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Washing machines are a household essential, but often one of the more expensive domestic investments we have to splash out on.
The appliance tends to have a shelf life of around 10 to 11 years, however, like most gadgets and gizmos, there are exceptions to the rule. So whether you need to upgrade your existing washer or fancy something a little more eco-friendly, there's a machine for that.
But they can be expensive, and with a whole host of washing machines out there, trying to find the perfect fit can be overwhelming.
Luckily, we've found the top-rated and bestselling washing machines for under £500, to save you the stress.
Shop our top washing machine picks under £500
AEG 6000 L6FBJ141P Freestanding Washing Machine | £469 from John Lewis & Partners
The AEG 6000 L6FBJ141P Freestanding Washing Machine has been hailed a must-have for those with a family because of the large drum size, which can hold up to 10kg of laundry. Like most washing machines, this design has a 1400rpm spin speed, and is a quiet spin too, which is an added bonus.
Bosch WAJ28008GB Freestanding Washing Machine | £334 from John Lewis & Partners
If you’re looking for a quieter machine, this Bosch model boasts an AntiVibration function and EcoSilence Drive technology, as well as a SpeedPerfect option, which means you can cut your cycle by up to 40%. It also holds up to 7kg, the equivalent to 35 shirts, with a spin of 1400rpm, and an energy rating of A+++, so no wonder it's received glowing reviews from customers.
SAMSUNG ecobubble WW70TA046TE/EU 7 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £369.99 from Currys PC World
Samsung’s ecobubble washing machine has a spin speed of 1400rpm, ecobubble technology for an energy-saving yet thorough wash and an energy rating A+++. It also features an anti-allergy setting, as its Hygiene Steam programme helps to get rid of any bacteria or allergens on clothes.
Bosch Serie 6 WAU28T64GB Freestanding Washing Machine | £430 from John Lewis & Partners
This slightly more expensive Bosch washing machine is one of John Lewis' bestselling buys, and it's no surprise. This creation can hold up to 9kg of laundry, 1400 rpm, and is quiet with a sound level of 72db. It also has a selection of nifty settings, including SpeedPerfect, EcoSilence, as well as active reload.
John Lewis & Partners JLWM1407 Freestanding Washing Machine | £419 from John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners’ Freestanding Washing Machine has an A+++ energy rating, with 1400 rpm spin and can hold up to 7kg. This design also has a speedy setting so you can wash a smaller load in under 15 minutes.
Samsung WW70J5555MW 1400 Spin 7KG Washing Machine | £349 from AO
This Samsung washing machine features 14 programmes, can hold between 7 to 8kg of clothes and boasts a Fabric Care Drum to prevent any garments from snagging during the wash. It also has ‘ecobubble’ technology, which mixes air, water and laundry detergent for a bubbly wash at a cooler temperature to save energy.
LOGIK L814WM20 8 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £209.99 from Currys PC World
This Logik washing machine has received over 4,000 glowing reviews from customers, with an average of 8.6 out of 10 rating. This model has a spin speed of 1200rpm, the capacity to hold up to 8kg, and boasts a selection of different speed settings, plus it has an energy rating of A+++.
HOTPOINT NSWR 742U GK UK 7 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £319.99 from Currys PC World
Hotpoint is one of the leading electrical brands and this washing machine has received high praise from shoppers. It has A+++ energy rating, a 1400rpm spin speed and can hold up to 7kg of clothes.
Zanussi ZWF144A2PW 10Kg Washing Machine | £429 from AO
Looking for a washing machine that caters for everything? This Zanussi number may just be that. It features a 10kg drum, as well as a whole host of settings, including a 30-minute quick wash, an eco-programme to cut down the energy usage, as well as a wool cycle.
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