Best washing machines of February 2020: ranking and price comparison

Which are the best washing machines of 2020?

Best washing machines of 2020 (1 - 5)
washing machine comparison
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Comparison winner
Gorenje W9865E
Comparison winner
Samsung WF405ATPASU
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Maytag MHWE301YW
Comparison winner
Samsung WF70F5E3U4W
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Samsung WF7AF5E3P4W
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Siemens iQ700 WM16W540
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Siemens iQ100 WM14B222
Comparison winner
Samsung WF706U4SAWQ
Comparison winner
Beko WMB 81441
Comparison winner
LG F1495BDA
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Gorenje W9865E
100points
Samsung WF405ATPASU
96points
Maytag MHWE301YW
95points
Samsung WF70F5E3U4W
94points
Samsung WF7AF5E3P4W
94points
Siemens iQ700 WM16W540
93points
Siemens iQ100 WM14B222
93points
Samsung WF706U4SAWQ
93points
Beko WMB 81441
93points
LG F1495BDA
93points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
  • General info (81)
  • Design (63)
  • Washing (70)
  • Features (50)
  • General info (68)
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  • Design (71)
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  • Design (57)
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  • Features (50)
  • General info (98)
  • Design (57)
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  • Design (72)
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  • Design (54)
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  • Design (57)
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  • General info (94)
  • Design (61)
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Pros
Pros
  • More cycle programs
  • Higher maximum spin speed
  • More drum volume
  • Lower power consumption per year
  • Stackable
  • Smartphone diagnostic system
  • More drum volume
  • Stackable
  • Lower power consumption per year
  • Smartphone diagnostic system
  • Lower power consumption per year
  • Smartphone diagnostic system
  • Lower power consumption per year
  • Higher maximum spin speed
  • More drum volume
  • Stackable
    • Lower power consumption per year
    • Smartphone diagnostic system
    • More cycle programs
    • Self-cleaning detergent drawer
    • Smartphone diagnostic system
    Cons
    Cons
    • Annual power consumption
    • Direct drive motor
    • Delay start option
    • Load sensor
    • Maximum spin speed
    • Number of cycle programs
    • Aqua Stop protection
    • Delay start option
    • Aqua Stop protection
    • Load sensor
    • End-of-cycle signal
    • Load sensor
    • End-of-cycle signal
    • Hot water connection
    • Drum volume
    • Load sensor
    • End-of-cycle signal
    • End-of-cycle signal
    • Annual power consumption
    • Hot water connection
    General info
    Hot water connectionA hot water connection means that you can provide the machine with hot water from your main hot water supply. This can be faster than an internal heater and can save money if you have a cheap and efficient water heater.
    Hot water connectionA hot water connection means that you can provide the machine with hot water from your main hot water supply. This can be faster than an internal heater and can save money if you have a cheap and efficient water heater.
    Aqua Stop protectionAqua stop machines have a special mechanical system which cuts off the water flow into the tub if a fault occurs with the inlet pipe.
    Aqua Stop protectionAqua stop machines have a special mechanical system which cuts off the water flow into the tub if a fault occurs with the inlet pipe.
    Direct drive motorA direct drive motor has no belt and pulley. This means it wastes less power in friction, are less prone to breakdowns and have longer lifetimes in general. They are able to operate more quietly and with less vibration.
    Direct drive motorA direct drive motor has no belt and pulley. This means it wastes less power in friction, are less prone to breakdowns and have longer lifetimes in general. They are able to operate more quietly and with less vibration.
    Annual power consumptionThe more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
    Annual power consumptionThe more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.170kWh93kWhN.A.122kWh122kWh137kWh153kWh140kWhN.A.166kWh
    Top energy efficiency ratingThe appliance is either Energy Star Certified, or has an EU energy efficiency rating of A++ or A+++. This means it consumes around 20-30% less energy than is required by the minimum local standards for energy efficiency.
    Top energy efficiency ratingThe appliance is either Energy Star Certified, or has an EU energy efficiency rating of A++ or A+++. This means it consumes around 20-30% less energy than is required by the minimum local standards for energy efficiency.
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    Total score for "General info"
    Design
