The Best And Most Efficient Washing Machines To Buy In 2023

Every home needs one, so make sure you’re getting the best washing machine available.

Best washing machine

by Eleanor Weaver |
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Finding the best washing machine has become a household essential and should make laundry day a whole lot kinder on your energy and time. With one of the best kitted-out in your kitchen, you can wave goodbye to the tiresome scrubbing of stains and suds. Instead, say 'hello' to a machine that'll clean and freshen your clothes with care and without wasting water or electricity. In a world where energy bills are sky-high, consider it your knight in shining armour.

But with so many washing machines out there, it can be hard to find the right one for you, especially as they're not something that you can try before you buy. To give you a helping hand, we've searched high and low to find the best washing machines for a range of budgets and needs. Whether you need a quiet integrated washer for open-plan living, a combined washer dryer, or a 10kg washing machine to tackle large loads, we've got an option here for you. All the above will be underpinned by your budget and how much you actually have to spend.

Best Washing Machines At A Glance

Best mid-range and smart washing machine: Hoover H-Wash 500 HW69AMBCB/1 WiFi Connected 9kg Washing Machine
Best washing machine for programmes: Samsung Series 5+ AddWash WW90T554DAW/S1 WiFi-Enabled 9kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine
Best for large loads: Haier HW100-B1439NS8 10kg Washing Machine

You need to think about how you're actually going to use your washing machine. For example, if you are someone who likes to do big loads of washing a couple of times a week, then the drum capacity will be particularly important; opt for a 9kg washing machine or above. The spin speed is also important to consider, as a higher spin will leave your clothes less wet, which is ideal for those who don't own a tumble dryer (or want to reduce their time using it) and have limited drying space.

Other useful features include stain removal. Some washing machines allow you to select your stain and will adjust the temperature, soak time and spin speed accordingly. However, you may also want a washing machine that has programmes for special fabrics, particularly those that are usually hand wash only, such as silks, cashmere, lace and embroidered garments. We've also included an FAQs section at the bottom of this article. Here, we hope to help you understand your new favourite appliance a little better.

Best Washing Machines

Best budget-buy washing machine

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HOOVER H-Wash 300 H3W 68TME NFC 8 kg 1600 Spin Washing Machine
Price: £279 (was £349)

Coming in just shy of the £350 mark, the Hoover H-Wash 300 H3W68TME has plenty of impressive specs for its affordable price tag. This washer is equipped with KG mode to adjust the cycle to save you time, water, and energy, a variety of handy rapid cycles, and a delay timer of up to 24 hours. 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."


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


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

Best mid-range and smart washing machine

Hoover H-WASH 500 HW69AMBCB_1
Price: £530

If you have the extra £100 to spend, upgrading to the Hoover H-Wash 500 HW69AMBCB/1 comes with added, worthwhile benefits. For starters, you get a bigger drum capacity, better energy efficiency, and the same maximum spin speed. Wi-Fi connected, it works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can use the app to access downloadable programmes alongside its already impressive list of programmes, including Anti-Allergy, All-in-One to safely wash colours and whites together, and Active Care to shift up to 100 types of stains.

Like the Hoover H-Wash 300, it comes equipped with KG mode for energy-saving, but it also has an eco-power motor that's durable and long-lasting, helping your machine to go the distance. 

Customer review: "The washing machine itself is quite stylish and looks good in my kitchen. It is white with silver accents such as on the surround of the door. It is quiet when spinning. It fits really well under our countertop. There are plenty of programmes to choose from. Most importantly, it cleans the washing well!"


  • Super quiet
  • Very energy-efficient
  • Great quality
  • Fast spin


  • Eco wash lasts over three hours

Best washing machine for programmes

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, a quiet spin cycle, and Samsung's eco bubble technology to clean your clothes at a lower temperature to bring down household bills, it also has a whopping 22 programmes. Perfect for all sorts of loads, timescales, and materials, you can manage your washes and machine via the SmartThings app to keep up to date with your washer's maintenance and save your favourite settings.

Not to mention, this washing machine comes with a handy AddWash door so you can easily pop extra items in the wash, even if you've already started the cycle. 

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."


