Canstar Blue’s 2020 front load washing machine review has seen Miele, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Haier, Simpson, Samsung, Electrolux and LG compared on their performance and reliability, design, value for money, quietness, additional functionality and overall satisfaction.
See our Ratings Methodology.
No matter how many times a week you do your laundry, your washing machine plays an integral role in keeping your family home moving. It’s the appliance that many of us simply can’t do without (unless you prefer to wash your clothes by hand!). There would be no clean school uniforms, work shirts or bed sheets, so finding the right washing machine for your household’s needs is important. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest washing machine available, or one with all the bells and whistles, you’ve come to the right place for guidance!
Each year, Canstar Blue surveys hundreds of households across Australia, to find out how they rate their front loader washing machine based on important factors such as performance, design and the value for money they think it represents. Washing machines aren’t the easiest appliance to replace, so it really does pay to do your research, and finding out what other consumers just like you think about all the major brands is a great place to start.
For the sixth year running, Miele has earned the top spot in our customer satisfaction ratings for front load washing machines. The German appliance powerhouse clearly knows how to keep Aussies happy in the laundry room, receiving five stars for overall satisfaction, in addition to most other research categories.
Here are the best front load washing machines in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2020 review:
Miele once again topped our ratings for front loaders, after earning five-star reviews for performance and reliability, quietness, design, additional functionality and overall satisfaction. However, Aussies rated the German brand only three stars for value for money. It was Haier and Simpson which consumers thought offered the best bang for your buck, with both brands receiving full marks for value and four stars for overall customer satisfaction.
Meanwhile, runner-up Bosch joined Miele in the five-star club for quietness while operating and ended on four stars overall, along with third place winner Fisher & Paykel. Samsung, Electrolux and LG landed on a moderate three stars for overall customer satisfaction.
To help you decide which brand may be the best fit for your needs and budget, here is a guide to the eight brands in our latest review and what they currently have to offer Aussie households.
Miele is known as a high-end appliance brand, but evidently consumers look at more than just price alone, instead appreciating proven quality. Miele is a German manufacturer, with many of its products still made in Europe. Miele is an innovative brand, but doesn’t lose sight of the basics. It seems to excel in terms of ease of use, reliability and performance, with many of its washers featuring the intelligent ‘TwinDos’ detergent system which ensures the optimum level of detergent is used to achieve the best cleaning results possible. In addition, Miele washers are boasted for their honeycomb drum, claimed to provide gentle garment care.
Miele has various front loader models on offer, with prices set as low as $1,399 and as high as almost $4,500. Their high energy-efficiency ratings, however, should help to get some of that back in the form of reduced power bills over time. Sizes include 7kg, 8kg and 9kg models, but with no extra-large options available. However, for the average household, 7-8kg should suffice.
Miele was rated best for overall satisfaction and in most other research categories, except value for money where it got three stars.
Miele’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Bosch is another high-end German manufacturer, well-known for making feature-rich front loaders and numerous other household appliances. Some of its front loaders are still made in Germany, with many models boasting WELS water efficiency ratings of four stars or higher. Some consume as little as around 60L per cycle, which is around half the consumption of a typical top loader.
The Bosch range also includes the ‘iDos’ water and detergent saver, sensing and using the required amount of detergent and water. The drum detects the load weight, fabric type and degree of soiling, and adjusts the levels accordingly. Most Bosch models cost well over $1,000, with the full range sitting between $999 and $2,799. Sizes include 7.5kg models as well as 8kg, 9kg and 10kg.
Bosch was a solid performer in this year’s review, earning five stars for quietness and a solid four stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.
Bosch’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Fisher & Paykel is a New Zealand-based appliance brand, and while much of its manufacturing is now offshore, the Kiwi company is still known for making innovative, feature-rich and efficient front load washing machines. Its models hover around the middle-end of the capacity range, 7.5kg to 8.5kg, but it also has family-sized options of 10kg and 12kg.
The range can generally be broken into four categories – WashSmart, FabricSmart, QuickSmart and ActiveIntelligence. The names are suggestive, with WashSmart models offering the ability to pause the wash cycle to allow you to insert forgotten items. Few brands boast this feature and Fisher & Paykel does it with water efficiency in mind, with many models having 4.5-star WELS ratings or even better. ActiveIntelligence is aimed to take the ‘guesswork’ out of washing by adjusting the wash time and detergent to suit your load automatically. A few washers can be found for less than $1,000, with the most expensive model priced at around $2,199, so quality doesn’t always mean high costs.
