Looking to buy the best washing machine around? Investing in a good quality washer makes doing the laundry easier and more efficient, so it's worth spending at least a little time thinking about which model of washing machine will best suit your needs.
To speed up the decision-making process – particularly since washing machines are often bought in distress to replace a broken model – we've reviewed some of the best models available on the market, significantly narrowing down the overwhelming number of options available to you. We've covered everything from eco efficiency to the variety of spin cycles, so it's well worth a read before investing in a washing machine.
If you're looking to make a saving, you might want to take a look at our pick of the best washing machine deals, too. Read our guide to how to buy a washing machine and tumble dryer for buying advice.
What is the best washing machine?
Our pick of the best washing machine retailers
We rate the LG FH4G1BCS2 Freestanding Washing Machine as the best washing machine. It's smart, does a wash load fast and is relatively eco-friendly.
We also really like the Samsung WW90J6410CX Freestanding Machine. For an affordable model, it's packed full of special features designed to ease the process of doing laundry, including 'Bubble Soak Technology,' which removes stubborn stains with no extra effort from you.
Read on to find out more about these and all our top picks. If, after reading out top recommendations, you think your preferences are a little more specific, you can browse our specialist buying guides:
- Cheap washing machines: the best washing machines under £300
- The best freestanding washing machines for everyday laundry loads
- The best integrated washing machines for a sleek, seamless look
- The best quiet washing machines perfect for an open-plan kitchen-diner
- The best washer-dryers
How to choose best washing machine
Freestanding or integrated washing machine?
Freestanding washing machines are best for utility rooms or unfitted kitchens. They also make sense if you are renting and will be taking the appliance with you. Integrated washing machines are hidden behind cupboard doors and offer a streamlined look. Most washing machines are around 60cm wide but there are slim options for a small kitchen.
Special wash cycles
The most important thing to consider when buying a washing machine is the type of laundry you wash on a regular basis. Some washing machines come with special programmes to tackle pet hair, tough stains on sportswear, work gear and school uniforms, while washing machines with short wash cycles are a great bonus for when you’re in a hurry. It's worth taking time to consider which of these settings will make laundry easier. We recommend considering a machine with advanced stain removal if you find yourself spending a lot of time pre-treating and even post-treating stains.
As well as the variety of programmes on offer, look at features like spin speeds, capacity in kilograms and standout features such as eco cycles and special cycles for woollens, delicates, duvets and anti-allergy options.
Load size is down to the size of the drum. If you're washing for a large family, a 9kg washing machine will suit; 8kg will do for an average family; 6kg to 7kg is big enough for single people or couples.
Quiet mark washing machines are a good option if you are designing an open-plan kitchen diner and living space or perhaps live in a small home and want quiet appliances. Look out for washing machines with a sound level of around 48dB during washing and 72dB during spinning.
- Psst, before you buy check out our guide to how to do laundry for the very best washing results
Eco-wise, check the energy rating and water consumption as well as half loads, timer delay, sensor washing and auto detergent dispensing, which detects how dirty the clothes are and adjusts the programme and detergent accordingly for the most efficient wash. Pick a machine that has anything from an A to A+++ rating as this is based on both spin efficiency and wash performance.
Smart washing machines
Some of the best washing machines come with WiFi connectivity so that you can operate them from your phone. Far from a gimmicky feature, this addition is perfect if you're tired of coming home to a washing machine full of damp smelling clothes and can be a lifesaver in the instance that your washing machine starts leaking.
Plus, selected models can do everything from ordering more detergent to selecting the amount of washing liquid, and water, each cycle needs. This means you'll reduce your water and energy consumption – and with that your annual bills.
Our top rated washing machine is a smart model, but if you're looking for more options we'd recommend heading over to our specialist guide: what is a smart washing machine and do I need one?
Want to consider all your options, smart and non-smart? Here’s our buying guide to help you pick the best model for your style and budget...
The best washing machine brands
We've included all of the best washing machine brands in our round up but if none of these exact models are the perfect fit for you, here are the top places you should be looking for a new quality washing machine:
LG: Our pick of the best washing machine 2019 is from LG. It produces excellent quality, reliable machines, and while most are on the slightly pricey side, you get excellent products for your money. Shop more LG washing machines.
