Welcome to our handy guide to help you find the best washing machines on the market today. Here are our top picks for the best washing machines of 2021
Top 10 best washing machines in the UK 2021
As you know a washing machine is a household necessity, however, they aren’t cheap, so you’ll need to be sure whichever one you choose is right for your household, bank balance and the amount of washing you do.
In our free and independent guide to the best washing machines around, we will look at a range of models including Samsung washing machines, Miele, Indesit, Hoover and more, to find something suitable for your needs. All of the washing machines we mention here have been favourably reviewed and comprehensively tested by consumer champions and industry publications; so you can be sure of the best possible quality and performance, no matter what your budget or washing requirements are.
Best Washing Machines Results
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1. TwinDos Washing Machine
This mighty mini good reason: Its deceptively large interior and space-saving exterior make it the perfect choice to install in small homes, apartments, or as second-floor laundry in a closet or bathroom.
Most unique is its TwinDos system that automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent and enhancer for top cleaning of both whites and colours. There are tons of special cycles to choose from, including QuickIntenseWash which in our tests whitened cotton test swatches and impressively removed tough stains in under one hour and it’s Wifi-enabled to monitor and control via your smartphone.
2. Samsung Ecobubble Washing Machine
The first model in our guide is the fantastic Samsung Ecobubble! This chic dark grey machine (also available in white) has been advertised on TV so you may well have seen or heard about it already. So how did it come out in our independent washer machine tests here?
Well to be honest, with a 9kg capability and a spin speed of 1400rpm (plus an A+++ rating for energy consumption), we believe that you will struggle to find form or function better than this top Samsung washing machine. In almost every aspect we found the Ecobubble to be superb, they have achieved this by improving previous washing machines and by integrating ecobubble technology; a unique method of blending detergent with water and air to create a washing mix that’s much “bubblier” – hence the name. The bubbles aren’t just for fun though, they penetrate fabrics effortlessly, removing dirt and stains (even on a cool wash time); allowing even the most eco-conscious consumer the opportunity to take on some heavy-duty laundry without cranking up the heat!
The interior drum is embossed with diamond shapes to prevent clothes snagging and to hold a cushioning layer of water. The detergent drawer has been upgraded too – it flushes itself through with jets of water to clean away any residue and ensure every last bit is used.
In summary, the Samsung Ecobubble combines efficiency with environmental-mindedness to deliver superior energy efficiency and long-lasting performance that’s second-to-none, all with minimal noise. It’s even ‘smart’ and can be linked to your smartphone with an App to monitor performance and help diagnose any detected issues!
Review summary: The Samsung Ecobubble is perfect for busy homes with a variety of wash needs and a focus on saving money and energy alike. A superb washing machine which won the best overall washing machine in our guide.
3. Bosch WTN85201GB Serie 4: The best washing machines under £450
Contrary to expectations, the previous generation of Bosch’s affordable Serie 4 machine blew us away by delivering top-notch washing performance for not much cash. The previous model we tested, the WTN85201GB, sailed through our recent Expert Reviews test, winning itself a coveted five stars and a Best Buy award for both price and efficiency. Our testers were blown away by how well it performed, especially on the 40˚C and 60˚C cycles. In fact, it achieved better results than some machines at twice the price.
Sadly, the supplies of the WTN85201GB seem to have finally run dry, and now the similar-sounding WTN85201GB has taken the reins. The specs are all consistent with the previous model, with an ample 7kg drum capacity and 1,400rpm spin speed, but a closer inspection of the product images on Bosch’s site suggests that the drum design is now closer to the fancier type previously only found on Bosch’s higher-end machines.
We’re currently waiting on the full complement of test results from our review unit, but it looks like Bosch is onto another winner here. If you’re looking for great cleaning performance, and don’t mind a slightly noisier and less power efficient model than the pricier Serie 6 Bosch below, then you can’t go wrong here.
4. AEG 9000 SERIES L9FEC966R: The best washing machines
This cracking stand-alone washing machine has won numerous awards (including T3’s own) plus a plethora of five-star user reviews because, well, it’s splendid in every way.
The headline feature is the introduction of a salt dispenser. As used in your dishwasher, this softens the water, which means better cleaning results and softer clothes at the end. Obviously, it does mean you will have to keep buying salt for it, and if you live in a soft water area, you won’t see any benefit. But for most of us, it’s a great innovation.
There are also improvements to the cleaning of delicates (it’s Woolmark certified for sheep-based garments), and a team-based programme to freshen clothes and return them for use without the need for ironing – although modern irons are so kick-ass, maybe that’s not a positive any longer.
Obviously, it does all the basic stuff to a high standard as well, runs quietly and efficiently, and is rated A+++ for energy. All for under a grand, you lucky launderers…
5. Miele WSA023 Freestanding Washing Machine
Durability and long life make for a sound investment, and the A+++ energy-rated Miele WEA023 can certainly be praised for both. Miele machines are known to last for around 20 years, regardless of each model’s additional features. “[Miele washing machines are] not only energy-efficient but also boast very high-performance standards,” says Sinclair.
It has a 7kg load, twelve different wash programmes (including a super-fast Quick Wash mode and brilliant Hand Wash and Wool cycles), plus a two-year guarantee. It’s renowned for gentle care of clothes, and won’t pile or ladder them.
