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List of brands we tested in this review.
PriceExpand to view more details.
The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.
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In Australia the main types of washing machines are front loader and top loader. Twin tubs exist but have a tiny market share.
This is the claimed capacity. We find people rarely fill their washer to full, so base your decision on how heavy your common load is. Weigh it on your scales.
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Approximate cost over 10 years for one daily load on a 'normal' cycle, based on 30c/kWh for electricity and $2 per 1000L for water. Excludes detergent (which can be a third of the cost).
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Gentle or delicates program
An option for small/lightly soiled loads which shortens the selected program or reduces cycle time. May also be called 'fast', 'quick', 'rapid' or something else. Some machines also offer temperature variations in conjunction with faster washes.
Time remaining display
Time remaining display will give you a rough estimation of how long the load will take to wash. This can often fluctuate wildly as some washers use sensors to detect how dirty your wash is, the type of load you've put in and how much you've put in, then adjust the timing.
'Delay time' or 'time delay' is a feature that lets you program the wash to start at a specific time in the future. If you're on off-peak energy, you can take advantage of this feature.
Selectable spin speed
You can change the spin speed on some programs. A higher spin speed will result in drier clothes, but you might want a lower speed for delicates or easily creased fabrics. The higher the spin speed, the more likely your clothes will be stiff when they come out of the wash.
Some machines need both hot and cold water to operate; others can connect to cold water only and might need a special connector or sealing cap for the hot water inlet. A machine with a heater (front loaders only) can be particularly useful if you connect to cold only, as it still gives you the option of a warm wash occasionally. Check the maximum temperature recommended for the hot water inlet. Many manufacturers recommend a lower temperature than most hot water systems deliver – particularly solar hot water systems. You may need a tempering valve to reduce the temperature.
Cycle time (min)
The amount of time the program cycle we selected took – this can range from under an hour to over three hours.
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Rinse performance score
We measure 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. We test this by adding a marker chemical to the wash and at the end, we 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.
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This score measures how long your clothes are going to last compared to other machines using the program we test on. 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.
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Dirt removal score
We measure dirt removal with a spectrophotometer, a machine that's more accurate than the human eye and can detect differences of about 6%.
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Water efficiency score
This shows you how efficiently a washer uses water. 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.
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Brand reliability (%)
These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not that particular model. If you see "Not available" as the outcome, that's because we not enough people who own the brand have replied with their findings – we need at least 50 responses to make the outcome statistically significant.
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Energy - 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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Water - stars
Manufacturers must declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine, drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer, per minute for a tap, or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.
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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
- Running costs
- Dirt removal score
- Rinse performance score
- Gentleness score
- Water efficiency score
- Spin efficiency score
- Water used (L)
- Energy used (kWh)
- Cycle time (min)
- Noise (dBA)
- Brand reliability (%)
- Satisfaction score (%)
- Service score (%)
- Purchase price + running costs/10 yrs
- Good points
- Bad points
- Tester comments
- Capacity (kg)
- 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
- Favourite/memory option
- Child lock door
- Child lock control
- Water save option
- Internal light
- Detergent auto dose
- Auto open door
- Add items after start
- Other features
- Energy label - program
- Energy label - energy (kWh/yr)
- Energy - stars
- Water label - water (L)
- Water - stars
- Claimed program time (min)
- Tap connection
- Minimum water pressure (kPa)
- Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
- Maximum speed (rpm)
- Drum type
- Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
- Similar models
- Warranty (yrs)
- Manufacturer website