The best integrated washing machines for a sleek, seamless look

Built-in washers are concealed behind kitchen cabinet doors, giving the room a fuss-free finish perfect for contemporary schemes. Kitchens and appliance expert Hayley Gilbert picks out the best models on the market

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If you are not a fan of having your large appliances on show, you might want to consider an integrated washing machine as part of your kitchen design or utility room planning. Just like their freestanding counterparts, integrated washing machines are armed with a whole host of features, functions and specialist programmes that are designed to make laundry day a breeze. 

What to look out for in a washing machine

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 as well as large capacity drums that can cope easily with a bigger load. Larger loads mean more washing, less often, which is ideal for families. 

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. 

Choosing an integrated washing machine

Built-in washers tend to come in white, white or white, as the look and finish isn’t as important because it will be hidden behind cabinet doors anyway so the focus is more on features and functions rather than design. 

Do make sure you measure up the space allotted for the new model carefully however 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. 

The most popular designs are a huge hit with users, and here’s why…

Indesit Ecotime IWME147 integrated washing machine

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1. INDESIT ECOTIME IWME147 INTEGRATED WASHING MACHINE

Great value all-rounder

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg
Energy rating: A+
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W59.5cm x D54.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet to use+16 programmes+Timer delay
Reasons to avoid
-No timer to tell you how long is left

Thanks to its silent technology, this integrated appliance is ideal for open-plan kitchen-diners. With a decent energy rating and high spin speed, it’s a good value model with a variety of specialist programmes such as Silk and Curtains as well as Shoes and an easy iron option. A timer delay allows you to set the wash at a time that suits you while LED programme progress indicators keep you informed of the cycle’s progress. Users also appreciate the overflow device, which gives peace of mind if you’re doing a cycle overnight. Added benefits include a child lock, delicate wash, hand wash and a quick cycle.

Neff W543BX0GB integrated washing machine

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2. NEFF W543BX0GB INTEGRATED WASHING MACHINE

Great for sensitive skin

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H81.8cm x W59.6cm x D57.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Quick wash+Allergy setting+Ultra quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

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. Users love the addition of a 15-minute cycle as well as the anti-allergy programme that is said to get rid of 99.9 per cent of allergens including dust mites and pollen. 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.

Smeg WMI147-2 integrated washing machine

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3. SMEG WMI147-2 SLIMLINE INTEGRATED WASHING MACHINE

Iconic Italian brand

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg
Energy rating: A++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W60cm x D55cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet night wash setting+Sport programme+Hand wash
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller capacity than others

This fully integrated model has a large porthole door for easy loading and unloading and a durable stainless steel drum. The 7kg capacity may not suit larger households but otherwise this is a great little number and many users invest in the Smeg name to complement other Smeg appliances in their kitchen. There’s an easy-to-navigate electronic display that shows duration of cycle as well as a delay timer that lets you put the wash on at a time that suits you, including overnight cycles for cheaper electricity. You’ll also have peace of mind with the full anti-flood device and benefit from a range of programmes including a speedy 15-minute wash, hand wash option, sport and wool.

Hoover HBWMO 96TAHC-80 integrated washing machine

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4. HOOVER HBWMO 96TAHC-80 INTEGRATED WI-FI WASHING MACHINE

High-tech features at a great price

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W59.6cm x D54.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Intelligent thinking+All-in-one wash+App control
Reasons to avoid
-Washes on 1000rpm can be loud-Touch screen can sometimes be slow

This appliance has got it all and for a great price, too. It’s part of Hoover’s Wizard collection of Wi-Fi operated appliances, so it can be controlled via the app and it even suggests the best programme to use based on what you want to wash, automatically setting the most suitable programme. Larger households appreciate the large 9kg drum, which copes easily with 40 shorts or eight large towels, and 1600rpm spin speed as well as the fact you can wash a full load of colours and whites in just 59 minutes; great for busy families. There’s even an ingenious sensor that weighs the laundry to ensure you only use the optimum water, electricity and time, too.

Beko WIY84540F integrated washing machine

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5. BEKO WIY84540F INTEGRATED WASHING MACHINE

Great all-rounder

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W60cm x D45cm
Reasons to buy
+Delicate wash+Delay start+Digital display
Reasons to avoid
-Low drum capacity 

A good sized drum means this budget model is a great option for families as well as those looking for a quick replacement when their current machine breaks down. It’s also super energy efficient, so running costs will be lower and users love the fact you can do a full load in just 28 minutes. There’s also a 2kg programme that’s done in only 14 minutes as well as quiet operation, smart LED display and height adjustable back feet that can be altered from the front of the appliance, which makes it easy to slot in.

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