The best washing machines for fresh, clean clothes in 2022

Which washing machines are most reliable and energy efficient? We asked the experts and found out

Miele, Bosch and Beko washing machines came out on top in the Telegraph's guide to the best

What is the best washing machine to buy? It's important to choose well. The right washing machine or washer-dryer will make laundry less of a chore, keep your clothes smelling fresh and help keep your electricity bill down, which is more important than ever in the current climate. (For another way to make laundry easier, read our guide to the best heated clothes airers). 

But what should you look for? What differentiates one brand from another? And which are worth spending your money on? We asked the experts. 

“The first thing I would say is buy cheap, buy twice,” says washing machine repair engineer Stephen Neale, also known by his moniker the Spin Doctor. “If I go to repair a machine and I can’t fix it for whatever reason, I tell customers to go for a high-end brand but a mid-range model, as the most expensive ones have features you won’t end up using, but you’d be lucky to get five years out of the cheap brands.” 

Lauren Clark, large appliances expert at AO.com, agrees that the main advantage of top-of-the-range washing machines is smart tech: "They have WiFi connection via a smartphone and more technologically advanced programmes such as auto-dosing, steam washing, allergy cycles, or quirky features such as slots to add items to the wash even after the cycle has started." These are nice to have, if your budget stretches to it, but as Clark says, "there are plenty of great entry level models available."

FAQ: How to choose a washing machine

There are four deciding factors: drum size, which should match the amount of laundry you expect to wash each time; energy rating, which tells you how much it will cost to run; spin speed, which determines how dry your clothes will be at the end of a wash; and finally whether you want a free-standing or an integrated model. We asked our experts to explain the details.


At a glance – the best washing machines for 2022

  • Best overall:Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB
  • Runner up: Bosch Serie 6 9kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine
  • Best budget:Beko SteamCure RecycledTub™ WER860541W
  • Best quality: Miele 8kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine
  • Best integrated washing machine: Neff W544BX1GB Integrated Washing Machine

The best washing machines

1. Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB Freestanding Washing Machine, 8kg Load, 1400rpm Spin

£449, John Lewis

Best overall

We liked: the quality built and reliably good performance

Bosch Serie 4: our expert's pick

Our top expert-approved pick is this Bosch machine, which Neale describes as “indestructible. I have never been beaten by a Bosch machine – they look good, have fast cycles and are well-built compared to other brands,” he says. “It should last you between five and 10 years.” 

It offers dependable quality at a fair price, with a C energy efficiency rating, 8kg load capacity and a quiet, “anti-vibration” motor. It automatically adjusts the programme based on the weight of your washing to save water (and so shave money off your electricity bill too). We also like the extra features: an easy-to-use digital display, 30 minute quick wash cycle, and delay timer.

£449
Price at
John Lewis

2. Bosch Serie 6 9kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine

£529, Appliances Direct

Runner up 

We liked: all the extra programmes and functions you could need

Bosch Serie 6: reliable performance and a great range of features

With a slightly larger 9kg capacity and broader range of features than the top choice above, this Bosch Serie 6 machine is our runner up. It’s slightly more expensive, but includes a wide range of extras: the “AntiStain” function automatically adjusts the machine’s programme to remove common stains from butter or oil, grass, red wine and blood – a very useful feature in a busy family home. Also useful is the special “SpeedPerfect” function, which can be used to reduce the time of almost every cycle on the machine if you need something washed quickly.

It also offers Neale’s other non-negotiable feature: a built-in drum clean cycle “that cleans the drum up with water and cleans it of fluff – a great function as it means you don’t have to call an engineer out to clean it.” This will extend the life of your washing machine, too. 

£529
Price at
Appliances Direct

3. Beko SteamCure RecycledTub™ WER860541W 8Kg Washing Machine 

£279, AO.com

Best budget

We liked: a great range of extra features and functions for the price

Beko: good value for money

While they don’t quite rival the performance of Neale’s favoured brand, Bosch, he says, “Beko are fantastic value for money. They’re pretty reliable and parts are cheap. If you’re living on your own or in a couple, I would definitely recommend getting one.” 

Beko is also Clark's top recommendation. This 8kg model (catchily named the SteamCure RecycledTub™ WER860541W) has most of the features of more premium machines, but in a much more attractively-priced package. It has a 28 minute quick wash cycle, a C energy efficiency rating, a steam wash function for removing stubborn stains, and can even be operated from a smartphone app via Bluetooth.

£279
Price at
AO.com

4. Miele 8kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine

£1049, John Lewis

Best quality

We liked: it’s built to last, but very expensive

Miele: exceptional quality

If we were talking about cars rather than laundry, Miele would be the Rolls Royce of the washing machine world. “A Miele washing machine is an investment, but they’re amazing machines,” Neale says. “I get called out to some that are still going 20 years later. But if they do need to be repaired, bear in mind the replacement parts will be more costly.” 

The drum has been specially designed to protect your clothes during each wash, with a webbed, honeycomb-like interior that creates a cushion between the drum itself and your laundry. It’s also great at saving energy (and so money) – it automatically programmes the machine based on the weight of the load to use precisely the amount of water, detergent and electricity needed. It’s rated A for energy efficiency, so won’t add unduly to your bills.

£1049
Price at
John Lewis

5. Neff W544BX1GB Integrated Washing Machine, 8kg Load, 1400rpm Spin

£799, John Lewis

Best integrated washing machine 

We liked: it’s great at removing stains

Neff: tackles stubborn stains

Neale rates Neff’s high-spec integrated washing machines if you’re looking for one that will blend in behind a kitchen cupboard front. This sleek machine has an 8kg drum, a 15 minute super-fast wash cycle, and a special stain removal programme that gets rid of grease or red wine. It even discreetly projects the remaining time onto your kitchen floor when the cupboard’s closed so you can keep track of your laundry, and is very quiet, at just 66db (a human voice is around 60db).

£799
Price at
John Lewis