6 best washing machines that are affordable and efficient

6 best washing machines that are affordable and efficient
Take all the hassle out of cleaning your clothes with our pick of the best washing machines from Bosch, Hotpoint, Samsung, LG e mais

How lucky we are to have washing machines. These labour-saving appliances have been common in UK casas since the middle of the 20th century.

Washing machines may be close to ubiquitous, but many have been kitted out with new features in recent years. Some can be connected to a smartphone to enable remote operation and other advanced features, and many are now equipped with eco settings that limit the energy or water used in each wash.

Even more important than newfangled features are a washing machine’s key performance specifications, including its capacity and energy rating. Before you buy a washing machine, you should always ensure the maximum load (almost always measured in kg) is suitable for the volume of laundry your household gets through.

Another essential feature of a washing machine we recommend considering is its spin cycle, which partially dries the load while it’s still in the machine, thereby reducing the total drying time. While this capability doesn’t offer the same drying that is comparable to the best washer-dryers, it certainly comes in handy when you need to prepare wet laundry for drying indoors on a clothes horse. The higher a washing machine’s maximum spin speed, the better its drying capability is likely to be.

Most washing machines belong to one of two types: freestanding or integrated. Freestanding washers can be placed under a counter or on their own, while integrated washers can be built into your kitchen units. All the washing machines featured in this guide are freestanding, unless specified as integrated.

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As well as successfully doing full loads of laundry, the washing machines we tested here will also take good care of your clothes.

The best washing machines for 2022 estão:

  • Melhor geral – Bosch serie 4 WAN28050GB: £ 399, Currys.co.uk
  • Best integrated washing machine – Indesit BIWMIL71252: £ 369, Very.co.uk
  • Best for stain removal – Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK: £489, Very.co.uk
  • Best for thorough cleaning – LG F4V910BTS turbowash 360 with AI DD V9: £729, Currys.co.uk
  • Best for visually impaired users – Miele WDD131 WPS guideline: £989, Miele.co.uk
  • Best 10kg washing machine – Samsung quick drive + add wash WW10M86DQOA: £ 899, Ao.com

Bosch serie 4 WAN28050GB

Melhor: No geral

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 7kg
  • Max spin speed: 1400rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++

In our view, this gives you everything you could ever really need from a washing machine (provided the 7kg maximum load is sufficient for your household). It is exceptionally quiet, almost soothingly so, and it has a good selection of cycles, incluindo lavagem escura, carga mista, and a super quick setting which gets your washing done in as little as 15 minutos. Over a long testing period, the machine’s performance was consistently excellent.

Our one minor quibble with this brilliant appliance is that the spin + drain setting adds a rinse by default, which can be counterproductive if you want to use it to partially dry delicate clothing that you have washed by hand. Just remember to turn off the “aqua plus” option before you start the cycle, and this won’t be a problem.

Indesit BIWMIL71252 integrated 7kg washing machine

Melhor: Integrated washing machine

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 7kg
  • Max spin speed: 1200rpm
  • Energy rating: A++

This is a neat, simple integrated washing machine that does a solid job relative to the price you pay. It strikes us as an ideal washer for busy people, with a good selection of settings, Incluindo “coloureds”, “misturado”, “eco” e “sport”, enabling you to start an appropriate wash in a matter of seconds. There’s also a delay start function, so you can set the washer up to finish its cycle just before the time you’re due to arrive home. With a 7kg capacity, this washer is best suited to households of one or two people.

Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK integrated 8kg washing machine

Melhor: For stain removal

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 8kg
  • Max spin speed: 1400rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++

Offering high performance at a mid-market price, the Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK is one of the very best integrated washing machines we’ve come across. It has enough capacity to cater for a medium sized household, and its A+++ energy rating is at the top of the conventional scale. We’re particularly impressed with this machine’s anti-stain function, which creates ideal conditions for stain removal by pumping a high concentration of detergent into the drum and raising the temperature to 40C for a sustained period.

Maxing out at around 70 decibels, the BIWMHG81484UK is relatively easy on the ear – and that’s before you’ve added a layer of noise insulation by shutting it behind a unit door.

LG F4V910BTS turbowash 360 with AI DD V9

Melhor: For thorough cleaning

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 10.5kg
  • Max spin speed: 1400rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++

The F4V910BTS is stacked with interesting features that combine to help it wash clothes that little bit more effectively. The most eye-catching of these bells and whistles is “turbowash 360” feature, a system of water jets around the machine’s drum, which can be used to blast clothes during a washing cycle. This can help get rid of stubborn dirt that hasn’t responded to conventional machine washing. Another nifty feature is the steam+ mode, which adds a steaming phase to the wash. While this machine has a fairly hefty price tag, it does have a whopping 10.5kg maximum load.

