The best washing machines to buy in 2023

From eco-friendly settings to budget options, we've got the best washing machines to choose from, right here.

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by Natalie Knowles |
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The best washing machines of 2023 make doing the laundry fast and efficient. With the enormous leap in household energy bills, it's one appliance that is a huge drain on water and energy consumption. A washing machine is one of the few appliances that we simply can not live without. Therefore, if you are upgrading your machine, buying a new model with an inverter motor, sensor dry and power-saving features is going to save you money in the long run.

With so many options out there, it may seem difficult to select just one. With smart features, eco-friendly choices and a bewildering array of programmes, it's challenging to know exactly which one you need. First, your budget, available space and machine capacity will determine whether you go for a 7kg integrated appliance or a whopping 10kg freestanding machine. Additionally, we recommend looking at the fabric care features, how much energy and water they consume and how intuitive and easy they are to use. We also recommend looking at how many washing settings it has and whether quick wash programmes are available. Opting for a well-known brand (some are incredibly high-end and well-rated) will give you a long-term product guarantee.

Which washing machine you need depends on what features you're looking for, plus how much budget you have to spend. If you're a lover of tech, then the smart functionality of some Samsung, Bosch and LG washing machines is going to appeal. Several new models come with a pause wash option where you can pop a missed item into the load mid-cycle. Additionally, timer delay allows you to set your laundry cycle to start at a set time - ideal if you want to take advantage of Economy 7 rates. Plus, these levelled-up appliances have quiet motors so it's OK to run the machine in the early hours of the morning. Also, if you have pets, there are a few brilliant washing machines that have certain features that can remove animal odour from your clothes.

Best washing machines at a glance:

Best overall: Bosch Serie 4 WAN28081GB
Best high-end washing machine: LG F4V910BTS TurboWash 360 with AI DD V9
Best budget washing machine: BEKO RecycledTub WTK94121W
Best for high-end features: Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB
Best for stain removal: Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK

If you have any questions about washing machines, for instance, how to clean your washing machine or tips for using your washing machine, we've got an in-depth FAQs section at the bottom of this article, so make sure to check that out. In the meantime, we've thoroughly searched the market for the best options, and have rounded up the best washing machines that you can purchase right now:

Best washing machines

Best overall

Bosch Serie 4 WAN28081GB 7 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine
Price: £349 (was £429)

www.currys.co.uk

Super energy-efficient and relatively affordable, it's easy to see why we've ranked the Bosch Serie 4 WAN28081GB as one of the top picks in our roundup. It's ultra-quiet which is a huge plus and has a wide selection of different wash cycles, including dark, mixed and more. We also love how fast it is, it can wash two kilograms of clothes in 15 minutes - perfect for when you're in a rush!

Customer review: "Love this machine. Super quiet. Easy to use. Lots of programs. Clothes lovely and clean."

Pros

  • Short wash time
  • Quiet
  • Efficient use of water

Cons

  • Small capacity

Best high-end washing machine

LG F4V910BTS turbowash 360 with AI DD V9
Price: £729 (was £779)

www.currys.co.uk

If you're looking for a luxurious and high-end product, then this LG F4V910BTS TurboWash 360 with AI DD V9 washing machine is the one for you. Our favourite feature is the TurboWash 360, which gets rid of difficult stains and odours. We were also impressed with the steam mode, which adds steam to the clothes to help get rid of wrinkles and keep them fresh. Additionally, it can wash up to 10.5 kg of clothes at a time, which is significant for households with big families.

Customer review: "I can honestly and truly say it's made washing for a family of five a total breeze using my fave function: the TurboWash 360 which gives a full-on clean in only 39 mins. And also peace of mind that in using the Steam+ function on all our bedding and towels they really are super clean."

Pros

  • High energy rating
  • Control your washing from your phone
  • Large capacity - in a standard footprint
  • Quick wash
  • Sensitive programmes
  • Sensor washing

Cons

  • None

Best budget washing machine

If you're looking for a budget washing machine without the high-end features or price, the BEKO RecycledTub WTK94121W is the way to go. We love that it's eco-friendly, with 10 per cent of the product being made from recycled material. It has a whopping 9kg capacity, and if you regularly go to the gym or attend fitness classes, you'll be happy to know that the Sports wash cycle which can remove difficult stains and odours. There's also an anti-allergy program for those who suffer from allergies.