Fisher & Paykel was rated a solid four stars across the board in our 2020 review and remains a solid runner-up for top loaders as well.
Fisher & Paykel’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Haier claims to be the number one brand of major appliances in the world in volume sales, thanks in part to its extensive range spanning across dishwashers, microwaves, fridges, freezers and more. In the laundry space however, Haier offers a moderately small selection of both top and front-loading washing machines for single-person households to large families, with load capacities ranging from 4kg to 12kg. Prices for high-end models don’t exceed $2,000 (excluding TwinTasker model), which is good value in comparison to other brands, although the range is limited.
The brand offers Direct Motion washers which feature direct drive motor technology, eliminating the drive belt in traditional washing machines, to allow the motor to directly drive the drum. This effectively reduces the vibration from the machine and helps reduce energy consumption. Haier also peddles a ‘TwinTasker’ machine with independent wash cycles, to wash each load separately or at the same time!
Haier was rated best bang for your buck in our 2020 ratings and four stars in most categories, except additional functionality where it landed three stars.
Haier’s range of front-loading washing machines includes (but is not limited to):
Simpson is reputed in the Australian market for ‘keeping it simple’ with a simple range of washers and dryers boasted for their reliability and efficiency. All Simpson top and front-loading washing machines come with a 10-year parts warranty. The brand’s ‘EZI Set’ range is claimed to have been designed to help busy families take the fuss out of doing the laundry. Simpson has been around for about 150 years, but its range hasn’t evolved much beyond its small, original offering.
Simpson was awarded five stars for value for money and four stars for performance and reliability, design and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for additional functionality and quietness.
Simpson’s range includes (at the time of writing) only two front-loading models:
South Korean tech and appliance giant Samsung offers various front loader washing machines with sleek appearances and different finish types to suit any laundry room. Perhaps you’re into the black appliance trend – well, Samsung has you covered in that department. Capacities are on the large side, with many models exceeding 10kg. There is also a massive 16kg model (pictured).
Samsung is one of the few brands to boast pause-cycle functions to add in more clothes – Samsung calls it ‘AddWash’. With large capacities and AddWash features, Samsung’s motto is ‘less loads – more life’, and with some models featuring cycle times of as short as 15 minutes, it’s easy to see why. Samsung’s front loaders average around 4-4.5 stars for energy and water efficiency ratings. Samsung washers can be found for under $1,500, while the largest ones are over $2,000.
Samsung got four stars for performance, design, additional functionality and value for money. It finished on three stars for quietness and overall satisfaction.
Samsung’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Electrolux is a Swedish brand, with a focus on innovative laundry appliances. Most of its front loader washing machines skew to the middle end of the capacity spectrum – from 7.5kg to 10kg capacities – however you can also find a 14kg model. Electrolux front loaders are known for their efficiency, with many of its models featuring five-star energy ratings and 4.5-star or better WELS ratings. Its 10kg model (EWF1041ZDWA), for example, uses just 86L per cycle, which seems quite an achievement given the capacity.
Many models feature more than 10 washing programs – including quick washes – and with the ability to save your favourite program. Electrolux front loaders start at the retail price tag of $949 and max out at $1,499 for the 10kg washer.
In our 2020 washing machine review, Electrolux was rated four stars for performance, design and quietness. It got three stars for value for money and overall.
Electrolux’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Another South Korean electronics giant, LG boasts a fairly large range of front load washing machines. Models range between 7kg and 15kg in load capacity, so you’re likely to find one for every household size. Dearer and larger models also have fairly large feature lists, with functions such as the ‘TurboClean’ and ‘TrueSteam’ to help take much of the fuss out of washing clothes. TurboClean apparently helps cut rinse cycles by up to 30 minutes, with water usage cut by up to 45%. Meanwhile TrueSteam is a feature that uses ultra-high temperatures to steam the water and enable tough stains to be removed.
To get a complement of features, you’ll generally have to be willing to spend at least $1,000, while its larger models can cost close to $2,000. Basic models can be found for around $800. Expect energy and water efficiency ratings of between 3.5 and 4.5 stars out of six.
LG was rated four stars for performance and three stars in the remaining categories.
LG’s front load washing machine range includes (but is not limited to):
Aside from the eight brands featured in our 2020 washing machine ratings, there are some other leading names in the world of front load washing machines that may be worth a look into. Such brands include:
While these brands didn’t garner enough survey responses to be included in our ratings, they may still have plenty to offer. Some brands come relatively cheap, while others are feature-rich, with intelligent detergent dispensers, load sensors and high energy and water efficiency ratings.