    Front loading washing machineFront loading machines are good as you can use the space above and sometimes stack a dryer on top. In general front loading machines use less energy, using less water by only partly filling the drum and obtaining higher spin speeds which clean without requiring as much heat.
    Front loading washing machineFront loading machines are good as you can use the space above and sometimes stack a dryer on top. In general front loading machines use less energy, using less water by only partly filling the drum and obtaining higher spin speeds which clean without requiring as much heat.
    Transparent doorWith a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
    Transparent doorWith a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
    StackableStackable machines are ideal if you have limited space as you could stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine.
    StackableStackable machines are ideal if you have limited space as you could stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine.
    Honeycomb drumThe slightly sculptured surface structure of the honeycomb drum creates a thin film of water or air which gently cushions and protects your laundry.
    Honeycomb drumThe slightly sculptured surface structure of the honeycomb drum creates a thin film of water or air which gently cushions and protects your laundry.
    LED dot matrix displayDot matrix displays can show important text or graphics using a matrix of lights or mechanical indicators like the display on a calculator.
    LED dot matrix displayDot matrix displays can show important text or graphics using a matrix of lights or mechanical indicators like the display on a calculator.
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    Total score for "Design"
    Washing
    Drum volumeWith a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.
    Drum volumeWith a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.64lN.A.1217.6lN.A.N.A.65l42lN.A.55lN.A.
    Load sensorMachines with a load sensor can weigh the load and adjust settings accordingly. This means you don't have to feel as guilty about doing a smaller load as the machine will use less water.
    Load sensorMachines with a load sensor can weigh the load and adjust settings accordingly. This means you don't have to feel as guilty about doing a smaller load as the machine will use less water.
    Number of cycle programsWith a wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.
    Number of cycle programsWith a wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.3113N.A.14141414141614
    Maximum spin speedA faster spin speed means you can get things cleaner with a lower temperature of the water. Using a fast spin also extracts water, meaning that the clothes come out nearly dry. Generally, anything over 1,000 rpm is very good.
    Maximum spin speedA faster spin speed means you can get things cleaner with a lower temperature of the water. Using a fast spin also extracts water, meaning that the clothes come out nearly dry. Generally, anything over 1,000 rpm is very good.1600rpm1200rpmN.A.1400rpm1400rpm1600rpm1400rpm1400rpm1400rpm1400rpm
    Delay start optionWith a delay start option you can schedule the machine to begin at a later time. You can also set the machine to wash at night if your electricity is cheaper outside of peak times.
    Delay start optionWith a delay start option you can schedule the machine to begin at a later time. You can also set the machine to wash at night if your electricity is cheaper outside of peak times.
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    Total score for "Washing"
    Features
    End-of-cycle signalThe machine will let you know when it is finished with an alarm or even by playing a tune.
    End-of-cycle signalThe machine will let you know when it is finished with an alarm or even by playing a tune.
    Smartphone diagnostic systemAny faults with your machine can be detected and diagnosed at an early stage with a smartphone. The machine will send a signal indicating what is wrong and how to fix it, without you having to call for help.
    Smartphone diagnostic systemAny faults with your machine can be detected and diagnosed at an early stage with a smartphone. The machine will send a signal indicating what is wrong and how to fix it, without you having to call for help.
    Wi-Fi diagnostic systemThe machine is linked up to a monitoring center using Wi-Fi. If the machine has any faults the center will respond by contacting you and helping you to fix the problem.
    Wi-Fi diagnostic systemThe machine is linked up to a monitoring center using Wi-Fi. If the machine has any faults the center will respond by contacting you and helping you to fix the problem.
    Self-cleaning detergent drawerThe detergent drawer is washed automatically to prevent a build up of old detergent.
    Self-cleaning detergent drawerThe detergent drawer is washed automatically to prevent a build up of old detergent.
    Child lockA child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
    Child lockA child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
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    Total score for "Features"

