Washing machines are one of the most useful and practical home appliances – but they are also unfortunately notorious for using large amounts of energy.
There are however ways to ensure your washing machine is more energy-efficient, thanks to the ratings on each appliance which uses an A-D scoring system: A is the most efficient, G is the least.
Typically these ratings are based on washing a load of clothes at 60°C, and on average, a D-rated machine on a 9kg load will cost approximately 21.2p per cycle, while an A-rated one can set you back 13.72p per cycle.
To help you choose your next washing machine investment wisely, we've handpicked our top-rated appliances.
Of the 12 in our roundup, each one has an A energy rating so you can be sure that they're the most energy-efficient options to can save money, while still fitting an entire load of laundry and spanning a range of budgets.
The best energy-efficient washing machines
Miele WDD131 WPS guideline | £989 from Miele
This washing machine from Miele has an 8kg capacity with a maximum spin speed of 1,400rpm. Made for medium to large households, it intelligently adjusts to the size of your load and will use less water and consume less electricity. The machine was designed especially for blind and partially sighted people, with tactile markings and audio cues to help users operate it with touch and sound.
John Lewis JLWM1309 Freestanding Washing Machine | £519 from John Lewis
John Lewis' own brand washing machine has a mid-range price tag but comes with an A energy rating. For an extra £25 you can also include washer installation in your order. With an average 4.9 stars, one shopper wrote in their review: "Even though we are small household, we opted for this larger capacity washing machine so that we could reduce the number of washes we do every week."
Samsung Series 5+ WW90T554DAN Freestanding ecobubble™ | £499 from John Lewis
While the 9kg capacity, spin speed of 1,400rpm and freestanding design are impressive, our favourite feature of this machine is that you can add a forgotten sock to a wash mid-cycle – how handy is that? Additionally, it remembers your most-used cycle settings, will notify you on the SmartThings app when a load is finished and its built-in Digital Inverter Technology is powerful but quiet.
Hoover HW 49AMC 1 80 9KG 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £350 from Argos
This Hoover machine is the most affordable on our list for less than £400. There's 16 cycles to choose from, including a full load in 59 minutes and three rapid wash settings. You can also delay the start time by up to 24 hours, and can use the Hoover app on your smartphone to monitor a load or operate the machine remotely.
AEG 7000 L7FEE945R Freestanding Washing Machine | £599 from John Lewis
Another John Lewis find is this option from AEG. According to one customer, "The spin only cycle is definitely a plus – saves a lot of drying time. The machine isn't too noisy which is always a bonus." It also has a steam function which will reduce your need to iron items such as shirts, it has a 9kg capacity and the Allergy Care programme is ideal if you have sensitive skin.
Bosch Series 6 WGG24409GB 9Kg Washing Machine | £679 from AO
Make laundry day a breeze with this Bosch machine, which is designed for medium-sized household. It has a SpeedPerfect setting which will complete a full load in an hour and the EcoSilence drive ensures it won't wake you up if you've set it to come one first thing in the morning. It also has built-in sensors to adjust the energy and water consumption depending on the size of your load.
LG FH4G1BCS2 Freestanding Washing Machine | £899 from John Lewis
This extra-large washing machine has a 12 kg load capacity, which equates to a huge 60 shirts per wash. One John Lewis customer said of it: "I love it! Very quiet (we use it at night as we have night tariff and we were never woken up by it). Fantastic steam function: leaves the laundry soft without the need of using fabric softener."
Haier HW100-B1439NS8 10Kg Washing Machine | £499 from AO
Another washing machine just under £500 is this model from Haier. It has a 10kg drum capacity, a 15-minute wash programme for speedy cleaning and even a steam setting to reduce creasing on shirts. Ideal for larger families, it's a decent mid-range design that doesn't cost a fortune.
BEKO IronFast RecycledTub B3W5841IW Bluetooth 8kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine | £349 from Currys
This machine boasts an eco-friendly feature – the tubs are made from recycled PET bottles. It can also wash a full load in just 28 minutes, has a built-in child lock to keep little fingers safe and an extra-large porthole to make loading in large duvets a breeze. There's an Anti-Allergy program too which will get rid of pet hair and pollen in your clothes.
Siemens iQ500 WG44G290GB Freestanding Washing Machine | £629 from John Lewis
One John Lewis customer described this Siemens model as "a quality washing machine, very pleased with it. It's economical, quiet, washes and spin dries well". Not only that, it spins quietly, can hold 45 shirts in one load and has a spin speed of 1400rpm. It also comes with a door and control lock to keep children safe around it and you can delay a cycle by up to 24 hours.
Candy RO16106DWMCE 10KG 1600 Spin Washing Machine | £410 from Argos
There's 16 cycle options on this Candy machine, and thanks to its 10kg drum and 1600 spin speed, will work well for larger households. Of those 16, four take less than 60 minutes, including a speedy 14-minute wash if you're in a rush. You can also monitor and manage your washing via the Candy Simply Fi app so you don't even need to get off the sofa to put a load on.
Hotpoint NM111046WDAUKN 10Kg Washing Machine | £439 from AO
This large load washing machine offers a host of benefits, including a 30-minute quick wash programme, an allergy setting for sensitive skin and promises to remove up to 100 stubborn stains at just 20 degrees. One happy AO customer said: "Great product – the best washing machine I'd seen for A rating, Spin speed and drum size. Good value. Very quiet, looks fab, quick delivery. Its had heavy use this past week and so far great great. Towels are practically spun dry compared to the old machine."