A front load washing machine works by tumbling your clothes – it picks clothes up and drops them into water in a circular motion. It doesn’t use an agitator or impeller as a top load washing machine would. Instead, it relies on gravity for its tumble action in the drum. This helps to reduce the amount of water used per load as you don’t need clothes to be completely submerged in water. You can still expect a gentle wash despite its tumble action.
One of the main benefits of front loaders is that they are typically more energy and water efficient than top loaders. With higher star ratings in these areas, you could be saving money on electricity and water bills over time. In addition, you typically have a larger range of cycle options, temperature settings and spin speeds. These units are also boasted for quiet noise levels and create minimal lint from washing clothes. You can also use the top surface as a workbench or stick a dryer on top to save on floor space.
Depending on the model, one of the main differentiating factors between front and top loaders is that you typically can’t stop a front loader when mid-cycle to add in clothes you may have missed. They also have generally longer wash times and smaller capacity levels than top loaders. However, there are plenty of new front load models that cater to large households in the laundry department. In addition, expect to pay higher prices upfront compared to top loaders.
There are plenty of pros and cons to buying a front load washing machine, but in general they will be suited to small households or those living in a small to average-sized home. However, there are also options for larger households, with some brands boasting 10kg load capacities and up. If space is at a premium at your place, you could feasibly stack your front loader on top of – or below – your clothes dryer. You can’t do that with a top loader washing machine. Below we list some specific factors to think about before buying a front loader.
The capacity of washing machines is measured in kilograms (i.e. the kg weight of your clothes). Front load washing machines come in a wide range of sizes, so it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your laundry room. Front loaders can be quite small – around 5-6kg in capacity – but you’ll also find plenty of larger washers around 10-11kg in capacity with 7kg units being considered to be an accommodating size for many Aussies. Electrolux, LG and Samsung are some of the biggest names to offer large front loaders, while most major brands have small models. You can find some front loaders as big as 16kg in size!
But when it comes to capacity, bigger is not always better. Unless you like using more electricity and water than you need to, it’s important to pick the right size washer for your family’s needs. The table below gives a general idea of what size you’ll need. As you’d expect, the bigger the washing machine, the higher the purchase price in general.
|Washing Machine Capacity||Household Size|
|5.5kg – 8kg||3-4 people|
Source: Appliances Online
In addition to various fancy features, the price of washing machines is largely dictated by their water and energy efficient ratings. The higher the rating, the more efficient the washer will be, and the more you’ll stand to save in ongoing energy costs. However, the most energy-efficient front load washing machines come with higher price tags, so you’ll need to consider whether or not the extra upfront cost is worth it.
You’ll generally find more interesting features with front loader washing machines than their top load cousins. In addition to the obligatory range of various delayed start and cycle times, some of the most impressive front load washer features currently available allow you to:
There are lots of things to consider when buying a new washing machine, but perhaps for many, it will come down to the budget and how much you’re willing to spend on one of these bad boys. On average, consumers spend $771 on new front loaders, our latest survey found.
You can have a washing machine with all the most expensive features, but that’s no use if you’re not going to use them. In addition to this year’s star ratings, our research also identified the key purchase decision factors for consumers who have recently purchased a new front loader:
As you can see, it’s all about finding a good balance between efficiency and value for money. Miele and Bosch continuously perform well on efficiency in our ratings, but this year it was Haier and Simpson which were rated best on value.
The average life expectancy for washing machines is around nine years, our survey shows, which suggests that buying a new washer is a long-term investment that involves some serious thought. If you’re preparing to splash the cash on a new front load washing machine, we hope our ratings report proves helpful.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
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*Prices taken from retailer websites, correct as of August 2020.
