There is a greater choice of freestanding and built-in washing machines under £500. At this price range, you are unlikely to spot a Miele but will see most of the other well-known brands. Leading kitchen appliance names such as Samsung, Bosch, Siemens, Hoover, Hotpoint, AEG, LG, Panasonic, Zanussi and Beko. Each offering their own selection of A+++ energy rated machines with plenty of programs to choose from. Apart from the basic spec, it is those extra features that will make doing the laundry less of a chore. Washing machines are not just white there come in grey, black and silver too.
Once you have considered key benefits, drum size and specifications you can compare prices to suit your budget. You will see integrated and freestanding types with various spin speeds and washing loads. They can be a compact 6kg or an average size 7kg and 8kg or much larger at 8kg, 9kg, 10kg and 12kg. Spin spins vary from 1200rpm, 1300 rpm, 1400rpm and 1600 rpm. Handy features include wide doors, child locks, timer delay, time remaining indicator, LED digital display and smart technology. Extra quiet operation, self-cleaning detergent drawer and sensor controls are also on the list. For added convenience look out for special wash programmes such as super quick, anti-allergy, stain away, hand wash and sportswear.
Wi-Fi Washing Machines with Smart Control under £500
It was only going to be a matter of time before smart connectivity reached the humble washing machine. Now the race is on to make the best Wi-Fi connected washer that can be monitored remotely. Multi-featured models have arrived from Samsung Hoover, Siemens, Bosch, LG and Miele. The majority of wi-enabled washing machines cost over £500 however Hoover offers a few smart models less than £500. Hoover’s Wizard Smart Appliance range includes the DWTL68AIW3 8kg washing machine with built-in WiFi. Easily controlled by smartphone or tablet through the exclusive Wizard app. Now you can have instant updates, maintenance advice and downloadable cycles
AddWash Washing Machines with Reload Function
The latest pause and reload function now appearing on machines is a welcome add on. How many times has a garment missed the laundry basket or a lone sock been left on the stairs? These problems are easily solved thanks to the useful reload function. Take your pick from the latest washing machines all sporting some type of pause and reload option. Premium models from Samsung include the new AddWash front-loading machines. They have a smaller door on the top of the main door that allows forgotten items to be added during the wash. Siemens and Bosch have washing machines with Pause Reload and Restart facility.