to offer, including an anti-allergy cycle to remove those pesky allergens and steam-only cycle for a quick refresh and crease removal. As with the Bosch Serie 8 WAW28560GB machine, this LG model only uses the exact amount of water that’s needed, saving valuable resources and meaning you can just as easily do a small wash as a big one. And we mean big, because this can handle loads of up to 12kg. Quiet, powerful and well-built, this is ideal for a big household with diverse laundry needs, able to handle tough stains and frequent loads with ease.

We like

  • Very large load capacity
  • Unbeatable build quality
  • Fantastic results
  • Super silent when in use

We disike

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

A smart, luxury product with all the bells and whistles

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 12 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 71 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years

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LG Centum FH6F9BDS2 Product Manual

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Bosch Serie 8 WAWH8660GB

This ultra-efficient offering from Bosch is one of the quietest models that we came across. With a maximum noise level of 71 dB (on spin cycle) it compares only to much more expensive models in terms of sound, so if you’re looking for quiet and great value for money, this could be the best option for you. The Bosch Serie 8 WAWH8660GB achieves this by using a brushless EcoSilence Drive motor (with a 10 year guarantee attached) to reduce sound and improve durability.

This is particularly efficient in that it will only ever use the exact level of water required for the amount of washing you put in – so there’s less wastage. There is no ‘half-load’ option because with this in-built feature, it isn’t needed. Another great selling point of is its Reload function, which lets you add or remove items once a cycle has begun. This is ideal for those times where you realise you dropped a sock on your way to the laundry room, or that you need those trousers to wear out later!

We love how many different useful functions this has, and how effective it is on stains while still managing to keep quiet. The only time it makes a noise is a cycle is completed – there is an alarm which can be a bit annoying, but it does stop you forgetting about it.

We like

  • Very quiet
  • Built well
  • Great wash results
  • Large load capacity

We disike

  • Can be complicated to use at first

Final Verdict

A super-silent, ultra-efficient offering for a quiet household

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 9 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1400 rpm
  • Noise Level: 71 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years

+ Downloads

Bosch Serie 8 WAWH8660GB Product Manual

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Beko WMI71641

Perfect for average sized families, this 7kg capacity washer is integrated to blend seamlessly with any kitchen or utility room. This is great for those who have created their perfect room and don’t want their appliances on show.

With an A+ energy rating and a quick wash 14 minute option, this machine won’t add noticeably to your electricity bills and last minute laundry is easier than ever. Not only that but this machine has a half load option, meaning that you don’t have to wait until you have a full load to save money. The drum itself has sensors which are effective in sensing how much washing you have loaded and adjusts water and energy usage accordingly.

We like

  • Half load option
  • Sensors adjust energy and water usage
  • 14 minute fast wash

We disike

  • Not the nicest looking machine but as it is integrated this is not too much of an issue
  • A little louder than others on the market

Final Verdict

A washing machine that is economical on both price an energy. Perfect for the average sized family.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 72 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years

+ Downloads

Beko WMI71641 user manual

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HOOVER Dynamic Link DHL 1482D3

If you don’t have a budget big enough for one of the more expensive machines but don’t want to compromise on quality and great features, this Hoover model could be the one for you.

Boasting an 8kg capacity drum, you will have no problems making sure your weekly wash is done quickly and efficiently, and with the unique KG mode, this machine calculates the size of your wash making sure that the right amount of water is used. No more worrying about it being a waste to put a small wash in!

There are 12 washing settings to ensure that no matter how dirty or delicate the wash there is a program to suit it, while the touch screen display shows all the information you need, including time remaining.

The Hoover DHL 1482D3 also boasts an impressive A+++ energy rating, perfect for if you want to reduce your energy and water use.

All these great features are available for under £300, making this the best budget option on the list.

We like

  • Affordable price
  • A+++ Energy Rating
  • Lots of different settings

We disike

  • Smaller drum than other models

Final Verdict

The perfect budget choice for anyone who doesn’t want to pay over and above but also doesn’t want to sacrifice features or quality.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 79 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 1 Year

+ Downloads

HOOVER DHL 1482D3 User Manual

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Best Portable Washing Machines

Indesit ISDP429 2800 Spin

Sometimes you just want a little extra drying help, whether you already have a portable device or not! This Indesit portable dryer is easy to use but the drying results are a bit patchy – you are better off not trying to overfill. Make sure you remember to put a dish or bowl in front of this dryer to catch all the water – this is not a self-draining model.

Although this isn’t portable, we felt this one was worth a mention. From all the appliances in this category which we tested, the Indesit was by far the best portable dryer which will be a perfect addition to your travelling kit or eco-friendly home.

We like

  • Top loading
  • 10 year manufacturer guarantee
  • Very portable
  • Freestanding dryer, no plugging in required

We disike

  • You need a dish or bowl in front to collect the run-off water
  • Drying quality can be a bit hit and miss with this dryer – works best when not over-full

Final Verdict

A Mini 4 kg dryer that’s easy to use, does what it says on the tin.

+ Specifications

  • 4 kg spinning capacity
  • 62 x 34.8 x 34.8 cm (H x W x D)

+ Downloads

Indesit ISDP429 Product Manual

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Portable 230V Mini 3KG

These tabletop machines offers an all-in-one washing and spinning solution. Smaller and less practical than the other models we’ve featured, this mini appliance is ideal for people who are very pushed for space, or haven’t got a lot of money to invest right now. If it’s space saving you’re after, then this is the best mini washer dryer you can get.

