See here the list of Top 10 best washing machines. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones.
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Many consumers buy home appliances that do not really suit their needs. Either they pay too high a price for features that they do not need at all, or they lack important features because they pay too much attention to the price. The washing test should advise and help find the right washing machine.
What should you look for when buying a washing machine?
Washing machines have become indispensable in German households. While in the past the laundry had to be laboriously washed by hand, today the washing machines do it almost by themselves – today’s appliances save us time and effort and also protect our laundry. The development of the machines is progressing faster and faster. In the meantime, such an assistant can already recognize the amount and type of laundry and react to it by individually adjusting the washing process. In addition, the rethinking of environmental issues is increasingly paying attention to energy efficiency. The washing machines of today offer so many things and it is not always easy to find the right model for your own household. The following points should be considered if you want to buy the right washing machine:
Can I follow the test results of test magazines?
Which product features do I really need?
How relevant are the customer reviews in online shops?
All this is taken into account in your individual washing machine test. More information about the individual points can be found in the following section.
How well a washing machine hurls can be found on the basis of the spin efficiency class. It indicates how dry the laundry comes out of the machine. Household appliances are divided into 7 classes, from A to G, with spin efficiency class A the best and G the worst spin effect. For class A, the residual moisture of the laundry must be less than 45%, while G means a residual moisture content of 90% or more. Not infrequently you will also find information about the spin numbers in revolutions per minute. For many machines, you can choose between several speeds, usually 1,000, 1,200, 1,400 or 1,600 rpm. The centre should be sufficient for most households, also mean higher Schleuderzahlen also a greater wrinkling of the laundry.
How loud may a washing machine be?
The noise level/volume of the washing machine is given on the EU label for both washing and spinning in the standard program Cotton 60 ° C. The values given in decibels (dB) during spin are usually far above the values of the wash. If you take a closer look at the models, you will quickly notice that the noise levels do not differ much when you spin. Only a few “dancing out of line” – as a rule, the values are 71 – 77 dB, which is similar to a passing car and is not dangerous to health (hazardous to health it is with longer exposure to more than 80 dB). There are even bigger differences in the noise levels during the wash – these are between 49 – 65 dB. If you prefer a very quiet washing machine, it should be based on the lower values. Ultimately, all models are usually easily installable in the household. Especially suitable are, of course, kitchen, bathroom or even better the separate utility room. Not suitable, however, are places that are close to bedrooms.
Because of the volume, you should take care of neighbours. Not everyone will be thrilled if you throw your laundry in the middle of the night in the bathroom on the neighboring wall. There are therefore some rental law regulations and decisions regarding the question of when a washing machine may run in the tenement and when not. These should be considered better for a harmonious neighbour.
Which basic washing programs are a must?
Of course, how many and what programs the washing machine you want to buy should always depend on your own needs. The number of programs is often reflected in the purchase price. No matter which washing machine you buy, the basic equipment includes the basic programs for coloured and kitchen linen, delicates, wool and easy-care laundry. However, the trend in the washing machine market is that more and more additional special programs are being offered to enable consumers to wash their laundry individually, efficiently and faster.
Cooking and coloureds
The mostly white cooking wash is washed at 30 to 95 degrees. The high temperature ensures that the items are germ-free and bacteria-free or completely white again. In the meantime, however, modern machines only need temperatures of up to 60 degrees. Coloured fabrics are common, but can stain when temperatures are too high. Colored laundry can be washed at the specified maximum temperature (30 to 60 degrees) and spun at full speed.
As a rule, insensitive textiles are washed with this program. Since the drum movements are slightly reduced and the water level is at medium height, the washing drum should only be filled halfway. So that the laundry does not wrinkle so much, the final spin is also carried out at a reduced speed.
Sensitive substances such as e.g. Silk or satin are washed in this program with a high water level, which allows the laundry to float. Even with the fine wash, the washing drum should therefore only be loaded with a maximum of 1 – 2.5 kg. To protect the spin is greatly reduced speed.
