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Best washing machines in Australia 2020

We compare reviews from real Australian customers to track down the 9 best washing machines for households of all sizes.

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The best washing machines in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall washing machine: Bosch 8kg Front Load Washing Machine WAW28460AU

Bosch 8kg Front Load Washing Machine WAW28460AU

  • Water- and energy-efficient
  • Quiet operation
  • Pricey
  • 8kg capacity not available on all settings

Price (RRP): $1,899

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Why we chose it

The Bosch WAW28560AU is our best overall pick. It has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 from more than 1,500 Google reviews and a score of 4.5 or higher out of 5 at retailers including Appliances Online, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman. This Bosch model also holds a score of 4.2 out of 5 from more than 360 reviews on productreview.com.au. Bosch was also rated the best front-loading washing machine brand in the 2019/20 Finder Retail Awards.

This front-loader features an 8kg capacity, automatic load sensor and an EcoSilence Drive for quiet operation. It also boasts a 5-star Water Rating and a 4-star rating for energy efficiency.


Best cheap washing machine: Haier HWF85BW1 8.5kg Front Load Washing Machine

Haier HWF85BW1 8.5kg Front Load Washing Machine

  • Competitive pricing
  • Simple to use
  • Not the quietest machine
  • Some customers report power button getting stuck

Price (RRP): $749

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Why we chose it

If you're on a tight budget, there are several reasons why this Haier front-loader is well worth a closer look. It has an RRP of $749 but is available for under $700 from several retailers. With an 8.5kg washing capacity, it offers a lot of bang for your buck.

It also boasts plenty of positive ratings on sites like Appliances Online, productreview.com.au and Google reviews, so it's been well received by consumers.

In terms of features, the Haier has a maximum spin speed of 1,400RPM and 16 different wash programs. Its Water and Energy Star Ratings are 4.5 and 4 respectively.


Best mid-range washing machine: Bosch Serie 4 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine WAN22120AU

Bosch Serie 4 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine WAN22120AU

  • Water- and energy-efficient
  • Reload function so you can add clothes mid-cycle
  • Capacity may not be enough for some households
  • Some complaints about complicated instructions

Price (RRP): $$1,399

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Why we chose it

With a wide range of positive customer reviews on sites like productreview.com.au and Appliances Online, the Bosch WAN22120AU is a solid mid-range option. Despite an RRP of almost $1,400, this Bosch model is commonly available for $850 or less.

It features a 4-star Energy Rating and a 4.5-star Water Rating, plus 14 wash programs to suit a variety of needs. Other highlights include a reload function that lets you add clothes mid-wash, and anti-vibration side walls for quieter operation.


Best high-end washing machine: Bosch 9kg Serie 8 Front Load Washing Machine with i-DOS WAW28620AU

Bosch Serie 4 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine WAN22120AU

  • Water- and energy-efficient
  • Automatically chooses detergent dosage and water level
  • Some customers complain about long wash cycles
  • Door not reversible

Price (RRP): $2,399

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Why we chose it

If you've got a bigger budget, the Bosch WAW28620AU is hard to pass up. With an average rating of 4.8 or higher out of 5 from customers at Appliances Online, The Good Guys and JB Hi-Fi, it has clearly impressed plenty of consumers.

This front-load washer features Bosch's intelligent dosing system (i-DOS) to ensure that you always use the correct amount of detergent for each load. It also boasts an automatic load sensor and a Bosch EcoSilence Drive, plus a 4.5 star Water Rating and 4.5 star Energy Rating.

And while it has a listed RRP of well over $2,000, it was commonly priced around the $1,500-$1,600 mark at the time of writing.


Best top-loading washing machine: Fisher & Paykel WA8560G1 8.5kg WashSmart Top Load Washing Machine

Fisher & Paykel WA8560G1 8.5kg WashSmart Top Load

  • Easy to use
  • Fast cycles available
  • Some customers complain about noise levels
  • Some reviewers complain about lack of room to add clothes

Price (RRP): $999

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Why we chose it

Fisher & Paykel was rated the best top-loading washing machine brand in the 2019/20 Finder Retail Awards. And with this model boasting an average rating of 4.5 or higher out of 5 from Appliances Online and The Good Guys customers, it's our pick as the best top-loader.

