Best Washing Machines

A good washing machine is essential to every household, and while they all serve the same purpose, the variety of machines available can make purchasing one a puzzle. We'll take you through each type of machine, and explain what to look for, to help guarantee you’re making the most informed choice possible when shopping. Continue reading...

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Based on 4,867 reviews
Speed Queen AWNA62

Speed Queen AWNA62 🏆 2024

4.7  (218)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg and 8.5 kg
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Amanda C
Amanda CQLD12 posts
  AWNA62 Black
Speed Queen AWNE92 Black

Speed Queen AWNE92 Black

4.7  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $3,495
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Knudsen
Knudsen
 
speed queen washing machinePrevious machine was a Maytag which I had for 25yrs. I purchased the Speed Queen as it was a like for
like machine. Extremely easy machine to operate (domestic/home use only) large bowl, washes clothes well on all cycles and very efficient. Highly recommend this machine especially if I get another 25yrs from this particular one. Show details
Haier HWF75AW Series

Haier HWF75AW Series

4.2  (117)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg
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Harper Adams
Harper AdamsQLD10 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
  • Capacity5.5 kg and 6 kg
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Craig.
Craig.
  MW511
Can't kill itI purchased this second hand 11 years ago, it's going great . It's been a few places in that time, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and back to Brisbane and still as good as the day I got it. Washing everything I can put in it. Show details
Bosch Serie 8 Front Load Washing Machines

Bosch Serie 8 Front Load Washing Machines

3.7  (990)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Steve
Steve11 posts
  WGG24401AU
Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

Fisher & Paykel QuickSmart Front Loader

3.8  (263)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 9 kg
Hazel Murphy
Hazel MurphySA9 posts
  QuickSmart WH7560J3
reasonable price and very usefulGreat to wash and easy to use, the features are great and very handy. Show details
Euromaid WM5 / WM7

Euromaid WM5 / WM7

3.5  (256)
 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.
  • Capacity7 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
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Alex
AlexQLD8 posts
  Verified WA8560G1
F & P gone from Great machines to very poor QualityWashing machine, built china, has been very noisy from new. 4 years old and needs repair. Goes out of balance at the drop of a hat. It never washed the clothes to our satisfaction not like our previous F & P built in Australia.
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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Christian
Christian4 posts
  WAT24220AU
In the top 3 washing machineVery well built, very quiet and do a superb wash! Show details ·  1
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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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 HWT60AW1 / HWT70AW1 / HWT80AW1

Haier HWT60AW1 / HWT70AW1 / HWT80AW1

3.1  (86)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg, 7 kg and 8 kg
lisa
lisa2 posts
  HWT80AW1
FinallyFinally a washing machine that is quiet and works like a dream Show details
LG WV5 Series

LG WV5 Series

3.0  (88)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Emma M.
Emma M.
  Verified WV5-1208W
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
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Mr Tibbs
Mr Tibbs
  WA8560E1
Lint machineRough on clothes and so much lint, this machine has been very painful, a lemon
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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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
LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

3.0  (69)
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  • Capacity6.5 kg and 7.5 kg
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$653Bing Lee
Fredericka M.
Fredericka M.NSW
  WTG7520
DisappointedLid keeps cracking around the hinges. Had it replaced once and now they won’t replace it even though it’s still under warranty. It’s not even 2 years old. Very disappointed. The machine doesn’t wash clothes that well. Would not recommend it. Taking the matter to Fair Trading. Show details
Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

Bosch Serie 4 WAN24121AU

4.0  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,049
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
gidawayback
gidawaybackNSW6 posts
 
Great front loader!This is a great washing machine and is incredibly quiet, it does a good job and that is all you need really. Also don’t over do the detergent, I use Dynamo and half a cap I find is just right! Just make sure you set it to level before using it. Thumbs up here! Show details
Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

3.3  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $440
  • Capacity3.3 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
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Crystal
CrystalQLD
 
Sphere 3.5 12v washing machine FailFirst one we ordered did not spin so they sent us another one within a week ( great speed) however the second one has the same issue it doesn’t spin and your stuck hand wringing every item washed. We’ve even tried it empty. Two machines in one week both same issue. Waste of money and time Show details
Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

Haier HWF-AN1 Series (UV Protect)

4.1  (14)
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  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Leo Brisbane
Leo Brisbane4 posts
  HWF10AN1
Simpson SWT1043

Simpson SWT1043

2.7  (91)
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  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
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Corey G.
Corey G.3 posts
 
AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

AEG 8000 Series Front Loaders

2.8  (65)
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  • Capacity8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Peter Suwara
Peter SuwaraVIC8 posts
  Verified LF8C8412A
LG WTG8521

