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Water-wasting washing machines to avoid

These thirsty models from Fisher & Paykel, Samsung and Speed Queen scored lowest for water efficiency.

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Last updated: 27 July 2021

If you're thinking of ways to reduce your water consumption, a water-wise washing machine is a good place to start. 

We've tested hundreds of products over the years, and our washing machine reviews have revealed some highly water-efficient machines – and some shockers, including one that scored 0% for water efficiency

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Ashley hard at work in the CHOICE laundry lab.

"In a dry country like Australia we need to be very conscious of our water use. The good news is there are many modern washing machines which are very water efficient," says CHOICE washing machine expert Ashley Iredale.

"Given that the performance of modern, water-efficient washing machines is getting better and better, there's no reason to choose a washer that uses an excessive amount of water."

Top loaders in particular can be big water guzzlers – they can use up to 70% more water than similar-capacity front loaders. Some models we tested used around 200L of water for a standard cycle. 

If saving water is on your bucket list, give these top-loading washing machines a miss.

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1. Samsung WA13M8700GV

  • Water efficiency score: 0%
  • Water used per cycle: 214L
  • Capacity: 13kg
  • Price: $1899

In 2020, we tested the Samsung WA85N6750BV washing machine (see below) which scored a dismal 1% for water efficiency. We thought we'd seen the worst of the worst, but sadly when we tested the WA13M8700GV in 2021, we found that Samsung had outdone itself: this water-guzzling machine used a shocking 214L of water in our test.

"Sadly, Samsung is a serial offender when it comes to water-wasting washing machines and this is no exception," says CHOICE washing machine expert Ashley Iredale. 

"Worse, Samsung claims it only (!?!) uses 133L to wash. This figure is achievable, but only by choosing a very specific set of programs and settings – something very few of us are likely to do."

And at $1899, this washing machine is one of the more expensive in our tests. While you'd expect to pay more for a machine with a larger capacity, it's reasonable to also expect better performance for your money than the WA13M8700GV delivers. 

Read the full Samsung WA13M8700GV review.

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2. Samsung WA85N6750BV

  • Water efficiency score: 1%
  • Water used per cycle: 199L
  • Capacity: 8.5kg
  • Price: $1049

This Samsung gets a dishonourable mention for being one of the least water-efficient washing machines our experts have ever tested. It uses a whopping 199L of water per cycle – putting it just one litre away from scoring 0% for water efficiency. 

It does score well for rinse performance, which you'd expect given how much water it uses, but despite that, it still didn't score particularly well for dirt removal: our experts scored it just 60%.

Read the full Samsung WA85N6750BV review, or see all our Samsung washing machine reviews.

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3. Speed Queen AWNA62

  • Water efficiency score: 16%
  • Water used per cycle: 171L
  • Capacity: 7kg
  • Price: $2495

The Speed Queen AWNA62 top loader has appeared in a number of other halls of shame, including 6 products not to buy in the sales and 5 times cheap products outperformed expensive brands.

It's also one of the most expensive washing machines we've ever tested, and one of the worst performing. Plus it uses a huge 171L of water to wash a not-especially-large 7kg load.

"As a semi-commercial washing machine, the AWNA62 is built like a tank, but just as an actual tank won't give you the performance and handling of a road car, this washing machine isn't going to give you the efficiency or performance you should expect from a modern appliance," says Ashley.

Read the full Speed Queen AWNA62 review

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4. Fisher & Paykel WA7060G2

  • Water efficiency score: 21%
  • Water used per cycle: 163L
  • Capacity: 7kg
  • Price: $849

One of the biggest selling washing machine brands in Australia, Fisher & Paykel has made some great machines. However, it also has the unfortunate distinction of having produced two of the five worst water guzzlers in our testing. 

The WA7060G2 has very poor water efficiency, using 163L of water in a cycle. It didn't perform well in other areas either, scoring particularly poorly in terms of gentleness (43%), dirt removal (62%) and spin efficiency (60%). 

Read the full Fisher & Paykel WA7060G2 review

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5. Fisher & Paykel WA1068P1

  • Water efficiency score: 21%
  • Water used per cycle: 162L
  • Capacity: 10kg
  • Price: $1499

Despite scoring a squeaky-clean 98% rinse performance score, this model guzzles a huge 162L of water for a normal wash – but still only scores 61% for dirt removal. It's also pretty expensive to run and doesn't have a 'water save' feature.

Read the full Fisher & Paykel WA1068P1 review.

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6. Fisher & Paykel WA1068G2

  • Water efficiency score: 21%
  • Water used per cycle: 162L
  • Capacity: 10kg
  • Price: $1349

Similar to the WA1068P1 above, this machine scores an excellent 98% for rinse performance, but chews through 162L of water in a single cycle. While it's relatively quiet and you can add items after the cycle has started (always a good feature for disorganised housekeepers!), it's relatively expensive to run and doesn't have a woollens wash. 

Read the full Fisher & Paykel WA1068G2 review

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