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Last updated: 29 November 2019

A washing machine is a big investment, so it pays to do your homework before you buy. The good news is, we've done the hard work for you!

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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 Recommended list will help you quickly identify the best washing machines we tested.

This review includes a number of washers that are now discontinued but may still be available second-hand. To include them in your search, select 'Discontinued' under 'Related products'. 

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Brand

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 329 and 3999

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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 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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      • Overall score
      • Recommended
      • 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
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Availability
      • Model
      • Type
      • 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
      • Differences
      • Warranty (yrs)
      • Origin
      • Manufacturer website

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