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, it's no easy purchase.
However, we've uncovered a top-rated machine that's racking up five-star reviews for being incredibly quiet as well as cost effective.
Best of all, it's on sale, reduced from £499 to £438 in the John Lewis' clearance sale.
Why we rate it
For starters, the Bosch Series 4 WAN28281GB Freestanding Washing Machine ticks all the usual boxes. Here's a quick checklist of everything it comes with:
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Energy rating: C
Spin perfomance: B
Number of programmes: 15
Noise level: 75dB
For us, its best quality is how little noise it makes – in case you were wondering, it's quieter than an alarm clock (which is 80dB on average).
So just how quiet can a washing machine actually be? One five-star 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.
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 Series 4 WAN28281GB Freestanding Washing Machine has received over 800 five-star reviews, with shoppers rating how quietly it operates and the easy to use controls:
"Wonderful washer, big enough drum to accommodate a busy family. Great programme cycles, like the 50min eco wash. A good all rounder and not loud to run either."
"Bought this to replace our previous Bosch machine which had lasted 20 years. Much quieter than old machine, and very stable, doesn't move about when spinning like the old one did, despite being in the same area. Very pleased with the cleanliness of items after washing, even at lower temperatures."
"We love this washing machine it's very quiet when it's on, very reliable and very easy to understand all the controls."
"Great machine, lots of choice of programs, easy to use and quiet and efficient."
"I am very happy with my new Bosch washing machine. It has far more settings within the programmes than I had expected and compared to my previous machine it is very easy to select the perfect programme. I particularly like being able to select a 59 minute wash at 30 or 40 temperature and the smart element changes the running time automatically. The spin speeds are very easy to alter and it is very quiet when running."