9 best front-loading washing machines

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Front-loading washing machines are the most recognizable form factor of modern automatic washing machines. It is they who have the characteristic round 'window', which is at the same time a door with a seal on the front of the machine. Experts have studied the characteristics of many modern front-facing models of this type and prepared for you a rating of the best solutions in three price categories.

Rating of the best front-loading washing machines

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best inexpensive front-facing washing machines – budget up to 15,000 rubles 1 Indesit BWSA 61051 RUB 13,289
2 Hotpoint-Ariston VMSL 501 B
3 BEKO WKB 51001 M RUB 10,918
The best front-facing washing machines in terms of price-quality ratio – budget up to 40,000 rubles 1 Samsung WW80K42E06W RUB 25,667
2 Bosch WLT 24440
3 Asko W6444 ALE RUB 39,900
The best front-facing premium washing machines – budget up to 90,000 rubles 1 Asko W6884 W RUB 72 900
2 Miele WKB 120 CHROMEEDITION RUB 84,900
3 Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2 RUB 64,749

The best inexpensive front-facing washing machines – budget up to 15,000 rubles

Let's start with the lowest price segment – front-loading washing machines at a price of up to 15 thousand rubles. General technical characteristics for the first three front washing machines are as follows:

  1. narrow form factor;

  2. freestanding installation type;

  3. electronic intelligent control;

  4. drying is not provided;

  5. white body color;

  6. tank material – plastic;

  7. the ability to adjust the spin speed until completely canceled;

  8. imbalance control;

  9. foam level control;

  10. partial protection against leaks along the body;

  11. protection from children;

  12. the ability to manually select the washing temperature.

Indesit BWSA 61051

Rating: 4.8

Indesit BWSA 61051

Washing machines of the Italian trade mark Indesit BWSA 61051 are assembled in Russia. This is the largest front model in this group with a load of 6 kg of laundry. Its dimensions are 60x43x85 cm, weight – 62.5 kg. Loading hatch with a diameter of 30 cm.

The machine is quite energy efficient (class 'A +' with a consumption of 0.17 kWh / kg), washing efficiency class – 'A', spin – 'C'. Spin speed – up to 1000 rpm. The nominal water consumption per wash is 49 liters. There is a compartment for liquid powder.

The functionality of the washing machine includes 16 main programs, including: washing delicate fabrics, economical, anti-crease, washing sportswear, downy clothes, super rinsing, quick, pre-wash, stain removal program. There is a program for washing wool. The start of any program can be delayed using the timer up to 9 hours.

The nominal volume of the machine is 61 dB in wash mode and 83 dB in spin mode.

Advantages

  • spaciousness;

  • reliability;

  • removal of odors;

  • many programs.

disadvantages

  • noisy on the spin.

Hotpoint-Ariston VMSL 501 B

Rating: 4.7

Hotpoint-Ariston VMSL 501 B

The second number in our rating – washing machines of the Italian trade mark Hotpoint-Ariston VMSL 501 B – are assembled in Russia. The dimensions of the unit body are 60x35x85 cm, made in a 'mass' design for this kind of technology. Maximum load of laundry – 5 kg. The loading door opens 180 degrees.

In terms of electricity consumption, this model is the most economical – exceptionally high class 'A +++'. Washing efficiency class – 'A', spin – 'C'. Spin speed – up to 1000 rpm.

There are 16 main wash programs, including the following: Economy, Quick, Prewash, Delicates, Anti-crease, Super Rinse, Baby Clothes and Stains Program, Wool Program. Any program can be delayed at the start up to 24 hours.

The strong point of this washing machine is its anti-allergenic properties, as many users point out directly.

Advantages

  • value for money;

  • antiallergenic properties;

  • energy efficiency.

disadvantages

  • does not always wash powder out of the tray.

BEKO WKB 51001 M

Rating: 4.6

BEKO WKB 51001 M

Front-loading BEKO WKB 51001 M washing machines are produced in Russia. In this category, it is the only model that comes with a removable cover for installation. Initially, the machine is a free-standing type. Case dimensions – 60x37x85 cm, weight – 51 kg. Maximum load of linen – 5 kg.

In terms of energy efficiency, the machine belongs to the 'A +' class (0.17 kWh per kg), the washing efficiency class is 'A', the spinning efficiency class is 'C'. Water consumption at nominal in the washing machine is up to 41 liters. The drum rotation speed during spinning is up to 1000 rpm.

Some users have small complaints about the functionality of BEKO WKB 51001 M. Indeed, only 13 basic programs are implemented here, including economical, pre and quick wash, super rinse, programs separately for wool and for delicate items. But the main advantage of this front-facing model is the most affordable price even in the group of budget options, and the limited functionality is done to please the price compromise.

