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...

236 listings
Kogan 9kg Series 7 Front Load Washing Machine
Front Loading Washing Machines

Kogan 9kg Series 7 Front Load Washing Machine

2.2 from 11 reviews
Capacity9 kg
Household Size 3-4 people

Price (RRP) $489.00

  • Build Quality
    2.6 (8)
  • Value for Money
    2.5 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    3.6 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.7 (7)
  • Noise Level
    2.3 (8)
  • FeaturesAuto Balancing and Door/Lid Lock (Child-proof)
  • Energy Rating4 star(s)
  • Water Rating4 star(s)
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Dimensions 845 × 595 × 545 mm
  • Max Spin Speed 1,200 rpm
  • Number of Wash Cycles15
Esatto ETLW100B
Top Loading Washing Machines

Esatto ETLW100B

3.8 from 4 reviews
Capacity10 kg
Household Size 5+ people
  • Build Quality
    3.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (3)
  • Noise Level
    2.3 (3)
  • FeaturesDoor/Lid Lock (Child-proof)
  • Energy Rating2 star(s)
  • Water Rating3 star(s)
  • Drum MaterialStainless Steel
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Dimensions 1000 x 630 x 601 mm
  • Max Spin Speed 600 rpm
  • Maximum Noise Level72 db
  • Number of Wash Cycles7
  • Temperature Settings 3
  • Country of ManufactureChina
Asko W4104C
Front Loading Washing Machines

Asko W4104C

2.5 from 8 reviews
Capacity10 kg
Household Size 5+ people
  • Build Quality
    2.9 (7)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    3.3 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.4 (7)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (8)
  • FeaturesDoor/Lid Lock (Child-proof)
  • Energy Rating5 star(s)
  • Water Rating5 star(s)
  • Drum MaterialStainless Steel
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Dimensions 850 x 595 x 700 mm
  • Max Spin Speed 1,400 rpm
  • Number of Wash Cycles21
Samsung BubbleWash Smart AI WW85T504DAE (8.5kg)
2.3 from 9 reviews
Capacity8.5 kg
Household Size 3-4 people
Samsung WW85T554DA
Front Loading Washing Machines

Samsung WW85T554DA

 · includes 2 listings
3.2 from 5 reviews
Capacity8.5 kg

Price (RRP) $899.00 to $999.00

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LG WTG1434
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Capacity10 kg
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Top Loading Washing Machines

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Capacity8 kg
Household Size 3-4 people

Price (RRP) $479.00

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front loader washing machine with colourful clothes

Introduction: what should I know?

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 Loaders · 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

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

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.