How to get the cheapest deal on washing machines

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Marc LockleyDo you ever buy a product only to wander down the road and see it cheaper elsewhere? Having seen differences of up to 50% on products, I know this can be an expensive oversight. In this column I’ll be bringing you regular updates with the best prices available on popular products.

This week: Best prices on washing machines, where I found a price difference of £140 on one model! Don´t forget that with a great washer should always be paired with one of the Condenser Tumble Dryers.

Washing machines under £250

The Indesit IWD71250 washing machine has an energy efficiency rating of A. It has an eco-time option for lightly soiled clothes, saving time and energy. I have seen this machine priced as much as £310, however Appliances Direct are selling it at £201.97 and you can avoid delivery charges if you take advantage of their website offer to pay £1 for a month’s trial of Which? Appliances Online are next best at £222.

Model: Indesit IWD71250
Special features:

  • Energy efficiency rating of A
  • Eco-time option for lightly soiled clothes

Highest price: £310
Best deal: Appliances Direct for £201.97

The Beko WMB81241LW washing machine has a very generous 8kg drum with an energy rating of A+, 16 programmes including a half-load setting and a delay timer. Having seen the product for as much as £290 in a major store, it was good to see Pixmania offering it at £228.90 including delivery, with Currys a close second for ten pence more.

Model: Beko WMB81241LW
Special features:

  • 8kg drum
  • Energy rating of A+
  • 16 programmes including a half-load setting
  • Delay timer

Highest price: £290
Best deal:
Pixmania for £228.90
Runner up:
Currys for £229

The Zanussi ZWH6140P washing machine has an A++ energy rating and 21 programmes to choose from including ‘easy iron’ and ‘blanket’ wash. It can be found for as much as £330, however if you enter the code ‘LDRY249’ on the Currys website you can snap it up for £238.50, though the code only works until 18 April. Electrical 123 are next best at £259.99.

Model: Zanussi ZWH6140P
Special features:

  • A++ energy rating
  • 21 programmes including ‘easy iron’ and ‘blanket’ wash

Highest price: £330
Best deal:
Currys for £238.50 with code ‘LDRY249’ until 18 April 2012

Washing machines under £300

The Hotpoint WMPF742P is a top 10 Which? best buy, with it’s A++ energy rating. It also has a 40 degrees baby-clothes wash and an anti-allergy program.  This machine has cost as much as £439.99 in the past, however today has tumbled to a more reasonable £279.99 with Ultimate Appliances and £284 with Whitebox. Currys and John Lewis are priced at £319.

Model: Hotpoint WMPF742P
Special features:

  • A++ energy rating
  • 40 degrees baby-clothes wash and an anti-allergy program
  • A top 10 Which? best buy

Highest price: £439.99
Best deal: Ultimate Appliances for £279.99

Washing machines under £400

In my school days an A-grade was top marks, however the Bosch WAQ28460GB has an energy rating of A+++, meaning it’s 30% more efficient than an A-rated washer, gaining a place in Which’s? top 10. The price tag is an eye-watering £519 with one major retailer. However if that price leaves you in a spin, Currys headline price is £419, but use the code LDRY249 (expiry: 18 April) to bring the price down to £377.10 and you gain a further £50 cash-back via Bosch in the form of a pre-paid Visa card. RGB Direct are next best at £398 in-store and £419 online, but you also get the £50 from Bosch. To find reviews on different products visit Reviews Field. They have premium reviews and best products to choose from.

Model: Bosch WAQ28460GB
Special features:

  • Energy rating of A+++
  • 30% more efficient than an A-rated washer
  • A top 10 Which? best buy

Highest price: £519
Best buy: Currys for £377.10 + £50 cash-back
Runner up:
RGB Direct for £398 + £50 cash-back

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Prices tend to change rapidly, so if you find different or better prices, or want to sing the praises of your own machine, please put your comments below.

Finally, if you were considering a Miele washing machine, they have announced that if you purchase in April they will give you a free 10 year warranty.

We’d love to hear from you if there’s a particular product you want some price checks on. Email [email protected] – we’ll pick the most popular requests.

Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.

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