If you have a few dollars to spend on a washing machine and you haven’t bought one for a while you might be surprised at the sheer volume of choice these days. From steam cleaning that gives you wrinkle-free clothes to high-pressure washes that cut down the time of a cycle, there are so many different features that choosing a washing machine nowadays means you should really concentrate on what your households needs.
So whether you are looking for a fast machine that gives excellent results or an energy-saving one that uses less power, we have the ten best washing machines that tick every box.
Kenmore 41262 4.5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer – $559.99
You get eight different wash cycles with this washing machine and a great quick-add features for last minute forgotten items. The express cycle is great for quick washes that just need a little freshening up and there is also a delayed start option.
Whirlpool WTW5000DW 4.3 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Top-Load Washing Machine – $584.10
BEST BUDGET BUY
A great budget buy here from Whirlpool that gives excellent results for around 500 dollars. It copes with stubborn stains thanks to the deep-water wash cycle and there is also a quick-wash feature for clothes that just need a fast freshen up.
Kenmore Elite 41073 5.2 Cubic Feet Front-Load Washer with Steam Treat – $1079.10
BEST FOR LARGE LOADS
For those with really big families this washing machine is a godsend. The extra-large machine can cope with huge bath towels and bedding with ease. It has an NSF-certified Sanitize cycle that kills 99.9% of most household bacteria and germs, and a Smart Motion Technology for delicate fabrics. There’s also a SteamTreat option that uses steam to tackle deep-set stains. There are six different wash motions and a quiet motor.
Electrolux EFLS617SIW 4.4 Cubic Feet Front-Load Washer – $899.10
BEST STAIN REMOVAL
If you frequently have to deal with heavily stained bedding or dirty clothes then this front-loader tackles them with ease. The StainSoak setting pre-mixes stain remover with detergent and water at the start of a wash and also uses steam to penetrate the material. There is also a powerful 15 minute cycle for really tough stains and we think this washing machine would suit large families with lots of children that play sports or are messy eaters.
New Samsung FlexWash in Black Stainless Steel – $1,599
This washing machine made everyone in the Shoppersbase office sit up and take notice. There are two washing drums which are individually controlled, meaning you can do two different washes at the same time. So you can do a cool delicate wash alongside a hot linen wash. There’s also a Steam Wash option powered from the bottom (usually this option is powered from the top and means not all the wash gets the treatment). The machine is also connected via Wi-Fi, so if you can’t bear to be alone you can programme updates or schedule washes.
LG WM8100HVA 29-Inch Front Load Steam Washing Machine – $1,098.90
BEST FOR WRINKLE-FREE WASHING
If you are anything like us in the office you think that life is too short for ironing. Combine washing and ironing with this steam washing machine that has a high-pressure nozzle to blast through the dirtiest clothes and a steam clean technology that gently washes and smooths out wrinkles. Other features include a Cold Wash technology, which uses cold water and washing motions to delve deeply into fibres without damaging them.
Samsung Activewash with Built In Sink 4.8-cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (Platinum) ENERGY STAR – $899
BEST FOR PRE-TREATING STAINS
This features a built-in sink that flips up and has its own water jet and scrubbing board for you to soak and prewash heavily stained clothes before they go into the washing machine. There are eleven wash cycles including Active wear and Bedding and there is also a super speed cycle for quick washes. The machine uses high-power jest for deep cleaning and there is also an app for troubleshooting.
Samsung WF45K6200AZ ‘AddWash Door’ 4.5 Cubic Feet Washer in Blue – $989
BEST FOR ADDING LAST MINUTE ITEMS
If you have ever started a wash and then go upstairs to do something else and found an odd sock on the stairs that you’ve dropped from the washing load, then this machine will tick a lot of boxes. It has what we think is the greatest feature ever, an AddWash Door which lets you put in any last minute additions without stopping the wash. It is also one of the quietest washing machines we have ever tested which makes it ideal for renting in flats.
Samsung WF56H9100AG 5.6 Cubic Feet High-Efficiency Steam Front-Loading Washer – $1,400
BEST FOR SPEED CLEANING
There are 15 different wash cycles with this washing machine but what we love is this SuperSpeed technology. This washing machine can do a full load and cut out 20 minutes off the cycle, all while retaining the superb cleaning results. Another plus point is the self-cleaning cycle which is programmed to run after every 40 loads.
BEST FOR ENERGY SAVING
If saving energy and helping to cut down on your carbon footprint whilst saving the environment is important to you then this washing machine is all those things without sacrificing performance. The rust-free drum has fewer moving parts making it quieter to operate and the machine uses cold water and washing motions to penetrate deep into the fibres.