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


  • The buttons are very sensitive

Best for large loads

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Haier HW100-B1439NS8 10kg Washing Machine 
Price: £369 (was £399)

For large households with busy lifestyles and demanding laundry routines, the Haier HW100-B1439NS8 10kg washing machine will mean you can wash more at once, saving you time, energy, and money in the long run. Available in graphite or white, Haier's washing machines are some of the quietest on the market thanks to the beltless Direct Motion Motors, and the anti-bacterial treatment in the drum will ensure your clothes and machines are kept in tip-top condition.

It has 16 programmes, including specific ones for cotton, jeans, silk, wool, and synthetics, and with the 15-minute quick wash, you can have emergency loads cleaned with speed. Much like Hoover's KG mode, Haier has its own Auto Weight feature to calculate cycle times and resources needed for each wash to reduce water and energy wastage. 

Customer review: "Really happy with this washing machine. The graphite colour fits in perfectly with our cupboard. Settings all straight forward and easy to use. Love that it shows me how much time is left on a cycle which my old machine didn't. But the main reason we bought this machine was its noise level. It has to be The quietest machine I have ever heard. Even on the spin. We have an open plan kitchen/dining room, and you honestly can't hear it. I am so impressed with it. Would totally recommend if you need a quiet machine."


  • Super quiet
  • Large drum capacity
  • Very energy-efficient
  • Easy-to-use control panel


  • Some reviewers found clothes came out still quite damp

Best 9kg washing machine

A 9kg drum is the most popular machine capacity, ideal for large families, frequent washers, and smaller households looking to be futureproof, and the best washing machine fit for the job of all three is the Samsung Series 5 ecobubble WW90TA046AX. With Samsung's innovative ecobubble technology and A-rated energy efficiency to save your bills from mounting up, this machine is equipped with features to keep the machine and your clothes as clean as possible. The Drum Clean cycle keeps the inside of your washer hygienically clean, reminding you to run the cycle again after 40 washes, and the StayClean Drawer keeps your detergent flowing freely. All in all, with a 10-year warranty on the super-quiet motor, this Samsung Series 5 has been designed to last, giving you peace of mind. 

Customer review: "Weighs your clothes to give the best eco water level and wash time. Cleans clothes very well. Comes with a 5-year parts and labour manufacturer's warranty, which shows the confidence they have in their product which gives me confidence in their product. Nice looking machine, a good compliment to the kitchen or laundry room."


  • Quiet
  • User-friendly with easy to use control panel
  • Song to mark the end of the programme
  • Energy-efficient


  • Long eco cycle - over two hours

Best 8kg washing machine

The Hisense WFQY801418VJM 8KG 1400 washing machine is packed with features to deliver perfectly soft and clean clothes. It comes with 15 programmes including Allergy Steam technology to remove 99.9 per cent of bacteria, all whilst reducing wrinkles to save you the faff of ironing when the laundry is done. Taking the hassle out of washing day, the Auto Wash function puts the machine into the perfect setting for your load by adjusting the cycle to the quantity and type of clothes in your machine. Also, the motor technology is designed to be quieter, more efficient and long-lasting.

Customer review: "Great price with large drum and various option. Noise is expected when it's a full load spin but otherwise it is quiet. The downside is the quick wash option does not do a spin at full speed, however, run the quick wash then put it on spin. Total time no more than 45 minutes and power consumption is very low for it."


  • Quiet
  • Good range of programmes
  • Simple to use
  • Fits well beneath kitchen countertops


  • Limited on the number of programmes that use the 1400rpm spin

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.

Other great features include its cleaver stain removal, where you select the stain you have and the machine will adjust the temperature, drum movement and soak time accordingly and its touch control buttons. If you're someone who's prone to forget they've even put a wash on, then the 'time light' function — where the remaining time and cycle status of your wash is discreetly projected on the floor — will definitely come in handy.

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."


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


  • Not the most energy-efficient

Best for low noise

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Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW100-B14979S 10kg Washing Machine 
Price: £499 (£649)

As mentioned previously, Haier have some of the quietest washing machines available, and while the Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW100-B14979S is technically 2dB louder than the Haier HW100-B1439NS8, this one takes the top spot for the best quiet machine due to the extra features included.

Like the previous Haier, this washer shares the beltless Direct Motion Motors, anti-bacterial treatment, and large 10kg capacity. However, for that barely noticeable increase in sound, the Haier I-Pro Series 7 has an automatic Smart Dual Spray feature to get rid of any dust that's built up in the gasket for fluff-free results, the refresh option to quickly revitalise and freshen worn clothes, and a time saver function to speed up cycles. We also think this Haier is better looking, a machine we'd be proud to have on display in our kitchens. 