Miele WDD131 WPS guideline

Melhor: For visually impaired users

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 8kg
  • Max spin speed: 1400rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++

This washing machine is something quite wonderful. Designed for the blind and visually impaired, the WDD131 WPS guideline uses tactile markings, raised symbols and auditory cues to provide a more accommodating experience through touch and sound. In addition to its innovations in accessibility, it offers very good washing performance. With a maximum load of 8kg, the machine is spacious enough for medium to large households, and its energy efficiency is very good. The drum has a hexagonal patterned surface, which is designed to give laundry a relatively gentle ride inside the machine.

Samsung quick drive + add wash WW10M86DQOA

Melhor: 10kg washing machine

  • Juiz mini panela de arroz: 10kg
  • Max spin speed: 1600rpm
  • Energy rating: A+++-50%

There’s rationale for investing in a very good washing machine. It’s likely you’ll be using the appliance for about a decade, so you’d best get along with it, and the energy efficiency savings of the best machines can effectively recoup a small chunk of your investment each year. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a high end machine, the Samsung WW10M86DQOA would be a fine choice. This machine is so energy efficient, it breaks the conventional energy rating scale (it is classed as “A+++-50%”). It can wash a 2kg load in just 15 minutes and offers premium features such as the “addwash door”, a small door at the front of the machine which can be used to load in more items at any point in the wash cycle.

FAQs washing machines

Things to consider when buying a washing machine

A washing machine is a big purchase for most, so we understand you don’t want to dive in unprepared. Então, before you start shopping, make sure you know what you’re after.

Energy efficiency and water use: Check the energy label of the washing machine for its energy efficiency rating, ranging from D to A+++, but do keep in mind this says nothing about its water use. So don’t purchase a washing machine based on this rating alone. All washing machines should come with this label, which also shows the KWh usage and how many litres of water it uses per year.

Drum capacity: If your clothes can’t move around properly, they’re not washed as thoroughly as they should be. Overloading your machine can also affect its performance, so be mindful of the capacity of your drum and the size of your load. The average washing machine can hold around 7-8kg, but there’s also options for 6kg which are ideal for those washing four times a week or less and want quicker cycles. For large, active families a bigger 10kg drum capacity might work better, being ideal for around six washes a week and allowing you to do less, bigger loads rather than extra, smaller loads – thus saving on energy.

Spin speed: The spin cycle works to remove as much excess water from the load as possible. The normal speed for a washing machine is about 1200rpm to 1400rpm. No geral, you don’t really need to worry about spinning speed too much. This is really only of importance when washing delicate fabrics, such as silk, where you’d ideally want to change your settings to a lower spin speed (sometimes even as low as 400rpm).

Wash settings available: Washing machines come with all types of special settings nowadays, and most of them you’ll probably rarely ever use. The most important ones to look out for are: quick wash (good for small loads of lightly soiled clothes), cotton (a hotter, more aggressive setting specially for this fabric), synthetics or easy care (ideal for polyester), delicate (the machine equivalent for hand washing), sports clothes and easy iron for less creasing.

How to maintain a washing machine

There’s some things you can do to make the most of your machine and make sure it lasts a long time. Show it a little love every now and then with these tips and trics.

em primeiro lugar, how do you clean your washing machine? You’ll need to do a maintenance wash every now and then, meaning you do a deep-clean cycle with some cleaning solution to rinse the machine of bacteria, stains and mould that might’ve been building over long-term use. You can tell it’s time for a wash when you see little spots building behind the seal of the door.

All you need to do is make sure the machine is empty, add the special washing machine cleaning product and then start the cotton cycle on the hottest possible temperature. The detergent drawer can be cleaned by simply removing and washing in the sink, while the filter – located at the bottom of the machine – should be removed and rinsed with hot water about every four to six weeks.

O veredito: Washing machines

Out of a round-up of extremely impressive washing machines, we’ve decided to name the Bosch serie 4 WAN28050GB our best buy. While there’s no doubt that some of the higher end machines, tais como o Samsung WW10M86DQOA e a LG F4V910BTS have fancier features and higher specifications, we felt that Bosch’s washer did everything the average household could need it to, fantastically well. Larger households may need to look for a machine with a bigger maximum load, but for many users, we think the Bosch serie 4 WAN28050GB will turn out to be the ideal washing machine.

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