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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail price at time of testing.
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Wash capacity (kg)
The claimed washing capacity of a washer dryer. Note that drying capacity is less than the washing capacity in all machines, so you may need to dry in two goes if washing a full load.
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Drying capacity (kg)
The claimed drying capacity of a washer dryer. Note that dryer capacity is lower than the washing capacity in all machines due to the need for air to circulate when drying.
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Dirt removal score
The machine we use to measure this (a spectrophotometer) is more accurate than the human eye; differences of about 6% are visible.
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Rinse performance score
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 detergent. We add a marker chemical to the wash, and measure how much remains after the cycle - the less there is, the better the rinse.
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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.
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Spin efficiency score
The test load is weighed before and after each wash. The less water remaining in the clothes the higher the score, and the faster your laundry will dry. We use the machines maximum spin speed.
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Drying performance score
The drying performance score is made up of energy efficiency (50%) and drying time (50%).
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Water – washer stars
A comparative measure of the water efficiency of a washing machine. The more stars, the higher the efficiency. For washer dryer combos, the label must state how much water is used for drying, but it doesn't count towards the star rating.
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Energy – washer stars
Energy star rating based on a formula that incorporates the energy used per wash and the claimed capacity of the machine in kg.
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Energy – dryer stars
Energy star rating based on a formula that incorporates the energy used per dry and the claimed capacity of the machine in kg.
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Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating isn't included in our total score. N/A means there's no rating for that company.
'Delay time' or 'time delay' is a feature that lets you program the wash to start at a specific time in the future, to take advantage of peak solar generation time, off-peak power, or just to have your laundry finish in the morning as you're waking up.
A fast-wash option reduces the length of the selected program or is a faster cycle in itself. These programs are only suitable for small, lightly soiled loads.
Some machines have an extra-gentle wash cycle for garments labelled as only suitable for handwashing - including woollens, silk and cashmere. The program uses different washing actions such as less water.
Add items after start
Most front loaders allow you to pause the wash in the first moments of pushing the start button, but after water gets to the door, its a no go unless you cancel the wash and start again.
An extra rinse feature can be useful if find detergent residue on your clothes, or if your skin is sensitive to detergent. Some washers have it as an extra run added to the end of a program, or as a simple single run (rinse and spin) once the primary program is finished.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Drying performance score
- Wash performance score
- Running costs over 10 years
- Dirt removal score
- Rinse performance score
- Gentleness score
- Water efficiency score
- Spin efficiency score
- Dryer energy efficiency
- Drying time
- Water used (L)
- Energy used (kWh)
- Cycle time (mins)
- Noise (dBA)
- Reliability score
- Satisfaction score
- Purchase price + running costs over 10 years
- Good points
- Bad points
- Capacity (dry, kg)
- Capacity (wash, kg)
- Shop Ethical rating
- Tested capacity
- Program tested
- Coldest wash for normal program
- Fast program
- Gentle or delicates program
- Auto-sensing water level
- Out-of-balance correction
- Selectable spin speed
- Machine-washable woollens
- Handwash-only woollens
- Extra rinse
- Lint filter
- Delay time
- Time remaining display
- Add items after start
- Energy label – washer energy (kWh/year)
- Energy label – dryer energy (kWh/year)
- Energy label – wash program
- Energy label – dry program
- Energy – washer stars
- Energy – dryer stars
- Water label – wash water (L)
- Water label – dryer water (L)
- Water – washer stars
- Tap connection
- Minimum water pressure (kPa)
- Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
- Maximum speed (rpm)
- Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
- Similar models
- Warranty (years)
- Country of origin