Customer review: "Great looking washing machine and quiet operation. Everything works fine, and the digital display buttons are straightforward and easy to use. I particularly wanted a washing machine with a brushless motor, and I'm really glad I chose this one as there is no motor sound, just the sound of clothes turning around in the water. I've chosen to activate the sounds option so when each wash cycle ends, a tune plays which alerts me when I'm in a different room. I'm very pleased with my new machine."


  • Large drum capacity, yet compact
  • Quiet
  • Energy-efficient
  • Easy to install and understand


  • None - generally very well reviewed

Best premium washing machine

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Miele WEG365 Freestanding Washing Machine
Price: £1,078 (was £1,299)

Premium in price and quality comes the Miele WEG365 with customers claiming their earlier models from the same brand lasted upwards of 20 years. Offering an extensive range of features and programmes, the Miele 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."


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


  • None - you get what you pay for

OUR VERDICT: Which Is The Best Washing Machine?

If we had to pick just one machine, it would be the Samsung Series 5+ WW90T554DAW/S1 9kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine. The perfect combination of style and substance, this smart machine with app connectivity gives you a huge range of options and programmes to make sure your clothes are washed with the optimum settings and care they deserve.

Quiet, energy-efficient, and with a slimmer depth than the Haier washers, it'll sit neatly under your kitchen counter without protruding too far. It's a fantastic size well suited to most households. Plus, it has features to make sure your machine stays as clean as possible. It should stand the test of time and deliver fresh laundry every time.


How to install your washing machine

Most retailers offer installation and the removal and recycling of your old machine. It is an added cost (up to £50 for both for freestanding, £120 for integrated) but it does come highly recommended if you don't consider yourself to be particularly DIY-savvy or want to deal with the faff of moving and recycling a bulky appliance yourself.

However, if you do want to install your freestanding or integrated washing machine yourself to save a bit of money, we'd recommend following this installation guide from which takes you step-by-step through the process to get your machine in place.

How to use a washing machine

While this may vary from machine to machine, here are some basic instructions that'll get you started with your new appliance. However, it's always recommended to check the user guide that comes with your new washing machine to make sure you're using the right programmes and your specific machine correctly:

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

• Choose the right washing cycle

• Set the water temperature

• Add washing powder, liquid detergent, washing pod and fabric conditioner if you are using it

• Turn your washing machine on

How To Clean your washing machine

Cleaning your washing machine regularly and thoroughly can help to extend its lifetime, something we can all get behind even if it requires a little elbow grease. To give your washing machine a spring clean, you can use a washing machine cleaner to give it a refresh or a manual clean using vinegar.

To clean with vinegar, start by scrubbing the door with a cloth and vinegar, getting into all the nooks and crannies. 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, restart the cycle and let it finish.

Some washing machines come with machine cleaning cycles designed to give your appliance that deep clean or come with connected apps where you can keep up with the maintenance of your washer. Both are super helpful if you're a little forgetful or want the job done for you.

Not sure if your washing machine needs a clean? 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." Definitely a worthwhile chore for keeping your machine alive and your clothes smelling as fresh as possible.

How long do washing machines last?

A good washing machine will typically last around 10 years, but it's worth checking your chosen product's lifespan if you can before you buy. All of our best buy washing machines are designed to last this long with proper upkeep and maintenance with some customers claiming their machines have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Some customers found their Miele washing machines lasted upwards of 18 years, making the premium price tag worth it.

How much do you need to pay for a good washing machine?

Freestanding washing machines can vary in price from £150 to £2,000, while integrated washers can range from £300 to £800. You can find good washing machines across the price ranges, but with a more expensive machine, you can typically expect to find much more energy-efficient machines that have been designed to last for longer with decreased noise levels, larger drum capacities, and more advanced programmes.

That being said, not all of these features may be necessary for your household, and there are many affordable options on our list that are just as efficient as the more expensive models.

For more expert advice and all the washing machine know-how you'll ever need, check out our washing machine buyers guide. It breaks down everything you should be looking for, from energy rating to spin speed, and drum capacity to all those specific programmes that your household could benefit from.

Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for A Modern Kitchen, specialising in kitchen accessories and appliances, including washing machines and microwaves. Having been a renter for a decade now, she loves looking for home inspiration in her spare time and is a master of DIY.

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