Best Front Loading Washing Machines

Front loading washing machines, or front loaders, can clean your clothes more gently while using less energy and water. Choosing between the features of different machines can be overwhelming, so it’s important to know what means what so you can find a front load washer that suits your home and your laundry. Continue reading...

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$429 to $4,995
$429
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18 kg
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Based on 2,647 reviews
Haier HWF75AW Series

Haier HWF75AW Series

4.1  (117)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg
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shazba
shazbaNSW5 posts
  HWF75AW3
Stress free washing everytimeLove that this washer has eco wash setting . Large 7.5kg capacity so it is great to wash heavy linen , like blankets, quilts in it. Very easy to use , read and set for each wash you need to do and has LED display on it. Has a lot of wash cycles to choose from. Also has many other fantastic funtions. I love this washer and highly recommend it Show details
Bosch Serie 8 Front Load Washing Machines

Bosch Serie 8 Front Load Washing Machines

3.7  (989)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Victoria
VictoriaQLD3 posts
  Verified WAW28441AU
Bearing Failure after 6 YearsExpected better longevity from a German made machine purchased 6 years ago, the machine has developed a whining bearing sound and vibrates. A repairman said that the drum bearing failed and would be too expensive to fix (requiring a complete disassembly). I will not be buying a Bosch washing machine again. Show details
Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

3.8  (262)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 9 kg
MilenaG
MilenaGAU2 posts
  Verified QuickSmart WH9060J3
Euromaid WM5 / WM7

Euromaid WM5 / WM7

3.5  (255)
 Summary
  • Capacity5 kg and 7 kg
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rhonda b.
rhonda b.2 posts
  WM7PRO
Bosch Serie 6 Front Load Washing Machines

Bosch Serie 6 Front Load Washing Machines

3.2  (134)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
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Fiona t
Fiona t2 posts
  WAP24261AU
Washes ok but they only last a few years. Invest elsewhereThis is the second of these machines we have had.
Both have died within 4-5 years.

Moving on from Bosch now.

Speed Queen AFNE9B/BSS

Speed Queen AFNE9B/BSS

4.3  (21)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
Crawford and Margaret
Crawford and MargaretNSW3 posts
  AFNE9B/BSS
Fisher & Paykel WH8060J3

Fisher & Paykel WH8060J3

3.8  (32)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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$699Bing Lee
Amir A.
Amir A.4 posts
 
IT WAS BADit was really bad i left my brick in my pocket and it went though the wash 1 star Show details
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LG WV5 Series

LG WV5 Series

3.0  (87)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Denise H.
Denise H.2 posts
  WV5-1408W
Haier HWF-AN1 Series

Haier HWF-AN1 Series

3.4  (34)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 9.5 kg
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$648Bing Lee
mumof4
mumof44 posts
  HWF95ANB1
Whirlpool FreshCare Front Loaders

Whirlpool FreshCare Front Loaders

4.1  (17)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg and 8 kg
Michael B.
Michael B.VIC
  FDLR80210
Great functions, quality productReally impressed the range of functions available on this washing machine and most importantly the quality of clothes washing. Very easy to operate and clean. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a reliable, value for money washing machine. Show details
Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

3.9  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,049
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
James P.
James P.
 
AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

2.8  (65)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Peter Suwara
Peter SuwaraVIC8 posts
  Verified LF8C8412A
Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

4.1  (13)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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$748Bing Lee
TWW
TWWSA29 posts
  HWF80ANB1
Fantastic great machinePurchased both washing machine and pump dryer, cannot fault, both units very solid, both units very quite, we use both daily and they are fantastic, cannot rate them highly enough for the price Show details
Asko W4086

Asko W4086

2.6  (56)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
Amanda
AmandaNSW2 posts
  W4086P
Try living with a broken washing machine for a monthMy facts. Machine broke within warranty. Call made to fix and still 4 weeks later unresolved. No machine and having a family of 4 and no washing machine for a month and no ability to speak to management or escalate issue with Asko. Based on performance and service do not recommend Show details
Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

3.1  (21)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg and 8 kg
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Jamie M
Jamie MQLD3 posts
  SWF7025EQWA
Beko BFL7510W / BFL8510W / BFL1010W

Beko BFL7510W / BFL8510W / BFL1010W

3.2  (19)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
Thanh H.
Thanh H.
  Verified BFL7510W
Beko Washing MachineI recently bought a Beko washing machine but the doors can’t be opened. Customer service refused to help despite long waiting on the phone and what they requested via email is contradictory to what they said via phone. Buy Beko product at your own risk Show details
  • Capacity8.5 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Jay Hash
Jay HashNew South Wales2 posts
  FSCR12420
Solt GGSFLW60

