It’s one of the most frequently used items in our households, the humble washing machine is an item we can’t afford to be without.
With the average age of a washing machine in the UK at just over five years, EU environment ministers are welcoming the proposal of a new ‘right to repair’ scheme.
The proposed scheme will force manufacturers of small and large home appliances to make goods that last longer and are easier to repair.
Hopefully reducing the number of appliances that are sent to landfill when consumers inevitably replace ones that can’t be fixed.
But if you do need a new machine there are plenty of new, energy efficient models now on the market that also come with quick, easy wash settings that will save you time, money and water if used correctly – at all budgets.
Best washing machines for 2020
A great option for medium sized household, this Hoover washing machine holds up to 9kg per load, whilst ensuring energy efficient cycles to save you pennies and the environment.
There’s are 15 wash programmes to choose from and it has a stylish, sleek design that will fit into any home setting.
Price: £299, Amazon – buy here now
This Bosch washing machine is perfect for big households as it has a large load capacity of 9kg – and A+++ rating.
The EcoSilence revolutionary brushless motor has been designed for a powerful wash without using a lot of energy, and it is quiet and cheap to run.
There are also a number of clever features like the WaveDrum which ‘gently agitates the water just enough to clean your laundry’ and the Allergy+ function to make sure those with sensitive skin are looked after too.
Price: £466, Amazon – buy here now
For the everyday household, this 9kg washing machine from Candy is ideal. It’s got 15 wash settings to choose from, including an eco-mode that uses less water on smaller loads; saving you time, money and water.
A maximum spin speed of 1600 rpm ensures your clothes are washed efficiently and thoroughly, which will also cut down on your drying time too.
Price: £279, Amazon – buy here now
If you’re looking a sleek and stylish option, that isn’t too high on the budget end of the spectrum – this one from Samsung is a top contender.
With an 8kg capacity, it’s ideal for medium sized families and can even hold up to 40 shirts per wash, that’s the school uniforms sorted then.
This model has an A+++ rating for energy efficiency as well as Ecobubble technology, which has been designed to make the most of your washing powders for a gentle but thorough clean that saves energy too.
Thanks to a timer function, you can delay your wash for up to 24 hours until you’re ready. If you’re really pressed for time, there’s a 15 minute ‘quick wash’ setting.
Price: £369, John Lewis – buy here now
Looking for a super smart machine? This is the one for you, the Bosch Series 4 is packed full of sensors to calculate exactly how much water is needed for each load, so water isn’t wasted.
You can even postpone a wash so it’s ready for the perfect time for you – no more sitting in the drum all night. Save the environment and your water usage with smart ActiveWater technology.
Price: £349.99, Currys PC World – buy here now
Perfect for large households, this Zanussi’s generous 10kg drum means you can fit a lot in.
It showers your washing with ‘Aquafall’ technology to get the very best from your detergent, to thoroughly soak and clean your clothes. There’s also a brush-less Invertor motor to make sure it does all this quietly.
Price: £429, AO – buy here now
The Hotpoint ActiveCare technology, is a 10kg washing machine which is tough on stains and kind to clothes, taking care of laundry and removing more than 100 stains at just 20C.
They’re big on stains, and keep your clothes looking better for longer. There’s a motor which can power 10 different drum motions in a single wash, and Active Load which helps to take care of the wash time and how much water the washing machine uses per cycle.
This keeps water and electricity usage to a minimum, while making sure the very best cleaning performance is achieved.
Price: £358.98, Appliances Direct – buy here now
The Indesit is great for medium sized households. There’s six ‘My Time’ cycles to choose from too, all of which promise amazing results in less than an hour without damaging your clothes thanks to dedicated washes.
There’s also ‘Water Balance Technology’ to weigh each load and adjust for a tailored wash.
Price: £219, AO – buy here now
This Samsung machine combines a number of features to help you cleverly clean and tackle hard stains. The super speed setting means a daily load of laundry can be done in 39 minutes and QuickDrive technology reduces washing time by 50% and energy use by 20%.
It’ll choose the right wash for you based on colour, fabric type and there’s an AddWash door so you can add extra bits as it washes. All in all, a very smart washing machine.
Price: £639, John Lewis – buy here now
This AEG washing machine is fast and efficient, but also makes sure it protects your clothes.
The ÖKOMix technology guarantees ‘that every fibre is cleaned and cared for’ by making sure ‘every trace of detergent and softener is mixed with water, dissolving and activating it completely before it even enters the drum’.
The Anti Crease technology also helps you reduce ironing times by adding steam at the end of a wash cycle.
Price: £835, Appliances Direct – buy here now
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