What’s The Best Washing Machine To Buy In 2024

February 14, 2024 – 5 min read

One of the best things in the whole world has to be fresh laundry. Clean sheets can make your whole bedroom feel like a fancy hotel, and fresh clothes can give you the confidence to crush that to-do list in style! But if your current washing machine isn’t bringing you joy and you’ve decided it’s time for an upgrade, we’ve got all the info you’ll need to find the best machine to buy in 2023. From knowing what to look for, to the biggest trends and new technology – including the latest auto dosing washing machines – we’ve got your back!


Need a new dryer to go with your washing machine? Check out our Dryer Buying Guide for all the tips and our best picks

Mother and Daughter happily complete washing in family laundry

Latest Trends In Washing Machines

The best laundries have direct access to an outdoor drying area and are located next to the kitchen. Being able to cook and do your laundry at once is a big timesaver and will keep you from traipsing back and forth inside the house. Alternatively, it’s often found near the garage, away from living rooms and bedrooms so you won’t be able to hear the washer and dryer.

A common question is: “how long do washing machines last?” This all depends on how often they’re used and how they’re maintained. A new machine could last around 10 years, but it’s always best to check the warranty to make sure.

The Perfect Pair

The modern laundry is no longer just a work zone - it’s a beautifully designed and considered space, made possible with appliances that match both aesthetically and functionally. Fisher & Paykel have created the perfect graphite pair, the 10kg Front Load Washing Machine and 9kg Heat Pump Dryer. Not only boasting style, this combo is designed to refresh and revive your loved items with fabric-specific cycles. From Steam Care that brings lightly worn clothes back to life, to Auto-Sensing tech that prevents under or over drying, Fisher & Paykel’s dynamic duo deliver remarkable fabric care and style to match.

Shop Fisher & Paykel Laundry Range Here

Auto Dosing Washing Machines

This type of washer has been around for a while in commercial laundry settings but has only recently made its way into our homes. It’s a trending product backed by well-known brands like Miele and Bosch, so let’s see why they’re becoming increasingly popular.

How Do Auto Dosing Washing Machines Work

Auto Dosing is one of the most convenient and efficient ways to wash. Auto Dosing Washing Machines use a sensor to weigh your load and once you’ve added detergent to the drawer at the top, it only uses the amount needed for that load. Take selected LG 9kg and 10kg Front Load Washers for example, their ezDispense ® auto dosing technology lets you fill the auto-dose dispenser once where you can then wash up to *35 medium loads of washing before having to re-fill it again. No more worrying about your clothes not being clean enough or your fabrics being ruined by detergent overload, with selected LG Front Load washers, you’ll have a perfect wash every time.

The LG 9kg Front Load Washer works in a similar way. It has 15 different washing programs and can handle the dirty laundry of five or more people. Auto dosing machines take a lot of the guesswork out of doing laundry, which can free up your time to focus on more important things around the home.

How Much Powder To Put In Your Washing Machine

For auto dosing washing machines, simply fill the detergent drawer with liquid detergent to the fill line. The machine will determine how much detergent to use so you’ll only need to refill once the drawer is running low or empty. Many machines will let you know when to refill with either a flashing light or beeping alarm.

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Fisher & Paykel 10K Front Load Washer

Haier 10kg Front Load Washer

Bosch 9kg Front Load Washer

LG 10kg Front Load Washer

Man and child loading a washing machine with towels
“Washing machines and dryers have had a massive design and tech overhaul in the last few years. They’re much sleeker, stylish and more powerful than ever before.”

What Is The Best Front Loader Washing Machine For Your Needs?

Many Australian households use front load washing machines because they’re great at removing dirt and stains from clothes, they can easily fit into the snug laundry spaces of many newer apartments, and when it comes to water and energy, they’re incredibly efficient. If you’re just looking to wash clothes for you and one other person, the Solt 6kg Front Load Washer is a great option. It has a high 4-star WELS water rating and 15 different wash cycles to choose from.

For something a little bigger, check out the Bosch 9kg Front Load Washer, it’s perfect for a household of up to five people. Your clothes will air dry quickly after being put through this machine’s super quick rinse and spin cycle.

What Are The Benefits Of A Front Loader?

  • Front loader washing machines are very energy and water efficient, so they can help you save on your utility bills.
  • They generally have more capacity than other types of machines, meaning you can wash more in one go.
  • The washing tub doesn’t have an agitator, so they’re often quieter than top loader machines and can accommodate larger loads.
  • Front loaders can save you space at home because they are stackable with dryers, or you can store other household essentials on top of them.