LG WTG8521

2.9  (38)
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  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Peter
PeterNSW11 posts
  Verified
Watch out for the spin-dry cycle!Solid, reliable machine with a large capacity. Purchased 3 years ago (April 2021) to replace a 10-year-old Fisher & Paykel front loader, which in hindsight was a lot gentler in its default mode. With the LG we've learned the hard way that we need to avoid the standard spin-dry setting when washing items containing elastic, for example. Show details
Asko W4086

Asko W4086

2.6  (59)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
Richard ..
Richard ..QLD5 posts
  Verified W4086P
Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

Simpson Ezi Set Front Loaders

3.1  (21)
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  • Capacity7 kg and 8 kg
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Jamie M
Jamie MQLD3 posts
  SWF7025EQWA
Simpson SWT8043

Simpson SWT8043

2.3  (114)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Kazza
KazzaMelbourne2 posts
 
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.2 posts
  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
Speed Queen ATEE9A / ATGE9A

Speed Queen ATEE9A / ATGE9A

4.5  (8)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
babz
babzNew South Wales2 posts
  ATEE9A
LOVE IT!This combo machine is amazing! I purchased this machine as I didn’t have the space for the side by side version. I actually love that the dryer is on top as getting clothes out and putting on hangers and onto a rack is much easier. This combo is simple to operate, with many options and able to do large loads ie. sleeping bags, doonas.  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
 

Front loader washing machine with colourful clothes.

Types of washing machines

The most limiting factor to be considered before you begin looking at washing machines is the available space in your home. If your home has one designated spot for a washing machine, you will need to choose a machine that will fit that space.

Having several possible locations will open up your buying options, but it is still important to know the measurements of each space (don’t forget to leave a gap for pipes at the back, and room for the door to open at either the front or top!).

Once your space is figured out, the next factor to consider is the capacity you require, which depends on how much & how often you wash. Machines range in size from 5kgs to 10kgs, with a 7kg capacity machine being generally considered adequate for a four-person household. Having a rough budget estimate will also help you narrow down your decision.

Here is a brief summary of the different types of washing machines:

TypeMain FeaturesBest ForAverage Prices
Top loadersTypically available in larger capacities, they also have faster washing times than front-loading machines, and can be opened during wash cycle.Large, no-fuss laundry loads$500-$700
Front loadersTend to be more energy efficient and use less water. They are also quieter and have higher spin speeds than top-loading machines. A dryer can be stacked on top, if space allows.More control over special clothing types in a compact space$600-$800
Washer/dryer combosWash and dry your laundry in a single machine! Perfect for those with very limited space and frequent rainy weather.Anyone in a small apartment who doesn’t mind splashing out$1200+

*Pricing guides are based on a 7kg capacity washing machine

Top loading washing machines · See all

top loading washing machine

Top-loading machines clean clothes either with an agitator or an impeller. The agitator is the design most people are familiar with; it consists of a tube or pole that twists up through the middle of the machine.

In contrast, an impeller has low ridges that rotate on the floor of the machine to create turbulence and clean clothes. Both types remove dirt quickly, but are rougher on clothes than a front-loading machine. A model with an impeller offers maximum capacity, but is more likely to tangle clothes, and will cost more in electricity and water to run.

One advantage top-loading machines have over their front-loading cousins is the ability to open the machine after the wash cycle has begun.

This allows you to add last-minute clothes, or retrieve a forgotten phone from a pocket - something not possible in a front-loader, which needs to drain all water before it can be opened.

Large top-loading washing machines can have deep drums, so while you’re inspecting machines at a retailer it’s worth opening the machine to make sure you can reach all areas inside the drum. If you prefer standing instead of crouching when loading and unloading your washing, a top-loader is probably a better fit for you.

Pros
Typically found at a cheaper purchase price than equivalently-sized front-loaders.
Shorter wash cycles than front-loading machines (15-40 minutes, compared to 1.5-2 hours).
Items can be added or removed at any point during the wash cycle.
They can be loaded and unloaded while standing upright.
Cons
Uses more energy and water than a front-loading machine (of equivalent size), which means higher running costs.
They tend to be rougher on clothes, and models with an impeller are more likely to tangle clothes.
They use more detergent than front loaders, which will further increase running costs.

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front loading washing machine

Front-loading washing machines have two big attractions; energy efficiency, and their space-saving design. With front-loading machines, you’ll also find that even entry-level units come with a variety of features or wash programs.

The reason for front-loading machines being considered more energy efficient than top-loaders is due to the differences in the way the two soak, agitate, and rinse clothes in water.

A top-loading machine fills with a pre-selected amount of water, and washes using a vertical spin action while pumping water in and out. Front-loaders spin their drum horizontally, tumbling the clothes over and using gravity to effectively distribute water and detergent throughout the load.

