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5 water-wasting washing machines to avoid

These thirsty models from Fisher & Paykel, Samsung, Simpson and Speedqueen scored lowest for water efficiency.

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Last updated: 06 September 2020

Year after year, we're seeing increasingly tighter water restrictions across Australia – and that doesn't look set to change any time soon. If you're thinking of ways to reduce your water consumption this coming summer, a water-wise washing machine is a good place to start. 

We've tested hundreds of products over the years, and our reviews have revealed some highly water-efficient machines – and some shockers, including one that scored just 1% for water efficiency. 

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Ashley hard at work in the CHOICE laundry lab.

"In a dry country like Australia we need to be very conscious of our water use. The good news is there are many modern washing machines which are very water efficient," says Ashley Iredale, one of CHOICE's expert washing machine testers.

"Given that the performance of modern, water-efficient washing machines is getting better and better, there's no reason to choose a washer that uses an excessive amount of water."

Top loaders in particular can be big water guzzlers – they can use up to 70% more water than similar-sized front loaders. Some models we tested used just shy of 200L of water for a standard cycle. 

If saving water is on your bucket list, give these five top-loading washing machines a miss.

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1. Samsung WA85N6750BV

  • Water efficiency score: 1%
  • Water used per cycle: 199L
  • Capacity: 8.5kg
  • Price: $1049

This Samsung gets a dishonourable mention for being one of the least water-efficient washing machines our experts have ever tested. It uses a whopping 199L of water per cycle – putting it just one litre away from scoring 0% for water efficiency. 

It does score well for rinse performance, which you'd expect given how much water it uses, but despite that, it still didn't score particularly well for dirt removal: our experts scored it just 60%.

Read the full Samsung WA85N6750BV review.

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2. Speed Queen AWNA62

  • Water efficiency score: 16%
  • Water used per cycle: 171L
  • Capacity: 7kg
  • Price: $2495

The Speed Queen AWNA62 top loader has appeared in a number of other halls of shame, including 6 products not to buy in the sales and 5 times cheap products outperformed expensive brands.

It's also one of the most expensive washing machines we've ever tested, and one of the worst performing. Plus it uses a huge 171L of water to wash a not-especially-large 7kg load.

Read the full Speed Queen AWNA62 review

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3. Fisher & Paykel WA7060G2

  • Water efficiency score: 21%
  • Water used per cycle: 163L
  • Capacity: 7kg
  • Price: $849

One of the biggest selling washing machine brands in Australia, Fisher & Paykel has made some great machines. However, it also has the unfortunate distinction of having produced two of the five worst water guzzlers in our testing. 

The WA7060G2 has very poor water efficiency, using 163L of water in a cycle. It didn't perform well in other areas either, scoring particularly poorly in terms of gentleness (43%), dirt removal (62%) and spin efficiency (60%). 

Read the full Fisher & Paykel WA7060G2 review

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4. Fisher & Paykel WA1068P1

  • Water efficiency score: 21%
  • Water used per cycle: 162L
  • Capacity: 10kg
  • Price: $1499

Despite scoring a squeaky-clean 98% rinse performance score, this model guzzles a huge 162L of water for a normal wash – but still only scores 61% for dirt removal. It's also pretty expensive to run and doesn't have a 'water save' feature.

Read the full Fisher & Paykel WA1068P1 review.

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5. Simpson SWT9043

  • Water efficiency score: 28%
  • Water used per cycle: 149L
  • Capacity: 9kg
  • Price: $1299

This machine is the least bad of the bunch, but still burns through 149L of water for a normal wash. It scored very well for rinse performance (98%) but bombed out on the gentleness, dirt removal and water efficiency scores. It's also relatively expensive to run, has no woollens wash, no water save option and no out of balance correction. 

Read the full Simpson SWT9043 review.