Washing machines make it very quick and easy to clean your clothes but they can take up a lot of space in your kitchen. Thankfully there are some excellent small and mini washing machines available now that still do a great job but take up a fraction of the space.
I’ve reviewed some of the best small & mini washing machines currently available in the UK. As well as covering their key features, I’ve also looked at the pros and cons for each machine, meaning you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
You can go to the product page for any of the washing machines in the list below by clicking the link next to them.
Let’s start by looking at my best 3kg pick – the Zanussi ZWC1301 3Kg Washing Machine with 1300 rpm.
Top 5 Best Small & Mini Capacity Washing Machines
- Smallest Washing Machine – Hisense WFQP6012EVM Freestanding 6KG Washing Machine
- Runner Up – Beko WTL74051W 7kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine
- Best Integrated – AEG ProSteam Technology L7FE7461BI Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm
- Best 7kg – BOSCH Serie 4 WAN28081GB 7 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine
- Smallest Washer Dryer – Indesit Eco Time EWD71452WUKN 7Kg / 5Kg Washer Dryer with 1200 rpm
1. Smallest Washing Machine – Hisense WFQP6012EVM Freestanding 6KG Washing Machine
Annual cost to run: £111
- 15 wash cycles
- 2-year warranty
- Drum clean cycle
- Simple to set up and use
- Effective washing
- Uses a fair amount of energy for a half load
- Average noise from spin
6kg is the perfect size for washing the clothes of 1-2 people, if you’re a couple and don’t go through a ton of clothes each day just a couple of loads a week in this will see you through.
And as an individual, you’ll get away with 1 load a week potentially.
The Hisense has 15 cycles to choose from including a drum clean which keeps the whole thing fresh and a quick cycle that is over in just 15 minutes.
I like the bigger capacity compared to the Candy Aquamatic above while still having a reasonable energy usage, especially with prices the way they are. But this is the runner up because it isn’t as small as the Candy which I know some of you are looking for.
The spin noise is pretty standard, nothing special there and surprisingly on a half load cycle it still uses more than half the power, which isn’t the end of the world but it’s something to be aware of.
2. Runner Up – Beko WTL74051W 7kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine
Annual cost to run: £26.64
- A+++ energy rating
- 28-minute quick wash
- Efficient Fast+ function
- 1-year manufacturer warranty
- No variable temperature or spin speed for most programmes
The Beko WTG741M1W 7kg 1400rpm Freestanding Washing Machine is another 7kg washer that’s well worth considering and easy to fit in most kitchens.
The 7kg large capacity makes this a good choice for small to medium households and the A+++ energy rating means it’s very affordable to run and not overly harmful to the environment.
There are plenty of useful wash modes that allow you to wash a range of different materials and the 28-minute quick wash function is ideal when you need clothes cleaning in a hurry.
You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty included and it comes with free delivery for all customers. It’s only available in white but it has a pleasing modern design that would work well in most kitchens.
3. Best Integrated – AEG ProSteam Technology L7FE7461BI Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm
Annual cost to run: £26.80
- A+++ energy rating
- ProSteam technology
- Cheap to run
- 2 year manufacturer warranty
- Expensive upfront cost
The AEG ProSteam Technology L7FE7461BI Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm has some great features that make it easy to use and provide excellent results.
Firstly, it features ProSteam technology, which is excellent for removing creases from clothes and makes ironing that much easier. It also has ProSense technology, so it can sense not just the weight of the load but also the fabrics inside and adjust to the ideal cycle for the best results.
SoftPlus is another very welcome feature and uses the perfect amount of fabric softener and water to leave your clothes incredibly soft and thoroughly cleaned.
Although this is quite expensive for a washer of this size, it does have some excellent features and is economical to run in the long term thanks to its excellent A+++ energy rating. Being an integrated model, it’s important to be sure this would fit in your kitchen before purchasing.
It comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.
4. Best 7kg – BOSCH Serie 4 WAN28081GB 7 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine
Annual cost to run: £13.80
- Cheap to run
- Pause and reload function
- Senses load size and adjusts water and power
- Quiet reliable motor
- Long regular cycles
- Only one 60 degree cycle that lasts 3 hours
I like a little technology in my washing machine and the Bosch has got it, mainly the sensors that detect load size so you don’t waste water or power by using more than you need, plus the pause and reload function lets you throw in odd socks that you find just after you start the wash.
I would have liked an option to do a quick wash of the different temperatures but no dice. Luckily the power usage balances out with the sensors inside.
I’m also a fan of the new motor that’s inside that is brush free so there are fewer moving parts and less wear and tear. I was £70 last time I had to get my washing machine motor fixed so this is a big saving over time knowing that it can just keep washing week in and week out.