Here is a full list of washing machine brands available to buy in Australia:
Our latest customer satisfaction research on washing machines saw a number of brands rated best in different categories:
There are plenty of retailers that sell washing machines either in-store or online. These include:
Each brand offers a number of models within its range. We’ve taken a comparative model from each brand in regards to capacity to help you compare price, plus each model’s energy and water efficiency ratings:
Source: Respective retailers and Appliances Online, August 2020.
|Model||RRP||Energy Rating||Water Efficiency (WELS) Rating|
|Miele 7kg Front Load Washing Machine (WDB030)||$1,399||4||4|
|Simpson Ezi Set 7kg Front Load Washing Machine (SWF7025EQWA)||$599||3.5||4.5|
|Bosch 7.5kg Serie 4 Front Load Washing Machine (WAN22120AU)||$1,399||4||4.5|
|Fisher & Paykel 7.5kg WashSmart Front Load Washing Machine (WH7560P2)||$949||4||4.5|
|Samsung 7.5kg AddWash Steam Front Load Washing Machine (WW75K54E0UW)||$849||4||4.5|
|Electrolux 7.5kg JetSystem Front Load Washing Machine (EWF7524CDWA)||$799||4||4.5|
|Whirlpool 7kg FreshCare Front Load Washing Machine (FDLR70210)||$929||4||4|
Top load washing machines have a vertically aligned drum where clothes are loaded and unloaded via the door on top of the unit. Clothes are generally moved by an agitator or impeller. However, newer models are designed without an agitator to reduce tangling and instead use an alternative impeller system to move clothes.
With top loaders, you can expect much faster cycle times compared to front loaders. Top loaders typically run cycles in 15-30 minutes, whereas front loaders usually take up to an hour. This is because the load is constantly immersed in water, unlike in a front loader. However, newer top loaders now also boast quick wash cycles.
Top Loaders are also said to respond better when fabric softener is added. In addition, all top loaders allow you to pause and add clothes mid-cycle whereas this feature is limited in front loaders.
There are also several disadvantages to front loaders that are to be noted. One downfall is that they can create significant amounts of lint due to the friction of clothes during the wash. They also use considerably more water and detergent as well as generate more noise than front loaders.
Front loaders may have an edge on top loaders from an energy and water consumption perspective, but it’s also important to look at the initial purchase price. Front loaders and generally more expensive than top loaders of similar capacity. However, the higher upfront cost of the washer may in fact negate the savings you’re making on your water and power bills in the long run. On Appliances Online, top loaders cost between $300 and $2,900 while the price for a front loader ranges from $350 to $4,500, which is a significant difference.
Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a front loader washing machine in the last three years – in this case, 873 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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There's a big difference between the cheapest and most expensive washing machines on the market – and buying a new one presents something of a financial dilemma. Canstar Blue research has found that Australian consumers spend an average of $893 on front loader washing machines and $696 on new top load washers. With typical prices ranging from around $500 to more than $6,000 for the top of the line models, it seems there are quite a few Aussies opting for cheaper models. After all, they just wash clothes right?! What’s the difference between a cheap and expensive washing machine?
Let’s face it, washing machines aren’t exactly ‘sexy’ and you're probably more tempted to spend your money elsewhere. So, is it worth buying a cheap washing machine? In this article, we review some of the cheapest washing machines in Australia, highlighting some of the strengths and downfalls that a cheap washing machine can bring.
Generally, top loaders tend to be cheaper than front loaders when it comes to their initial purchase price. However, top loaders tend to be less energy-efficient, which in turn could equate to higher electricity bills in the long-run. Some of the cheapest washing machines can be found from brands such as:
|Model||RRP||Energy Rating||Water Efficiency (WELS) Rating|
|ALDI (STR-TLW70) 7kg Top Load Washing Machine||$349||2||3.5|
|ALDI (STR-FLW75) 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine||$379||3.5||4|
|Euromaid (HTL55 5.5kg) Top Load Washing Machine||$550||1.5||3|
|Euromaid (WM5PRO) 5kg Front Load Washing Machine||$599||2.5||3.5|
|Esatto (ETL6) 6kg Top Load Washing Machine||$599||1.5||3|
|Esatto (EFLW6 6kg) Front Load Washing Machine||$609||2.5||4|
|Simpson (SWT6541) 6.5kg Top Load Washing Machine||$639||2.5||3.5|
|Haier (HWF75AW1) 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine||$649||3.5||4.5|
Source: Appliances Online and respective retailers, May 2019
The cheapest top loaders are generally small in capacity and retail for around $600, but can be found for less than this at sales time.
The German grocery giant has quite a few budget-friendly appliances up its sleeve including this 7.5kg front loader for under $400. Despite the low price tag, it comes equipped with a number of features including an LED display to show the cycle settings, a child lock for safety, plus 16 different wash programs. It also has a delay start function, allowing you to make use of off-peak electricity times and an intelligent memory feature to save your most frequent wash settings. It's backed by a three-year in home warranty for peace of mind.
