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If you're a couple or a small family, a 7kg washing machine is ideally-sized for your needs.
It's often said that “Bigger is better”, but when it comes to energy-consuming appliances, this is not often the case. Smaller-sized washers are cheaper to buy and (usually) more energy efficient than larger ones.
We've analysed over 200 models on the UK market in 2020, and put together a short-list of five for you to choose from.
The 5 Best 7kg
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6 Features To Watch Out For
There are hundreds of washing machines on the UK market and over a dozen brands. This makes choosing the right model for your needs and budget quite difficult.
To help, we've put together a quick checklist of the features you should watch out for.
Modern washing machines are usually rated from A+++ to A for their energy-efficiency.
However, this usually takes into account how much electricity they use (on average) over a course of a year. You can expect to pay more for an A+++ model - but this should balance out due to making savings on running costs.
(And you can find our page with the top 5 energy-saving washing machines of 2020.)
In compiling our list, we also look at another metric - Water Usage - and also how much water is left after spinning.
On average, you can expect around 55% of water to be left on clothes once the cycle is finished. This means you will spend more time and energy getting your clothes dry.
For reference, the best washing machines leave around 50% or under.
Spin-Speed is another important metric for rating washing machines.
The current highest spin speed is 1,600 rpm, with the latest models ranging from 1,000 rpm and upwards.
A faster spin speed can improve washing performance and be used in super-quick 15-minute washes. A quicker spin also removes more water to cut down your drying time.
However, a bit of a trade off exists. For starters, 1,600 rpm machines usually cost more money. They also create more noise.
And it's also a bit of a marketing gimmick. 1,600 rpm is the maximum spin speed, but it is only reached for a fraction of the total cycle time during certain programs.
If you're using a "Delicates" laundry program for example, it will never reach top speed.
That's why variable-spin models are a plus as you can manually adjust the speed.
How quiet your new machine is will also be an important feature to consider.
The good news is, the models on the market in 2020 are much quieter compared to those available from 10 - 15 years ago.
Each model receives 2 noise ratings in decibels (db). One during the regular spin cycle and one for the high / fast spin.
You will see a lot of difference between models, with the average range between 70db - 80db (with the quietest washing machines being under 70)
It is worth knowing that 80dB is not just a little louder than 70dB, but is actually twice as loud!
4. Available Programs
Something that really separates the more expensive models from the budget range are the number of different laundry programs and features they have.
You can't expect to see Sports Programs, Anti-Allergy Programs or Smart load balancing technology which adjusts the cycle time and amount of water used on cheaper washing machines,
However, it's great that many washers now have "Quick Washes" - but you do need to look at the small print.
On average, these take just 15-minutes (some take 30) but usually at a half-load or a reduced-load.
5. Delay Timer
You should expect a 24-hour delay timer as standard but again - you do need to check. Some have 20-hours and some only 16 hours.
6. Manufacturers Warranties
Sadly, a lot of washing machine manufacturers only offer the bare minimum 1-year guarantee!
7KG Washing Machine Reviews
The 1,400 rpm spin-speed is just under the maximum, but it ensures only 52% of water is left after spinning - which is pretty good.
The control panel is a simple to use button and dial design, it is designed to wash woollens carefully, and it has an LCD display, so you can see what is going on at all times.
The features are pretty decent for the price and include an Anti-Allergy wash (which is also good for those with sensitive skin and babies), a 15-minute quick wash and
Let's take a look at that last one in this short video.
The major drawback with it comes in the noise department. It puts out 84db during high-spin - which is one of the loudest for this particular capacity. However, regular spin is much quieter at just 62db.
The other downside worth noting is Hotpoint provide just a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
Still, the price is very reasonable and users really love
Water usage is incredibly low at just 7,400 litres per year.
Like the Hotpoint, spin speed is a very decent 1,400 rpm.
It also features Samsung's "Bubble
On the downside, there isn't a 24-hour time - it's just 19-hours.
If you're looking for a well-built graphite washing machine which doesn't cost a bomb to run - this makes an excellent choice.
Water usage is also around 20 - 30% higher at 10,230 litres per year.
Well, this is a really easy to use washing machine. It has a "Push and Wash" program, which means you're good to go in just 2 seconds.
There are also a wide selection of programmes, including a mixed-load, an easy-iron
There is a "Quick Wash" - but it is 30 minutes. With a more expensive model you can expect a quicker 15 minutes.
All in all, this is a
In a real East vs West battle, it comes in just 4kw/h above the Samsung model, using 157kw per year and costing approximately £24.
This Bosch Serie 4 also uses slightly more water at 9,020 litres a year - but that's still better than the Miele model.
That may put you off, but this makes it a lot quieter, making just 74db of noise during high spin. and a really-quiet 54db during the regular cycle.
One interesting stat is there is there is just 53% of water left after the cycle finishes. That is exactly the same as the Samsung model, and shows Bosch are getting the most out of their slower spin speed.
In terms of washing performance, there 15 wash programmes which include a 15-minute quick wash, a sports program and mixed-load cycle.
It has a nifty reload feature that
The only real downside with this one is there's a bit of a learning curve for operating it quickly and the instructions aren't the best.
That's pretty good - but not the best! Considering the relatively high-price, I w
It uses a "Cap Dosing" system that prevents your detergent tray from getting messy and releases the mixture at just the right time.
This video can show the pocess far better than I can explain it!
That's pretty nifty. Another good use of technology is Miele's "ProfiEco Motor". This is basically an inverter motor that helps reduce noise.
I must say, the 12 available wash programs are a bit disappointing. There isn't a mixed-load program, or a sports program, and the "Quick Wash" is 20-minutes (and not 15 minutes as others on our list).
Miele advertise that this washing machine will last for twenty years. Unfortunately, their warranty only lasts for two!
So in summary, it seems what you're paying extra for here is excellent build quality, quietness and top-rated energy efficiency.
Our 7KG Washer Pick
For us, the award for best 7kg washing machine of 2020 has to go to the.....
We love how efficiently it uses both electricity and water, its 15-minute quick wash and the sealer - a 5-year guarantee.
We also feel the price makes it excellent value for money, too!