Bosch has an excellent reliability record, and it's a brand that appears regularly in our appliance buying guides. You can find some great quality cheaper models from Bosch, too, such as the Bosch WAN24108GB, which is under £400. Shop more Bosch washing machines.
Siemens' washing machines are energy efficient and pretty technologically advanced, offering plenty of features that are unique to the brand: i-Dos (automatic detergent dispenser), varioSpeed (picks the quickest wash for the type of load) and iQdrive (a brushless motor to keep noise at a minimum) to name a few. Shop more Siemens washing machines.
Miele washing machines are extremely reliable and great value for money. There are plenty of fancy features, too, and the hexagonal sculptured surface of their unique drum design makes them really gentle on your laundry. Plus Miele washing machines score top in energy efficiency. Shop more Miele washing machines.
Indesit have got two models in our round up of the best washing machines 2019. If you are after a good quality washing machine but want to stick to a budget, this brand has some great models on offer. Shop Indesit washing machines.
The best washing machines you can buy right now
1. LG FH4G1BCS2 Freestanding Washing Machine
The best washing machine: faster, more powerful washes with app control
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Our top rated washing machine, the LG FH4G1BCS2 offers a faster, more powerful wash in a shorter amount of time, and using less energy. Plus, it can be controlled from your smartphone, which makes the laundry process significantly easier.
Large capacity and efficiency
Designed with families, bulky items and those who often leave washes until they're long-overdue, in mind, this machine offers a generous 12kg load capacity, without taking up additional space in your kitchen. Plus, it comes with the most efficient A+++ energy rating for peace of mind.
Manage your washing machine cycles, water and electricity consumption from your smartphone, thanks to Smart ThinQ™. This innovative smart technology not only enables you to avoid returning home to a machine full of damp smelling clothing, but can also troubleshoot any minor issues before they become a bigger problem.
Speed & noise level
This machine will spin your clothes at 1400 rpm, with a noise level of 71dB on a spin and 52dB during a wash – a pretty average noise level, all things considered.
Reduced water consumption
Thanks to its use of steam particles, which penetrate fabrics more effectively than water droplets to wash your clothes, this machine requires a reduced rate of water consumption in order to function effectively. In addition to positive environmental impacts, this can also be helpful in reducing bills as wash times can be reduced to as little as 49 minutes.
This technology, when used in conjunction with the specialised Turbowash setting, can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 per cent and water consumption by up to 40 per cent. We approve.
LG’s TrueSteam technology is also great for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. There’s also a function called 'Pause & Add Items', which will release the door within three seconds, so you can add to the wash through the main door. Odd sock on the floor, sorted.
2. Samsung WW90J6410CX Freestanding Washing Machine
The best washing machine: cool look packed with special features
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Considering it's so affordable, this Samsung WW90J6410CX is packed with special features designed to make laundry easier and more efficient.
Low running costs + good wash results
The high energy rating means running costs are low, while a twin water supply means you’ll get a super speedy wash in just 60 minutes, which is perfect for busy families. This works by quickly filling the drum with water, while the Speedy Spray features cuts down on the time the rinse cycles. Want a faster wash? There's an effective 15 minute quick wash, too.
This machine has what Samsung calls ‘Bubble Soak technology’ to remove stubborn stains, another reason it's a great choice for families. How does it work? Clothes are soaked in bubbles thoroughly, loosening and removing stains really effectively. You can even wash large loads at low temperatures using the ecobubble™ tech, which activates the detergent to quickly penetrate fabrics, even at 15˚C.
Gentle on delicates
Another great feature is the machine's Diamond Drum's with its ‘soft curl’ design; this means it has smooth, diamond-shaped ridges inside that will clean clothes effectively but (and this is important) gently. The drums small exit holes for water mean clothes don't get trapped (no more inexplicably lost socks, either).
Easy to maintain
Ease of maintenance and cleaning aren't something we usually consider when we buy a washing machine, but why not? This machine's Drum Clean technology means it will stay fresh without the use of harsh chemicals, and if it does need cleaning, it will tell you (see our guide to cleaning washing machines for more on that).
And, if something does go wrong with the washing machine, the Smart Check feature will automatically detect and diagnose the problem – and you can use the Samsung app to trouble-shoot, and maybe even save yourself the inconvenience and cost of an engineer's call out.
