8 signs you should replace your washing machine

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If you’ve got a washing machine that looks like it desperately needs some TLC, then it could be time for an upgrade. Washers used to have minimal settings and use a huge amount of energy and water, but now the best washing machines come with settings to help save the planet (and your bank balance). 

Whether you need a small model suitable for a solo person or a couple, or a monster machine which can handle a whole football team’s worth of kit, there’s sure to be a sparkly new model just for you.

Alexander Hill is a White Goods Expert at The Appliance Depot, and he knows all there is to know about washing machines and the various ranges. He says: “Upgrading a washing machine brings a host of benefits, from environmental and financial savings to enhanced features that cater to modern lifestyles. These advancements not only make laundry tasks more efficient and effective but also contribute to a more sustainable and convenient way of living.” 

Here are some of the main reasons to consider replacing your washing machine. And if you're starting to think it's time for an upgrade, learn how to choose a washing machine to find the best one for you.

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Alexander Hill

White goods expert with over 5 years of experience, currently at The Appliance Depot. Specialising in home appliances, his expertise encompasses an in-depth understanding of the latest trends, technology, and sustainability practices in white goods and other household technologies.

1. You want to reduce your energy bills 

Whether you have a smart meter which makes you wince every time you see how much power your current machine is hogging, or if you just want to be more sensible, upgrading your machine could definitely help. Alexander says: “Modern washing machines are engineered for energy conservation, often meeting or exceeding energy standards set by regulatory bodies. 

They are designed to use less electricity and water compared to older models. This efficiency translates into lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint, making them a wise choice for environmentally conscious consumers. The Miele WWD160WCS at Appliances Connection has an Energy Star rating meaning it can help to slash your bills. It also has a built in steam setting to cut down on time spent ironing, too. What’s not to love? 

2. Your machine just isn’t tackling tough stains 

Love going for muddy bike rides, or have an amateur chef in the house who is forever spilling things down themselves? Your old machine probably doesn’t cut it when it comes to shifting dried-in stains now, and chances are your machine itself looks pretty grubby. 

Many new models like the LG WM4000HBA at Best Buy are packed with brand new tech built in, to make light work of even the dirtiest clothes. As well as steam, it has a TurboWash function which can wash large laundry loads in no time at all.

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Alexander explains: “The latest models feature innovative cleaning technologies. For instance, steam cleaning options effectively remove tough stains and sanitize clothes without extra chemicals. Specialized cycles can handle everything from heavily soiled work clothes to delicate silks, ensuring each fabric type is treated with the right care, thus extending the life of your garments.”

3. Your washer lacks control features

If you’ve had your machine since the nineties (or even older), chances are it has a couple of dials, an on-switch and that’s it. Smart washers have opened up a whole new world when it comes to laundry, allowing you to tailor the cycle to your needs using an app or a wifi connection. 

“Smart washers offer connectivity and convenience,” says Alexander. “By linking to Wi-Fi, users can start, stop, or pause wash cycles remotely, receive maintenance reminders, and download new washing cycles. Some models even offer integration with smart home systems, adding to the overall efficiency of household management.” 

The LG WM6500HWA uses AI to work out the correct settings for the fabric type, and uses the ThinQ app to alert you to any problems or need for maintenance  

4. You're using too much water and detergent

Not only can you save money on your electricity bills, but modern machines can help you to save money when it comes to water bills and the cost of detergent and fabric conditioner too. 

“Contemporary washing machines are more adept at regulating the amount of water and detergent used, based on the load size and fabric type,” says Alexander. 

“Advanced sensors in modern washing machines detect the load size and fabric type, adjusting water and detergent use accordingly. This also ensures optimal cleaning by preventing under or over-soaping, which can be harsh on fabrics and cause residue build-up.” 

5. Your washer is loud

Some older washing machines are bone-shakingly loud, and can make the whole house vibrate. There’s no chance of anyone having a nap while these older machines are on a spin cycle. Upgrading your machine could make it a more civilised experience, especially if you’ve got little ones trying to sleep.

Samsung WF42H5000AW front load washer in kitchen beside matching dryer

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Alexander recommends: “Newer models are equipped with improved motors and suspension systems, which significantly reduce noise and vibration during operation. 

This is particularly beneficial in shared living spaces or homes where laundry machines are near living or sleeping areas, making it possible to do laundry without disturbing the peace.” This Samsung WF45B6300AC smart washer comes with vibration reduction technology.

6. You’re spending more to have it repaired than it cost to buy in the first place 

We’ve all been there, repeatedly trying to do some DIY only to make things worse, and having to pay a professional to come and examine the damage. Whoops. Sometimes sourcing a replacement part for an older machine is impossible, or prohibitively expensive, meaning it could just be cheaper to buy a new one. Alex says: “New washing machines often come with more extended warranty periods compared to older models. This can include coverage for critical parts like the motor, drum, and electronic control systems. Some manufacturers offer up to 10 years of warranty on major components, reflecting their confidence in product durability.

“Modern warranties typically cover both parts and labour, ensuring that if a repair is needed, the cost and the service are mostly, if not entirely, covered. This comprehensive coverage offers peace of mind to consumers, knowing that they won't face significant out-of-pocket expenses for repairs. The extended warranty on newer washing machines should be viewed as an investment. It not only protects the buyer from unexpected repair costs but also underscores the quality and reliability of the product.”

7. You want to reduce your environmental impact

We’ve all seen the advertising campaigns recommending you should turn the temperature down when you wash in order to be greener, but there are other things you can do to help, says Alexander: “Eco cycles are designed to minimize environmental impact by using lower temperatures and reduced water consumption. These cycles are particularly effective for lightly soiled clothes and can significantly reduce a household's ecological footprint.” 

8. You have someone with allergies in the household 

Cleanliness is of the utmost importance, especially when someone in the house has allergies or asthma. A smelly drum or mould build up can not only be unpleasant, but dangerous for people to be around. 

Alexander explains that newer models can really help with managing: “Features such as drum clean functions, high-temperature wash options, and improved rinse cycles help in eliminating bacteria, allergens, and detergent residue, promoting a healthier home environment. This is especially important for households with allergy sufferers or young children. 

Jen Thomas
Freelance writer

Jen Thomas has been working as a freelance journalist and reviewer for two decades, also presenting for Magic Radio. She has a fondness for leopard print, houseplants, and mixing patterns, as well as a tendency to acquire more gadgets than she really needs. In her spare time, Jen enjoys playing with and training her rescue dog from Romania, as well as tending to her balcony garden.