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Washing machine reviews

We’ve tested more than 60 washing machines, including models from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung, Simpson and Westinghouse.
 
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01.Introduction

Which washing machine is right for you?

We take the guesswork out of buying washing machines by putting them through their paces in our laboratories.

Through our rigorous testing we reveal which models, including those from big brands such as Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung and Simpson:

  • clean your clothes best
  • rinse detergents most thoroughly
  • use less water and energy
  • are gentle on your clothes
  • use hot and cold connections, and
  • give you the fastest normal wash time.

In this update:

  • We include more than 60 washers, ranging in price from $449 to $2699.
  • We give our what to buy recommendations.
  • We calculate running costs based on a national survey. Check out our energy policy campaign
    for more.
  • You'll find all currently available results in our comparison table and also discontinued models.
  • You can purchase your machine through our website with our Price and Buy function, or just use it to get an idea of the price differences in the marketplace.

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Video: How we test: washing machines

CHOICE's Whitegoods Team Lead, Matthew Steen, explains why part loads provide a more accurate indication of machine performance.

A washing machine is a big investment

Our report will save you money for years to come, and goes beyond the sales hype to reveal:

  • which of the less expensive models perform best
  • how to save hundreds of dollars on running costs every year, and
  • which brands need the fewest repairs.

Choose the right type of washing machine

Use this report to decide whether a front loader or top loader is best for you, what optional features you need, and what you can do without.  

Models tested

Front loader

  • AEG L77480FL
  • Ariston AQ9L29U.1
  • Asko W6884
  • Beko WMB81641LC
  • Bosch WAE24463AU
  • Bosch WAP24160AU
  • Bosch WAP24261AU
  • Bosch WAS28461AU
  • Bosch WAY32540AU
  • Electrolux EWF12832
  • Electrolux EWF14742
  • Electrolux EWF14912
  • Fisher & Paykel WH7560J1
  • Fisher & Paykel WH8560J1
  • Haier HWM80-1403D
  • Hoover DYN 9166P
  • Hoover VHD8144D
  • LG WD12021D6
  • LG WD14022D6
  • LG WD14024D6
  • LG WD14070SD6
  • LG WD14130D6
  • Miele W1913
  • Miele W5741
  • Miele W5873
  • Miele W5903
  • Panasonic NA-140VG3
  • Panasonic NA-148VG3
  • Samsung WW75H5290EW #
  • Samsung WW85H7410EW #
  • Simpson SWF10732
  • Simpson SWF85562
  • Whirlpool WFS1055CD
  • Whirlpool WFS1073DD
  • Whirlpool WFS1274CD

Top loader

  • Fisher & Paykel MW513
  • Fisher & Paykel MW60
  • Fisher & Paykel WA70T60FW1
  • Fisher & Paykel WA70T60GW1
  • Fisher & Paykel WA80T65FW1
  • Fisher & Paykel WA80T65GW1
  • Fisher & Paykel WL1068P1
  • Fisher & Paykel WL80T65CW2
  • Haier HWMP55-918
  • Haier HWMP65-918
  • Haier HWMP95TL
  • LG WF-T6571
  • LG WT-H550
  • LG WT-H650
  • LG WT-H6506
  • LG WT-H750
  • LG WT-H7506
  • LG WT-H9556
  • LG WT-R10856
  • Samsung WA65F5S2
  • Samsung WA70F5G4
  • Samsung WA75F5S6
  • Samsung WA80F5G4
  • Simpson SWT5542 #
  • Simpson SWT6042 #
  • Simpson SWT8012 #
  • Simpson SWT9542 #
  • Speed Queen AWNA62
  • Whirlpool 6AWTW5700XW

# Newly tested models.

Note: We regularly test washing machines and add them to our existing list of tested models.


Discontinued models

Front loader

  • Asko W6444
  • Beko WMB71231LA
  • Bosch WAE20262AU
  • Bosch WAE22462AU
  • Bosch WAE24272AU
  • Bosch WAS24460AU
  • Electrolux EWF1074
  • Electrolux EWF10831
  • Electrolux EWF12821
  • Electrolux EWF14811
  • Fisher & Paykel WH60F60WV1
  • Fisher & Paykel WH70F60WV1
  • Fisher & Paykel WH80F60WV1
  • Haier HWM70-1203D
  • LG WD11020D1
  • LG WD13020D1
  • LG WD14030D6
  • LG WD14060D6
  • Miele W5835
  • Samsung WF1804WPC
  • Samsung WF756UMSAWQ
  • Samsung WF0754W7V
  • Samsung WF1104XAC
  • Samsung WF1702XEC
  • Samsung WF1752WPC
  • Samsung WF8750LSW1
  • Siemens WM16Y890AU
  • Simpson SWF10761
  • Simpson SWF8556

Top loader

  • LG WT-H550
  • LG WT-H800
  • Midea MB45
  • Samsung SW65V9W- recalled
  • Samsung SW70SP- recalled
  • Samsung SW75V9W- recalled
  • Samsung SW80SP - recalled
  • Samsung WA455DRHDWR
  • Samsung WA5471ABP
  • Simpson SWT554
  • Simpson SWT604
  • Simpson SWT704
  • Simpson SWT801
  • Simpson SWT954

How we test

How do we choose the models we test?

