Our Best Buy Washing Machines for 2018
When you invest in a new machine you want to know that you’re buying a quality appliance that is going to do the job, and last for many years. There are many machines (200+ at the time of writing) on the market in 2018, from a wide range of manufacturers, so how do you tell which is worth buying, and which should be avoided? Obviously there are lots of factors to consider ie cost, noise level, energy efficiency etc and, what one person would consider to be ‘great value for money’, another may think of as vastly over-priced. Here we’ve tried to give you a selection of machines that we rate highly for a variety of budgets, ranging from cheap to premium.
It’s worth mentioning at this stage that all the recommendations below are ‘our humble opinion’, and we suggest always double-checking by reading reviews from actual buyers on sites like ao.com, currys.co.uk etc before you make your purchase. We think you’ll find however, that all of our recommended washing machines score very highly with buyers, and this is part of our rationale in recommending them.
One question we do get asked regularly is “How can you give a Beko priced at £250 the same ‘5 star‘ rating as a Miele costing over £1000, when the Miele is clearly superior?” The answer to this is simple – when we allocate a rating to a model we are comparing it to other similarly priced models to try to give you a picture of the best way to spend your budget. There’s no point suggesting a top-of-the-range machine if you only have £200 to spend, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a first class model for the money you have to spend – we’re just trying to help you to compare like with like. We are of the opinion that what concerns you, is spending your money wisely to get the best machine you can.
If you’re looking for a built-in model click here to jump to our list of best integrated washing machines.
So, without further ado, here are our top recommendations for 2018…
The 3 best washing machines for under £300 are…
The three machines below represent outstanding value coming in at under £300 (and two of them are closer to £200!). We rate each one very highly and they have all received excellent feedback from buyers for build quality, performance, ease of use etc. Click through to read the full reviews to find out more.
Our top 3 for under £500 are…
If you plan to spend a little more then raising your budget to £500 can really widen your options to include some of the finest machines on the market. These 3 are top performers, offer larger than average wash capacity and boast A+++ energy ratings (which is the top rating there is).
And, if you have more than £500 to spend, the ones we would (wholeheartedly) recommend are…
With a budget of £500 or more, you really start to access some of the best washing machines on the market. You’ll find top-of-the-range models by premium manufacturers such as Miele, Bosch, AEG, Siemens and Samsung. You’ll find these boast features not seen on lower-end models which can deliver unparalleled wash results and convenience. You’ll also find these machines will last far longer than cheaper models as they are engineered to the highest standards and tested for 10 or 20 years of consistent use.
All the machines below offer A+++ energy efficiency ratings which means they’ll cost less to run than comparable machines – maybe as little as £20-25 per year.
If you can afford it, spending a bit more on a washing machine at the outset can prove to be a great investment and can even save money in the longer term.
Our Best Buy Integrated Washing Machines
As you’re probably already aware, integrated machines tend to be more expensive than freestanding models so you’ll need to spend a little more to get a product that really ticks all the boxes. We find this annoying (as you do) but sadly it’s a fact of life. You’ll also find that the choice of built-in models is significantly smaller than the selection of freestanding models on offer. At the time of writing ao.com list 185 freestanding models compared to 22 built in models so you’re really talking less than 10% of the range. That doesn’t mean however that you can’t find a superior integrated model, simply that you may have to compromise s little more than you would if you were buying freestanding (or dig a little deeper to get the best-of-the-best).
Our research has found that many people want to pay less than £400 for a built-in appliance so our top picks would be as follows.
The best integrated washing machines for under £400 are…
The machines below have all received lots of positive feedback and are regularly recommended by existing owners. As you’ll see two of them are around £300 which is a very good price for a quality integrated appliance. Click through and take a look at our full reviews for each to find out more and check the cheapest prices being offered online.
And our recommendations if you have more than £400 to spend, would be…
If you can afford to spend a little more then you’ll find the spec, features and functions on offer will be significantly more impressive. In our list below we have two Bosch models and both are cracking machines. The WIS28441GB would be our preferred option but it is about £100 more expensive than the WIS24141GB. With Bosch in particular though it’s always worth clicking through to check the deals on offer on sites like ao.com as they often run ‘cashback’ promotions which can reduce the price you end up paying by up to £150 (although you do have to remember to fill out and submit the pesky claim form).
The Neff W5440X1GB is also a cracking machine with really positive feedback from owners. Again, it’s not cheap, but it’s a great quality product that delivers in all keys areas. Click through to read the full review and check to see who’s offering the cheapest deal online.
Our rationale for picking our Best Buys
Many people ask us how we go about selecting which products to recommend as best buys and which to ignore. Below are the key factors we take into account when compiling our lists.
Build quality – Is the appliance going to last? Frankly, nothing else really matters if the machine is going to break down in a couple of years. You’d be amazed how many people report they have bought a machine only to find it fails as soon as it is out of warranty. We try to only select machines from manufacturers that have a proven track record for producing quality products that last for many, many years.
Specification – Does the machine offer a superior range of features and functions for the price point? For example, does it have an extra-large wash capacity, is it very energy efficient etc?
Value for money – Is the machine priced at a level that makes sense given the specification? This is really the key point for us. There’s no doubt that, in this day and age manufacturers, can make excellent appliances, but if the price is way over the top then you’d be better offer buying something else instead.
Buyer feedback – What do previous buyers have to say? This is critical in determining how a machine is actually performing in a ‘real world’ environment. Most major retailers will now email buyers asking them to write reviews a few weeks after their purchase. The vast majority of buyers won’t bother, but quite a few do and this information can be very useful in evaluating a product. One thing to bear in mind here is that angry customers tend to be more likely to submit feedback than happy ones, as they are more motivated. If your washing machine is doing what you expected it to, and you’re busy (as most people are), then writing a review is hardly a priority. If, on the other hand, you’re knee deep in water and the repair man can’t make it to you for a week, you’ll more than likely want to voice your dissatisfaction. Having said that most reviews tend to be written a few weeks or months after purchase so the chances of things having gone severely wrong are not huge. The point really is that, if people have taken the time to write positive reviews (and they significantly outweigh any negative ones) you should take that as a pretty good sign.
What we look for are machines that score highly on all the above to create a package that we think delivers unbeatable value so we can recommend them unreservedly. Not everyone will necessarily agree with our choices but we hope you’ll find the above helpful in making your search shorter and ultimately more fruitful than it might otherwise have been.