The time delay function means you can set the wash programme to start at a time that fits in with your daily schedule, too, while ‘AddLoad’ lets you add forgotten items (like those pesky dropped socks) while a cycle is running. All in all, this Miele washing machine is high-tech, low-cost and expertly cares for your clothes.
6. Haier HW80-B14636N Freestanding Washing Machine
Best washing machines 2021: a quick, energy-efficient performer with a very reasonable price tag
Our top buy for a washing machine is this model from Haier. It has everything a family could need for a quick, quiet wash and comes so reasonably priced. You, our Real Homes readers, have also recently voted it the ‘Best Washing Machines’ in the Real Homes Awards, so you know you’re onto a winner.
No matter what garment you are washing, there’s a programme to match. From Baby Care to Outdoor, all walks of life activities are covered. There’s even a Refresh programme which uses water-vapour technology to remove odours, dust and allergens, so your clothes smell fresher and feel softer to the touch.
You can even make any of this programme shorter or longer if you want to save time or money. With its quiet wash and spin cycles, you could (if you wanted to) set the timer to wash at night so your laundry is ready to dry first thing in the morning. It’s one of the quietest models in this guide, which won’t wake the family. Rated A+++ for energy consumption, this machine goes one step further to offer load detection. This measures the load you’ve added and makes sure it uses just the right amount of water, so none gets wasted. The drum lights – so you can see inside clearly (genius!) – and the wide door opening is super useful.
7. Zanussi Lindo300 ZWF01483WR
With everything you need to get through the biggest of laundry piles, this Zanussi 10KG is an ideal model for the busiest of families where the washing machine always needs to be on.
It works hard to get your clothes clean, using Aquafall technology to properly focus the water and soak your items with the water and detergent, which means not a drop of either is wasted. Fabrics are thoroughly soaked, so even if there are grass stains, they will be out by the time you bring them out of the drum.
If you sometimes also need a quick wash function for gym kits or work shirts at the last minute, the right cycle can have them done in 30 seconds. The brushless inverter motor is so quiet, so even if your house is open plan, you won’t be annoyed by the noise. There is a nice large porthole so you can push your bed sheets in altogether without separating them all and spending ages loading it.
Fuzzy Logic technology assesses the load before the cycle starts, adjusting the water used, spin speed, water temperature and wash time to suit. This will save you time and money, as well as protecting your clothes in case you don’t know the best settings for every material.
In terms of keeping you, your family and your home safe, there is anti-flood technology so it will stop and drain itself if it runs into an issue, which will prevent your kitchen floor from getting soaked. Child lock will keep all of the settings as you left them when the washing machine is working, and the touch control is easy to navigate.
It is one of the most popular freestanding washing machines on the market at the moment, and the fact that pretty much every single review is glowing shows it is worth the money. Not that it will set you back a lot – it is incredibly budget-friendly for what you get.
8. Hisense WFBL9014V
Spacious, efficient, and reasonably priced, the Hisense WFBL9014V has all the hallmarks of a thoroughly sensible washing machine. It just so happens to be a little snazzy, too. Our favourite feature is its capability to pause a wash that’s in its first 10 minutes, so you can add more laundry to the drum. If you’re anything like our reviewer, you will know the pain of starting a wash, only then to realise you’ve dropped a sock or two on the way to the machine. The “pause and add” feature turns this small domestic tragedy into a non-event. Another plus: we reckon the touch controls and digital display on this machine look especially sharp.
9. Hoover H-WASH 300 H3W4102DBBE
A great choice for medium-sized households, this Hoover model has a 10kg drum. It has Quick Wash settings as well, which let you choose between 14, 30 and 60 minutes depending on how much laundry you want to clean. All your items will come out fresh and free from bacteria and allergens too, as it has the special Hygiene+ cycle.
10. Beko WTG820M1W Washing Machine – Best Washing Machines 8kg
Beko has whipped up a tech-heavy machine full of classic features with this washer. What’s impressive about this design is that Beko has replaced vigorous drum movements with water power. The result is a fast and gentle cycle that delivers sparkling results. What’s more, a new “steam cure” setting actually fights creases on contact to cut down on your need to iron.
A full load goes through in just 28 minutes with this washer. One unexpected feature is an ultra-bright interior drum light that just might be the antidote to the “lost sock” problem. This machine can connect to your phone’s Bluetooth for load scheduling and other features. Here’s a glance at all the key features:
It features an internal drum light, meaning loading and unloading in the dark is no problem – fewer items being left behind in the washing machine.
This Beko model comes with plenty of programmes, including an anti-allergy cycle. This is great for pet owners or those living with an allergy or asthma sufferers. In particular, it reduces the number of allergens, bacteria, and fungi left behind in your clothes. Finally, the quick programme allows you to thoroughly clean your clothes in under 30 minutes.
What is the best washing machines to buy?
There is no set answer, we always think you should make sure you know what you are looking for are you after a smart washing machine, a freestanding washing machine, wash programme, a top-loading washing machine, any particular wash program settings, a preference on drum size, a quick wash capability? Other factors may be the need for a large capacity and something energy efficient – with a good energy rating – for those in larger households and conscious of running costs. We tend to recommend a 9kg washing machine as a minimum.
Thank you so much for reading our best washing machines guide – we hope you find something suitable for your needs!