Modern front-loading machines use sensors to determine the appropriate amount of water to use for each wash, and they are able to be packed much fuller than an equivalently sized top-loader.

Pros
Being able to fit under a bench or have a dryer stack on top makes these machines ideal for those with limited space.
More efficient use of energy, water and detergent compared with a top-loading machine.
Generally have faster spin speeds than top-loading machines (which makes drying easier too!).
They’re gentle on clothes, so your garments will last longer.
Cons
They can have a high initial purchase price.
The door is low to the ground, which makes the design unsuitable for those uncomfortable with having to bend down to fill or empty the machine.
Wash cycles can typically take around 2 hours to complete (although many models come with a ‘Quick Wash’ setting for getting through smaller loads in a hurry).
The higher spin speed may also mean noisier spin cycles, although this will vary by manufacturer and model.

Washer/dryer combos · See all

samsung washer and dryer

If you have very limited space, or are attracted by the all-in-one, “set and forget” style, then a combined washer and dryer could be the solution you’re looking for!

However, be aware that the machine’s drying capacity is always less than its washing capacity, so if you want your washing completed in one go you’ll have to adjust your load accordingly. It’s also worth noting that combo machines are only available in the front-loading design.

Pros
Super convenient! There’s no need to transfer clothes from the washer to a dryer.
Significant space saving - this one machine can find in a pantry or under a bench.
Most models don’t require outlet installation, and can be drained into a nearby sink.
You’ll be sacrificing capacity unless you’re willing to spend upwards of $1600 on a big model.
Cons
Very long wash and dry cycle length - from 3 to 6 hours.
They are typically cited as being less reliable, having the pitfalls of both a dryer and a washer.
They can have poor energy and water efficiency, although this is improving with newer models.

Features to look for

If you’ve decided which type of washing machine fits your needs best, you can start to look at the extras and features that can turn a good choice into a great choice, and make a great machine indispensable.

Wash settings

If you think your clothes need special care and attention that an ordinary wash program can’t provide, look for a model that provides unique settings. A good machine will have you covered whether you need to get dirt out of sports gear, or want to use a ‘Handwash’ mode for delicate items; with some models even letting you program and save your own custom wash setting.

Drum material

washing machine drum

The washing drum or tub will take a lot of wear and tear, so it’s important that it is durable enough to last the lifetime of your machine.

Higher quality washing machines will have a stainless steel drum, while entry level machines may have drums made of porcelain or reinforced plastic. Porcelain drums may chip over time, while plastic drums are very durable, although neither are as gentle on clothes as stainless steel.

Automatic water level sensors

This feature is the key to ensuring your machine is as water-efficient as possible by detecting the washing load size and adjusting the water level to suit it. Assuming you keep this machine for 8-10 years, an efficient machine could bring you substantial savings, which offsets your initial outlay.

Anti-crease setting

If you iron a lot, this feature can help reduce the time you spend getting those wrinkles out. Various models will achieve this in different ways; some through steam, others through altering the rinse and spin cycles.

Stabilising features

Washing machines can vibrate a lot during their spin cycle, with front loading machines being more susceptible to vibration. Adjustable legs are one way to keep the unit steady, as long as they are correctly installed when setting up. Some top-loading machines will automatically adjust an unbalanced load mid-cycle, by either alternating the spin speed, or adding more water.

Adjustable spin speed

Spin speeds typically range from 1000-1600 rpm, with higher speeds reducing drying time, but resulting in stiffer, more wrinkle-prone clothes. Being able to manually select the correct spin speed can help your clothes last longer, and can make ironing easier, along with saving power.

Washing machine control panel

Controls & display

When exploring washing machines at a retail store, make sure you can easily read and adjust the controls, and that these controls logically make sense. The last thing you would want is to receive a machine and wonder why there are 25 different buttons on it. These buttons also need to be responsive, and sturdy enough to last the life of the machine.

Ease of installation

It’s worth looking at whether or not you’ll be able to install the washing machine yourself, or if you will need assistance. Some retailers and manufacturers will include the cost of installation in their pricing. Make sure you can fit the machine through all doorways, and if the machine will be installed above ground floor, make sure it is well supported underneath.

The bottom line

You want a washing machine that you will be happy to use for the next 10 years, so spending a bit of extra time researching and choosing the right model for you is well worthwhile. Don’t forget to keep the dimensions of your allotted space on hand, as not all machines of the same capacity are the same size!

Before making your purchase, take a moment to scroll up, and read genuine opinions from other Australians on what they love (or hate) about their own washing machines.

Most reviews discuss capacity, wash speed and noise level, with many also covering extra details, such as the usefulness of wash programs, or how often they may need repairs. If you’d like to know about one particular aspect of a machine, you are welcome to leave a question on that product page for either the manufacturer, or other product owners to answer.

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