As this only has one cavity, you will have to alternate between washing and drying and the spinning capacity is only 1.5 kg.

A great little mini appliance, this is a little model that can easily be packed and stowed away in a cupboard when not in use.

We like

  • Weighs only 5 kg so this is ultra portable
  • Mini and compact, perfect for holidays & camping
  • Up to 15 minutes built-in timer
  • Great budget buy

We disike

  • Some reviewers found this model was actually easier to fill with a bucket rather than use the pipe supplied
  • Spin cycle has tendency to overheat

Final Verdict

Super compact with spinning function

+ Specifications

  • Has a wash & spin function – but as it’s single tub, you will have to wait your turn
  • Washing capacity: up to 3 kg (dry – still pretty good)
  • Spinning capacity: 1.5 kg – smaller than other models
  • 34 x 33.5 x 51 cm (H x W x D) (mini size, even fits on the draining board)

Streetwize Twin Tub Portable Model

Loved by holidaymakers and homeowners for its versatility and quality. This model combines a compact top load washer with an equally useful top load dryer. We think this is the top portable with integrated dryer on the market today.

Yes, it’s made of plastic, but it’s still hardy and durable fitted with a high quality motor – it can even handle a double duvet cover. Easy to use and compact, this combo brings you the best of both worlds for a great budget price. Just make sure that you don’t overload it!

A fantastic buy, this washing and drying combo is easy to use, safe, and will be the saviour of many a long summer holiday we imagine…

We like

  • Easy to fill and empty
  • Don’t overfill as it will be a very noisy spin otherwise
  • Ideal option for caravans, camping, motorhomes, houseboats, temporary accommodation

We disike

  • Small inlet hose – may need some help to make it fit around your tap

Final Verdict

A high quality top load wash & dryer set.

+ Specifications

  • Wash capacity: 3.5 kg (double duvet cover is the biggest item it can take on its own)
  • Spinning capacity: 2.5 kg
  • Hardwearing and durable copper bound motor
  • Weighs 12.6 kilogrammes (easy to carry thanks to its ergonomic handle)

+ Downloads

Streetwize Twin Tub PortableModel Product Manual

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Help and Resources

Buying Guide

Which is the best Washing Machine?

There are many varieties of washing machine to suit an individual’s needs. Large families may benefit from a huge drum, whereas someone living on their own might shop for energy efficiency.

Our reviews aim to present the ‘best of the best’, but here are some of the attributes we look at when considering which appliances are the winners:

Capacity

Washing machine capacity refers to the size of the drum and determines how much washing your model can handle per load. Standard washing machines tend to fall within 5kg and 12kg of capacity as the max. load. Ideally, you want to aim for a washing machine with a drum that you’re not going to struggle to fill up – otherwise you will have to wait longer between washes. So if you live in a household of just 2 people, it is unlikely you will need a huge 12kg machine to meet your laundry requirements. However, a big family or house of sharers would probably benefit from larger machines.

You should never cram a machine so it’s completely full, otherwise your clothes will not be properly washed and your machine will struggle. For reference, 1kg of washing equates to approximately one outfit made up of trousers, top and underwear.

Spin speed

Most have a spin speed of between 1000 to 1600 rpm – that’s revolutions per minute. So the higher the spin speed, the faster your clothes will spin. You can usually reduce the spin speed if you are cleaning delicate or woollen items. The spin cycle is designed to remove excess water so your clothes aren’t sopping wet when you take them out, so a fast spin cycle will help to reduce drying time if you like to hang your washing out to dry. 1600 rpm is very powerful, great for heavy items like denim. For everyday laundry, a medium speed such as 1400 rpm is usually sufficient.

Noise level

Noise can be a real pain and should be a deal-breaker. It is usually the spin cycle that is the loudest, as your clothes are whipped round to remove excess liquid. Anything around 70-72 dB is on the quieter side for a spin cycle, and for a quiet wash cycle look for something that is 50 dB or under. Noise level is usually of more significance if you like to put your run loads overnight or when you’re having some quiet time in the house. Check out our ultra-quiet recommendations above: the Bosch Serie 8 WAW28560GB and LG Centum FH6F9BDS2.

Energy rating

Choosing an energy-efficient washing machine is a good investment when it comes to save you money on your water and electricity bills. It’s also better for the environment. The most highly rated energy-efficient washing machines are those that are A+++. Be sure to check the annual consumption guide of the washing machine that you choose to get an idea of how much it will cost to run.

Freestanding vs. Integrated

Freestanding washing machines are what most of us would think of when asked to picture a washing machine. They are the most common type of washing machine and can be placed anywhere that connects to a drain and electricity supply. They offer a much wider range of capacity and come in various colours and styles.

An integrated washing machine is one that is designed to blend into your kitchen or laundry room by being built-in behind a cupboard door (usually). This means that the washing machine is not on display for the majority of the time, and it give the room a seamless look. They are often a little bit quieter due to being tucked away, but the installation costs are higher and there are fewer of them around, so choice is more limited.

We hope our washer guide was helpful and you were able to find what you were looking for. What features are most important to you when choosing a washing machine? Let us know your thoughts by sending us a message or visiting our Facebook page.