If you have a large family or find yourself doing neverending loads of washing, you may need a bigger machine. The most common washing machine drum capacities in the UK are 7kg or 8kg and it can be difficult to find larger options.
To help you find the machine that’s the right size for you we’ve tracked down all the large machines available and narrowed the selection to those that meet our strict criteria of quality, functionality, features, efficiency and value for money.
Each washing machine on this list has a drum capacity of between 9kg and 12kg. If you’re not sure what size you need, either take a close look at how much laundry you do over the course of a month, or compare your average load with these examples:
Four pairs of men’s jeans, twelve shirts and two large hoodies = 10kg
Twelve large bath towels = 10kg
Six pairs men’s jeans, six large bath towels, six shirts and one large hoodie = 12kg
Two double duvet covers, four pillowcases and two double fitted sheets, three pairs men’s jeans, six shirts and three large hoodies = 12kg
If you’re easily confused by the mass of features and program settings on modern machines, start by visiting our Guide to buying a washing machine. It will take you through each of the features you’re likely to find and help you decide which models are right for you.
In a hurry to know our overall top eco washing machine? We rank the Samsung WW10T534DAW/S1 as the best large washing machine in the UK. If you’re on a budget, we recommend the Candy CS 14102DE NFC.
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Best Large Washing Machines UK
Looking for a washing machine that can handle big loads and help you keep up with family-size laundry? These are our four top picks.
This Series 5 washing machine from Samsung can handle loads of up to 10.5kg and provides you with masses of hi-tech wizardry to make doing your laundry simpler than ever. For such an advanced machine, it’s priced well and offers some of the best value we’ve seen for such a large, modern machine.
The Samsung WW10T534DAW/S1 uses ecobubble technology to mix air, water and detergent. This creates better results at lower, more efficient temperature settings, saving water and energy. Another helpful feature is the auto dose function, which lets you fill your machine with detergent, then it weighs each load and dispenses the correct amount for twenty or more washes without the need to refill every time.
You get an incredible 22 programs that are automatically customised via sensors in the drum. They cover everything from 15min 2kg quick wash to steam washes, and there’s even a program to clean the drum ready for the next wash.
The energy rating is A, which is the highest score any device can get. There is an LED screen and you can adjust the settings with buttons and a dial, but if you prefer, you can connect it via wifi to the SmartThings mobile App. This allows you to control it from a distance, save your favourite programs, monitor your energy use, create a detailed laundry plan, and even advises on maintenance issues.
There is very little negative to say about the Samsung WW10T534DAW/S1; but it’s worth making sure you carefully measure the area you’re planning on putting it in. At 69.7cm deep, 66.6cm wide and 89cm high, it’s physically larger than most other machines as well as having a bigger drum capacity.
LG are known for their excellent washing machines but they’ve certainly gone an extra mile with this 12kg model. At its core is the 6 Motion Direct Drive motor that delivers power, spotless cleaning with minimal noise.
But what caught our attention first was the sleek design which includes a striking control panel. The white on black information looks stylish and is easy to understand.
You can choose from a heap of useful wash options including Steam Refresh and Allergy Care cycles for family members affected by allergies. There’s also a TurboWash programme when you need to get your laundry done quickly! It directly sprays water into your laundry to cut down wash and rinse time to just 49 minutes for a full load!
Elsewhere, you can connect the clever FH4G1BCS2 to the Wi-Fi and control it remotely via an enabled device. This is a perfect solution for days when you forget to press ‘start’ before leaving home.
Forgot to put a favourite shirt or jacket in with the original load? You don’t have to wait for the next load. The handy Pause & Add Item feature allows you to pause the ongoing cycle and throw in last-minute items hassle-free.
Capacity-wise the 12kg is more than enough for a big family or someone who has to wash a lot. Overall, most users applauded its smooth and quiet operation, super cleaning efficiency and advanced technology.
The H-Wash 500 HWB410AMBCR from Hoover doesn’t have the sleek, streamlined appearance of the Samsung and LG models on this list; however, you still get numerous features and 10kg worth of washing capacity. In addition, the graphite finish adds a touch of class and takes your eye away from the busy control panel.
There are 16 programs to choose from, including an all-in-one program that allows you to wash any coloured items together and completes a full wash in less than an hour. There’s also a steam cleaning function and you can set it to clean the drum automatically whenever necessary. If you select the KG mode, internal sensors weigh your laundry and create a customised program with the precise time, temperature and water.
The wifi connection of the H-Wash 500 lets you make adjustments from anywhere; using the Hoover hOn app you can check on the wash cycle, run smart diagnosis or download new programs. You can even opt for the voice control option and make simple changes with just a few words. You also get a drum capacity of 10kg, an A energy rating and several mod cons, including a child lock, a 24-hour delay timer. Hoover are known for their reliable machines, but if something should go wrong, you’ve got the protection of a one-year labour guarantee and a ten-year parts guarantee.
The Candy CS 14102DE NFC has a 10kg drum capacity, wifi connectivity and a price that will make it accessible for most budgets. It’s well made and works well, but to get such a great price, you miss out on the eye-catching appearance and energy efficiency of the more expensive options.
Despite looking like an older machine, the CS 14102DE still takes the high-tech approach to laundry. As well as setting programs and making adjustments via an app, it also allows you to set a KG mode which is a program automatically customised by sensors attached to the drum. You can delay the start by up to 24 hours even choose from three stain modes depending on how soiled your clothes are.
The energy rating is a disappointing E, but there is plenty to love about this budget machine, so you’ll likely find it’s a trade-off you’re willing to make.
Overloading a washing machine prevents the detergent from distributing evenly and destabilises the drum. The results can be partially washed clothes, quicker wear and tear on the machine and poor energy efficiency. This is why it’s so important to get a machine that’s large enough for all of your families washing. Not to mention a larger drum means fewer loads in the long run.