A cool washing machine with some great features, a little bigger at 7kg so it depends on your needs, this also makes it a little more expensive but it still won’t break the bank by any means.
5. Smallest Washer Dryer – Indesit Eco Time EWD71452WUKN 7Kg / 5Kg Washer Dryer with 1200 rpm
Annual cost to run: £162
- Express wash and dry cycle
- Automatic sensors
- Compact design
- 1-year manufacturer warranty
- The energy rating isn’t the best
- Very expensive to run
If you’re looking for a small combined washer dryer, then the Indesit Eco Time would make a great choice. Let’s take a closer look.
It has a capacity of 6kg for washing and 5kg for drying, making this machine ideal for small households. It has a number of different wash modes, including an Express wash and cycle that’s great when you need clothes washing in a hurry. This washer also features sensor dry technology, so it’s able to dry clothes very effectively no matter how wet they might be.
The downside of the dual functionality of this washer is that it is considerably more expensive to run when compared to a washer only of the same size. If you don’t mind the running costs though, this is a very reliable machine.
You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty included in addition to AO’s 100 days returns, so you’re able to buy with full peace of mind.
What To Look For In A Small Washing Machine
Washing machines tend to use a lot of energy, so it’s certainly important to know how energy efficient any models you’re considering are. Appliances in the UK are rated on a scale from G to A+++. A washing machine with good energy efficiency is not only better for the environment but will help to cut your electricity bill too. Check out Appliance Hunter’s Less co2 Project for more energy saving tips.
The length of the warranty you get is incredibly important when choosing a new washing machine. They can vary a lot but 1-2 years is usually the standard length of a warranty. There are certain brands that offer long warranties though. For example, Miele washing machines usually come with a warranty of 5-10 years.
What Size You Need
Small & mini washing machines can vary in size quite a bit, so it’s important to think about your washing requirements as well as the space you have available when choosing one. If you’re very limited for space and don’t need to wash many clothes at once, then a 3kg model would be a good choice.
When you’re buying a small washing machine, you’re likely limited for space and so it’s very important to know the dimensions of any models you’re considering. Be sure to measure the space where it’s going to be placed for width, height and depth to ensure it fits properly.
The top spin speed of a washing machine is important because it tells you how dry your clothes will be after the wash cycle. Spin speeds are measured in rpm and usually range from 1000 rpm to 1600rpm with the faster the spin, the less water is retained by the fabric. Dryer clothes means less time in the tumble dryer so saves energy and costs here as well.
Added extras can really enhance the wash quality and functionality of your washing machine. Although they aren’t essential, they can help look after your clothes and extends their use.
For example, Samsung has developed Ecobubble technology which removes tough stains at very low temperatures. Hotpoint has similar stain removal ability and a certified Woolmark blue programme which looks after woollen items as well.
There are so many different features and extras out there and although they shouldn’t take first priority when choosing your home appliances, they certainly can make life a lot easier!
What is the smallest washing machine you can buy?
The smallest washing machines available are models with a 3kg load capacity, which are usually around 900cm x 500cm. Although 3kg washing machines don’t allow you to clean a lot of clothes at once, they are very practical when it comes to space and will help to keep your electricity bills to a minimum.
For camping or caravans, there is such a thing as a portable washing machine. This only cope with 2.5-3.5kg of clothes and are either plug on or hand-operated. They do vary a lot in build quality and although they may do well on holiday, they probably aren’t strong enough to replace your standard front-loading washing machine.
How long should a washing machine last?
The lifespan of a washing machine can vary quite a bit depending on the brand and how much it costs. Some washing machines, such as Miele washers, can last for 20 years or longer. However, in most cases, a washing machine will last for around 11 years.
You can extend the lifespan of your washing machine but making sure it’s well maintained and replacing the motor if you notice any issues.
Can you get a narrow washing machine?
Yes. There are certain models you can buy that are designed to be small, with some having a depth of just 45cm. A quick Google search or checking on supplier sites like Amazon, Currys or John Lewis will enable you to find the best narrow models available.
What features are important in a washing machine?
Below are some of the most important features to look for when choosing a washing machine
- WiFi connectivity – An increasing number of washing machines can now be controlled via an app using a smartphone or tablet. Very handy for choosing cycles and keeping on top of energy usage.
- Quick wash cycles – Most washing machines have at least one quick wash cycle. These are very handy when you need clothes washing in a hurry.
- Hygiene cycles – If you suffer from allergies, then this is a very important thing to look for in a washing machine. Hygiene cycles typically remove any allergens from clothes, making them excellent for cutting down on symptoms.
