Bosch is an incredibly popular kitchen and laundry appliance brand – and with good reason. Bosch washing machines have performed consistently well in our own tough tests, regularly making it into our Best washing machine list, and they are regularly highly rated by both users and reviewers alike. However, with lots of models to choose from, all with similar model names and numbers, it can be tricky to figure out the differences and find the right one to fit your needs.
Let’s face it, wading through washing machine specifications and working out what sets one model apart from the next is a pretty dull way to spend your time. Here we’ve done all the hard work for you by selecting the top Bosch washing machines available in every possible category. Whether you need a large capacity model perfect for a big family or you want a Wi-Fi enabled machine with auto-dosing features and all the bells and whistles, we’ve got you covered. And there are a range of prices to cover all budget levels too, so read on for our top picks.
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How to choose the best Bosch washing machine for you
What drum capacity do I need?
If you’re a family of four or more, it stands to reason that bigger is better. However, if you prefer to do regular smaller loads or you live in a 2-3 person household, an 8kg drum should be ample. But keep in mind, if you want to be able to wash chunkier items like duvets, it is well worth investing in a machine with a large drum.
Is Wi-Fi and app connectivity just a gimmick?
Connecting your washing machine to an app on your phone is becoming more and more commonplace. Some apps only offer the most basic functions via the app, such as starting a wash and receiving an alert when it’s finished, but the Bosch Home Connect app goes a step further and allows you to enter the type of laundry and degree of soiling to get advice on the best wash programme. If you like the idea of being able to monitor and control a wash on your phone, even while away from the house, then it’s a feature worth having on your wishlist.
Do I need auto-dosing features?
The short answer is no – we’ve done without it for as long as washing machines have been around – but there are several reasons why it’s a great idea. Firstly, adding detergents can be messy and wasteful; filling a tank every few weeks is preferable. Secondly, most of us don’t use the correct detergent dosage, often we just guess and that usually results in using too much detergent, which is bad for the environment, wallets and washing performance. Automatic dosing eliminates this issue altogether, ensuring the correct amount is used every time.
The only point to note is that automatic dosing relies on liquid detergent and fabric softener, so if you’re a fan of powdered laundry detergent, you’ll have to turn off auto dosing and manually add it instead. And similarly, if you’re washing something like a wool load that requires a special detergent, this will have to be manually added as well.
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The best Bosch washing machine to buy in 2022
1. Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB: The best Bosch washing machine under £450
Price: £449 | Buy now from John Lewis
The WAN28281GB is an update to the previous Serie 4 WAN28201GB (read our full review) which was a top performer and earned five stars as well as a Best Buy award for both price and efficiency in our Expert Reviews test. And with very similar specifications, we have no doubt that this version will also be a winning choice.
It’s a budget friendly washing machine that still offers plenty of the great features and technology seen in some of the pricier models. And despite the wallet friendly price tag, there’s no reduction in spin speed compared to other Bosch washing machines on this list.
At 8kg it has a smaller capacity than many other Bosch machines, but this is still a good size and only larger families are likely to need a higher capacity machine. With a simple intuitive control panel and 15 wash cycles to choose from, it certainly doesn’t feel like a low-priced option. Wash cycles include a 15 minute quick wash, AllergyPlus cycle, sportswear and even a quieter Night Wash cycle that’ll avoid waking the baby. And it’s universally loved by reviewers for everything from wash performance to ease of use, as well as for its quiet operation.
Key specs – Drum size: 8kg; Max spin speed: 1,400rpm; Rated efficiency: C; Wool wash: Yes; Delicate Wash: Yes; Hand wash: Yes
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2. Bosch Serie 6 WAU28R90GB: The best mid-range washing machine
Price: £549 | Buy now from Currys
This Serie 6 model might look similar to the Serie 4 model above, but for just £100 more you’ll get the benefit of a host of additional features including a larger drum capacity. Make no mistake, this is still a very reasonably priced machine compared to some of the high-end models in Bosch’s ranges.
The 9kg drum capacity is roomy