The only way to recommend washing machines is to test them thoroughly. We put every single machine through the same in-depth tests, which allows us to accurately compare models. We’ve picked a range of washing machines, from a basic model that costs £249, running up to a far more feature-packed appliance at £899. For each machine, we measure the power and water usage, which lets us accurately work out running costs and efficiency. It’s our wash tests that make our reviews stand out, giving you the confidence to buy a machine that has the cleaning power you need.
1. Whirlpool AddWash WW80K6414QW
If you think you’re immune to getting giddy over a washing machine, think again. With Whirlpool’s brand-new AddWash feature and app-based Smart Control, the Whirlpool AddWash WW80K6414QW has more bells and whistles than any washing machine to have ever graced our testing room. So what’s AddWash, and why should you be excited about it? Simple yet genius, the AddWash feature lets you pause the washing cycle, open a small drawer built into the door and add small items such as socks and undies that you might have dropped on your way to load the machine.
2. Whirlpool WDB020
The WDB020 is one of the most affordable washing machines in Whirlpool’s appliance catalogue, with pricing starting at a reasonable £650. For your money, you get an A+++ energy rated 1400-spin machine with Whirlpool’s innovative CapDosing system, which makes it an outright steal.
3. Whirlpool MyTime EWD 81482
The Whirlpool EWD 81482 is a budget machine that offers a relatively quiet spin, sensor load adjustment and a host of standard programs that take less than an hour to complete. While the drum is cramped for an 8kg machine, this affordable washer is great for doing sensibly sized loads while keeping your energy bills trim.
4. Whirlpool Ultima S-Line RZ 1066 BUK
The Whirlpool Ultima S-Line RZ 1066 BUK pulls out all of the stops. This flagship model has a gorgeous finish and is packed with cutting-edge features. Controlled through the combination of the rotary knob and large LCD, this washing machine is super-easy to programme. With sound generally under 50dB, the Hotpoint Whirlpool S-Line RZ 1066 BUK is exceptionally quiet in use. Despite this, wash performance is excellent, with the machine performing well with our selection of stains. The only slightly strange thing is the opaque door, which makes it hard to see what’s going on during a wash.
5. Whirlpool RSG964J
The Whirlpool RSG964J is a solid, mid-priced machine with A+++ credentials and a good selection of programmes. It’s easy to use and delivers good cleaning results. It’s most energy efficient when handling larger loads, so you should think carefully about whether you’ll be able to use the RSG964J to the max before you buy.
6. Whirlpool LWF29441W
Solid and inspiring build quality, a wide selection of programmes and excellent cleaning performance make the Whirlpool LWF29441W one of the best machines around at the £400 price. It’s A+++ rating puts its running costs nice and low for a machine that cleans so well, and the full-load fast wash is a winner, delivering a thorough clean in just over 30 minutes.
7. Whirlpool Ultima S-Line RPD 10667 DD
The Whirlpool Ultima S-Line RPD 10667 DD isn’t the most straightforward machine to use – you have to put in some effort to get the results you want. Nevertheless, it offers great potential through its useful features and low running costs. We’re rather taken with its appearance, particularly the neat, modern-looking fascia, chunky dial and orange display, as well as the bold and enormous smoke-tinted door.
8. Whirlpool FSCR10432
The kitchen is a noisy enough place without the infernal rumbling of a washing machine. But worry no more, because the Whirlpool FSCR10432 is here to restore domestic peace and tranquillity. Part of the brand’s top-spec SupremeCare series, it packs in sensor load detection, water-jet washing, a gentle wave-motion drum, and a tumbling cycle once the wash is complete to keep it from stagnating.
9. Whirlpool GWN59650CW
The smart Whirlpool GWN59650CW sits near to the top of the company’s range of washing machines, and as such, offers stacks of features, including an A+++ energy rating and maximum 1600rpm spin. We’re most taken with its automatic ProDose technology, which detects the material type, the load and how dirty the clothes are, adding in just the right amount of detergent and softener, so none goes to waste.