Finding the best integrated washing machine is essential if you enjoy open-plan living, or prefer to not see your appliances, as they can be built into your kitchen cabinets to be hidden out of sight. Whatever the reason, you're going to want to find a machine which has a large enough drum for your household, has the most suitable programmes to care for your laundry and is at a noise level which you're happy to hear – or not.
Narrowing down the search for a built-in washing machine is no mean feat. There's no denying that an integrated washing machine is a big ticket investment and is one which should be carefully considered, which is why we've put together this guide. It'll help you get the most for your money, as we've taken into account the build quality, functions and prices of each machine, as well as a general perspective on how the machine performs for existing customers.
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The best integrated washing machine you can buy (in our opinion), is the Bosch WIW28500GB Integrated Washing Machine. As well as an A+++ energy rating which will save you money, it is superbly quiet, too.
Ideal for an open-plan kitchen-diner or flat with thin walls, a low decibel design means you won't be disturbed by this model. The AntiVibration technology monitors the load weight to reduce noise. And it is also super easy to use, with a dial and digital display that let's you monitor and control your wash in seconds. Find out more about it in our full review below...
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Boasting a range of smart features inside an easy-to-operate design, this Bosch washing machine is sure to be a welcome addition to your home, while blending seamlessly into your kitchen. It gets our vote for the best integrated washing machine you can buy.
Awarded an outstanding A+++ for energy efficiency, this Bosch model can help you make significant savings on your energy bills – plus, it's going to make your home a bit greener.
Bosch's AntiVibration system uses sensors that monitor the load weight and movement of the drum to eliminate imbalances. The circular design reinforces the structure of the sidewall and increases the stability of the washer. This structure, combined with enhanced insulation, regulates noise levels and reduces vibration, so this machine stays very quiet throughout the entire cycle.
Easy to use
In addition to a dial, the control panel has a digital display that clearly shows the wash temperature and when it will finish. As you'd expect, it also displays the spin speed for the cycle you've chosen, plus extra wash options. There's also the TimeLight feature, which alternates between projecting the remaining time and cycle status discreetly on the floor of your kitchen, so you can easily keep track of your laundry's progress. Not an essential, but we like it.
We're impressed in so many ways with this Beko integrated washing machine that it just had to feature in this list of the best integrated washing machines. It's a top choice for couples who may, on occasion, need washing in a hurry. And it has the quickest spin speeds we could find for a built-in washing machine.
It's great to see large appliance brands getting more involved in being kinder to our planet. The tub (drum) of the Beko WTIK76151F is, as the name suggests, made from recycled plastic bottles. And it doesn't compromise on performance or durability, either.
The 7kg drum is ideal for medium-sized households. If you need a duvet washed, or a large blanket, then the porthole door can accommodate this, since its opening is 34cm wide.
ProSmart Inverter Motor
Powering the machine is a quiet, energy efficient motor which is expected to last much longer than the standard motor. Frictionless magnets are used rather than noisy brushes, which is something we are heavily focused on when reviewing the quietest washing machine. Users of the Beko WTIK76151F echo just how quiet this machine is, even when it is on a 1600 spin speed setting.
If you need to wash laundry in a hurry then there's a couple of things here to note. A 2kg load of laundry can be washed in just 14 minutes (yes, really!) using the Super Short programme. And the Fast+ function shortens programme duration by up to 55 per cent with increased drum movements and optimised temperatures.
This is just two of the total 15 wash programmes which are available on this Beko washing machine, something else which users are really impressed by.
Most built-in washing machines seem to have an 8kg drum, but not this one. The Hoover H-Wash 300 HBWS 49D1E-80 has a 9kg drum, making it an ideal size for large families.
Plenty of programmes
With 16 programmes to choose from, all your daily and delicate garments can be cared for accordingly. To name a few; the Quick Wash cycle will start and finish in under 30 minutes; the Delicates cycle will prevent even the most fragile of garments from being damaged, and Wool & Handwash will aptly care for clothing containing wool, of course.
Although one reviewer praises the number of programmes to choose from, the time it takes for the cycles to finish varies, with some taking a rather long time to complete.
Automatic load adjustment
Each load will be automatically weighed, so each cycle is tailored to you. This means that the correct amount of water and energy is used, which will ultimately save you money.
If you are watching the pennies, then the timer delay may come in handy for you so you can set the machine to run on off-peak electricity rates. This is also a helpful function if you need anything in particular washing and ready to hang out to dry in the morning.
If you are after a quiet integrated washing machine that washes clothes brilliantly, the NEFF W543BX0GB works discreetly and efficiently, while providing your laundry with a thorough yet protected wash, hence why we reckon it's one of the best integrated washing machines out there.
EcoSilence for open plan living
Ideal for open-plan living, this Neff model has a decent sized drum and a quiet cycle and spin thanks to the ecoSilence drive, so it shouldn’t distract from conversation if you run it during mealtimes or whilst you are working from home.
Users especially noted how brilliantly this machine lifted out stains from clothing and bedding. Plus, the 1,400rpm spin cycle is efficient enough to ensure drying time is reduced.
Quick wash + loads of programmes
Users love the addition of a 15-minute cycle. It washes, rinses and spins in just 15 minutes (obviously) – perfect for last minute laundry. There are plenty of standard programmes too, including Cotton, Delicate, Half Load, Silk Wash and Wool and all the programmes can be changed to eco or a quick cycle. Worth spending more on for the flexibility of this one.
This integrated washing machine from AEG has an 8kg washing load capacity, impressive A+++ energy rating and a range of features designed to care for even the most delicate and sensitive clothing items.
This model can wash clothes in under an hour with excellent results, and whilst using less energy. Thanks to AEG's OKOPower, this short washing programme produces excellent results and is ideal for daily use. DirectSpray makes more efficient use of the water in your washing machine. It continuously showers your clothes throughout the cycle, so that the entire load is soaked and washed more evenly. It also helps to improve performance by making sure pre-mixed detergents and softeners are better distributed throughout the wash.
Keep your clothes looking their best for as long as possible with the help of AEG’s ProSense technology that automatically weighs each load to provide a tailored cycle. Sensors are used to adjust washing times precisely, ensuring optimum treatment for every load.
Users loved the short and gentle steam programme that safely removes odours and reduce creases in dry fabrics. You can also finish your wash cycle with a gentle steam so clothes need little to no ironing.
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Whirlpool product recall
Over the last two years, Whirlpool have been actively recalling certain models of Hotpoint and Indesit machines due to a fire safety risk. As luck would have it, we do not recommend any of the affected machines in this guide, but we do encourage you to check to see if you have one of the machines on recall. You can read more on the Whirlpool washing machine recall here to take the necessary safety precautions.
When it comes to buying the best integrated washing machine for your lifestyle, it's worth bearing the following factors in mind.
Quick and delayed wash options
If your laundry day seems to come more frequently than most, keep an eye out for time-saving options such as quick wash cycles and a timer delay to take advantage of cheaper electricity tariffs.
Do make sure you measure up the space allotted for the new model carefully and check against the dimensions of your chosen design before you buy. Even a few millimetres can make a huge difference as to whether it will fit when buying an integrated washing machine. If you're not sure, consult the person fitting the machine to guarantee that you have the space.
Large capacity drums that can cope easily with a bigger load are perfect for families, particularly as larger loads mean more washing can be done less often.
Special wash cycles
Think about the type of clothes you wash regularly and whether you’d benefit from specialist cycles for things like sportswear, delicates, woollens, school uniforms and large, heavy items such as duvets and curtains.
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