    How to choose the best washing machine

    Whether you are a student, a couple, or a mum this helpful household device makes everyone's live way easier: the washing machine. But how to choose one within the best front load washing machine and best top load washing machine? Or should you simply go with one of the newest and best washing machines of 2016? The bottom line is:
    Everyone needs a washing machine, but it is hard to choose the right one, especially, when you consider how much money you have to spend for one. Of course the price is an important factor, but beside the price there are several other key features to be considered.
    So before you go and make the important decision which one it should be, take a minute to go through our guide. Because actually knowing what you are looking for, will facilitate your search for the washing machine that best fits your needs. So check out our list of the key features that have to be considered when buying a washing machine.

    1. Types of washing machines

    The first question to be answered is whether you need a front load or a top load machine.
    If you plan to put your machine under a work surface you need a front load machine, which is quieter, has a larger capacity and is more energy efficient. You also need less water than with a top load, since you have to fill it up entirely with water to wash and rinse properly. Top load machines, on the other hand, are usually cheaper, faster in the cleaning process, narrower and more compact, therefore a good choice when you have to make the machine fit in a small place.

    2. Capacity

    Drum volume and drum capacity
    One of the most important features of a washing machine is the drum capacity, which indicates how many kilograms of dry clothes you can wash so they can spin and get clean. In this context the drum volume is also often mentioned, which is measured in litres, giving an estimation of how much laundry fits in total inside the drum. The average for a drum volume is 101 litres, whereas the average of the laundry capacity is approximately 7 kg. In general, individuals or couples need approximately 5-6 kg of drum capacity, while a family needs 7-9 kg and a very large family would, of course, need a bigger capacity with 12 kg. Of course the capacity that suits your needs the best also depends on how often you wash and what you wash. Unfortunately it seems that the numbers published by manufacturers often don’t represent the true capacity, which is difficult to find out by yourself since measuring the litres or kilograms of a washing machine is very hard to do. So always count on a bit less laundry capacity than the manufacturers list in the specs.

    A bigger drum size will, of course, result in a bigger washing machine, so make sure you have the space for the washing machine and also consider some space for the vibration, as well as the way the door opens. If you are not sure how to load your washing machine, there is a cool feature to help you - the load sensor. It not only indicates when you have overloaded your machine, but can also calculate how much water and detergent is needed for your laundry, based on the information of the load, which is handy when you wash less than usual. The load is measured through the integrated dampers counterbalancing the depression of the tub while loading, nowadays often measured by a displacement sensor.

    3. Washing cycles

    Spin speed
    An important feature is also the spin speed, which is the drum’s number rotations per minute (rpm) and usually has a range between 1000-1600 rotations per minute. Higher speeds are better for a thorough cleaning, and reduce the time your clothes need to dry, on the other hand, higher speeds often result in higher costs and usually cause more noise. Lower speeds are better for cleaning soft fabrics, like wool and silk.
    When it comes to spin speed, an important question is how much noise the machine makes. The importance of the noise level when washing or rinsing depends on where you will place the machine. If it stands close to a bedroom you may consider a washing machine that shows good results in noise tests. Quiet washing machine are often equipped with a Direct-Drive motor technology, which reduces a big part of the vibrations, due to the elimination of the belts. Washing machines with noise reduction are, for example, the Samsung WF45K6200AZ and the LG WT1501CW 4.5 Cubic Feet.

    Number of washing programs / cycles
    In addition to the possibility of adjusting the spin speed, the temperature and soil level - a feature allowing you to adjust the cycle depending on how dirty the clothes are - there are numerous other functions that washing machines provide. All washing machines have a normal cycle and a few specialty cycles - with an average of 12 programs.
    Special features that most of the higher-end models provide are, for example, cycles for specific materials, like hand-washables, towels, wool, steam cycles for a better stain removal, and cycles that kill bacteria. Samsung, for example, has the special feature called “Silver Wash”, with which, according to the company, up to 99% of bacteria are killed, due to the use of Silver (Ag).
    Another useful feature is the Automatic Dispensers feature or “Smart Dispense Technology”, like GE (General Electric) calls it. It is designed to hold fabric softener, detergent and bleach in a soap reservoir and dispense the right amount of soap needed at the right time, saving the rest, to hold the supply for several months.

    Delayed start
    Some washing machines also offer a delayed start feature, which enables you to set the start of the machine at a specific time. Some smart-washing machines can even be programmed using an laundry app, allowing you not only to delay the start, but also stop the cycle, like the Philips Hue LEDs, Samsung WF50K7500AV Washer and the LG's Twin Wash.

    Other useful features are:

    • The quick wash or quick cycle function, which allows you to wash, for example, small items with a fast 15 minutes cycle (Electrolux EFLS617SIW).
    • The End-of-Cycle Signal, which signals you when the cycle is over so you don’t leave your wet clothes too long in the machine.
    • The Automatic Temperature Control, which adjusts the water temperature according to your selected setting. The minimum washing temperature is usually 30°C and the maximum is 90°C or 95° C, depending on the model (Whirlpool - Cabrio 4.3 Cu. Ft.).
    • The Extra Rinse Cycle, which is good if you, for example, want to get rid of pet hair (Electrolux EFLS617SIW).
    • The Built-in sink, which is useful when you want to hand-wash or pretreat tough stains (Samsung WA52J8700).

    4. Power consumption and energy efficiency

    When buying a washing machine, besides the actual price it is also important to consider the cost of running it. Concerning the power consumption, the annual power consumption (in kWh), which is usually around 200 - 400 kWh per year, and the power consumption in standby mode (in W) should be considered. Another important factor for saving money and energy is the energy efficiency of the machine, which have labels from A+++ to D, with A+++ being the most efficient. When buying a washing machine, it is useful to check on the Energy Star ratings, where 5 is the highest a machine can have, allowing you to save 25% on your water and electricity usage. Most machines have a rating of 4 stars. The cost of running is higher with top-load machines and is also very much influenced by the drum size, so that a bigger drum size is not always better.

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