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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique washing machines rating which considers: 41,000 expert & user reviews • 5,300 product comparisons • 48 industry awards • Score breakdown
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What Are The Best Washing Machine Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every washing machine and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated washing machine brand is Bosch with an average rating of 93%. Compare all award winning washing machines.

Rank Brand Number of Washing Machines Price Range Average Rating
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Bosch Washing Machines 285 $601 - $1,699
93%
3,110 reviews
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Samsung Washing Machines 157 $511 - $1,100
88%
5,671 reviews
#3
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Candy Washing Machines 143 $359 - $429
87%
2,218 reviews
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Siemens Washing Machines 160 $543 - $904
86%
126 reviews
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AEG Washing Machines 174 $1,150 - $1,150
86%
550 reviews
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LG Washing Machines 175 $485 - $1,312
85%
1,266 reviews
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Hoover Washing Machines 165 $293 - $472
85%
1,775 reviews
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Beko Washing Machines 183 $359 - $359
85%
4,535 reviews
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Hotpoint Washing Machines 121 $485 - $562
83%
6,509 reviews
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Indesit Washing Machines 108
82%
3,301 reviews
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Miele Washing Machines 90
81%
597 reviews
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Haier Washing Machines 37 $545 - $545
77%
203 reviews
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Whirlpool Washing Machines 104 $408 - $877
75%
117 reviews
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Bush Washing Machines 25
73%
1,069 reviews
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Smeg Washing Machines 51
73%
44 reviews
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Hisense Washing Machines 22
72%
216 reviews
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Zanussi Washing Machines 44 $474 - $474
71%
411 reviews
#18
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Sharp Washing Machines 29
66%
111 reviews
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Electrolux Washing Machines 72 $1,663 - $1,663
64%
3 reviews
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Amica Washing Machines 25
64%
90 reviews
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Gorenje Washing Machines 31
64%
5 reviews
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Bauknecht Washing Machines 25

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow much is a kilogram of laundry when measuring capacity?
A1kg of washing equates to approximately a single change of clothes (for example top, jeans, underwear, socks). Therefore an 8kg washing machine will be able to hold clothing approximate to 8 'outfits'
QWhat is the average noise of a washing machine?
AOn average, washing machines make between 50-60db of noise. This means the are fairly quiet - nothing that will disrupt daily life.
QWhat is the benefit of faster spin speed?
AFaster spin speeds mean that the water will be removed from the clothing faster and more efficiently, meaning they are less damp at the end of the cycle.
QWhat is a load balancing system?
AA load balancing system helps to spread the clothes evenly around the drum of the washing machine, rather than have them all bunch in a single place. This helps keep the machine more stable while in the spin cycle.

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines come in 2 different forms - top loading or front loading. While these two forms largely do the same thing, there are some small advantages and differences between them:

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Top Loading

These washing machines tend to be older, and don’t have quite as much power, but because of this they are quieter and cheaper. Clothes are loaded into a hatch in the top of the machine - because of this they require less bending to load, which may be a boon for elderly people or those with back problems. The top-loading means that it can’t be stacked under other white goods, since you’ll need access to the top of the machine.

Front Loading

These comprise of the majority of washing machines. Clothes are loaded into a hole in the front of the machine. These machines generally are newer and have more power than top loading machines, though are also more expensive. This extra power comes with increased noise and vibration, which may be detrimental depending on where you’re going to be installing the machine. Finally, some brands of front loading machines can be stacked on top of each other, saving valuable space in flats and smaller utility rooms.

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Additionally, some washing machines come as integrated - meaning they are altered to look like a cupboard or part of the work surface. These types of machines generally cost more than a standalone model, but may be worth the expense to gain a more streamlined and design-focussed kitchen.

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Spin Speed, Noise & Vibration

Most modern washing machines will have a spin cycle that can run at the end of the wash, to remove excess water and mean the clothes dry faster. Higher spin speeds mean the clothes dry faster and more efficiently, but there is a tradeoff: higher spin speeds mean more noise and vibration from the machine while it is running.

Noise levels for washing machines are measures in Db - most washing machines fall between 60-70Db, which is generally equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner running.

Vibration is harder to measure, but generally speaking the faster the spin speed, the more the machine will move around when you use it. Newer models have special technology to reduce the amount of vibration given off by the spin cycle - look for these machines if you want quieter washing cycles.