3. Indesit Ecotime IWME147 Integrated Washing Machine
Best integrated washing machine
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Our pick of the best integrated washing machines, this Indesit Ecotime IWME147 has both silent technology (54dB wash cycle), making it ideal for open-plan kitchen-diners, and the super-efficient Time 4 You set of cycles, so washing needn't take longer than it needs.
Wash cycles to suit your load (and schedule)
With a decent energy rating and high spin speed, this is a good value model with a variety of specialist programmes such as Silk and Curtains, Shoes, Wool and an easy iron option. There's also a special Sports Cycle for your kit; this cycle is gentle with the natural properties of fabrics such as Gortex, so even after a thorough wash your shorts, t-shirts, socks and jackets won't distort in he wash.
These specialist cycles aside, though, it's the efficient wash cycles for clothes that are seriously dirty, of mixed colours, in nylon and which need a daily refresh that catch our eye. In other words, you can set your wash to suit your load, without worrying too much about whether you've got the temperatures and spin speeds right.
This washing machine's 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. Always useful if you're poised to go out.
Extra handy features
Users also appreciate the overflow device, which gives peace of mind if you’re doing a cycle overnight. Another added benefit is a child lock – a must-have if you've got a toddler hanging around that open-plan kitchen...
Decided an integrated option might be what you're looking for? Browse our pick of the best integrated washing machines for a sleek, seamless look. Then, shop more integrated washing machines at Very
4. Bosch WAYH8790GB Freestanding Washing Machine
Best smart washing machine: control your wash from your smart phone or tablet
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Looking for a smart washing machine? This Bosch WAYH8790GB is where to start.
If you're open to spending a little more money on a washing machine, you'll benefit from the latest in app control operation, and while this unassuming white washer looks relatively simple, it is actually awash (it's okay, you can smirk) with features.
Smart connectivity (called Home Connect) allows you to turn the machine on from wherever you are, meaning you can programme washing to be freshly finished by the time you get home, while the option to make the most of tutorials and tips seeks to make the process of doing laundry that bit easier.
Users have also been impressed by the AutoStain recognition technology, which targets 16 of the most common stains such as red wine, makeup and oil, so you don’t need to worry about a pre-wash or applying special detergents to tackle tough stains.
Bosch has worked at reducing the amount of noise made by the WAYH8790GB, making it a good buy not just for open plan spaces, but also for people who like to do a wash at night to benefit from cheaper energy tariffs.
Varied wash cycles
This washing machine has a large touch screen LED display to easily select one of the 11 special programmes on offer, including Dark Wash, Curtains, Shirts, Sportswear, Super Quick 15, Allergy +, Night Wash, Wool and Delicates.
The LED display also allows you to check the status of your wash and keep track of your water and energy consumption. There's even a reminder function for when the drum needs cleaning.
Find more tips on removing red wine stains in our cleaning guide.
5. AEG L8FEC946R Freestanding Washing Machine
Best quiet washing machine for open-plan kitchens
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Awarded the Quiet Mark, the large capacity AEG L8FEC946R is rated low decibel, making it a great option if you live in a small apartment and want to minimise disturbance to your neighbours, or are tired of your washing machine overpowering conversation in an open plan scheme.
Eco-friendly, speedy cycles + good wash results
Another reason for the popularity of this washing machine model is its use of ÖKOMix technology, which ensures that fabric is cleaned and cared for in shorter cycles but ensuring that detergent, fabric softener and water are dissolved and activated before entering the drum.
On top of all this, the AEG L8FEC946R freestanding washing machine boasts a high energy rating (A+++), while the Eco TimeSave also saves you time. The programme lets you select ECO and TimeSave options at the same time, meaning an energy efficient wash that’s quick, too.
The machine's ProSense technology weighs each load automatically to give you a cycle tailored to your wash. Its sensors help adjust washing time, too, so that you never use a longer cycle than needed.
Advanced AEG ProSteam® technology, which can add steam at the end of a wash cycle if you want it, reduces wrinkles by up to a third, and with it the need for ironing.
Gentle on clothes
This is another washing machine with a drum designed to be gentle on your clothes. The ProTex drum reduces fabric distortion, so clothes keep their shape, even during spin cycles.
SoftPlus also ensures the fabric softener reaches every part of your wash, which helps protect fibres.
