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Washing, washing, washing.
Despite our attempts to stay on top of the dirty clothes piling high in the wash basket, it seems our washing machine is always on the go.
Trialling new fabric conditioners or putting a cleaning plan in place, doesn’t make doing this chore any more fun.
But chores are chores, and they have to be done.
Washing machines are an under-appreciated luxury. They save us hours of scrubbing at shirts, trousers and underwear.
There are a vast array of washing machines available to buy, so it can be overwhelming knowing where to start looking when you want to get a new one - especially because they can be costly.
Hotpoint, Bosch and Samsung are among some of the most popular washing machine brands shoppers rely on.
While some may be looking for a home appliance to hold large loads, others may be looking for a washer that is more eco-friendly and uses less water, or is fitted with a dryer.
We have found the top-rated washing machines to ease your load - quite literally.
Shop the 9 bestselling washing machines
AEG ProSteam Technology Freestanding Washing Machine | £649 from John Lewis & Partners
The AEG ProSteam Technology Freestanding Washing Machine is ideal for those looking for a speedy wash, as it features a 20min wash.
This top-rated machine can hold up to 8kg, boasts 1600 rpm spin speed, as well as A+++ energy rating. It also has an automatic adjustment setting, which will tailor the wash to your load and save on energy.
Customers have noticed even on the fastest spin this machine is still quiet. One review read: “Very pleased with this washing machine. Very efficient, quiet and economical. The 20min wash at 30° is a great feature. Steam function after wash cycle does help with reducing creases. When machine on top spin 1600 it is so quiet.”
John Lewis & Partners Freestanding Washing Machine | £399 from John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis’ Freestanding Washing Machine has been hailed “the best machine” by shoppers, because it is efficient and quiet.
This design has an A+++ energy rating, 1400 rpm spin speed and can hold up to 7kg, which is roughly the equivalent of 35 shirts. It has an automatic load adjustment, as well as different settings to suit delicate fabrics such as wool, and silk, as well as a super quick 14-minute cycle.
Plus there is stain remover technology to ensure your whites stay white.
HOTPOINT Core NSWR 8 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £249 (Was £319.99) from Currys
Searching for a washing machine deal? Well, this top-rated Hotpoint is currently on sale.
It has a spin speed of 1400rpm, as well as an A+++ energy rating, and can hold up to 8kg of clothes. It has a selection of settings, including a quick wash with a run time of 30 minutes.
Plus it claims to remove up to 99.9% of allergens in one wash, and has stain removal technology to keep your clothes fresh and clean.
Samsung QuickDrive™ Freestanding Washing Machine | £799 from John Lewis & Partners
Samsung is another well established brand in the tech and homeware industry.
This modern washing machine can hold a heavier load of up to 9kg of clothes per wash, which roughly equates to 45 shirts. It also boasts an energy rating of A+++ and 1400 rpm spin speed setting.
This model has garnered hundreds of rave reviews, one of which reads: “Very quiet and efficient. Has a slick appearance a true upgrade from my previous, fits in with the new look we were going for.”
SAMSUNG ecobubble 8 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £379.99 from Currys
With almost 4,000 reviews, the Samsung ecobubble is a definite winner when it comes to an eco-friendly washing machine.
Similar to most designs this model has a spin speed of 14000rpm, A+++ energy rating, and holds up to 8kg. It also has a quick wash setting of 15 minutes for light 2kg loads.
The perk of the eco-bubble technology is the machine mixes air, water and detergent at a cooler temperature to save on your energy bills. It also has a smart clean feature to prevent a build up of residue in the drawer, and can also be synced to a smartphone app to be controlled.
Electra 5Kg Washing Machine with 1000 rpm | £179 from AO
Looking for a more affordable washing machine, then Electra is for you, as it costs under £200.
Unlike some washing machines this model has a slightly lower capacity and holds up to 5kg of clothes in the drum.
It has an A++ energy rating and boasts Fuzzy Logic technology, which uses sensors to weigh your load and adjust the water and energy to suit the wash, which is energy saving. It also has an Allergy Rinse to remove anything that could cause a reaction, such as pollen or animal fur.
Hoover H-WASH 10kg Load, 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £349.99 from Very
This Hoover washing machine can hold a heavier load of up to 10kg, which is ideal for big households, and has an energy rating of A+++, as well as 14000 rpm spin speed.
This design offers 14 wash cycles, including four rapid wash programmes – one of which only takes 14 minutes – adjustable temperature settings, as well as a steam function to remove any creases from your clothes, so you can ditch the iron.
If that wasn’t enough the KG Mode works to measure your load and adjust the programme accordingly, plus it can be synced to a smartphone and controlled remotely.
Bosch Series 4 Freestanding Washing Machine 8kg 1400spin | £417.28 (Was £449) from Amazon
Bosch’s Series 4 Freestanding Washing Machine promises an efficient clean and a peaceful one at that, as it features an EcoSilence Drive, which provides a powerful yet quiet wash - with a noise level of 52dB when washing and 74dB when spinning - so it won’t disrupt you by rattling.
It has A+++ energy rating, as well as 1400rpm speed setting and can hold up to 8kg of clothes, but is also available to buy with a 7kg or 9kg drum.
Serie 6 Built-in washing machine | £849 from Bosch
Bosch's Series 6 washing machine boasts a high spec with an energy rating of A+++. It is not only energy efficient, but also boasts an EcoSilence Drive, which means this design operates in silence.
This creation also has an ActiveWater feature to save on energy and water consumption, as well as a SpeedPerfect setting to keep your clothes 65% cleaner, while the WaveDrum interior ensures your garments will be protected and not get caught on the internal drum during the wash.
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