A cheap front loader with a 5kg capacity is the Euromaid WM5PRO. It has a couple of handy features that may convince you to part ways with your money. It features a smart delay function to better suit your lifestyle, with auxiliary functions and other options also available. There are 15 programs in total, including cold washing and quick washing. It has a 1200RPM spin speed.
Users may benefit from the 1kg larger capacity than some other low-cost competitors, but generally speaking with Esatto you get much the same type of deal as with other brands. However, this model features 16 wash programs all controlled from a single knob and an LED display. It’s a cold water-only model, features time delay, a pause function and a time remaining display. It features a 1000RPM spin speed.
Haier packs in everything you would expect from a washing machine as well as additional load capacity. It features 16 different wash programs to choose from, all operated on one dial. It also boasts a long lasting anti-bacterial treated door seal and detergent dispenser. In addition, you'll find a wave drum design stated to provide a gentle wash and a 1200RPM spin speed. It features a delay end as well as a speed up wash option, ideal for busy households.
Some familiar faces dominate the rankings for the cheapest top loaders – ALDI, Euromaid and Esatto. It’s a similar story to the cheapest front loaders in that if you want to spend around $600, you’re generally stuck with a small capacity machine with limited features.
ALDI offers a 7kg top load washing machine for $349. The design features a stainless steel inner tub and a child lock for safety. It also comes with a 24 hour delay start timer, allowing you to set a later start time so that your load is done when you get home from work or you might simply like to make use of the off-peak electricity times overnight. It's equipped with six wash programs including normal, cotton, heavy duty, blanket, quick and delicate.
Despite what the name may suggest, Euromaid is an Australian brand focused on budget-friendly appliances. The HTL55 washing machine features quite a small capacity – just 5.5kg. Households of more than two people may want something larger – say 8kg or more – to get their washing duties done. It has eight washing programs with a heavy duty function along with time delay and a pause button. It also features an LED display control panel with a remaining time indicator and a clear lid so you can see how your cycle is going. It also features a 750RPM spin speed.
With a slightly larger capacity than the Euromaid, 6kg is still quite small relative to other washing machines, and would generally be suitable for a single or a couple. Once again larger households may find value in buying a larger washing machine. The Esatto features six washing programs, including a quick wash function. It also has an anti-crease function which is handy for those on the go… or those with pesky business shirts. Its controls are button-based and it features a 700RPM spin speed.
Simpson is another established brand somewhat catering to the budget end of the price spectrum. Once again you’ll find that if you want the cheapest washing machines, you’ll have to put up with a smaller capacity – in this case, 6.5kg. The Simpson model features 11 wash programs, as well as time delay, a pause button and a time remaining display. The control panel is accessible even if the lid is up. It also features Simpson's agitator wash action and a durable lid stated to withstand a basket full of wet towels. It runs on both hot and cold water inlets.
Aside from the washing machines we mentioned above, you might be looking for the cheapest model from a brand that isn't necessarily considered budget friendly. If this is the case, here’s what other major brands have on offer in regards to their cheapest washers.
|Model||RRP||Energy Rating||Water Efficiency (WELS) Rating|
|LG (WTG6520) 6.5kg Top Load Washing Machine||$639||2.5||3|
|Samsung (WW75J54E0IW) 7.5kg BubbleWash Front Load Washing Machine with Steam||$679||4||4.5|
|Fisher & Paykel (MW513) QuickSmart 5.5kg Top Load Washing Machine||$699||1.5||3|
|Fisher & Paykel (WH7560J3) 7.5kg QuickSmart Front Load Washing Machine||$899||4||4.5|
|Samsung (WA85N6750BV) 8.5Kg Activ DualWash Top Load Washing Machine||$949||2||4|
|Bosch (WAK24162AU) 7kg Serie 4 Front Load Washing Machine||$999||4||4|
|LG (WD1408NCW) 8kg Front Load Washing Machine||$1,149||4||4.5|
|Miele (WDB030) 7kg Front Load Washing Machine||$1,599||4||4|
Source: Appliances Online and respective retailers, May 2019
Bosch only offers front load washing machines within its range, one of which is this 7kg washer. It features an automatic load sensor, claimed to measure the precise amount of water for each load, and in turn help reduce water and electricity costs. The VarioDrum is boasted to provide a gentler wash, protecting delicates and fine textiles, according to the brand. With 13 different wash programs available, including a handwash and a quick wash, there's not a lot that this unit can't clean.
