John Lewis JLWM1606 Freestanding Washing Machine, 9kg Load, A+++ Energy Rating, 1600rpm Spin, White

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 This John Lewis washing machine has been awarded the Which? Best Buy for its outstanding washing performance for cottons and synthetics.

Product information

The John Lewis JLWM1606 washing machine is A-rated for washing and spinning, with an impressive A+++ rating for energy for economical running. The 1600 rpm spin speed makes for quicker drying, while a large porthole and 180-degree opening ensure effortless loading and unloading.

The large 9kg load capacity saves time, energy and water, while a flow sensor calculates how much water is required for your load to provide the most thorough and efficient wash. And thanks to an inverter motor, the JLWM1606 washing machine provides quicker washing times and quieter operation.

There are 16 wash programmes including a hand wash programme, an intensive option, and a very quick 20 minute 3kg programme for when you need that outfit ready tonight!

Use the LCD display and push buttons to select the most useful programme combination, and easily view the time remaining and using delay start status. Aqua Control helps protect against potential leaks.

The John Lewis name is always an assurance of reliable quality, great design and absolute value. Incorporating the latest engineering features and electronic systems, our appliances are thoughtfully and stylishly conceived to meet all the demands of the contemporary kitchen. There’s also a 3-year guarantee, backed by our very special reputation for excellent service.

Auto Dose Information This function automatically doses liquid detergents into your wash, always dosing the right amount at the right time, every time.
Automatic Load Adjustment Information Automatically adjusts water level for a smaller load, thus saving time and money
John Lewis
Delay Start
Delicate Wash Information This wash cycle uses a lesser degree of agitation and the spin cycle uses a slow spin to extract water from your laundry. This reduces the agitation and abrasion on clothes helping to protect delicate fabrics
Digital display
H85 x W60 x D63.8cm
Energy Consumption- Washing and Spinning Information Amount of energy used during standard 60ºC cotton cycle
Energy Rating Information Graded on performance, from A+++ to G, with A+++ being the highest rating. Higher ratings mean better energy efficiency
Estimated Annual Energy Consumption- Washing and Spinning Information Based on 160 washing cycles of the standard cotton programme at full and partial load. Actual energy consumption per cycle will depend on how the appliance is used
Estimated Annual Water Consumption- Washing and Spinning
Hand wash Information Special programme for delicates
Yes - same as wool wash
Load Capacity Information The maximum recommended weight of your washing in kg
Maximum Spin Speed Information The faster the spin, the more water is removed in the spin cycle
Model name / number
Next Day Delivery Information We offer next working day delivery of appliances in selected areas. See our delivery information page for conditions
Noise Level- Spin Cycle
Noise Level- Wash Cycle
Number of Programs
Overflow protection Information An anti-flood device prevents the machine from being damaged by flooding from the inlet pipe
Programme time (60°C cotton cycle) Information Time in minutes it takes for the wash programme to run
Program Sequence Indicator Information Tells you the progress of your washing/drying cycle
Quick wash Information Speedy programme when you need items cleaned quickly
Quiet Mark
Services available
Connection/installation service available
Slim depth Information A freestanding appliance approximately 55cm or less in depth
Spin performance Information Graded on performance A - G, with A being the highest grade. The higher the grade the more energy efficient the appliance.
Time remaining indicator Information Tells you how long the programme's got to go
Variable temperature control Information Variable temperature selections to choose from to suit your requirements.
Wash performance Information Graded on performance A - G, with A being the highest grade. The higher the grade the more energy efficient the appliance.
Water Consumption Per Standard Cycle
Water Consumption- Washing and Spinning Information The amount of water used during a standard wash only cycle.
Water supply (fill type) Information Whether cold and/or hot water used. Cold water only is more efficient, as mains hot water is normally hotter than most programmes, so it will need cooling down to operate.
Cold fill
Wool Programme Information Gentle programme for washable woollens


  • UK delivery

    Delivered within 7 working days (may be longer for N Ireland and rural areas)
    Next day delivery to selected areas
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  • International delivery not available


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.


