The most important things at a glance:
- very energy-efficient washing machines significantly undercut A+++ (by up to 70 percent)
- economical washing machines with A+++ tested in the low price segment “good”
- wide range of programs and many switchable options
- Volume ranges from very quiet to real noisemaker
- with a small amount of space, top loaders are available
Washing machines in comparison?
The Wash result is the most important criterion not only for buyers but also for the specialist editors of the magazines: Here we look closely at how well the washing, rinsing, slinging of your laundry works. The Stiftung Warentest and other test magazines also evaluate the duration of the wash. Because a slow washing of the laundry can prove to be extremely impractical in the often hectic everyday life. Washing machines, which gain a good place in the comparative test or even emerge as test winners from a test report, must have convinced the testers in several disciplines.
Also, be one of those people who prefers to reach a little deeper into your pocket because you think of it as a longer Durability of the washing machine? Miele washing machines in particular have earned a very good reputation on this point. But like the last great Front loader tests of the Stiftung Warentest In the endurance test, which simulates ten-year use, washing machines from other manufacturers, including Bosch, Siemens, models from AEG, but also a cheaper 6-kg machine from Constructa.
When purchasing a washing machine, it is important to Energy efficiency Consider. Here, it’s worth looking closely and not just going to the highest Energy efficiency class A+++ because almost every machine presented since 2013 finds itself in the best energy efficiency class A+++. And this does not only apply to the high-priced devices, but also to the simpler entry-level models from low-cost manufacturers such as Haier, Beko or Amica. Simpler devices are more likely to reduce their equipment and/or increase the volume or draw more water.
But back to energy efficiency (class): Especially in the best class A+++ there are enormous differences: The best front loaders, for example, already undercut the threshold value for A+++ by 70 percent. In long-term use, the usually higher purchase price for an extremely efficient washing machine with A+++ can be significantly relativized by lower electricity bills. The bottom line is that with an initially more expensive top loader or front loader, you can actually drive significantly cheaper than with an A+++ device from the entry-level segment.
Currently, the best machine consumes just under 60 kWh per year, with payloads of 8 kg of laundry. The limit value to get an A+++ on the label is 196 kWh for an 8 kg washing machine.
Some suppliers have moved to openly indicate the under-reporting of the limit value – at least in their product advertising, if not on the energy label. And so you will find more and more information like “A+++ -30%” or “A+++ -60 percent”. As a buyer, you can orientate yourself well on this information.
Washing machines with low water consumption
When setting up your washing machine in the apartment, you should also consider two other points that the examiners are targeting: VolumeQuiet washing machines tube no louder than 72 decibels when spinning. (When washing, you can consider everything up to 49 decibels as quiet). And on the other hand, the Protection against water damage. Most washing machines now come with AquaStop However, a washing machine with Full water protection. In addition to double-walled AquaStop hose, a waterproof bottom tub with moisture sensor.
A washing machine with clear controls and a clear user manual as well as comfort functions such as residual run indicator, start or end time preselection or easy cleaning and maintenance can also score points for the testers – and certainly also for you, the consumer.
How do I find the right washing machine for me?
Before you start buying, you should clarify a few basic questions: How much laundry is done weekly? Where do I set up the washing machine? Which functions and washing programs do I attach particular importance to? And last but not least: how much money is available to me?
The place of installation
If you can put your washing machine in the basement, it doesn’t have to be very quiet. However, a quiet device is suitable in a light-hearted tenement house or in an open-plan eat-in kitchen. If you still want or need to wash your clothes in the late evening, you are also connected with a switchable Night program well-advised: This can be used to Volume even further, although this will extend the washing time. A recommendation for washing machines in apartments is also Full water protection.
The right size
The bill is simple: if you don’t use your washing machine regularly, you pay for it. Although most washing machines have an Automatic quantity, reduces runtime, electricity, and water consumption during the wash with lower loading, but full utilization is still the most cost-effective. For most single households, for example, a washing machine with a capacity of 8 kg is oversized. Four-person households, however, quickly get this amount together. For clarity: 8 kg corresponds to 3 sheets, 12 pillowcases, and 25 towels (source: Test, issue 10/2017).
There are numerous switchable washing options and features that will take a lot of work out of you and make life easier. Examples of this are the Knitter protection, which means that the laundry comes out of the machine much more wrinkle-free and saves you time when subsequently ironing, the Repute function for all those who want to add a forgotten part to the already started washing load, various possibilities for shortening washing programs (e.g. VarioSpeed from Siemens) for urgent and practical settings such as start time or end time preselection. In addition, some washing machines can now be operated via an app from their smartphone.
An eco-washing program is standard onboard each washing machine. There are also various programs for a classic colored and fine wash. Many washing machines also offer numerous special washing programs. If you have to wash laundry for allergy sufferers or babies in your household, it is a good option to buy a washing machine with the appropriate hygiene program. With a Washing program for the removal of animal hair Beko in particular. If you are a sporty active person, like to move outside and have purchased suitable sports or outdoor clothing, washing machines with special sports or outdoor program (partly with impregnation) are particularly interesting.
Among the washing machine test winners are numerous (expensive) Miele devices, but other well-known ones such as Bosch and Siemens are often at the top of the leaderboards. However, you can also get cheaper machines found by trade magazines to be “good” for less than 400 euros. Here, for example, the manufacturer Beko plays at the forefront, but also Bauknecht and a small selection of Siemens washing machines are partly available for small money.
In which detergent compartment does what belong?
The best washing machine doesn’t conjure up clean laundry unless you master the small ABC of detergent compartments. In the detergent drawer of most washing machines, you will find three compartments. As a rule, they are neatly numbered from one to three or Roman I, II, III.
Tray 1 or I is designed for the detergent for the Pre-washing Reserved. Pre-washing is actually only necessary for particularly heavily soiled clothing and stubborn stains. The office shirt, which is worn once, is usually also clean in the main wash.
Whether or not Tray 3 or III – often marked with a flower symbol – is used by you is a question of your personal taste. However, according to the testers, most softeners do their job as well as desired. They also pollute the environment.