Customer review: "Very quiet, washes well, good choice of programmes, very good value for money."

Pros

  • Good energy efficiency rating
  • Large capacity
  • Fast+ function to shorten wash duration

Cons

  • Some reviews commented that they found the wash cycles were longer than their previous machine

Best for high-end features

Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB
Price: £438 (was £499)

www.johnlewis.com

This Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB washing machine does everything you need and more, keeping noise to a minimum thanks to its AntiVibration and EcoSilence features. We especially love the smart features; it has an AllergyPlus programme which takes care of anyone with sensitive skin or hayfever allergies. It's important to note, however, that it's not as energy efficient as some others on the list.

Customer review: "So far great cleaning either 30 minute quick wash or 59 minute mixed items cycles. Runs very quietly so good it beeps when finished so know it is done. Be careful as although 8kg rated most cycles are half that but 4kg is still a lot of washing to do in one go."

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Fast
  • Anti-Allergy
  • Water and energy-efficient
  • Add missed items mid-cycle

Cons

  • None

Best for stain removal

Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK
Price: £402 (was £529)

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If you're looking for a product to tackle those difficult stains and odours, the anti-stain feature of this Hotpoint washing machine is a great feature. As far as washing machines go, the Hotpoint BIWMHG81484UK it's fairly quiet. We also love how fast it spins clothes and that it's ultra energy efficient.

Customer review: "It washes clothes very well but most importantly allows me to control temperature and spin speed for most cycles, so I can adapt the wash as needed. I also like that there's a 30 minute and 45 minute cycle. Lots of other machines I read reviews for had very long cycles, which I was keen to avoid."

Pros

  • Powerful stain removal
  • Gentle on delicate fabrics

Cons

  • Be aware this is an integrated appliance

Best value for price

Indesit BIWMIL71252
Price: £349 (was £449)

www.currys.co.uk

A brilliant integrated washing machine that should easily fit under your kitchen worktop. The Indesit BIWMIL71252 has plenty of different washing settings too, including eco, mixed, coloureds, and even sport. Use the Push and Go feature to quick start a 45-minute cycle. Additionally, this appliance has a Water Balance Plus sensor so it uses less water and energy.

Customer review: "Great quick cycle, ability to treat stains, very quiet spin."

Pros

  • Efficient use of water
  • Rapid cycles for fast washing
  • Stain removal

Cons

  • Be aware this is an integrated appliance

Best integrated washing machine

Designed to be tucked away behind a cabinet door in your kitchen, the Neff W544BX1GB Integrated Washing Machine has A class wash performance and is super quiet — at 66dB on a spin cycle, it's ideal for open-plan living and will practically go unnoticed. Plus, there's a 'silence' programme. With a C energy rating, it might not be the most energy-efficient, but it makes up for that with its 'intelligent water system' for optimised water consumption, making it more eco-friendly.

Customer review: "We purchased this product to be included as part of our new kitchen replacing our previous Samsung unit and could not be happier. It is much quieter cleans beautifully, and the washing comes out smelling much fresher. I would have no issues recommending this product to others."

Pros

  • Great programme variety
  • Suitable for families and smaller households
  • Really quiet

Cons

  • Not the most energy-efficient

Best budget-buy washing machine

Coming in just shy of the £350 mark, the Hoover H-Wash 300 H3W68TME has plenty of impressive specs for its affordable price tag. It also has NFC technology built-in, so you can manage your washing using your phone, as well as use the Hoover Wizard app to help you find the right programme for your load and access additional programmes. With a 1600rpm maximum spin speed, clothes will leave the machine dryer than with a 1400rpm washer, however, it's worth keeping in mind that the noise level on this model isn't the quietest as a result.

Customer review: "Bought in the sale to replace my old Beko washing machine and pleasantly surprised for the price the variety of programmes available and quality of wash and spin. Very quiet compared to my previous and does what it says. Easy to operate, just turn dial to programme required, and if you want to be trendy, you can even operate through your mobile. A recommended quality washing machine at an affordable price."