All other things being equal, this machine is quite quiet, especially when compared with the Indesit BWSA 61051: the operating volume in washing mode is 59 dB, spinning is up to 72 dB.

Advantages

  • not demanding on water pressure;

  • reliable and durable;

  • quiet enough;

  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • there are problems with stability

The best front-mounted washing machines in terms of price-quality ratio – budget up to 40,000 rubles

The second group of washing machines in our rating represents the 'golden mean' in terms of the ratio of functionality, quality and cost. The general specifications for all three front models are as follows:

  1. freestanding installation type;

  2. electronic intelligent control;

  3. drying is not provided;

  4. white body color;

  5. the ability to manually set the spin speed;

  6. protection from children;

  7. full protection against leaks (except for Samsung WW80K42E06W);

  8. imbalance control;

  9. foam level control;

  10. the ability to manually set the washing temperature.

Samsung WW80K42E06W

Rating: 4.9

Samsung WW80K42E06W

Washing machines of the South Korean brand Samsung WW80K42E06W are assembled at the Samsung plant in Russia. Its capacity is the largest in the group – 8 kg, similar only to Asko W6444 ALE. Case dimensions – 60x45x85 cm, weight – 55 kg. There is a digital display on the front panel.

A notable feature of this washing machine is the presence of some special functions that give the machine additional advantages. This is the ability to control modes from a smartphone, direct drive and exceptional energy efficiency (class 'A +++', consumption 0.15 kWh per kg). Washing efficiency class – 'A', spin – 'B'. Nominal water consumption – up to 48 liters, drum rotation speed during spinning – up to 1200 rpm. Unlike the other two models in the group, only partial protection against leaks (along the body) is implemented here.

The user has a choice of 14 basic programs, including the following: wash wool, baby clothes, delicate fabrics, black clothes, downy clothes, as well as pre-wash, quick, soak, steam, super rinse. A super-gentle bubble wash function is implemented separately. At the end of any program, the machine will beep.

The Samsung WW80K42E06W is quite quiet and stable in operation, not least thanks to the direct drive. The nominal volume in the washing mode is 53 dB, in the spin mode – up to 74 dB.

Additional useful options: ceramic heater, gentle handling of bed linen, Swirl Drum, self-cleaning function.

Advantages

  • energy efficient;

  • wide functionality;

  • bubble wash;

  • roominess

disadvantages

  • too large a step for adjusting the spin speed;

  • incomplete protection from children.

Bosch WLT 24440

Rating: 4.8

Bosch WLT 24440

German front-facing washing machines Bosch WLT 24440 are assembled in China. Despite the fact that the dimensions of the unit are almost identical to the previous model – 60x44x85 cm – the maximum load is only 5.5 kg. In contrast, the machine has a number of other important advantages. Made in a classic modern design. Loading door with a diameter of 32 cm. Modes are displayed on a digital display with effective backlighting.

In terms of energy efficiency, the Bosch WLT 24440 is noticeably weaker than the previous model, but it still belongs to the very high class 'A +' (consumption 0.17 kWh per kg). Washing efficiency class – 'A', spin – 'B'. The nominal water consumption is 39 liters. The drum rotation speed during spinning is up to 1200 rpm.

The functionality of the machine is represented by a variety of programs: preliminary, economical, super rinse, washing jeans, children's clothes, delicate fabrics, wool, silk. There is a function of preventing creasing of things and direct injection. The start can be delayed up to a day using a simple timer. The end of the program is indicated by an acoustic signal.

This washing machine has one engineering drawback – you should open and close the loading door without excessive efforts on the handle, otherwise the latter tends to break easily.

Advantages

  • pleasant appearance;

  • quiet work;

  • functional.

disadvantages

  • no compartment for liquid detergent;

  • fragile loading door handle.

Asko W6444 ALE

Rating: 4.7

Asko W6444 ALE

Washing machines of the Swedish trade mark Asko W6444 ALE are produced in Slovenia. This is a model with a large load – 8 kg, as in the case of Samsung WW80K42E06W, but with other dimensions – 60x59x85 cm. Loading hatch 31 cm in diameter. Tank material – stainless steel. This washing machine uses concrete counterweights for maximum stability.

Just like Samsung WW80K42E06W, this model belongs to the highest energy efficiency class – 'A +++'. Washing and spinning efficiency class – 'A'. Energy consumption – 0.13 kWh per kilogram. The nominal water consumption is 65 liters. The drum rotation speed during spinning is up to 1400 rpm.

