Choosing an Eco-Friendly Washing Machine

By: Janey Davies on Jun 17, 2013. Topics:

Washing machines have come a long way since I first started using them, back in the early eighties, where you simply had a choice of a twin-tub and a separate spin-dryer that you would have to chase around the kitchen once it started up on a fast spin cycle. These days washing machines have become ever so much more sophisticated and include features such as less water consumption, sensor programming, super capacity and low energy use.

If you are thinking of buying an eco-friendly washing machine, there are a few points to consider. Although most washing machines carry an A grade energy efficiency status, many of them surpass this and include additional extras to tempt you into buying their product.

So, if a certain feature is important to you, it is worth checking out individual extras. For instance, do you want to use less water each time you use your machine? Or is saving money on your fuel bills more important by using lower temperatures? How about a machine that has sensors that can determine how hard the water is, or how dirty your washing is and adjust levels accordingly?

Whatever your preference, there is an eco-friendly machine for you. We have listed the best eco-friendly washing machines and added their best feature to make it easier for you to decide.

AMICA – AWM714D – £329

Best for customised programmes

AWM714D from Amica

This machine allows you to choose the quantity and temperature of water for your washes. It also has a self clean feature that kills bacteria and mould on a low temperature.

Dimensions: H850mm x W595mm x D565mm

Features: AAB rating, 7kg capacity, 57ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 15 programmes

WHIRLPOOL – AWOE 8760 – £370

Best for analysing your wash

AWOE 8760 from Whirlpool

A machine that literally analyses everything, from the water hardness, the detergent and types of fabric in your wash, and how dirty your clothes are. it analyses all these properties and then uses these calculations to come up with the best amount of time, water and temperature.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D600mm

Features: A+++AB rating, 8kg capacity, 59ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 13 programmes

BEKO – WMB81445L – £380

Best for being eco-friendly

WMB81445L from Beko

Probably the most eco-friendly of the bunch, this washing machine is a market leader when it comes to saving energy. It uses half the energy of a typical A rated machine at 60 degrees, and has an impressive range of programmes, including a 14 minute wash.

Dimensions: H850mm x W595mm x D595mm

Features: A+++++AB rating, 8kg capacity, 59ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 18 programmes

LG STEAM DIRECT DRIVE – F1443KD – £795

Best for large capacity

F1443KD Steam Direct Drive

if you need a super sized machine then this machine has an enormous drum with a large capacity, allowing you to wash more clothes in one sitting. It does use more water but because you have to use it less often it is ideal for larger families.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D640mm

Features: A+++AA rating, 11kg capacity, 77lts water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 14 programmes

SAMSUNG – Eco Bubble – £699

Best for gentle cleaning

Eco Bubble from Samsung

The way this machine works is that it has a bubble generator that injects air which helps to lift dirt for a better and more gentle clean, it also has small holes in the drum that prevent fabrics from getting snagged in the wash.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D600mm

Features: A+++AA rating, 8kg capacity, 56ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 15 programmes

AEG – LAVAMAT L84950A3 – £699

Best for cold water washing

AEGLAVAMAT L84950A3 from AEG

For those who want to wash using those specialist cold water detergents, this machine is specially adapted and can wash clothes without the need to heat any water, ideal for saving money on energy bills. This saves up to 83% of the energy used for a standard 40 degree wash.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D600mm

Features: A+++AA rating, 8kg capacity, 50ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 21 programmes

HOOVER – Dynamic DST10146P – £700

Best for night time washing

HOOVER - Dynamic DST10146P

Incorporating a quiet, low spin speed, you can capitalise on off peak electricity tariffs using this machine. Has a function which allows you to retain water in the drum for a non creasing effect, and the ‘Eco Cycle’ reduces the amount of detergent needed by 20%.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D640mm

Features: A+AA, 10kg capacity, 74ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 11 programmes

BOSCH – Logixx 8 VarioPerfect WAS32460GB – £729

Best for faster washing

BOSCH - Logixx 8 VarioPerfect WAS32460GB

This machine has a ‘speedperfect’ cycle, which allows a saving of up to 60% from many of its programmes, which also saves water as well as energy. There are also a selection of eco programmes and it is a quiet machine, making it ideal for night time washing, or a larger kitchen.

Dimensions: H842mm x W600mm x D590mm

Features: A+++AA rating, 8kg capacity, 56ltr water usage, 1600 RPM max spin speed, 15 programmes

NEFF – Integrated W5420 – £750

Best for water saving

NEFF - Integrated W5420 - £750

A machine that is ideal for those of us who are on a water meter, and for whom saving water is a major consideration. The drum incorporates raised ‘droplets’ which work to further agitate your clothes so they get a good wash.

Dimensions: H818mm x W600mm x D555mm

Features: A+AB rating, 7kg capacity, 49ltr water usage, 1200 RPM max spin speed, 15 programmes

MIELE – W1945 from Miele – £989

MIELE - W1945 from Miele - £989

Best for showing you how much energy you are using

If you are one of those people who love to know exactly how much energy you are using at a precise moment, this is the machine for you. It’s ‘ECO-Feedback’ function tells you exactly how much energy has been used on every cycle.

Dimensions: H850mm x W600mm x D656mm

Features: A+AB rating, 7kg capacity, 55ltr water usage, 1400 RPM max spin speed, 12 programmes

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