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The Best Washing Machine for Under £200 - Beko vs. Proaction

By Edited May 28, 2016 0 0

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A washing machine is considered somewhat of a necessity in a modern household. Sure, you can take the laundry to the laundrette, or even to your mother's house, but the convenience of being able to wash your own clothes in your own home is pretty great. And you really don't have to spend a fortune on a washer. There are plenty of budget models around that will do the job and not break the bank. But does going for a budget model mean that you get less than good quality? Not necessarily. We had the seemingly impossible task of finding two washing machines to compare, both of which should cost less than £200. And we actually came up with two very good models. The first is the Proaction A105Q, the second is the Beko WMB51021W. But which one of these is a better bargain? We put them to the test, head to head, to find out how they compare and what their differences are. If you're looking to buy a new budget washing machine, then keep reading to find out which of these two gets our seal of approval...


Because most households already have a designated space for a washing machine with a plumbing connection, the dimensions of a machine can be important. You want your washing machine to fit into the space provided for it. Both these machines run around 85 cm tall and 60 cm wide. The Proaction is 53 cm deep, while the Beko is 49 cm deep. They're both pretty standard, so should fit into most places.


The capacity of a washing machine is the amount of laundry measures in kilos that you can safely put into one load. The bigger the capacity the more laundry you can do at one time, meaning you can run the machine less often and save on running costs. Both these models have five kilo capacities, which is a little small, but not terribly so.

Special Features...

You don't really expect special features on budget models, and the the Proaction doesn't have any. The Beko on the other hand does have a few. It has a hand wash programme (for delicate items), a variable spin (not all materials absorb the same amount of water, therefore not all things need to be spun as much) and a delayed start programme (so the washer can run during non-peak electricity times for lower electric bills, for example).


When buying a new appliance you always need to consider not just the purchase price but also the running cost. Electronics have energy ratings, the higher the rating the more efficient an appliance is and the less it will cost you to run. Both of these washers get A+ energy ratings. The average annual running cost of the Proaction is around £16, that of the Beko is about £17.


Both these machines are well within our £200 limit. The Proaction retails at around £160, the Beko at around £180.

Which is the Better Bargain?

We're going with the Beko. It's a little more expensive, and the running costs are marginally more, however the added features of the Beko, which are unexpected on a budget model, persuade us that this is a much better buy.



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