The best washing machine 2019

Make doing the laundry easy and efficient by investing in the best washing machine you can. Here are our top picks for every budget and requirement

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Looking to buy a new washing machine? 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.

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What is the best washing machine?

We rate the Samsung WW90J6410CX Freestanding Machine as the best washing machine currently available. 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.

A high energy rating and twin water supply also reduces energy costs, meaning you'll save money running this washing machine compared with other models. On top of this, ecobubble™ technology activates detergent at temperatures as low as 15˚C.

If, after reading out top recommendation, you think your preferences are a little more specific, you browse our specialist buying guides:

How to buy the best washing machine

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.

The basics

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. 

  • Psst, before you buy check out our guide to how to do laundry for the very best washing results

Eco ratings

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. 

So if you’re on the hunt for a new washing machine, here’s our buying guide to help you pick the best model for your style and budget... 

The best washing machines you can buy right now

Best washing machines guide: Samsung WW90J6410CX freestanding washing machine example of the best washing machines

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1. Samsung WW90J6410CX Freestanding Washing Machine

The best washing machine: cool look packed with special features

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: Graphite
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D55cm
Reasons to buy
+Intensive stain removal+15 minute quick wash+Chemical-free drum sanitisation
Reasons to avoid
-Small items seem to get stuck at the bottom of the door-The music it plays at the end of the cycle can get annoying if you can’t work out how to turn it off-Too many programmes for some

Considering it's so affordable, this model is packed with special features designed to make laundry easier and more efficient. A 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. 

It even has what Samsung calls ‘Bubble Soak technology’ to remove stubborn stains, making this a great choice for families. Users also loved the fact that you can wash large loads at low temperatures thanks to the ecobubble™ tech, which activates the detergent to quickly penetrate fabrics, even at 15˚C. 

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Best washing machines guide: Indesit Ecotime IWME147 integrated washing machine example of the best washing machines

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2. Indesit Ecotime IWME147 Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine

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.

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

Best washing machine guide: Bosch WAYH8790GB freestanding washing machine with home connect example of the best washing machines

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3. Bosch WAYH8790GB Freestanding Washing Machine

Best smart washing machine: control your wash from your smart phone or tablet

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+App operation+AutoStain recognition+Memory programme
Reasons to avoid
-Hidden menu features can be hard to find at first-Needs a good Wi-Fi connection for the smart features-No customisable options

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 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 and oil, so you don’t need to worry about a pre-wash or applying special detergents to tackle tough stains.

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Find more tips on removing red wine stains in our cleaning guide.

Best washing machine guide: AEG L8FEC946R freestanding washing machine example of the best washing machines

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4. AEG L8FEC946R Freestanding Washing Machine

Best quiet washing machine for open-plan kitchens

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D63.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Steam refresh+Anti-allergy+20-minute programme
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Choosing the best programme options can be hard as there are so many-Touch sensitive controls need a push with wet hands

Awarded the Quiet Mark, this low decibel rated washing machine could be the option you're looking for 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.

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, large capacity for bigger loads and anti-crease ProSteam® technology, which can add steam at the end of a wash cycle if you want it, reducing the need for ironing.

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.

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Best washing machine guide: miele washing machine example of the best washing machines

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5. Miele WCE320 Quick PowerWash Freestanding Washing Machine

Best washing machine for quick washes: a pricey model but worth the investment

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.6cm x D64.3cm
Reasons to buy
+Generous capacity+Honeycomb drum+Automatic load adjustment
Reasons to avoid
-Long wash programmes-No child lock-Complicated instruction manual

As well as an outstanding A+++ energy efficiency rating, generous capacity and impressive spin speed, the WCE320 QuickPowerWash freestanding washing machine benefits from the superb German design, quality and workmanship you would expect from a Miele appliance.

It features a SoftSteam honeycomb drum that causes garments to glide on a thin film of water, preventing piling or laddering. Plus, Miele's PowerWash function allows this machine to operate up to 40 per cent more efficiently than the standard required to achieve an A+++ energy rating, even when washing smaller loads.

Reviewers loved the AutoClean detergent drawer, as it’s self-cleaning with a special surface coating. 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 sports programme, quick wash, half load and a snazzy digital display.

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Best washing machine guide: INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE example of the best washing machines

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6. Indesit Innex BWE 101684XW Freestanding Washing Machine

Best budget washing machine: a quiet, freestanding solution with digital display for ease of use

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg
Noise level: 56dB washing / 78dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.5cm x D60.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Large drum for bigger loads+Dedicated programmes+Great stain removal
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t look very high-tech-Some of the cycles are too long

When you want something that’s easy to use, this model features a clever Push & Wash function, which starts the wash cycle with just one push of the button without having to faff around with adjusting the settings.

Those with limited time on their hands and who are always in a hurry love the ‘one touch’ operation as well as the Water Balance Plus technology, which adapts the amount of water used according to what’s required.

There are 14 programmes including special options for Sport, Wool and Delicates as well as variable spin speed for less creasing.

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Best washing machine guide: Siemens WM14W5H0GB freestanding washing machine example of the best washing machines

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7. SIEMENS WM14W5H0GB FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE WITH HOME CONNECT

Best washing machine for families: brilliant stain removal

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H84.8cm x W59.8cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Enhanced stain removal+Built-in Wi-Fi+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Can be expensive-Wi-Fi control may not suit everyone -So quiet you don’t notice it’s on

Tech lovers can’t get enough of this machine’s Wi-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. There are special programmes for Curtains, Shirts/Blouses and Mixed Fabrics as well as cycles for Hygiene, Handwash/Wool and a Textile guard re-proofing programme. 

For those who sometimes struggle with fancy control panels, the large display on this model is much easier to navigate.

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