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 4,825 reviews
Speed Queen AWNA62

Speed Queen AWNA62 🏆 2024

4.7  (216)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg and 8.5 kg
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Maria
Maria
  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

4.1  (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
  • 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  (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
  • Capacity7 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
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Christo B.
Christo B.
  WA1068G1
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
Amir A.
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  (87)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8 kg, 9 kg and 10 kg
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Denise H.
Denise H.2 posts
  WV5-1408W
  • 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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$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
LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

3.0  (68)
 Summary
  • Capacity6.5 kg and 7.5 kg
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$544Bing Lee
Marina
MarinaSydney5 posts
  Verified WTG7520
I like this productIt is very quiet, easy to operate, I fully trust my delicate clothes and the best thing is that I don't have to worry because it turns off completely when the job is finished.
Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

3.3  (34)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $440
  • Capacity3.3 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
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Sue W.
Sue W.WA
 
No powerLove my little washing machineand have never had any issues with it. But this time I have gone to press the on/off button, and no power ?? Anyone else had this problem and hopefully and easy fix !
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.
 
Simpson SWT1043

Simpson SWT1043

2.7  (90)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
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Eric M
Eric MSydney9 posts
 
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)
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  • 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
LG WTG8521

LG WTG8521

2.9  (37)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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$798Bing Lee
Dan
DanWA28 posts
 
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
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.
  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.

Front loading washing machines · See all

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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