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
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18 kg
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Based on 2,694 reviews
Haier HWF75AW Series

Haier HWF75AW Series

4.2  (117)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg
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$549Bing Lee
Harper Adams
Harper AdamsQLD14 posts
  HWF75AW3
Quality made!Have this a few months ago and cant still believe the quality it does for our laundry. More efficient to use and great design too, so many great features and I really love it. Show details
Bosch Series 8 Front Load Washing Machines

Bosch Series 8 Front Load Washing Machines

3.7  (999)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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$1,019Bing Lee
Kevin Evans
Kevin EvansQLD5 posts
  WAW28440AU
Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

3.8  (266)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 9 kg
Carly M
Carly M3 posts
  QuickSmart WH7560J3
Euromaid WM5 / WM7

Euromaid WM5 / WM7

3.5  (255)
 Summary
  • Capacity5 kg and 7 kg
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Pietro C.
Pietro C.
  WM7
Euromaid WM7 just stopped working!Hi. The play symbol is continually flashing but the cycle won’t start. I’ve tried resetting it (holding down the start button for 3 seconds and start and on/off) but nothing is happening. Changing the program has no effect either. The lock sign does not appear and I can’t change it to pause either. Please can you assist. Show reply
Speed Queen AFNE9B/BSS

Speed Queen AFNE9B/BSS

4.3  (21)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
Crawford and Margaret
Crawford and MargaretNSW3 posts
  AFNE9B/BSS
Bosch Serie 6 Front Load Washing Machines

Bosch Serie 6 Front Load Washing Machines

3.2  (136)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
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Jocelyn K.
Jocelyn K.NSW6 posts
  WAP24261AU
Bad post sale customer serviceGot E36 message after one month. Okay, manufacturing mistakes happen. Unfortunately I was told I would need to wait 5-8 days for a service call, and that was thought acceptable. You can't fob this off on Bosch. As the seller you have equal responsibility at law.
Fisher & Paykel WH8060J3

Fisher & Paykel WH8060J3

3.7  (31)
 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
Amir A.
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Haier HWF-AN1 Series

Haier HWF-AN1 Series

3.5  (35)
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  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 9.5 kg
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$699Bing Lee
Doz
DozNSW3 posts
  HWF75AN1
Good washingVery efficient quick and clean. No noise, I can wash anything in it, with no damage
Has good cycle times for everything
First front loader I've had, never go back to top loader. Show details
Whirlpool FreshCare Front Loaders

Whirlpool FreshCare Front Loaders

4.0  (18)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg and 8 kg
CMT
CMT
  Verified FDLR80210
LG WV5 Series

LG WV5 Series

2.9  (94)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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$599Bing Lee
Steve
Steve62 posts
  WV5-1410W
Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

3.8  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,049
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Angela
Angela
 
Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

4.1  (14)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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$799Bing Lee
Leo Brisbane
Leo Brisbane4 posts
  HWF10AN1
AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

2.7  (67)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Anon
AnonACT9 posts
  LF8C1612A
Terrible experienceCustomer service is awful. Not honoured their warranty. Will never buy again! Show details
Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

3.2  (22)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg and 8 kg
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Daniel
Daniel
  Verified SWF8025DQWA
Very reliable machineWe've had this machine 5 years and it's been flawless. We now have two children (eldest is 2.5 years old) and use cloth nappies, so it gets used a lot, at least once daily. No problems at all with it, love the ability to delay the wash overnight so washing is ready to be put out in the morning. Show details
Asko W4086

Asko W4086

2.6  (60)
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  • Capacity8 kg
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$2,199Bing Lee
Andriy
Andriy3 posts
  Verified W4086C
Beko BFL7510W / BFL8510W / BFL1010W

Beko BFL7510W / BFL8510W / BFL1010W

3.2  (20)
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  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
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$699Bing Lee
Burnsy
BurnsySA
  BFL7510W
  • Capacity8.5 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Jay Hash
Jay HashNew South Wales2 posts
  FSCR12420
LG WV9 Series

LG WV9 Series

2.5  (37)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg, 10 kg and 12 kg
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$1,109Bing Lee
Lochy O.
Lochy O.SA7 posts
  WV9-1410B
Child lock needs revisionIt's a great washing machine, but if you were going to design a child lock, one would think to include the on off button as part of the child lock.. especially seeing as the button is so touch sensitive. Show details
Solt GGSFLW60

Solt GGSFLW60

3.2  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $429
  • Capacity6 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
Mike Cramb
Mike CrambNSW34 posts
 
Westinghouse WWF8024M5WA (8kg)

Westinghouse WWF8024M5WA (8kg)

3.9  (9)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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$649Bing Lee
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
Fisher & Paykel WH8560P3

Fisher & Paykel WH8560P3

3.4  (11)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
$849Bing Lee
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
IlianQLD23 posts
 
LG WD1408NCW

LG WD1408NCW

2.8  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,149
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Phoenix
PhoenixVictoria3 posts
 
Asko W2084C

Asko W2084C

2.2  (39)
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  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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$1,999Bing Lee
Mason W.
Mason W.QLD16 posts
  Verified
Samsung BubbleWash Smart AI WW85T504DAE (8.5kg)

Samsung BubbleWash Smart AI WW85T504DAE (8.5kg)

2.3  (27)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Laura
Laura2 posts
 
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
Hisense Front Load Washer HWFY7514

Hisense Front Load Washer HWFY7514

3.3  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • Capacity7.5 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
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JohnoandNic
JohnoandNicQLD5 posts
  Verified
Leaking after 8 months because of 2 small zip ties!!!Purchased June 2023, leaked for the whole time because the only thing holding the main water hose to the barrel is 2 tiny zip ties, we have replaced OURSELVES with hose clamps. No thanks to Hisense and customer care! We chose this machine due to water saving rating and size to fit into our bathroom.
Samsung WW85T554DA

Samsung WW85T554DA

2.4  (16)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
Clinton O.
Clinton O.WA27 posts
  Verified WW85T554DAW
Samsung
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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.

Top loaders · See all

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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