Capacity & Size Of Machine

The capacity of the drum in your washing machine will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single wash. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger washing machines have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller machine.

Programs

Modern washing machines come with a variety of different programs to handle different types of clothing, levels of dirt, etc. Most machines will include programs for white and coloured washing, as well as delicates and quick cycles. More advanced machines may also have more specialist programs, with cycles catering specifically to the safe washing of woollen jumpers, pillows, jeans and even shoes. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable washing machine.

All washing machines are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per wash, and the cheaper the washing machine will be to run. Look for a machine graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Washing Machine Retailers, Prices and Features

Washing Machine Prices

We currently list 55 washing machines ranging from $219 to $1,699. A new washing machine costs on average $648 and 80% of washing machines are priced between $357 and $1,012. The Magic Chef MCSTCW16S4 is the cheapest washing machine at only $220, and Bosch WAW285H2UC is the most expensive at $1,699.

Washing Machine Brands - Price Range

Electrolux washing machines start at $1,663 and their most expensive washing machine costs $1,663. The average price of Electrolux washing machines is $1,663 which is the highest average price of all washing machine brands.

The average price of AEG washing machines is $1,150 which is the second highest average price of all washing machine brands. AEG washing machines start at $1,150 and their most expensive washing machine costs $1,150.

Bosch washing machines start at $601 and their most expensive washing machine costs $1,699. The third highest average washing machine price out of all brands is Bosch washing machines with an average price of $986.

Washing Machine Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 118 expert reviews and 35,246 user reviews for washing machines and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of washing machine. Bosch is the top rated washing machine brand with an average rating of 93%. Samsung is the second best brand with 88% and Candy is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest Washing Machine Retailers

We found 53 current offers for washing machines from eBay making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is over 13 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 4 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is Walmart with 1 current washing machine offers.

When Are Most New Washing Machines Released?

We couldn't see any prominent trend in the release dates for new washing machines over the last 3 years. In March 2018, 115 new washing machines were released making it the biggest month that year for new washing machine releases. October was the biggest month in 2017 for new washing machines, with 174 new washing machines released that month. 293 new washing machines were released in August 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new washing machine releases.

How Fast Do Washing Machine Prices Drop After Release?

New washing machines drop in price by an average of 9% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $58 on a typical $648 new washing machine by waiting 6 months before buying.

Drum Capacities

The drum capacity refers to the amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold, measured in kilograms.

Across the range of washing machines, the drum capacities range from 1.5kg to 45kg. The drum capacities of most washing machines range from 8kg to 9kg. The Magic Chef MCSTCW16S4, which is priced at $219.99, has the biggest drum capacity and is a 45kg capacity washing machine. The washing machine with the smallest drum capacity is the Haier HLPW028AXW, which is a 5kg capacity washing machine and is priced at $544.99.

A bigger drum capacity means that the washing machine can hold more clothes at once.

Noise Levels

How much noise the washing machine makes when it's in use, measures in decibels (dB).

Across the range of washing machines, the noise levels range from 39dB to 99dB. The noise levels of most washing machines range from 50dB to 55dB. The washing machine with the loudest noise level is the Maytag 3LMVWC315FW, which is a 99dB noise level washing machine and sells for $959.06. The Bosch WAW28570, which is priced at $1,005.17, has the quietest noise level and is a 47dB noise level washing machine.

Less noise makes for a nicer atmosphere while your wash is running, and means the machine is less likely to disturb and annoy people.

Maximum Spin Speeds

The maximum spin speed in the quickest that the washing machine can spin, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).

The maximum spin speeds of washing machines range from 100 RPM to 2,800 RPM. The maximum spin speeds of most washing machines range from 1,400 RPM to 1,500 RPM. The Hoover 68AC3, which is priced at $353.01, has the fastest maximum spin speed and is a 1,600 RPM maximum spin speed washing machine. The washing machine with the slowest maximum spin speed is the Haier HLPW028AXW, which is a 750 RPM maximum spin speed washing machine and is priced at $544.99.

A faster spin speed means the clothes will have water spun out of them faster and more efficiently - making the overall wash time shorter.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washing Machines?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying washing machines. For each retailer it shows the total number of washing machines where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying washing machines. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 52 of their washing machine prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Washing Machines for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for washing machines by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of washing machine prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's washing machine prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 98.1% of their washing machine prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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