Written by Paisley Tedder

Washing machines: 7 of the best for 2021

We guide you through the best washing machines on the market for smart tech, energy efficiency and family-friendliness.

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Investing in a quality washing machine is worth it’s weight in gold in the long run. Much like a cooker or fridge/freezer, washing machines are an essential part of modern living, so making sure you have a reliable and effective appliance is vital. Scroll down to clue up on the washing machines you need to know about…

Hoover H-WASH 500, £479.99, Currys

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A washing machine for the modern world, the Hoover H-WASH 500 offers a large capacity and completes a full load in under an hour. It also has a built in eco power motor to enhance cleaning action 60% more than the traditional motor, offering a better clean, in less time.

This machine is also smart, so works with your wifi to manage your washing from your phone, or if you’re already there, via Alexa and Google Home. This is a great way to help you multi-task and get your chores done whilst on the go.

Amica WMS914, £415, Long Eaton Appliances

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A family-friendly appliance, this machine is ideal for those with a hectic house to run. Its Add+ button enables you to add forgotten items that may have dropped on the stairs after the wash has started, while the Steam Touch instantly refreshes clothing. We also love the Optidos function, this allows you to put enough detergent in the machine for 20 cycles – great for making the laundry even easier!

It has a whopping 16 programmes to choose from, including a child lockable control panel to stop little ones disturbing your washing mid-cycle. The Amica WMS914 also has a safety lock on the door to help prevent interruptions from little ones.

Bosch Serie 8 WIW28501GB, £799, John Lewis

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Are you looking for washing machines that have a difference? This high quality offering boasts energy efficiency, low water consumption and speed without compromising on a top notch clean. The EcoSilence Drive keeps the energy consumption low, and the machine itself low in volume whilst in operation. All of this is included in your 10 year warranty, too.

What we love most about the Bosch Serie 8 WIW28501GB  though, is the ActiveWater technology that sets it apart from others. These built-in sensors adjust the water consumption according to the fabric type within your wash load, and the quantity itself. It’s environmentally-friendly and money-saving at the same time making it a worthwhile function for your pennies and the planet.

Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW80-B14979S, £499, AO

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This machine is loved for its low noise level and great efficiency. It has plenty of modern elements, but pulled together in an easy-to-use machine.

One of the most popular functions is i-refresh. This enables you to refresh even the most delicate fabrics, including wool and silk, using micro vapour technology, removing odours, fine dust and allergens, all whilst soothing creases and softening the fabrics.

Another factor that sets this apart from other models is the Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW80-B14979S‘s direct motion motor. This is the secret to reduced noise, as well as a reduction in energy and water consumption of this machine. The motor itself is extremely durable, and is claimed to last a lifetime.

Montpellier MW9140P, £319.99, Robert Dyas

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A fresh and contemporary freestanding machine, this is bound to satisfy your needs at an affordable price point. It has 15 wash programmes to choose from, including a 15 minute express wash which is guaranteed to save you time whilst still giving your clothes a good going over. The energy rating from 1st March 2021, in line with the Energy Label Reform, is B which is marked as efficient for the home.

This Montpellier MW9140P also has a white LED display, which shows a countdown timer to your load finishing to allow you to keep track. Even more conveniently, the ‘Stop Add Go’ technology means you can add missing items once you’ve started a cycle.

Hotpoint ActiveCare NM111044, £409.99, Argos

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This freestanding machine promises to get rid of stains at just 2oᵒC! It offers a 10kg capacity, a wealth of programs, as well as holding Allergy UK’s seal of approval as it removes almost all of the major allergens, including pollen, thanks to high temperature technology.

One of the most popular functions of the Hotpoint ActiveCare NM111044 is the Steam Hygiene function. This injects steam directly into the drum at the end of the wash cycle to remove bacteria, ensuring you get a totally hygienic wash, without using chemical additives.

Siemens iQ500 WM16XMH9GB, £865, John Lewis

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Thanks to the smart technology revolution, the Siemens iQ500 WM16XMH9GB can be controlled and monitored directly from your smartphone or tablet. Great for if you want to start the load while you’re on your commute. You’ll also receive a push notification when the cycle is complete to remind you to take the laundry out. Whilst at home, you can also control it with your voice via Amazon Alexa – handy for when you’re busy at home!

Not only is this machine convenient, it also has automatic load adjustment sensors. These monitor your washload as you’re putting it into the machine, adjusting programme times and ensuring optimum washing conditions for each garment. It will totally transform your laundry experience.

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