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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  • Capacity: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 79 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 1 Year
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  • Capacity: 7 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600 rpm
  • Noise Level: 72 dB
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years
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  • 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.

HOTPOINT Ultima S-Line+ RZ1066W

Packed with tons of features which can make your life a lot easier, this machine from Hotpoint will make your most-hated chore a breeze. Firstly, direct injection technology mixes your detergent with water before spraying it into the drum, so not only is there less water required for the wash but it is evenly distributed throughout the load which results in a more efficient clean.

The outer is made from special sound insulation panels, so if a noisy washing machine is your biggest bugbear, this model will solve your problems. Another sound-reducing feature is the unique motor, which has fewer moving parts due to the use of magnets as opposed to brushes. This technology has also resulted in less wear and tear for the motor over time, so even though it is on the pricier side of the scale, it should keep you going for years to come with no problems.

The Drive Me feature lets you pick the fabric type and dirt level, and the machine will choose the correct programme, so if you have no idea which setting will be best, there is no need to worry.

We like

  • Reliable cleaning functions
  • 24hr delay timer

We disike

  • Long washing times at higher temperatures

Final Verdict

Generous size, great energy efficiency and reduced sound - the perfect choice for any household

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 10kg
  • Spin Speed: 1600rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++
  • Noise Level: 56dB

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

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Bosch Serie 8 WAWH8660GB Product 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

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HOOVER DHL 1482D3 User Manual

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Best Portable Washing Machines

Leisure Direct Twin Washing Machine

If you need one of the largest capacities possible, then this one will suit you well. Washing is 4.6kg, and spin is 3.5kg, which is almost double many other models. There is the choice of a normal wash or a delicate wash to best suit whatever your load is, and the drainage function will keep everything as mess-free as possible.

Now here is a clincher – you can use both sections of the machine at the same time if needed. So you can be drying the wash you have just had on while loading up another.

It may seem a big price, but it is a much more advanced model than a lot of others. We would even say that it is pretty good for the price. If you live in a flat or accommodation where there is no plumbing for a washing machine, or you don’t have space, it is one of the best options you could get. The power of a freestanding washing machine, without the loss of space.

We like

  • Pumps away used water rather than draining
  • Side handles for easy carrying
  • Two water inlet points

We disike

  • Struggles to fully dry if full to capacity

Final Verdict

Good size and with an electric pump drain, this is one of the easiest portable washing machines to use and will do a pretty good job too

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 4.6kg
  • Size: 76 x 36.5 x 60cm

Portable Washing Machine TG23

Capable of both washing and spinning your clothing, this portable device is perfect for taking on trips or even using to wash and part-dry some of your more delicate items. The washing capacity is 3.6kg, and the spin is 2kg, so it is slightly larger than the majority of others on the market. A wash can run up to 15 minutes and a spin up to 5 minutes, so there is plenty of chance to get everything done.

It only weighs 11kg, so won’t be too heavy if you are using it in a caravan or motorhome and need to carry it about. All you need is access to a power point and a drainage area, as well as the washing powder and water. A drainage tube is included in the box.

It isn’t just for anyone wanting a part-time travelling device; it is perfectly good enough to use as a backup to your larger machine if you have any small mid-week washes such as school uniforms or pet towels/blankets.

We like

  • Compact
  • Easy dials to change settings

We disike

  • Vibrates a lot with the drying cycle

Final Verdict

Quick to use and with a very generous capacity, it doesn’t just have to be for emergencies or travel

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3.6kg
  • Size: 69.5 x 60 x 38.5 cm

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)

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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.