Cheap washing machines: the best washing machines under £300

Kitchen and appliance expert Hayley Gilbert has chosen the five best cheap washing machines under £300 to prove that working to a budget doesn't have to limit your choice on style or function

cheap washing machines such as this integrated one by Indesit in a kitchen

On the hunt for cheap washing machines? Whether you’re just starting out in a new home or kitting out a new kitchen, buying appliances can seem costly. Fortunately for you, we've got all of the advice on buying appliances on a budget, and there are some great value cheap washing machines under £300 out there that won’t break the bank. 

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What is the best cheap washing machine under £300?

When it comes to choosing the best cheap washing machine under £300, the Indesit IWME127UK Ecotime Integrated Washing Machine comes top of our list. 

Considering it's affordable price point, this model offers an incredible selection of up to 16 programmes that range from specialist cycles for wool, silk and curtains, to easy iron options and heavy duty sports programmes perfect for tackling tough stains.

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How to buy the best washing machine under £300

While you can't expect all the options offered by top of the range models, when buying a cheap washing machine under £300, there are some things you should still be looking out for to ensure you're picking the right washer for your needs.

Special wash cycles

Most of washing machines under £300 will be pretty basic, but they’ll still give you a good choice of wash programmes. You can also expect some added extras such as timer delay, specialist cycles for things like sportswear or anti-allergy options, and even some decent drum sizes and spin speeds. 

Smart technology

Some brands have upped their game by bringing the price of smart technology down so you can find high-tech appliances from the likes of Hoover at a really affordable price. 

The best cheap washing machines under £300 you can buy right now

INDESIT IWME127UK ECOTIME integrated washing machine

1. INDESIT IWME127UK ECOTIME INTEGRATED WASHING MACHINE

Packed with specialist programmes

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg
Energy rating: A+
Spin speed: 1200rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W60cm x D55cm
Reasons to buy
+16 programmes+Sport cycle+Delay timer
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy during spin cycle-Lower spin speed than most

The best thing about this cheap washing machine is that it gives the choice of 16 programmes from specialist cycles for wool, silk, curtains and shoes as well as easy-iron options.

Great news for busy families and professionals on the go, there’s also a heavy-duty sports programme that tackles tough stains, so you don’t have to spend time doing a pre-wash or buying special detergents to deal with it.

That’s the thing many users appreciate with this model, the fact that it saves time in many ways, including the handy delay timer that enables you to pick a start and finish time to fit in with your lifestyle.

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Zanussi ZWF81441W washing machine

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2. ZANUSSI ZWF81441W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Speedy cycle for freshening up

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D57.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet to use+User-friendly controls+Wool programme
Reasons to avoid
-1400 spin speed only works on cotton programme

A tried and trusted brand, this Zanussi model comes out on top for energy efficiency, meaning you’ll not only be helping the environment, but your energy bills will be lower in the long run.

There’s ample space for a big wash in the 8kg drum, while a choice of 14 programmes is enough to satisfy most households. Users love the quick wash option which reduces the duration of your wash cycle by half, and the time delay is handy for even lower energy costs.

Added features include digital display, delicate wash, flood protection and half load; which are all great assets for the budget price. Our only fault? The cotton wash programme is the only one which can be spun on 1400rpm, all others are at 900. If you can live with that, or don't mind waiting for the wash cycle to finish and then putting it on a spin cycle, it's a good buy for a cheap washing machine.

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Hotpoint AQUARIUS WMAQF621P washing machine

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3. HOTPOINT AQUARIUS WMAQF621P FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Ideal for smaller households

Specifications
Capacity: 6kg
Energy rating: A+
Spin speed: 1200rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.5cm x D42.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Anti-allergy cycle+Slim depth+Eco friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Quick wash cycle takes 1 hour-Lower spin speed than most-Smallish drum capacity

One of the best things about this cheap washing machine buy from Hotpoint is its slimmer depth, meaning that if you want to hide it away, you can easily fit a cabinet door across the front. It may be pretty basic with a smallish drum capacity and lower spin speed than most, but it does have everything you need.

From a delay timer to a digital display, and even an anti-allergy programme that uses a combination of high temperature technology and extra rinses to neutralise and remove 99.9 per cent of major allergens. The perfect fit for small families or those who don't have mountains of washing, as its quick wash cycle does take 1 hour. 

However, if you can look past that, added benefits include an anti-stain option, baby cycle, delicates, bed and bath programmes and Woolmark Platinum Care.

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Hoover One Touch DHL 149DB3B washing machine

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4. HOOVER ONE TOUCH DHL 149DB3B FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

High-tech features including 14-minute wash

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: Black
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D52cm
Reasons to buy
+14-minute quickwash+Intelligent sensors+Works with Android smartphones+Large drum capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy when spinning

Surprising for the price tag, this model is packed with high-tech features. It has an energy-saving mode that uses sensors to weigh the laundry then adjust the cycle time, amount of water and electricity consumption to suit the load.

It also has a One Touch NFC (near-field communication) feature that lets you check on it from a smartphone. Get the Hoover Wizard app and you can download new wash cycles and keep an eye on your washing’s progress while you’re away from home. Similar to most machines, it can be noisy when spinning.

If you can look past that, then added bonuses include an extra-large door, great when you’re dealing with bulky items, as well as being able to wash a full load in under an hour. A great cheap washing machine if you're asking us.

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Beko WTG641M1B washing machine

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5. BEKO WTG641M1B FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Sleek black design

Specifications
Capacity: 6kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: Black
Dimensions: H84cm x W60cm x D44cm
Reasons to buy
+15 wash programmes+Child lock+Delay timer
Reasons to avoid
-Small drum capacity-Settings apart from Daily Quick can take a while

Smaller households and those who prefer a designer look will do well with this cheap washing machine which comes in a smart black finish. It only has a 6kg capacity but that’s fine for standard wash loads and it does come with a Daily Quick programme that can do a full load in just 28 minutes.

Not so handy for those who won't be using the Daily Quick programme though, as the other programmes can take a while. Although, there is a time saver function, variable temperature and spin and quiet performance. Great value for money and good build quality, too.

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