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Washing machine reviews

Last tested: 19 November 2015

A washing machine is a big investment, so it pays to do your homework first. The good news is, we've done the hard work for you! Our test compares more than 70 top and front load washers to help you pick the perfect buy. Find out more about how we test. Not sure what you need? Use our buying guide first.

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Through rigorous testing in the CHOICE labs, we find the models that:

  • are best for dirt removal
  • are best at rinsing out detergents
  • use less water and energy than others
  • have the fastest cycle
  • have the best member-rated reliability scores

We also tell you how much each model will cost you to run over 10 years, and our CHOICE Buys will help you quickly identify the best washing machines we tested.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.

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Type
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In Australia the main types of washing machines are front loader and top loader. Twin tubs exist on the market but have a tiny market share.

Capacity (kg)
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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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Test results

Dirt removal score
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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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Gentleness score
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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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Rinse performance score
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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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Spin efficiency score
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The test load is weighed before and after each wash. Higher scores mean more water is removed – which means the washing takes less time to dry. We use the default spin speed (some machines let you vary the speed).

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Reliability

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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 haven't gotten enough people who own the brand to reply with their findings - we need at least 50 to make the outcome statistically significant.

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Energy and water ratings

Water - stars
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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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Energy - stars
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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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Features

Delay time
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'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 on off-peak energy, you can take advantage of this feature.

Child lock door
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This will lock the door opening if the washing machine is in operation. Many front loaders do this by default.

Fast program
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Designed for lightly soiled and small loads, a fast-wash option reduces the length of the selected program or is a faster cycle in itself. How fast is fast varies from machine to machine – as does the terminology. You might see it referred to as "fast", "quick", "rapid" or something else. Some machines also offer temperature variations in conjunction with faster washes. If this is a feature you're likely to use, be sure to clarify with sales staff how fast is fast – and what it's called.

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  • Overall score
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  • Running costs (10 yrs)
  • Dirt removal score
  • Rinse performance score
  • Gentleness score
  • Water efficiency score
  • Spin efficiency score
  • Water used (L)
  • Energy used (kWh)
  • Cycle time (minutes)
  • Noise (dBA)
  • Brand reliability score
  • Satisfaction score
  • Service score
  • Purchase price + running costs (10yrs)
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  • Bad points
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  • 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 or 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
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