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Best integrated washing machine 2020: 5 built-in washing machines

Find the best integrated washing machine for open plan living in our expert guide

Neff integrated washing machine
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Looking for the best integrated washing machine? We totally get it. They're a great option if you want the appliance out of sight behind a cupboard door, especially if you enjoy open plan living.

They are a must have if you are planning on having a new kitchen fitted later this year and want to create a smooth, stream-lined look. And if your old washing machine has given up the ghost, a built-in option is easy enough to replace too if you need. Yet there's no denying that a built-in washing machine is a big ticket investment and is one which should be carefully considered, so we've enlisted the help of one of our appliances expert – Hayley Gilbert – to help you get the most for your money which takes into account the build quality, functions and prices – all the important factors.

Looking for a freestanding washer or need more buying tips? No worries: head over to our guide on the best washing machines for more options, at the best prices.

Our best integrated washing machine picks for 2020

integrated Bosch washing machine

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1. Bosch WIW28500GB Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine (overall): it's quiet, energy efficient and is mega easy to use – it ticks all the right boxes for us!

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg (Great for families)
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H81.8 x W59.6 x D54.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Handy projected progress indicator+Quiet when running a cycle+Plenty of wash cycles to choose from+Tested for the equivalent of 20 years use
Reasons to avoid
-No pre-wash function

Boasting a range of smart features inside an easy-to-operate design, this Bosch integrated 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, too.

Energy efficient

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.

Super quiet

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. 

  • Buy the Bosch WIW28500GB Integrated Washing Machine

Neff W543BX0GB integrated washing machine

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2. Neff W543BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine for allergy sufferers: great for sensitive skin which works discretely, too

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg (Great for families)
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H81.8cm x W59.6cm x D57.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Quick wash+Allergy setting+Ultra quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a bit of time to fill up with water

If you are after a quiet 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.

Effective wash

As you would hope with any washing machine, but 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.

  • Buy the NEFF W543BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine

BEKO Pro WIX845400

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3. BEKO Pro WIX845400 Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine on a budget: a great all-rounder with plenty of features and functions to choose from

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg (Great for families)
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82cm x W60cm x D45cm
Reasons to buy
+Super quick 28 minute cycle+Large porthole door+Quiet when running a cycle
Reasons to avoid
-No wool wash

Looking for the best integrated washing machine at a good price? This option is great for couples or families and has a super quick wash cycle, too.

Generous capacity 

This model can hold up to 8kg of washing, which is large enough for a family-sized wash. 

Plenty of features 

For a budget model, this Beko washing machine has loads of programmes, 15 in total. They cover everything you could really need, including a handwash cycle for those important delicates. Like other washing machines in this category, there's a Fast+ Function, which shortens the length of cycles without the wash suffering. The best programme? The Daily Quick, which can manage 8kg of washing in just 28 minutes. For small (2kg) loads, there's a fast wash, too: it takes just 14 minutes.

Large door 

As you can probably see from the picture above, the porthole for the door is larger than average at 34cm in diameter. No more wrestling that duvet cover and towel tangle out of the machine.

Self clean programme

For anyone who likes to keep their washing machine clean – check our guide on how to clean a washing machine for more on that – this model has a DrumClean programme; press a button and the bacteria lurking in the drum is removed by a 70ºC cycle. 

  • Buy the BEKO Pro WIX845400 Integrated Washing Machine

AEG L8FC8432BI Integrated Washing Machine

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4. AEG L8FC8432BI Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine for delicate fabrics: it's got some clever tech which is extra careful with delicate garments

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg (Great for families)
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H81.9 x W59.6 x D54 cm
Reasons to buy
+ÖKOMix technology distributes detergents and softeners evenly+Daily washing programme+Quiet when running a cycle
Reasons to avoid
-Not very efficient when in spin

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.

Efficient

This model can wash clothes in under an hour with excellent results and 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.

Tailored cycles 

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. 

Less ironing

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.

  • Buy the AEG L8FC8432BI Integrated Washing Machine

best integrated washing machine: Stoves INTWM7KG Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine

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5. Stoves INTWM7KG Integrated Washing Machine

Best integrated washing machine for smaller households: it's clear and simple to use, too

Specifications
Capacity: 7kg (Great for couples)
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H82 x W59.5 x D54cm
Reasons to buy
+Clear and simple to use+Wash at 20 degrees+Quiet when running a cycle
Reasons to avoid
-Instruction manual could be clearer

This Stoves integrated washing machine, delivers outstanding performance with both efficiency and convenience, for quick, hassle-free laundry...

Programmes

This washing machine has 16 useful programmes such as the Baby Cycle which tackles touch stains, and MyCycle which remembers your frequently used programmes for easy access. There's even the option to wash your laundry at 20 degrees, which is brilliant for saving energy costs.

Suited to smaller households 

This washing machine's capacity tops out at 7kg, which makes it a better choice for couple or small families.

  • Buy the Stoves INTWM7KG Integrated Washing Machine

How to choose the best integrated washing machine

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.

Model size

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. 

Drum size

Large capacity drums that can cope easily with a bigger load are perfect for families, particularly as larger loads mean more washing, 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.

What is the best integrated washing machine?

Whirlpool product recall

Since the beginning of the year, 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. 

Just to recap...so 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.

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