Shop Front Load Washing Machines

Samsung 8.5kg Front Load Washer

Westinghouse 7.5kg Front Load Washer

Haier 7.5kg Front Load Washer

Bosch 10kg Front Load Washer

Bosch 10kg Front Load Washer

What Is The Best Top Loader Washing Machine For Your Needs?

A more traditional style, top loader washing machines will definitely get your clothes clean and maybe a better option depending on the layout of your home. If you don’t have space where a front loader door can easily open, a top loader may make washing easier for you. They’ve also come a long way in functionality and design. Take the Solt 5.5kg Top Load Washer for example. It’s easy to use LED controls and display give you access to 8 wash cycles, and it can handle the washing for one to two people.

For more capacity, take a look at the LG 10kg Top Load Washer. With a great 4-star energy rating and fast spin speed, you can take advantage of its delayed start feature and let it do the work while you’re out and about.

What Are The Benefits Of A Top Loader?

  • Top loader washing machines can be less expensive than other washing machines.
  • They’re more ergonomic because you don’t have to bend down to put your laundry in the drum, just open the lid and drop it in.
  • As the more traditional design, there are more options to choose from.
  • It’s easy to add more laundry mid-cycle because the lid doesn’t lock as it does with front loader machines.
Father and son enjoying doing their laundry together.

Washer Dryer Combos

If you want both a washer and dryer but space is an issue, then look no further! A washer dryer combo gives you the best of both worlds. There are two types to choose from: ventless and vented. After the washing cycle, a ventless machine heats the inside of the dryer drum allowing clothes to dry as they spin. A vented machine, however, works like a regular dryer by drawing in air from outside the machine, heating it up and venting it out to dry the clothes.

Two great options are the Haier 8kg-4kg Combo Washer Dryer and the LG 10kg-6kg Combo Washer Dryer. The Haier machine has a 4- star energy rating and a 1400rpm maximum spin speed, perfect if you’re doing the laundry for two or three people. The LG washer dryer combo has a bigger capacity and faster spin speed, so you can easily wash and dry a larger item like a king-size doona.

What You Should Consider With A Washer Dryer Combo

The one thing to keep in mind here is that you can’t wash and dry laundry at the same time, as the combo machine does it all in one. So, if your household has multiple loads to get through and you want everything dried as well, you will have to take this into consideration.

Shop Washer And Dryer Combos

LG 10kg-6kg Combo Washer Dryer

Samsung 8.5kg-6kg Combo Washer Dryer

Fisher & Paykel 8.5kg-5kg Combo Washer Dryer

Fisher & Paykel Combo Washer Dryer

What Is The Best Washing Machine Brand?

The best washing machine brand depends on the needs of you and your family. Westinghouse, Haier, and Samsung are known for their front loaders, while LG, Solt, and Fisher & Paykel are known for their top loaders. Need the best of both worlds for your laundry? Check out Samsung, LG, and Miele for a washer dryer combo.

Award Winning Washers

Looking for the stamp of approval from Canstar Blue? These exceptional washing machines stand head and shoulders above the rest, ensuring your clothes are treated with the utmost care and attention they deserve.

The Miele 9kg Front Load Washer boasts an outstanding energy and water rating at 4.5 stars for both categories. Meanwhile, the Fisher & Paykel 8kg Front Load Washer has a load of standout features so you can keep up with the hectic laundry demands from your busy family. More of a top loader fan? The LG 10kg Top Load Washer is unparalleled for performance, quietness, and design.

Choosing A Washing Machine That Suits You

We’ve laid out a lot of information here about the different types of washing machines and dryers. To help make your decision explore our handy washing machine buying guide. Inside, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to choosing the right washing machine for you, plus a range of helpful features to keep a look out for.

Check Out Our Range

Now is the perfect time to explore our range of high-tech and energy-efficient washing machines and dryers. You can visit our friendly staff in store for a chat, or shop online with Click & Collect and contactless delivery when you’ve found the one you’ve been looking for.


*ezDispense®available in selected cycles. 35 medium loads based on preset dosage setting of 42ml (for 2kg-6kg load size) with detergent and softener compartments in 'linked' mode. Preset dosage for load size < 2kg is 17ml, 6kg -12kg is 55ml, dosage amounts may vary for specialty cycles. Do not put powdered, ultra-concentrated or gel detergents in the ezDispense®reservoirs.

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