Solt GGSFLW60

3.2  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $429
  • Capacity6 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
Mike Cramb
Mike CrambNSW33 posts
 
LG WV9 Series

LG WV9 Series

2.5  (36)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg, 10 kg and 12 kg
Louise Y.
Louise Y.QLD3 posts
  WV9-1412W
Westinghouse WWF8024M5WA (8kg)

Westinghouse WWF8024M5WA (8kg)

3.9  (9)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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JoA
JoAVIC8 posts
 
Teka TFLW10

Teka TFLW10

4.4  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,699
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
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Lauren Ots
Lauren OtsWA3 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified
LG WD1408NCW

LG WD1408NCW

2.9  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,149
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Phoenix
PhoenixVictoria3 posts
 
Fisher & Paykel WH8560P3

Fisher & Paykel WH8560P3

3.4  (11)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Gavin R.
Gavin R.QLD5 posts
 
Fisher & Paykel WH1060P3

Fisher & Paykel WH1060P3

3.5  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,399
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
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Ilian
IlianQLD22 posts
 
Samsung BubbleWash Smart AI WW85T504DAE (8.5kg)

Samsung BubbleWash Smart AI WW85T504DAE (8.5kg)

2.4  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $849
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Peter N
Peter NSA2 posts
 
Samsung are swindlersWashing machine drum exploded and samsung won't cover it under warranty because they claimed it is my fault. Samsung are swindlers and will play with the fine print so they don't have to replace a faulty product. Show details
Samsung
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Hey Peter, I'm so sorry to hear about the poor experience you've had with your washing machine. I would love to reach out and take a look into this situation, to do so I have sent a private message. Kind Regards,

Brian
Samsung AU

Asko W2084C

Asko W2084C

2.1  (40)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Steff
SteffQLD
 
Hisense Front Load Washer HWFY7514

Hisense Front Load Washer HWFY7514

4.0  (6)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
Andrew T.
Andrew T.3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Andrew TuimaseveA's are good too cute today bro right there since I left my way home now both sides of each material for her if she's still open spot on with via email or Show details ·  1
Bosch Serie 6 WGA244U0AU

Bosch Serie 6 WGA244U0AU

3.2  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,299
  • Capacity9 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Horlicks
HorlicksQLD23 posts
  Verified
Beko BFL853ADW / BFL103ADW

Beko BFL853ADW / BFL103ADW

2.4  (18)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg and 10 kg
Tamba V.
Tamba V.QLD2 posts
  BFL103ADW
Electrolux Wi-Fi Enabled EWF1042BDWA

Electrolux Wi-Fi Enabled EWF1042BDWA

3.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,699
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
T.Pog
T.Pog3 posts
 
A reliable workhorse for familiesI do around 3 loads of washing per day for my busy family. This machine cleans brilliantly. It fits ALOT of cottons all at once. It cleans the cloth nappies very well. Our delicates are in immaculatecondition and the wool setting has our jumpers cared for properly. I recommend this reliable washing machine. Show details

A father and daughter putting laundry into a front loading washing machine

What's better: top loading or front loading washers?

When shopping around, you’ll probably find that neither top loaders or front loaders are inherently better, but one will likely suit your laundry preferences more.

Front loaders

Front loaders have a drum that spins horizontally, using gravity to tumble the laundry and evenly distribute water and detergent to effectively clean it.

Pros
More water and energy efficient than top loaders, helping you save money and the planet.
May be more economical in the long run.
Generally gentler on your clothes.
Can more easily fit into tighter spaces as they have smaller external dimensions.
Can save space by fitting it underneath a kitchen benchtop or stacking a dryer on top, making it great for apartments and small homes.
Often have higher spin speeds than top loaders, helping clothes come out dryer.
Require less detergent for the same sized load.
Cons
More expensive upfront than top loading machines.
More difficult to move as they’re heavier.
Generally have longer wash cycles.
Most models don’t let you add additional clothing or detergent mid-wash.
Require you to bend over to load the machine, making loading and unloading harder on the back.
Often louder than top loaders.

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Top loading washing machines use either an agitator (the upright tube in the middle of the drum that twists back and forth) or an impeller (a spinning cone or disc) to rub clothes against each other and clean them.

Pros
Cheaper to buy than front loaders.
Easier to move, as they’re lighter.
Have shorter wash cycles, so are more suitable for time-pressed people.
Often have large load capacities.
Can usually be stopped in the middle of a cycle, letting you add more clothing.
Easier to load than front loaders, as they don’t require you to bend over.
Cons
Often use an agitator (the plastic column in the centre) that can stretch, snag, and damage clothing.
Less energy and water efficient.
Generally more harsh on clothing.
Top load washing machines are more expensive to operate.
Require more detergent.