As if that's not enough, the machine's wool programme has been accredited with Woolmark certification, meaning it's as gentle as a handwash.
The delay start is a handy feature that allows you to set the wash cycle's start time. Not smart phone, controlled, perhaps, but the next best thing.
It's always worth checking a washing machine's door size: the bigger it is, the easier loading and unloading is. Good news here, its size is generous. There's a handy child lock, too.
Looking for more quiet washing machines perfect for an open-plan kitchen-diner, you'll find our pick of the best in our specialist guide.
6. Miele WCE320 Quick PowerWash Freestanding Washing Machine
Best washing machine for quick washes: a pricey model but worth the investment
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As well as an outstanding A+++ energy efficiency rating, generous capacity and impressive spin speed, the WCE320 QuickPowerWash from the superb German design, quality and workmanship you would expect from a Miele appliance.
Smart detergent dosing
This washing machine has an intelligent automatic dispensing system, which can work out exactly how much detergent your load needs; it can even adapt to whites or coloureds. Why is this a plus? Well, other than saving you the worry of under- or overdosing your laundry, this will actually ensure your clothes retain their original colours for as long s possible.
Like with the Samsung model above, there's an app for the remote control of this washing machine; you can use it to start the wash, check its progress, get washing advice and even order detergent.
Gentle drum action
It also features a SoftSteam Honeycomb drum that causes garments to glide on a thin film of water, preventing piling or laddering. We like that the drum is lit up by an LED light when you open the door, so that black sock never lingers unseen at the back.
This really is a washing machine that takes care of everything. Added features include Dark Wash, Delicate Wash, Hand Wash and a Wool option as well as a Sports programme, quick wash, half load.
This machine runs at 48dB during washing and 72dB during spinning.
Reviewers love the AutoClean detergent drawer, as it’s self-cleaning with a special surface coating.
7. Indesit Innex BWE 101684XW Freestanding Washing Machine
Best budget washing machine: a quiet, freestanding solution with digital display for ease of use
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When you want something that’s easy to use for family-sized loads, the Indesit Innex BWE 101684XW is ideal, with a large, 10kg capacity load, powerful 1600rpm spin cycle and a variety of useful programmes.
Those with limited time on their hands love the ‘one touch’ operation. This Push & Wash programme only allows you to set the machine on a 30°C cycle that can tackle cleaning and stain removal in just 45 minutes, with no need to pre-treat or scrub.
As with some of the other models in our list, you can delay the programme for up to 24 hours; simple load the washing, add the detergent, set the programme, and the machine will start at the chosen time.
This washing machine has a Water Balance Plus function, which adapts the amount of water the machine uses according to the cycle’s need. This means minimal wastage and lower energy bills.
This washing machine features 14 wash cycles for everything from hardwearing denims to delicates, but there are special cycles, too, for Shoes, Sport, Wool and Delicates. The Innex feature also gives your laundry a wash that deep cleans and restores dull fibres. There's variable spin speed for less creasing, too.
8. SIEMENS WM14W5H0GB FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE WITH HOME CONNECT
Best washing machine for families: brilliant stain removal
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Tech lovers can’t get enough of the Siemens WM14W5H0GB'sWi-Fi connectivity, which means you can control your laundry from wherever you are using the Home Connect app on your smartphone or tablet. Add to that the large capacity for big loads and excellent stain removal, and this is a big hit with families.
Enhanced stain removal
Let's talk more about the stain removal. The machine has been designed to systematically remove the most stubborn of stains. More than that, it can tell them apart, so you can be pretty confident in the effectiveness of each wash.
Specialist wash cycles
Like the other washing machines in our list, this model has a great range of specialist wash cycles, including Dark Wash, Curtains, Shirts/blouses, Mixed fabrics, Rapid 15 minute quick wash, Handwash/wool, Delicates, Hygiene and a Textile guard re-proofing programme.
Like some of our other top picks, this model has an A+++ energy rating, but at 30 per cent more efficient than standard washing machines of the same energy rating, it's one of the most efficient models on the market. Good news if you're looking to be environmentally friendly and save money on energy bills.
Ease of use
We like this washing machine's large display; it shows all relevant information at a glance, so you know where you are in the wash cycle, what the temperature and spin speed is. There's also the 24-hour end-time delay, which we've come to expect for modern washing machines, too. Plus, this machine has a drum clean reminder.