Wool stuff should only be put into the washing machine if this is allowed after the laundry label. Otherwise or in case of doubt, one should wash woollen things by hand lukewarm. Most machines have a wool program. A wool washing program heats only up to 30 degrees and gently washes with plenty of water and low speed. In this program, for example, the items of laundry float in the water, which protects the delicate fibres. The drum should be loaded only half full.
Which special programs could be important?
Modern washing machines adjust to almost all problems that can occur when washing clothes. Whether it’s about washing fine lingerie or special outdoor clothing – there is now a special washing program for almost everything. The requirements of the materials are individually addressed, which makes washing faster and more efficient. But not everyone needs every special program. Therefore, it should be carefully checked whether you can not do without the “more” at this point. Here is a selection of the most popular special washing programs:
Short programs or so-called express programs are popular – with them lightly soiled laundry can be washed quickly and efficiently since all processes run only shortened, which can save a lot of time, but not necessarily energy. Depending on the laundry is ready in 15 – 30 minutes. Attention: The washing machine may only be charged very slightly.
Energy Saving Program
Today’s models have the option of soaking the laundry longer in the wash liquor, safely dissolving the dirt and saving even more targeted energy and water. Some machines also offer a 1/2-program, which can be activated as an option for selected programs.
Shirts / Business Program
Especially business people will prefer this shirt washing program. It is almost indispensable for people who wear many shirts or blouses. Due to the shorter washing time and the low spin rate, the laundry is not wrinkled, which makes necessary ironing easier.
Jeans are very popular and therefore it is not surprising that there is also a special program for it. In this, the trousers are washed more gently than in the normal program, whereby the colour is not so much washed out. In addition, extra rinses ensure that detergent residues are completely removed for a longer life of the jeans.
Mix program / mixed wash
This program is intended especially for people who have no desire or time to separate the laundry. It saves the unpopular step and allows small amounts to be washed more sensitively with a larger amount of insensitive laundry.
Especially for sensitive people and allergy sufferers, the washing program Sensitive is recommended. Here, the laundry is completely freed of detergent residues and dust particles. The high temperature of the water is kept longer and the machine performs an additional rinse, but this also increases the water consumption.
The silk program is recommended for particularly delicate textiles. Here, a lot of water is used with little laundry and little drum roll. The spin cycle is also very gentle.
Sports / outdoor program
The washing machine manufacturers have taken up the needs of athletes. While breathable clothing was formerly not allowed in the washing machine, today there are special programs that clean the sports or outdoor things with the addition of impregnating agents, without destroying the breathability of the clothing.
Lingerie/hand wash program
Meanwhile, there are washing machines that have a wash program that is gentler than the manual laundry. For this, especially fine items of laundry would come into question such as lingerie and lace underwear. This is achieved by reducing drum rotations when washing at max. 1 kg load.
For curtains, there is often a selectable program: It is very gently washed and the curtains are first freed by a pre-wash of dirt and dust particles.
What features and extras should my device have?
When operating a washing machine, comfort, safety and, more and more, intelligent washing are important factors. Although there are many standards, manufacturers are also increasingly focusing on the individual needs of consumers when operating the machine. Thus, systems are available that can detect the degree of contamination, the amount of laundry or the type of laundry, suggest the right washing programs immediately and automatically dosing detergent and water supply. Of course, this has its price and is not necessarily needed by everyone.
For most models that were tested by Stiftung Warentest & Co in washing machines test, a clear representation of the individual programs in the control element was standard. More and more frequently, well-known manufacturers also offer touchscreen controls. Top loaders have the great advantage of filling the laundry at the top and thus protecting the back. On the other hand, front loaders also offer an extra large filling opening or an inclined laundry drum. For many who put their washing machine in a dark room, a drum interior lighting is also very useful. Other equipment and washing machines Functions that make the device easier to operate are:
Still not standard, but very useful: the program display. Here you get a quick overview on a display, which stations of the washing program are still to go through.
Acoustic signals are beneficial because you do not have to constantly walk into the room where the machine is parked to see if the washing program is still running. Therefore, the sound signal on many models will alert you when the wash cycle is finished.
