When it comes to getting a new washing machine there's some hard choices to make. Do you want a free standing washer, or a nice cheap integrated washing machine, or even a washer dryer. All of these have their pros and cons. On this page is a list of some of the cheapest integrated washing machines, or built in washing machines from the leading UK appliance sellers, so we'll look into what's a integrated washing machine and if they are worth getting and if they offer good value for money.
A fully integrated washing machine is a washing machine that is hidden behind the same style cupboards in your kitchen, and the same counter top surface running above them so it doesn't stand out. They are usually bought when you're buying a new kitchen, along with other built in appliances, such as a dishwasher and a fridge freezer. But you can also be buying one to replace an existing integrated washing machine.
When it comes to different styles you can get in a low priced integrated washing machine, you're pretty limited. For obvious reasons they need to be front loading as they will be under a counter top. They are also limited in the size as they are usually the size of a standard cupboard, which is 600mm. You can get bigger integrated washers, but this is only if you have a bigger space for it in your fitted kitchen. If not, you'll have to get the same size as your existing one.
Integrated Washing Machine Brands
Most washing machine brands will make a range of integrated ones too. This is defiantly the case with the leading brands. They tend to be a little more expensive, as well as a bit less of a choice, but the better brands have some really good machines to choose from.
Hotpoint are one of the UK's leading washing machine brands in the UK. They do have a loads of machines to suit a different variety of budgets, but they are what you might class as a mid range brand. Currys have some great money saving deals on their range of Hotpoint integrated washing machines. There 7kg washing machine has £30 off on their website right now.
Siemens are another of the high end brands and they have a really good integrated washing machine. AO.Com are also offering a £50 trade in cash back for your old washing machine on there Siemens IQ-700 integrated washing machines.
Miele are a very high end brand. they have a semi-intergraded washing machine at Currys that has £75 off. Be aware though, it's still an eye watering £1100. A semi integrated washing machine is where you can not see the main body, but the controls are exposed. Not for everyone, but this one performs great and looks good if this is the look you are after on all your appliances.
AEG have some pretty high end integrated washing machines in their collection. They are a quality brand so it's only right that you'll be paying more. Very are doing some cash back offers on AEG washing machines so you could get yourself a good value for money integrated washer from AEG.
Bosch are also a massive UK large appliance brand. They have the most choice of integrated washing machines than most other brands and there's choice there to suit most budgets. Bosch washing machines always get outstanding reviews from consumer reports and customers alike. AO.Com have over 100 reviews on a Bosch integrated washer and it's getting a score of 4.6 out of 5.
Indesit are a great brand for getting an eco integrated washing machine. They are really at the front of budget eco washing machines. Not only are these pretty cheap, they will also lower your bills due to lower running costs.
Candy managed to pack in some good features into their integrated washing machines, all while getting them at a fairly low price. They have an 8Kg, 1400RPM integrated washer at Argos for under £430. This is a really good value for money washer, from a well established brand.
Logik have the cheapest integrated washing machine around. And it's actually pretty good. It's got a 7Kg load capacity and 1400RPM spin cycle. All for less than £250. They are at the front for great washing machines from a budget brand.
Beko are similar to Logik. They are known as a budget brand, but still offer some really good value for money on a cheap built in washing machine.
These are just a few of the bigger brands doing integrated washing machines. There are a few more to look at, but we feel these offer something for everyone.
Setting a good realistic budget will be the biggest deciding factor when it comes to choosing your built in washing machine. But since changing a built in washing machine isn't as simple as a normal one, it pays to make sure you're getting the best one as you really don't want to go to cheap and be having to replace it in just a couple of years. A decent integrated washing machine should be lasting you for around 6-7 years.
Fitting an Integrated Washing Machine
First off, you'll want to make sure that you are able to connect the washing machine to the cold water supple. This is usually done by running the cold feed rubber pipe from under your kitchen sink. So that's why most washing machines are fitted in and around this area. If you was wanting the integrated washing machine located in a different part of the kitchen, then you'll have to factor this in when it comes to fitting the washing machine.
If you are starting from scratch with a new fitted kitchen then this will give you more options, not just in location, but the size of the integrated washing machine. So basically in the planning stage of your fitted kitchen, just decide on where your appliances are going and make sure all the required services are in place.
So now you've got the location of your new integrated washing machine, and the services in place for it, it is time for fitting. Installation can be a little tricky. You'll be working in a confined space. But if you're fairly able bodied, these integrated washers can be fairly heavy, and you're a bit of a handy man, there's no reason why this can't be done yourself. Once they are in place just connect the water, electricity and make sure the drain water is connected too and away you go.