Within the framework of the presented functionality, 10 main programs have been implemented: delicate fabrics, sportswear, wool, stain removal, super rinse, pre and quick wash. There is a compartment for liquid detergent. Any program can be delayed using the timer for up to 24 hours. The modes are displayed on the digital display of the control panel.

The nominal noise in the operation of this model in the washing mode is 54 dB, in the spinning mode – 75 dB.

Advantages

  • exceptional stability;

  • quiet work;

  • stainless steel tank.

disadvantages

  • few programs.

The best front-facing premium washing machines – budget up to 90,000 rubles

And at the end of our rating, let's take a look at the top three premium front models. These are quite expensive cars, but a number of their features in terms of functionality, convenience and quality, more than justify the price.

The general specifications for all three front washing machines are as follows:

  1. freestanding installation type;

  2. drying is not provided;

  3. electronic intelligent control;

  4. predominantly white body color;

  5. the ability to select the spin speed or cancel it;

  6. partial protection against water leaks (for Asko W6884 W – full protection);

  7. imbalance control;

  8. foam level control;

  9. selection of water temperature;

  10. delayed start function;

  11. child protection (except Asko W6884 W).

Asko W6884 W

Rating: 5.0

Asko W6884 W

The washing machines of the famous Swedish brand Asko W6884 W are produced in Slovenia. The maximum load is 8 kg of linen. Dimensions – 60x59x85 cm. Loading hatch with a diameter of 31 cm. The tank is made of stainless steel. It is the only model in the trio to feature the full sixfold AquaBlockSystem leak protection.

The energy consumption class of this unit is 'A ++' (0.15 kWh per kilogram), the washing and spinning efficiency class is 'A'. Water consumption averages up to 65 liters. The drum rotation speed during spinning is up to 1800 rpm.

The functionality of the machine is represented by a variety of programs: soak, quick or pre-wash, high water mode, sportswear, delicate fabrics, wool, stain removal program, super rinse. There is a function to prevent creasing. The modes are shown on a backlit text display on the control panel. Asko W6884 W also allows you to create and save individual wash programs in memory.

This is one of the quietest washing machines in our ranking. In the washing mode, its volume does not exceed 46 dB, and in the spin mode – up to 75 dB.

Advantages

  • steel tank;

  • useful additional functions;

  • the ability to create your own programs;

  • quiet at work;

  • European assembly.

disadvantages

  • rigid hose for connecting to the water supply.

Miele WKB 120 CHROMEEDITION

Rating: 4.9

Miele WKB 120 CHROMEEDITION

Washing machines of the German brand Miele WKB 120 CHROMEEDITION are produced in Germany itself. This model has a peculiarity – although initially the type of installation in it is free-standing, the delivery set includes a removable cover for embedding. The general dimensions of the machine are 60x65x85 cm. The maximum load is 8 kg of linen. Tank material – stainless steel. An important structural moment – in this model, the loading door opens to the right.

The Miele WKB 120 CHROMEEDITION is even more economical in terms of energy consumption than the previous model and belongs to the 'A +++' class. Washing and spinning efficiency classes – 'A'. Drum rotation speed during spinning – up to 1600 rpm.

The functionality of the machine includes a complete list of basic laundry processing modes that are familiar to the mass user: programs for wool, silk, delicate fabrics, black clothes, sportswear and outerwear, jeans, wash in a large volume of water, quick wash, soak, stain removal program. Programs and modes are shown on the text display. At the end of the program, a signal sounds.

Useful options: impregnation function, touch keys, PIN control lock, illuminated honeycomb drum, liquid detergent container.

Advantages

  • German assembly;

  • energy efficiency;

  • additional functions;

  • stainless steel tank;

  • interesting design.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2

Rating: 4.8

Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2

Washing machines Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2 are made in Italy. This is the most capacious model among premium class cars in our rating. Its maximum load is 10 kg. Dimensions – 60x61x85 cm. Tank material – plastic. The propulsion system uses a direct drive.

Like the previous frontal model, Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2 belongs to the highest energy class – 'A +++' (consumption 0.113 kWh per kg). Washing efficiency class – 'A', spin – 'B'. The drum rotation speed during spinning is up to 1400 rpm.

The machine is equipped with a direct injection system. A wide range of standard programs is offered: for wool, for delicate fabrics, jeans and sportswear, economy wash, quick, pre-wash, steam.

Thanks to the direct drive Electrolux EWF 1408 WDL2 is extremely quiet in washing mode – no more than 51 dB. In the spin mode, the volume can be increased up to a limit of 76 dB.

Advantages

  • affordable price in the premium segment;

  • direct drive;

  • quiet work;

  • spaciousness.

disadvantages

  • there are complaints about the inconvenience of the loading hatch handle;


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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