What is the Best Washing Machine to Buy in the UK?

Buying a washing machine might seem like a very trivial matter. After all, don’t they do the same function of cleaning your clothes?

Turns out not all washing machines are built the same, so choosing the right one is crucial if you want to get the best experience. In this review, we’ll round out the best washing machines you can buy right now, based on consumers and homeowners’ collective and authentic experiences in the UK.

The Best Washing Machine to Buy in the UK

Bosch Serie 2 WAJ28008GB

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Drum Size: 7 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1,400 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Standout Features: EcoSilence Drive, anti-vibration

The Bosch Serie 2 is a fantastic, hardworking washing machine at an equally terrific price. True, it doesn’t have much bells and whistles than others on this list, but it does get the basics extremely well.

One significant advantage of the Serie 2 is that it’s one of the quietest washing machines we’ve ever used, and a lot of other folks have the same experience. This is thanks in part to the EcoSilence Drive (which also delivers an energy rating of A+++) and an anti-vibration design that further adds to the machine’s noise cancellation properties. And the Serie 2 remains quiet regardless of the spin speed you use.

One minor drawback of the Serie 2 is that it takes longer to finish a washing cycle, which can take up to 3 hours on Eco. However, if you’re not in a hurry or don’t have other chores to look out for, the Bosch Serie 2 is a great fit. 

Pros

  • Excellent value for money
  • Energy-efficient operation
  • Exceptionally quiet

Cons

  • The cycles can be quite long (Eco-Cycle can be as long as 3 hours)

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

Haier HW80

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Drum Size: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1,400 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Standout Features: anti-bacterial features, smart sensors

While not as well known compared to other big brands, Haier is nevertheless recognized as a reliable and durable appliance brand. It’s not unusual for their washing machines to last for more than a decade. Fortunately, the HW80 carries on this tradition – and it has a one year warranty to boot.

The HW80 is super quiet at full spin, cleans exceptionally well, and has all the programmes and functions you need from a washing machine. One particular feature we like with this unit is the ABT function. Basically, the HW80 uses a special anti-bacterial material on critical areas where bacteria are most likely to grow, such as the gaskets and detergent drawer. The result is a more hygienic wash – ideal if you have babies or people with allergies in the house.

The HW80 also has a sensor that automatically adjusts the water and cycle length depending on the load’s weight. Overall, the Haier HW80 is a silent washing machine that will last you quite a while.

Pros

  • The Haier brand is known for its durability and reliability
  • Super quiet operation
  • Anti-bacterial features

Cons

  • Heavier than your typical washing machine

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

Samsung WW80K5413UX

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Drum Size: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1,400 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Standout Features: AddWash feature

Samsung washing machines are a favourite among many homeowners, and this model is one of them. One reason is that they clean super well and are quiet to boot. Another is the host of innovative technologies Samsung uses in their washing machines.

One of them is EcoBubble, a proprietary method where “bubbles” form from the mixture of air, water, and detergent. This bubble is extra effective at cleaning because it deeply penetrates the fabric. It’s how Samsung washing machines can clean rather well despite being cold-fill only.

The other brilliant feature is AddWash, which allows you to add extra clothes or things like softener mid-cycle. It’s fantastic if you forgot to wash a shirt or two, and don’t want to do another wash session just for them.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with the innovative and intuitive features of Samsung washing machines. It’s one of our best picks on this list.

Pros

  • AddWash feature
  • EcoBubble technology for deep cleaning
  • Silent operation
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Lack of a dryer

Our Rating: 4.9 / 5.0

Candy GVS 169DC3B

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Drum Size: 9 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1,600 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Standout Features: smartphone support, intelligent wash system

The Candy GVS 169DC3B is an above-average washing machine loaded with plenty of useful features, a faster RPM, and bigger drum size. It’s therefore surprising that this model is one of the cheapest on this list.

This washing machine is simply put one of the easiest to use. The Candy GVS is equipped with an intelligent wash system, which automatically adjusts water level and cycle length depending on the load’s weight. The programmes are intuitive as well. It contains three wash cycles to cover every possible situation and a Hygiene+ function to kill bacteria and viruses.

But probably the clever bit is that you can use your smartphone to unlock added functions to the Candy GVS via an NFC connection. While it doesn’t allow you to remotely control the washing machine (a shame, really!), it does allow you to download new programmes and check on the status of your machine as well.

Overall, the Candy GVS is a brilliant machine at a low price.

Pros

  • Intelligent washing system
  • Above-average specs (spin speed and RPM)
  • Smartphone support

Cons

  • Loud operation

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Drum Size:8 kg
  • Spin Speed:1,400 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Standout Features: anti-stain cycle, long warranty

Want a little more style out of your washing machine? The Hotpoint NSWM843CGGUK delivers just that with a stylish graphite black exterior and LED display.

The Hotpoint washing machine includes standard features like various programmes and an energy-efficient rating of A+++ (it consumes just 195 kWh per year). It also has an anti-stain cycle, which removes stains much more effectively without any other treatment.

