(Pocket-lint) - Washing your clothes ain't what it used to be - the machines we use to launder our dirties have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. While you're still likely to be using a white machine with a door to out your clothes in and out of, the tech under the hood (or above the drum) is getting more and more sophisticated.
In a world where connected tech is getting harder to choose between, we've rounded up some of the best smart washing machines around. When we say smart, we don't just mean connected, though. Many of the washing machines available today have other smart features too, such as sensors to detect how dirty clothes are and adjust cycles accordingly and quick add functions so you can add that errant sock you dropped on the stairs before putting a load on.
Here are some of the best smart washing machines available to buy, with a brief breakdown of their clever features.
Best smart washing machines available to buy
Bosch Serie 8 WAW32450GB
The Bosch Serie 8 WAW32450GB features an anti-allergy setting that removes up to 99.9 per cent of allergens in fabrics, such as dust and pollen, making it good for those with sensitive skin.
There is also a VarioPerfect feature that enables users to choose between washing clothes quickly or being eco friendly. Selecting SpeedPerfect will get your clothes clean up to 60 percent faster, while EcoPefect will use 30 percent less energy.
Samsung QuickDrive WW80M645OPM
The Samsung QuickDrive WW80M645OPM has an AddWash door, which enables you to add clothes or extra softener to the wash, even after the cycle has started.
This model also uses the company's QuickDrive technology to reduce wash times by 50 per cent and it has Smart Control too, allowing users to select the perfect programme and check on a wash from their smartphone.
Sharp has managed to create an impressively attractive machine here - a modern design that's unobtrusive in the best way.
There are options for super-quick washes and even a 26-minute steam setting, and the machine can detect if it's got a smaller load and reduce water and energy consumption accordingly, which is most welcome.
The Whirlpool FSCR12441 washing machine has a large drum, whilst also featuring the company's 6th Sense Technology that uses sensors to weigh each load. The washing machine will then adjust cycle settings accordingly to help reduce water, time and energy.
This washing machine also connects to the 6th Sense Live app, allowing users to start and schedule wash cycles on the go. The FreshCare option can also be selected with the wash programme, switching the drum to tumble for up to six hours to keep clothes fresh rather than sitting wet in the drum.
The Hotpoint NM10844WWUK has Anti-Stain technology onboard that will remove 20 of the most common household stains, from coffee to mud.
This model also comes with Steam Pack, allowing users to select a Steam Hygiene cycle at the end of the wash to remove allergens and bacteria, or use the Steam Refresh cycle to freshen up your favourite jeans or top without having to do a full wash.
Candy Rapido Washer
Candy's Rapido washer is a nice elegant machine that packs in some really useful smart features. For one, its Wi-Fi connection lets you control it entirely remotely with an easy companion app that lets you start or monitor a cycle, and it can be controlled with voice too.
The app even has a great feature called Snap&Wash that lets you take a picture of your load to get tips on which programme to pick for it. Beyond that, it's a good solid machine that will wash thoroughly without needing to take hours to do so - a 59-minute full load programme is particularly useful if you need to do some bulk laundry in a rush.