The WA8660G1 features a range of fast wash cycles for when you're short of time, and a SmartDrive motor designed to provide quieter and smoother operation. It also includes a soft-close lid, and cycles for wool and delicate items.

This Fisher & Paykel top-loader has a Water Star Rating of 3.5 and an Energy Star Rating of 2.5.


Best front-loading washing machine: Bosch 8kg Front Load Washing Machine WAW28460AU

Bosch 8kg Front Load Washing Machine WAW28460AU

  • 5-star Water Rating
  • Reload function lets you add items during a cycle
  • There are cheaper options available
  • Not all cycles can handle maximum capacity

Price (RRP): $1,899

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Why we chose it

This 8kg model from Bosch is our pick as the best front-loader for a couple of reasons. Not only does it receive a huge range of positive reviews across several appliance retailer websites, but Bosch was also rated the best front-loading washing machine brand in the 2019/20 Finder Retail Awards.

Of course, we chose it as the best overall washing machine higher up this page, so it's easy to see why it's well worth a look if you're in the market for a new front-loader.


Best washer-dryer combo: Fisher & Paykel 8.5kg/5kg Washer Dryer Combo WD8560F1

Fisher & Paykel 8.5kg/5kg Washer Dryer Combo WD8560F1

  • Simple to use
  • Water- and energy-efficient
  • There are cheaper options available
  • Some customers report disappointment with this model's drying performance

Price (RRP): $1,499

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Why we chose it

We chose the Fisher & Paykel WD8560F1 as our top pick in our guide to the best dryers in Australia, so it's no surprise to see it take the top gong here. It has average customer reviews of 4.5 or higher out of 5 across Google reviews, Appliances Online and The Good Guys.

Designed to fit into a standard washing machine space, this convenient appliance features 10 wash cycles, most of which can be completed in under an hour. And with Fisher & Paykel named the top clothes dryer brand in Australia from the 2019/20 Finder Retail Awards, this machine comes highly recommended.

This 8.5kg/5kg washer-dryer combo also boasts a 5-star Water Rating (61L per wash), and 4-star (wash) and 3.5-star (dry) Energy Ratings.


Best compact washing machine: Euromaid 7kg Front Load Washing Machine WM7PRO

Euromaid 7kg Front Load Washing Machine WM7PRO

  • Competitively priced
  • Quiet operation
  • Some customers complain about long cycle times
  • Some reviewers report that spin cycle doesn't get items dry enough

Price (RRP): $799

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Why we chose it

With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 240 Appliances Online customers, plus 4.4 out of 5 from 13 customers on productreview.com.au, the Euromaid WM7PRO has plenty to offer if you're searching for a compact machine.

Measuring 840mm (H) x 600mm (W) x 565mm (D), it's small enough to fit into a tight space. Its 7kg capacity is also suitable for couples and small families, while it also features economy wash cycles and variable spin speed (600-1,200RPM).

It also features a 4-star Water Rating and a 3-star Energy Rating.


Best large-capacity washing machine: Simpson 10kg Top Load Washing Machine SWT1043

Simpson 10kg Top Load Washing Machine SWT1043

  • Competitively priced
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn't have the same smart tech you get with more expensive brands
  • Some customers complain about soft end-of-cycle beep

Price (RRP): $1,249

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Why we chose it

The Simpson SWT1043 is our pick as the top large-capacity washing machine. While there are several models in this category that earn impressive reviews, the Simpson's competitive pricing and own range of positive customer reviews see it take the win here.

With its large capacity and 11 different washing programs, it's a good choice for large families. It also features a Time Adjust option that lets you tailor cycles to your needs, and boasts an Energy Star Rating of 4 and a Water Rating of 3.5.

And while it has an RRP of $1,249, some retailers sell it for around $950-$1,100.


Methodology

  • We compared over 100 washing machines from more than 12 brands.
  • We based our findings on real customer reviews.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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