- Steam – A lot of washing machines have a steam setting, so your clothes come out drier once the cycle is finished. This makes them much easier to dry and iron.
- Capacity – The capacity of a washing machine is obviously incredibly important. Even small washing machines vary in size quite a bit, so be sure to pick the size that’s right for you.
- Spin Cycle Speed – Spin speed will determine how wet your clothes are after a cycle. The higher the spin speed the dryer your clothes will be.
- Noise level – A lot of washing machines are very noisy, so be sure to check the decibel levels of any machines you’re considering if this is a concern.
Other Small & Mini Washing Machines
CDA C3161 Integrated 6 kg 1200 Spin Washing Machine
Annual cost to run: £14.8
- Low energy consumption
- Allergy safe cycle
- Delay Timer
- Soap drawer not as smooth as I’d like
- A little noisy
Cheap and cheerful both in price and in running costs, in fact this might be the cheapest to run washing machine I’ve ever come across, and I’ve reviewed a lot of washing machines!
This is an integrated unit that will fit nicely into any kitchen old or new, it doesn’t have a reversible door which is something to be aware of but it runs smooth and cleans efficiently.
The soap drawer could do with pulling out a little easier and maybe a little further but it’s not something to worry about.
You’ve got 16 cycles to choose from including an allergy cycle which if you have hayfever is a god send in spring, and it’s even got a delay timer so you can set it the night before and have it finish in the morning so you can hang it straight outside to dry.
Overall, a great little washer that’s the perfect choice if you need something integrated.
Baumatic BWMI1472D3/1 Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm
Annual cost to run: £26.95
- A+++ energy rating
- Multiple quick wash programmes
- Wash mixed fabrics together
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
- Not as feature-rich as some other models
Last but not least is the Baumatic BWMI1472D3/1 Integrated 7Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm. Let’s look at some of its key features.
It has a 7kg drum capacity, so it would be great for small to medium households and its A+++ energy rating makes it cheap to run and good for the environment. The slightly larger drum size can fit up to 35 cotton t-shirts or a double duvet in a single wash load.
There are multiple quick wash programmes available, including a 14, 30 and 40-minute cycle, so no matter how much of a hurry you might be in, there’s an ideal cycle for it.
Although separating fabrics is usually the best idea, if you just want to throw them all in together this is still possible thanks to the mixed setting. There’s also a dedicated cycle for washing woollen items, so you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged due to the temperature being too high.
You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty included with this machine as well as AO’s 100 days returns policy. If you’re happy to pay extra, then you can also have this professionally fitted and your machine taken away and recycled.
Zanussi ZWC1301 3Kg Washing Machine with 1300 rpm
Annual cost to run: £19.30
- A energy rating
- Very cheap to run
- Quick wash setting
- 1-year manufacturer warranty
- Quite expensive
The Zanussi ZWC1301 3Kg Washing Machine with 1300 rpm spin is my best 3kg pick and has some excellent features that make it well worth considering if you’re looking for a smaller machine.
Although the 3kg capacity does limit how many clothes you can wash at once, it comes with the benefit of being very cheap to run and not taking up much space in your kitchen. The A energy rating means this machine is economical and good for the environment too.
There are a good number of wash cycles, including a quick wash cycle that cleans your clothes in just 30 minutes.
This machine is only really suitable for a single person or a couple as it can only manage very small loads of washing at a time. It is perfect if you rarely manage to get a full load together or if you live in a small apartment.
You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty and 100 days returns from AO. If you’re not confident fitting it yourself, then you can have it fitted for a small additional fee as well as getting your old machine removed.
Candy Aquamatic AQUA1142DBE/2-S 4Kg Washing Machine with 1100 rpm Spin
Annual cost to run: £21.71
- A+ energy rating
- Cheap to run
- Multiple quick wash cycles
- 1-year manufacturer warranty
- Expensive compared to a lot of similarly sized washing machines
The Candy Aquamatic AQUA1042D1 4Kg Washing Machine with 1000 rpm is my best 4kg pick and is a very neat and compact washing machine. Let’s take a look at some of its features.
It has many wash cycles and a huge variety of wash times, including multiple quick wash cycles that let you clean clothes in just 14 minutes. The machine also has sensors that detect the weight of the load and adjust the amount of water and energy used automatically.
The A+ energy rating means it doesn’t cost too much to run and is good for the environment to boot. Thanks to its small capacity, it’s a very compact design and would be easy to fit in most small to medium kitchens.
You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
You should now be in a better position to make the right choice on a small washing machine. Although they do the same basic function, the features and reliability of different models can vary a lot so it’s always important to do your research and check out plenty of buying guides so you can pick the best washing machine for you.