We get details from manufacturers about their models, then use marketing information listing the most popular sellers to help us make our selection. Most of our washing machine tests are also done for our sister organisation in New Zealand, so models that are available in both countries are often chosen. Our buyers then go out to stores and buy them.

How do we choose the program we run to test the machine?

Over the years we've received many member responses to our product use surveys, which ask about what programs you use. Because of your feedback, CHOICE uses a set of testing criteria that generally involves a normal, cold wash. When this doesn't exist on a machine, we use the closest approximation to a normal, cold wash. Because of this selection, you'll sometimes see differences between what the energy and water labels say on the machine and our results. This is because manufacturers try to get as good an energy and water label as possible, because the more stars they have, the better the chance a consumer will buy their product. Unfortunately, often this means the program the manufacturer selects is not what consumers will choose at home.

How do we test washing machines?

Our lab testers subject all washing machines to the same round of rigorous scientific tests. First, using a normal cold-water wash cycle, they test each machine to see how it shifts tough stains from specially prepared cloths that have been attached to a standard wash-set of linen. After the wash cycle has finished, the testers use a special machine to examine each cloth to see how much light is reflected from each stain, which allows them to calculate how much dirt has been removed. This machine is more sensitive than the human eye: differences of 6% or more in the dirt removal scores are visible.

What makes up the overall score?
  • Dirt removal (40%)
  • Rinse performance (20%)
  • Water efficiency (15%)
  • Spin efficiency (10%)
  • Gentleness (15%)

Since most Australians wash in cold water, we apply a small penalty in our overall score to models that can’t do a proper cold wash (at about 20ºC) on their "normal" cycle. While the higher wash temperature might slightly increase a machine’s scores for dirt removal and rinse effectiveness, it also means it’s using more electricity than it would if it were able to do a true "cold" wash: our penalty compensates for this. We still connect both hot and cold connections if they are available.

What we measure

  • Rinse performance This is a measure of how well the machines keep the dirt suspended in the water rather than depositing it back on the clothes, and how well they rinse out the detergent — our testers add a marker chemical to the wash. At the end, they take a sample of the water remaining in the clothes to determine the amount of chemical that’s left — the less there is, the better the rinse.
  • Water efficiency Water flow meters are connected to each machine to measure water use. To compare efficiency between different-sized machines, we calculate the amount of water used per kilogram of the test load of washing. The lower the water consumption per kilogram of clothing, the higher the efficiency score.
  • Spin efficiency The test load is weighed before and after each wash. The higher the score, the more water is removed, which means the washing takes less time (and energy, if you use a dryer) to dry. We use the maximum spin speed (some machines let you vary the speed).
  • Gentleness To check for fabric wear, we attach swatches of easily frayed fabric to the garments in each load. The area of the swatch is measured before and after the wash – the less fraying, the gentler the machine is assessed to be and the higher the score it’s given.
  • Noise levels The maximum noise level is recorded during the spin cycle and is measured one metre away from the machine and one metre above the ground. Typically, the noise level of these machines is similar to that of a normal conversation (about 65dB). It’s not an absolute noise measurement – the acoustics of your home will determine exactly how a machine sounds in use – but it’s a good comparative measure.
  • Energy efficiency According to 2008 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 74% of Australians use cold water in their washing machines, and CHOICE’s own 2013 survey similarly found that 54% of subscribers use a cold-wash program in their homes. So we test with cold water to better reflect consumer habits.
  • A major effect of washing in cold water is that the machines use a lot less energy, as they don’t have to heat the water (or your hot water system doesn’t have to do it for them). So energy efficiency is no longer considered in the overall score.
  • Durability Durability testing is a very long and costly process, so by the time we get results for a model, it probably won’t be on the market. Instead, we ask our readers whether they’ve had any problems with their washers, and whether they’d buy the same brand again. To see which brands fared best, go to the appliance reliability article.
How do you estimate the running costs?

This is an estimate of how much it will cost you over 10 years (the average life of a washing machine) for water and electricity, if you wash the equivalent of one load every day using a normal cycle. The calculations are based on 26c per kWh for electricity and $2 per 1000L for water. For simplicity, we’ve excluded depreciation, interest costs (if you borrow to buy the machine), and the cost of detergent – people use different amounts and the price varies considerably between brands.

What’s a ‘recommended retail price’?

This is supplied by the manufacturer and is what they recommend stores charge. You can often get a better price than this by shopping around or using CHOICE Shopper or the Compare Prices next to each tested model in the results table.

For more information and for similar product reviews, see Washing and drying - part of our Laundry and cleaning section.
 

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