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The best 12kg front loader washing machines that are made for big families

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Whether you live in a busy household or you just have a substantial amount of laundry to do every week, a 12kg front-load washing machine may be the answer to all your laundry day woes. With its large capacity and versatile design, it is a reliable unit for larger families, bulky sheet sets, and more.

Some 12kg front-load washing machines come with coveted smart features such as AI technology, auto-dosing, eco-friendly run cycles, unique sanitising functions, and more, so finding one that suits your budget, needs, and preferences can be overwhelming. However, lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our top 12kg front-load washing machines available on the market that will make laundry day a breeze.

2024’s TOP 12KG FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINES

  1. LG 12kg front load washing machine, $1499, The Good Guys (here’s why)
  2. Samsung 12kg smart front load washing machine, $1349 (usually $1449), Appliances Online (here’s why)
  3. Samsung Bespoke AI 12kg front-load washing machine, $1443 (usually $1599), Appliances Online (here’s why)


The best 12kg front-load washing machines 2024

12kg front load washing machine by LG

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LG 12kg front load washing machine

$1499, The Good Guys

Handle large loads in a single wash with LG’s 12kg front load washing machine. Reaching a max spin speed of 1400rpm, this front-load washing machine will leave your clothes dryer, allowing you to cut drying times dramatically. Plus, it also has 12 diverse wash programs like AllergyCare and Delicates to ensure your clothes are looked after through and through.

Key features:

  • 12 washing programs to choose from
  • Up to 1400rpm spin speed
  • 5-star energy rating
  • 4.5 star WELS water rating

Also available at:

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Samsung 12kg smart front load washing machine

$1349 (usually $1449), Appliances Online

This 12kg front-load washing machine from Samsung uses AI Control technology to personalise and adapt to your washing cycle based on your laundry needs and habits. It’ll display suggested cycles and timely information to ensure a stress-free and easy laundry day. This washing machine also has a Hygiene Steam Cycle that releases steam from the bottom of the drum to help eliminate bacteria and allergens.

Key features:

  • Hygiene Steam cycle
  • 39-minute super speed cycle
  • BubbleWash and BubbleSoak functions to remove dirt from your clothes

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Samsung Bespoke AI 12kg front-load washing machine

$1443 (usually $1599), Appliances Online

Laundry day has never been more efficient than with the Samsung Bespoke AI 12kg front-load washing machine. The AI Wash function uses five sensors to detect the weight of your clothes to calculate the optimal amount of water and detergent (hello auto-dispensing) needed for the load, as well as monitor the level of soiling to ensure your clothes are fresher than ever post-wash. Further, this washing machine connects with the SmartThings app, so you can control the machine’s settings remotely, too.

Key features:

  • AI Wash function with five sensors
  • Auto-dispense feature
  • BubbleWash and BubbleSoak functions to remove dirt from your clothes
  • Hygiene Steam cycle

Also available at:

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LG WashTower 12kg-9kg combo washer dryer

$3497, The Good Guys

For those who are serious about their laundry, this innovative front-loading WashTower from LG boasts a generous 12kg washing capacity and 9kg drying capacity. With a central control panel, the WashTower has all your laundry needs in one. With intelligent fabric care, smart controls, and LG ThinQ app compatibility, it’s the perfect unit for busy (and large) households.

Key features:

  • All-in-one stackable washer and dryer design
  • Centralised intuitive control panel
  • 9 star energy rating (heat pump)
  • AI Direct Drive

Also available at:

  • $3499 (usually $3999), LG

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LG 12kg-8kg combo washer dryer

$1699, The Good Guys

If you’re tight on space in your laundry room, a combo washer-dryer is a great option. The LG 12kg-8kg washer-dryer combo features a large washing capacity with a max spin speed of 1400rpm. It also features an Allergy Care cycle with steam that eliminates up to 99.9 per cent of dust mites and select allergens, making it a great pick for those with sensitive skin or those who are allergy-prone.

Key features:

  • Washer-dryer combo, perfect for small spaces
  • 12kg washing capacity
  • Smart ThinQ app capabilities
  • Intuitive control panel

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Is a 12kg washing machine too big?

A 12kg washing machine is considered a large washing machine. Therefore, it is recommended for large households or those who find themselves filling up multiple loads of washing throughout the week (having a large unit means you’ll spend less time doing your laundry!). A 12kg washing machine is also recommended for those who wash King-sized duvet covers or sheet sets.

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