What to look for in a front loading washing machine

Capacity

The capacity you need will largely depend on the size of your household, and your specific laundry needs.

Below is a rough guide to what machine capacity you need for your household size, however it’s recommended to consult the product manual to see whether a machine is suitable for you.

Front loader capacityHousehold size
5.5kg and under1 - 2 people
5.5kg - 8kg3 - 4 people
8kg and over4 or more people

Programs

A machine with a wide range of wash programs, temperatures, and spin speeds will let you make the most of the machine and customise your washing to suit different types of laundry.

Look for a variety of programs that can tackle both heavy duty loads (such as stained or soiled clothes) and delicate materials. Some programs will also have different options for different materials (for example, cottons or synthetics), making it easy to know what’s appropriate for your load.

Size

Before choosing between a small front loader washing machine and a larger model, measure (and double check) the size of the space your machine needs to fit in. Check these measurements against the external dimensions (height, depth, and width) of any washer you’re thinking of buying.

Make sure you should also take into account the space needed for the door to open, as well as the width of all the corridors leading to the laundry, so that you can actually move your new machine there.

Features

There are plenty of features on front loading washers that make them easier to use and help them more effectively clean your clothes and linen.

  • Delayed start: This lets you set a time for the cycle to start, so you can have it ready by a convenient time, or so you can take advantage of off-peak energy rates.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: Some machines connect to a mobile app that lets you start your machine when you’re out, and track the progress of the cycle from your phone.
  • Child lock: A child lock prevents the door from being opened and the program from being changed mid-cycle, so that curious little fingers can’t make any changes. It can also be activated when the machine isn’t in use, to prevent little ones from playing with (or in) the machine.
  • Add to load: This feature lets you add more items (and sometimes detergent) to the wash mid-cycle, so that you can quickly add that missing sock you’ve found under the couch.
  • Auto balancing: Auto balancing detects an unbalanced load, and redistributes it so that your machine can efficiently wash your clothes.
  • Steam function: Steam inside a washing machine relaxes the fibres of your clothes and helps lift stubborn stains, making a steam function a handy feature to have.
  • Favourite program: This lets you save a customised program, so that you can easily set it at the push of a button.

Energy and water efficiency

An energy and water efficient machine is both more environmentally friendly and more easy on your wallet. Energy and water efficiency on a washing machine are indicated by star ratings - the more stars they have, the more efficient they are.

Larger washing machines often have more stars than smaller ones (as larger loads tend to save more energy), however they’ll use more power overall.

Build quality

We fork out quite a bit of money for washing machines, so it’s reasonable to expect to get years of use out of them.

Consider the material of the drum of your machine - most high-quality ones will have a stainless steel drum, which is both hard-wearing and gentle on clothes. You can also find plastic or porcelain-coated steel drums. Porcelain finishes are prone to chipping after a while, and while plastic tubs have a long lifespan, they can sometimes be a bit harsh on your laundry.

Read reviews to see how long a machine will last.

Reading front loader washing machine reviews is a good way to determine how hard-wearing a product is, as well as what the process to repair or replace parts is in the event that something does break down.

They can also help you see how easy it is to clean and maintain a machine, so you know what kind of work goes into prolonging its lifespan.

Ease of use

When shopping around, test out the controls on different machines, they should be easy to understand and use.

You should also consider whether or not you can install the front loader yourself, or if you’ll need a professional to fit it for you. Sometimes, the cost of installation will be included in the cost of the machine, so it’s worth reading the fine print to ensure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Noise level

Most people accept that a washing machine will make quite a bit of noise, but this may be more of a concern if you have infants who need sleep in your home, or if your laundry is located quite close to your living area and bedrooms.

Some washing machines will list their noise level in decibels in their product description - this can make it easier to compare the noise across models.

Price

Is it worth paying more for a washing machine? A front loader can cost anywhere from $500 to over $4000. The more features you have, the more pricey your machine will be, so have a good think about whether or not you want your washer to have all the latest bells and whistles.

Consider water and energy consumption when you compare prices. A more efficient machine with 4 or 5-star ratings may cost more outright, but it may be more economical in the long run then buying a less efficient, cheap front loader washing machine.

The bottom line

There are many factors to consider when you’re browsing the appliance store for a new front loader, but prioritising your household's particular laundry needs should help you go home with the right machine that leaves your clothes and linen spotless.

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