However, some user reviews point to the Hotpoint washing machine being a bit too noisy, despite it having a brushless motor that’s supposedly quiet as a mouse. Nevertheless, the noise is secondary to the excellent price point and performance of the Hotpoint NSWM843CGGUK.

Pros

  • Anti-stain cycle
  • 24-hour delay timer
  • Excellent price point

Cons

  • Very noisy

Our Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

Candy ROW14856DWHC

  • Type: washer dryer
  • Drum Size: 8 kg
  • Spin Speed: 1,400 RPM
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Standout Feature: WiFi features, sensor dry

This Candy dryer and washing machine combo is a good fit for your smart home. It features a WiFi connection, which allows you to manage and control the washing machine from your smartphone. Another awesome side effect of this WiFi feature is that the unit automatically orders detergent for you if it’s low, via Amazon Dash Replacement. The dryer of this unit is also quite decent, despite being a hybrid model.

However, the unit’s main drawback is that it only has an energy rating of A. Which is a shame, since other washing machines in its class all have at least an A++ or higher rating. Good thing the upfront cost of this Candy washer dryer isn’t too expensive.

Pros

  • WiFi-enabled
  • Auto drying sensor with three drying levels
  • Supports Amazon Dash Replenishment

Cons

  • Low energy rating

Our Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

Things to Consider When Buying the Best Washing Machine in the UK

Type

There are several types of washing machines you can choose from, each with their advantages and use cases.

A freestanding washing machine is the most common and popular type. As the name suggests, this is a standalone unit that you can place in your house. That makes them incredibly flexible.

Integrated washing machines units permanently installed in your house fixture, usually located behind the door on one of your kitchen cabinets. They’re useful if space in your flat is at a premium. However, integrated washing machines tend to be more expensive and smaller, although they’re often quieter. Some integrated units might also have their control panels visible from the outside.

Washer-dryer units combine a washing machine and tumbler dryer into one, economical appliance instead of buying each separately. Not only does it save you money, but it’s also a space saver as well. You also get to save time because you don’t need to transfer your clothes from one machine to another.

The only drawback with washer-dryer units is that they’re not nearly as good as a dedicated washing machine or tumble dryer. They also don’t have the same capacity as their standalone counterparts.

Drum Size

The drum size should be your primary consideration when choosing a washing machine since it determines how much clothing (in kg) you can wash in one session. Drum sizes range from 5 up to 12 kg in larger models.

It’s crucial to get the exact capacity for your washing machine, and not more. Ideally, you should be able to wash your entire wardrobe and other stuff like linens and bed sheets in one go. This can save you a lot of time, money, and consumables like laundry detergent. A larger machine can also handle bulkier items like curtains and duvets.

However, you also don’t want to overdo the capacity, as larger washing machines are expensive, both in upfront cost and usage.

To give you an idea, 1 kg equals roughly five standard t-shirts or one large towel, so a 10 kg washing machine can easily handle around 50 shirts or 14 towels. On average, a typical household can do away with a 5 kg machine.

Spin Speed

Most washing machines have a spin function, which helps dry your clothes at the end of the washing process. How fast or powerful it is is determined by the spin speed, which is measured in RPM.

Average spin speeds for a washing machine can range from 1,200 RPM to 1,400 RPM. A high RPM will spin your clothes faster, which theoretically removes water much quicker. We say “theoretical” because that isn’t always the case.

Countless tests have shown that a 1,200 RPM machine can remove water just as fast, or even better, than a 1,600 RPM machine. Aside from this, high RPM costs more and will be noisier.

So our recommendation is to stick in the 1,200 RPM – 1,600 RPM range. Anything higher might not be worth the added expense.

Programmes

Programmes automatically set the ideal temperature, spin cycle, or wash cycle to best suit the fabric being washed, be it cotton or synthetics. All washing machines have standard programmes like quick wash or hot wash by default.

Also look out for special programmes, such as a baby clothes programme, depending on your lifestyle.

Other Features

Beyond the basics, you might want to look at other washing machine features depending on your lifestyle and preference. Note, though, that any added functionality will most likely add to the cost as well.

Most advanced washing machines have a built-in sensor, which detects the weight and type of fabric loaded. It then automatically uses just the right amount of temperature, water, and time. This ensures efficient cleaning at a minimal cost.

Often, washing machines with sensors also have an automatic dosing feature. This enables the machine to determine how much detergent is needed per wash for the best efficiency.

A wireless function allows your washing machine to connect to your home WiFi so you can control it remotely via your smartphone. This is particularly useful if you’re busy doing other chores at home.

Cost to Run

It would be best to balance the outright price of a machine with the actual cost of running it per wash. A typical washing machine will add around £30 – £40 to your electricity bill every year, not to mention the cost of laundry detergent. Some larger machines might even cost upwards of £100 per year to run!

If you want to ensure your washing machine is as efficient as possible, look at its energy rating. An appliance’s energy rating ranges from A (most wasteful) to A+++ (most efficient). Get a washing machine with an energy rating of at least A+.