A few years ago buying a decent washing machine for less than £200 would have been next to impossible. A used model was certainly a possibility, but definitely not a new one. However, with the lowering price of electronics, more and more budget washing machines are coming onto the market. The convenience of being able to do your laundry in your own home is one that is enjoyed by most people, and now thankfully it's within the financial grasp of the majority of people too.

But does buying a budget washing machine mean that you're missing out on something? Not necessarily. There are great quality budget machines available if you know what you're looking for. For example, both Swan and Amica,  which are well known electronics brands, produce budget models that are simply stripped down versions of their more expensive products. Sure, these machines might be lacking a little in features, but they're still reliable and good quality.

We wanted to know who makes the best washing machine for your money, so we decided to run a comparison. We took the Swan SW2010W model and the Amica AWB510L to run a contrast and see exactly what you get for your money. So if you're in the market for a new budget washing machine keep reading to find out which one we recommend.


Size is important when buying a washing machine, since most homes have a pre designated space for a washer, and you want your new appliance to fit. Both these machines come with standard sizes, around 85 cm high, 60 cm wide and 50 cm deep. Therefore they should fit most washing machine areas.


The capacity for a washing machine is expressed in kilos and is the amount of laundry that you can safely place in one load. A bigger capacity means you can wash more at one time, and therefore run the machine less often, saving on electricity costs. Both these machines have a five kilo load limit, which is a little below standard, but still good.

Special Features...

Despite being budget models both these machines have special features. They both have child safety locks on the doors, and both have a quick wash cycle for when you're pressed for time. The Amica also has an Aquastop feature which is designed to prevent leaks from the machine.


When buying any appliance you need to consider not just the initial cost but also the running cost, how much it will cost you in electricity to run the machine. Electronics come with energy ratings, the better the rating the more economical the machine is. The Swan has a respectable A rating, but the Amica has an A+ rating, meaning that it's cheaper to run.


The Swan will set you back around £180, the Amica costs about £190.

Which is the Better Buy?

For your money the Amica is a better bargain. It costs a little more, but the increased energy efficiency should end up saving you money in electricity costs over time, making it a better long term investment.

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