This 7.5kg QuickSmart front load washing machine from Fisher and Paykel features a number of programs. This unit is boasted for its SmartDrive motor to provide quieter and more durable washing compared to its predecessors. There are nine different washing programs to choose from including a quick wash for when you're in a rush.
For a top load option, this 5.5kg washer is more suited for smaller households and apartment living. The control panel is said to be easy to navigate with four different wash programs to choose from. It also features the SmartDrive motor and an auto-lint disposal system, for easy maintenance. Its agitator has flexible fins to reduce tangling and ensure gentle care, according to the brand.
In its front load range, LG offers this 8kg washing machine. The unit is boasted for LG’s True Steam feature stated to help clean clothes on a microscopic level for effective stain removal. Its Smart THINQ technology allows you to start your washer and troubleshoot problems via your smartphone. The addition of an add-item function, lets you add any forgotten items after the cycle has begun.
LG’s 6.5kg top load washing machine has the capacity more suited for small to medium-sized households. There are seven different wash programs including a quick wash and pre-wash cotton cycle. It doesn’t feature an agitator, giving you more space inside the tub to fit larger items such as sheets and blankets. It has a delay start feature to plan your weekly schedule, plus a child lock for safety. Similarly, to LG’s front loader mentioned above, this unit also comes equipped with the Smart Diagnosis technology, allowing you to troubleshoot any issues via your smartphone. Its inverter direct drive motor system is stated to provide a durable motor backed by a 10 year warranty.
Another brand that solely focuses on front loaders is Miele. Its cheapest washer is this 7kg WDB030 model, featuring Miele's Honeycomb Drum for gentle garment care, a Profi-Eco motor stated to provide a quiet and economical wash, plus 12 washing programs. With the delay start function, you can start the washer at a time that suits you. It's also boasted for convenient use with its DirectSensor controls.
If you’re looking for a low-cost front loader from Samsung, the 7.5kg BubbleWash Washing Machine with Steam is among the most affordable options available by the brand. One of the main selling points of this unit is claimed to be its ability to clean clothing on a microscopic level, removing bacteria for added peace of mind thanks to Samsung’s Steam Cycles. For an even deeper clean, Bubble Wash and BubbleSoak functions are also available. It’s equipped with a quick wash for when you’re in a rush and its Smart Check function allows you to troubleshoot your washer problems via a smartphone.
Samsung’s slightly larger 8.5kg Activ DualWash top loader might be suitable for medium-sized family households, equipped with a number of convenient wash functions. One of its stand out design features is the conveniently placed LED control panel that you don’t have to bend or stretch to reach. Its Active DualWash includes a built-in sink and a water jet, allowing you to pre-treat stains or hand-wash delicate items before they are machine-washed. It also features Samsung’s Magic Filters claimed to gather lint from your washed clothing, which is handy for pet owners, plus it has the Smart Check feature to monitor errors and offer troubleshooting solutions in real time.
It’s quite evident that the cheaper models tend to use quite a large amount of electricity every year. This is especially the case with top loaders. You’ll also have to consider that many of these models have small capacities and will probably need to be run more frequently than a larger washing machine. This means that you’ll need to look past the cheap purchase prices and instead consider the ongoing costs.
Using two of the models above – the Euromaid top loader (565kWh) and Euromaid front loader (375kWh) – as examples, it’s quite evident that their relatively high electricity consumption could add up in the long run.
When you consider the total approximate energy consumption over these time periods, the Euromaid top loader would use 5085kWh, and for the Midea front loader it would be 3000kWh.
Keep in mind the fact that electricity prices are probably going to rise in these time frames, and you’re looking at ongoing costs eclipsing the purchase prices by quite a margin. Water consumption is less of a consideration because water by the gigalitre is quite cheap – especially in metro areas. However, if you own your own home or you’re renting your house out to someone, it might pay to keep track of water usage to make sure it’s not wildly abnormal. Keep in mind that front loaders generally use significantly less water than top loaders, so if you’re mindful about water then it could pay to go for a front loader model.
All of this begs the question: Is it better to spend more on a more efficient appliance? More efficient washing machines usually command a higher price tag, and it could take several years to recoup your costs by way of reduced energy bills.
Given the lengthy times of ownership displayed above, customers stand a good chance of making back their money, however it may just not be enough to justify spending $1,000 or more upfront. What you can’t put a price tag on is the increased features and usability some more expensive models afford. In any case, you’ll have to weigh up for yourself whether a cheap washing machine is truly ‘cheap’.
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