Pros

  • Fast spin and easy to use
  • Practical features, including the app
  • Excellent choice of programmes

Cons

  • Some reviewers found the detergent drawer a little hard to open and close

Best washing machine for programmes

Samsung Series 5+ AddWash WW90T554DAW/S1 WiFi-Enabled
Price: £499 (was £659)

www.currys.co.uk

For a washing machine that gives you every type of programme and leaves you spoilt for choice, we'd have to recommend the Samsung Series 5+ AddWash WW90T554DAW/S1. As well as having A-class energy efficiency and a quiet spin cycle, it also has a whopping 22 programmes. Perfect for all sorts of loads, timescales, and materials, you can manage your washes and machines via the SmartThings app to keep up to date with your washer's maintenance and save your favourite settings.

Customer review: "It's easy to use, and super energy efficient (this was a deciding factor). I like the fact that you can customise programmes and save them as your favourites. Quick wash of 15 minutes is life-saving for a quick refresh of clothes, and the little door for the odd sock comes very handy."

Pros

  • Varied and helpful features that you can't find in other machines
  • Easy to use
  • Very energy-efficient

Cons

  • The buttons are very sensitive

Best premium washing machine

Miele WEG365 Freestanding Washing Machine
Price: £1,148 (was £1,299)

www.appliancecentre.co.uk

Offering an extensive range of features and programmes, the Miele WEG365 Freestanding Washing Machine has been awarded the Quiet Mark with a super low 68dB on a spin with the drum's web-like, honeycomb cushion effect helping to protect fibres and prevent piling and laddering in your textiles. With the easy-to-use light-up display that counts down your chosen cycle, you can select one of the 17 programmes or use the Miele@home spp to access and control your machine remotely. And with automatic load adjustment, the machine will cleverly weigh each load to provide a tailored cycle for optimum treatment and energy saving.

Customer review: "First Miele machine, and very pleased with this purchase with both low noise levels and quality of wash. Living with an open plan kitchen/ living room, it can be heard but is acceptable, and can carry on conversations. Quality of wash is excellent, and clothes come out drier and with more volume than previous similarly speed machine, and clothes need significantly less ironing. Good range of programs. Worth spending the extra if you can afford it."

Pros

  • Fantastic quality and quiet
  • Clothes come our drier than with similar spec machine
  • Good range of programmes

Cons

  • None - you get what you pay for

FAQs:

How to clean a washing machine

If you're using a washing machine cleaning product, we've included a short video that demonstrates how to do that below:

If you're doing this manually, we recommend using vinegar. Start by scrubbing the door with a cloth and vinegar, getting into all the nooks and crannies. You'll be surprised how much muck is hidden away!

Then, add about 500ml of vinegar into the drawer, turn your washing machine to the highest and hottest setting, and let it run. As soon as it starts to fill up, pause the washing machine and let the water and vinegar sit for an hour. After the hour is up, unpause the cycle and let it finish. Voila - your washing machine is disinfected and sparkling clean.

How to use a washing machine

This will usually depend on the type of washing machine that you have, but we've included a few basic instructions below that work for most products:

• Separate your laundry (we recommend separating colours, darks and whites)

• Choose the right washing cycle

• Set the water temperature

• Add the detergent/washing pod and fabric conditioner

• Turn your washing machine on

How to disconnect a washing machine

As this requires a more in-depth explanation, we've included a short video below, but the summary of it is:

• Turn off the water valves

• Move the washing machine away from the wall

• Unplug the washing machine

• Get a bucket and place it next to the machine

• Detach the hoses from the machine

• Remove the hoses from the wall. Turn the hoses counterclockwise until they detach

• Remove the drain hose from the drain

Why does my washing machine smell?

According to Persil, "If it smells musty or damp then this is a sign it needs a clean. [Cleaning] a smelly washing machine [will] remove bad odours, which can often be caused by bacteria."

How long do washing machines last?

On average, washing machines last about 10 years but make sure to double-check your chosen product's lifespan before you buy.

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Natalie Knowles is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for What's The Best, specialising in home appliances. When she's not testing sparkling water makers, she flexes her creative flair as an artist.

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