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A washing machine is a household essential we don't have to replace often, but when we do, it can be a bit of a faff.
From finding one within your budget, to choosing a design that doesn't sound like a rocket taking off, its no easy purchase.
However, we've uncovered a top-rated machine that is racking in five-star reviews for being incredibly quiet and cost effective. Plus, it's under £400.
Why we rate it
For starters, the Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB Freestanding Washing Machine ticks all the usual boxes. The model has an average spin cycle of 1400 rpm, and can hold up to 8kg of clothes.
It also has a selection of programmes so you can tailor your wash setting to protect delicate garments and for a quick wash too.
However, the best part is the noise level , which is 75dB. For reference, that's quieter than an alarm clock that is on average 80dB.
How quiet can it really be you ask?
One top review reads: "It's so quiet that at first I thought it wasn't working! Clothes are cleaned perfectly and the spin leaves them almost dry, fantastic."
So if you're upgrading from a rather noisy machine, it's sure to give you some noticeable peace and quiet.
The price tag is also appealing, costing a reasonable £397 at John Lewis.
You can also pay an additional £25 for washer installation and £20 for John Lewis to recycle your old washer.
What the reviews say
The Bosch Serie 4 WAN28281GB Freestanding Washing Machine has received over 120 reviews, with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
"This new model is very impressive. It runs quietly while washing, and even the spin cycles are unobtrusive. It also has energy efficient programmes to use, and has a separate spin cycle, if you've washed something by hand. We love it."
"Quiet, even on spin cycle. Easy to use dial controls."
"A fantastic product from Bosch as usual, very quiet, very quick. The best we have had so far."
"The machine is reasonably priced. The machine looks elegant and sized appropriately. The washing options are perfect. The machine is easy to operate. Vibration is minimal and the machine is almost noiseless. I am glad we chose this machine."