Washing machines are one of the most expensive home appliances. In terms of reliability and low cost, this type of household appliance is not that easy to find. However, with a little bit of research, one can find a low cost washing machine that has all the features one will ever need while still having the best price possible – full load, half load, quick wash, wool wash, extra rinse etc. Thus, they can wash clothes just as good as some of the expensive brands on the market. And while the most expensive household appliance have many other features, chances are the average user would never use them anyway.
One can choose today between two styles of low cost washing machines: classic top-loading and newer, friendlier front-loading appliances. In general, top-loader models are cheaper, yet less energy efficient. However, new, expensive top-loading washing machines are making strides to save both water and energy. On the other hand, front-loading washing machines use less water than top-loaders and are more efficient at cleaning clothes overall.
But before you start reading professional reviews, comparing washing machines and looking for the best price, you should determine your washing needs. If you’re looking for a low cost household appliance with all the basic performance and convenience features, while making excellent use of otherwise “dead” corners in our kitchen, be sure to check the top-loading WTW5200VQ. This plain white Whirlpool workhorse features a 3.5 cubic-foot capacity to fit plenty of laundry. It includes 14 cycles (including normal, casual and delicate) and temperature control. Also, this washer is direct-drive (as opposed to classic belt driven washing machines), making it cheaper to repair. Working at a maximum speed of 640 rpm (with 2 speed combinations), its built-in fabric and bleach dispensers make laundry day more convenient. User reviews suggest that it gets a bit noisy, but it seems that it does the job just fine, and with prices starting around 230 quid, Whirlpool’s WTW5200VQ has one of the best prices on the market.
Washing machines sitting in the budget end of the price category also include the Beko WM5100, which comes in two colours, silver and white. With an energy efficiency rating of A+ this Beko low cost washing machine provides all the functionality of a great without all appliance the complicated controls. If you are looking for that simple and economical washer with the best price possible, then this is the model to go after. With a maximum spin speed of 1000 rpm and a maximum wash load capacity of 5 kg, it has 16 diverse washing programmes and extra function buttons (like pre-wash, extra rinse and rinse hold). Reviews have noted that the cycle times of some programmes are extremely lengthy, however there is a 30 minute wash option. In addition to all these features, the WM5100 has automatic selection of spin speed and wash water temperature, automatic half load, LED indicator lights on all function buttons, programme progress indicating lights and a handy child lock to prevent unintended or unsupervised operation. While not having any outstanding positive points, this Beko low cost washing machine (prices start around £185) is a really great washer in terms of both quality and reliability.
Reviewers cite the LG WM2101HW as a top rated washing machine. With a capacity of 4.0 cubic feet, this model can accommodate large loads, so you spend less time doing laundry. The WM2101HW has a load of options and settings. It has 7 washing programs, including cotton/towels, normal, permanent press, delicates, sanitary, bulky/large, speed wash and hand wash to accommodate a variety of fabric types. Also, the so-called SenseClean wash system which automatically adjusts the water level and washing time according to load size and weight for improved performance. In addition, the DirectDrive 1100 rpm motor, 5 adjustable soil levels, which help remove tough stains with ease, 5 adjustable wash temperatures and 9 wash options, including prewash, SpinSense, tub clean, water plus, rinse and spin, stain cycle and extra rinse are features which rank this model tops for cleaning performance as well as efficiency and gentleness, outranking models twice its price. Experts also praise the WM2101HW for its 19-hour delay-wash, which lets you program the cycle to begin when it’s most convenient for you. Coming with a 10 year motor warranty, this relatively cheap LG front-load washer (with prices hovering around the £500 mark) is an excellent deal especially if you manage to purchase it on sale.