Remaining time display
If you would like to know when the laundry is expected to be ready, you should make sure that your washing machine is equipped with a remaining time display, because this informs how long the machine still needs.
Start time delay and end time delay
For busy employees, the start time code is a very interesting feature. It allows to certain when the washing machine should start with the program. This can be useful, for example, when the machine should start while still at work or at night while sleeping. Some models also provide an end time preselection that determines when the machine should have finished the wash program. However, if you let your device work without supervision, you should definitely pay attention to sufficient safety precautions like Aqua-Stop.
More and more washing machines manufacturers and consumers are aware of their responsibility towards the environment. It is striking that models are available that enable intelligent washing. These models, for which you usually have to dig deeper, are equipped with intelligent functions that enable economical use of water, energy and detergents.
For this reason, one finds in some of these models a so-called automatic quantity. Sensors of the machine measure the weight of the laundry and the degree of soiling and tune the program exactly on it. The consumer thus saves electricity and water.
The manufacturers give a recommendation on how difficult the washing machine can be loaded for an optimal result. To make sure that the laundry does not weigh too much, the load detection is a useful feature. A sensor measures the weight of the laundry and displays it in the display.
Similarly, the dosage recommendation for detergents works on the display. Over or under-dosing is thus prevented and you can save water, electricity and detergent.
The intelligent automatic dosing system goes one step further. The latest machines precisely meter liquid detergents and softeners and automatically wash the laundry with the optimum amount of detergent.
Very modern machines even use the very resource-saving fuzzy logic. Sensors of the washing machine can determine not only the amount of laundry but also the types of laundry and the washing program is automatically adjusted by the fuzzy logic. This goes so far that the washing process is completely monitored and if necessary, the drum movements and the running time are regulated.
Pet Hair Removal
If you have pets like dogs and cats, the Pet Hair Removal feature is certainly useful. This additional functionality makes it easier to remove animal hair from the laundry.
In order to make electricity and water consumption more transparent for consumers, Miele has developed the eco-feedback function for its appliances. This shows the consumer at the touch of a button how much kilowatt-hours of electricity and how many litres of water the machine actually consumed in the finished wash cycle. In addition, a preliminary forecast is displayed before and during the washing process. The washing programs are thus more transparent for the owner because he can compare them better in terms of consumption.
The Stiftung Warentest attaches particular importance to safety aspects in its washing machine test because water damage caused by washing machines can quickly cost a lot of money. The manufacturers offer different water protection systems:
1. Simple water protection
This is a double-walled inlet hose that collects potentially leaking water through a second hose wall.
2. Multiple water protection (MWS)
Slightly more protection is provided by washing machines, which have an electrically controlled inlet valve with safety level switch, integrated overflow protection and a supply hose with increased pressure resistance.
3. Multiple water protection plus (MWS +)
Devices with MWS + also have a double-walled inlet hose with mechanical safety valve, the so-called Aquastopp, at the screw connection to the tap.
4. Full water protection (VWS)
The next level of security also provides protection against leaks at the device, as well as leakage at the inlet hose. A malfunction in the device can even be detected when it is switched off. The system uses 2 safety valves and also has a moisture sensor in the bottom of the device. So if water runs through a leak in the bottom pan, the water supply is stopped.
In washing machines, you will also find an imbalance control, which ensures that the spin process is safe. It interrupts the spinning process when the laundry in the drum is unevenly distributed. In this way, the machine has a secure footing and does not vibrate so much.
Which washing machine brand should I choose?
A blanket answer to this question does not exist. The manufacturers sometimes set different priorities for the devices and try to serve different target groups. As usual, big brands like Miele offer above-average quality with many extras. This, of course, has its price and is therefore rarely in question, especially for smaller households.
On the other hand, slightly less well-known brands such as Beko, Neff or Gorenje are particularly convincing due to the very low price, but at the same time, they also offer good consumption values and special washing programs for toddlers and allergy sufferers.