Best washing machine under £300 - 2015
By S21, 4 Nov 2015
A good washing machine for under £300 is a tough call, and many brands are completely ruled out at this price point. But the savvy shopper can still pick up a good product even at this price. At S21, we've picked out the 3 best buys.
Today's best buy: Bosch WAB24161GB from Next Domestic Appliances (£272.00)
1. Beko WMB71642
Our top pick comes in closer to £200 than £300, and is from budget manufacturer Beko. The Beko WMB71642 washing machine comes with a decent 7kg washing capacity and a moderate A++ energy rating. Surprisingly for such a cheap machine, it has a superfast spin speed of 1600 rpm - designed to get your clothes as dry as possible.
But perhaps the most surprising feature about this model is its relative quietness. This isn't something we expect from a cheap washer, but even when spinning at maximum speed, the WMB71642 is a lot quieter than most machines, and can rival some much more expensive brands.
Beko has a good name for reliability too. The last thing you want when you're on a tight budget is to have to pay for expensive repairs or even have to buy a new machine a few months after the warranty expires. The Beko should give you a good few years of use.
2. Hotpoint WMFUG742P
There's a good reason why Hotpoint remains the market leader in washing machines - the company knows how to give buyers what they want, for a price they're willing to pay. Our second choice in the under-£300 category is the Hotpoint WMFUG742P, which is a couple of years old now, but remains very popular.
This machine has a 7kg capacity and a medium A++ efficiency rating, just like the Beko. It's very easy to use, and is equipped with Hotpoint's Smart Technology, which enables it to sense load size and manage water levels and wash intensity automatically.
The maximum spin speed is 1400 rpm, making it spin class B, and it's noisier in operation than the Beko, especially while spinning, even though it has a slower spin speed.
It's a very attractive appliance, and when you buy a Hotpoint you know that there's safety in numbers - engineers always know how to make repairs to Hotpoint machines, and parts are usually cheap and easy to find, so you can hopefully keep your machine going for years to come.
3. Whirlpool WWDC6400
Third in our list is the Whirlpool WWDC6400 washing machine, which is new for 2015.
This a real bargain, and if you hunt around, you can probably find this for close to the £200 mark.
It's a smaller machine than the other two, with a 6kg load capacity, making it better suited to a single person or couple than a family. It's less energy-efficient too, with a lower A+ rating.
The 1400 rpm spin speed is enough to get your clothes reasonably dry, and the machine isn't too noisy, even at full spin. It's noisier than the Beko, however.
This is a no-frills machine that doesn't offer more than the essentials, but it really is worth considering if you want to minimise your spend.
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How does a Bosh classixx compare to your above washing machines?
Asked by cassi
on 28th Feb 2016
Would you advise buying one? (Its a 6kg-1400) what A rating?
Reply by S21
on 28th Feb 2016
Bosch machines tend to cost a bit more than £300, although if you shop around you may find one of the old Classixx models for this price now. They are solid, reliable and energy-efficient machines.
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