Washer Connection


We'll connect your appliance to the water and waste pipes, switch it on, and do a test wash We'll remove and dispose of all packaging responsibly

Before you buy, please check:


  • Ensure your waste pipe, water supply and electricity connections are no more than 1m away from where the appliance will be.
  • For freestanding appliances, ensure you have a 13 amp 3 pin plug socket for connection.
  • Unless it's a condenser tumble dryer, ensure there is an existing vent near the intended location.


  • Ensure the appliance fits in your chosen location.
  • For integrated or semi-integrated installations, make sure your kitchen units are able to house the new appliance - we do not offer carpentry work to modify units.

Before we deliver:

  • For installation, please drain your current appliance.
  • Identify where the mains water switch is in your home - check you can switch it off.

Washer Disposal


Before we arrive, please drain your current appliance. If you aren't using our installation service, please also disconnect your current appliance.

Additional information:

  • Installation, disposal and recycling services are not available in conjunction with express delivery.
  • For safety reasons, the installation cannot be in a bathroom, toilet or an unheated outbuilding.
  • If your water connection valve is seized due to limescale, we cannot fix this and you may need to source your own plumber.
  • We can only install if there is adequate water pressure for the appliance.
  • If the product is coming directly from a supplier, installation isn’t always offered online. However, you can check if the service is available by calling 0345 604 8835 to purchase.
  • We are unable to offer installation to certain postcodes – see full list.
  • Our installation and disposal services are subject to availability.
  • We reserve the right to refuse to collect any item we believe constitutes a health and safety risk to our employees, or anyone working on our behalf.

Q & As

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Noise alert The drum size is excellent for large washes. However, the spin cycle is incredibly noisy!! It is very clear and easy to use and so I haven't even looked at the instructions. 10 May 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Quiet, flexible programming Happy with this machine, it's very quiet, and the programming is flexible, starting from the preset options it's possible to change the temperature and spin settings. Easy to add extra rinses to everything except hand wash. This is slower than the old AEG washing machine, but for many washes the timing displayed at the start is longer than the eventual wash, I'm assuming it's based on full load, so a cotton wash that isn't 9kg might claim 4h30m but finishes in 2h30m It is deep front to back, 63.8cm is deeper than a standard cabinet depth. 31 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brilliant ! Does what it says on the tin and more. You can tailor all the programs (well the one's I've tried, anyway) to your needs, i.e spin speed , temperature and length of wash. Can't fault it. 07 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Efficient Machine Very pleased with the JL washing machine. Washes well,big drum and a good spin. Great selection of washes also. 29 September 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JLWM1606 Had this for 7 months, and it is far the best that any one could pick. Had two machines over 8 years from John Lewis plus buying extra 2 year cover is a must.Spin is great no vibration at all ,clothes on short cycle are fine, large loads cut down to size in no time, even duvets. You only get what you pay for, and as a shopper with a company you can trust that makes life easy. 05 September 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by No problems at all Came as promised, installed as promised and works fine as promised. In short just what we wanted and worked out of the box without a hitch afterwards. 01 July 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very disappointing! Wish I had bought a Bosch! I purchased this washing machine in store after the JL sales advisor told me it was an excellent machine, was a "Which Best Buy", and because it had an "Inverter" instead of traditional brushes which meant that it would be extremely quiet and last years compared to a traditional built machine. After only a month's actual use, it has broken down completely. The engineer advises that it needs a 'new tub and other parts'. Assuming that this is the case, by the time he returns with the parts I would have been without a working machine for 2 weeks with washing piling up! - longer if it needs anything else! With hindsight, I wish I'd stuck with my original intention and purchased a Bosch instead, which was almost half the price! I think the most disappointing aspect has been that I have had to arrange the service call out myself, then chase that the parts are on order, and re-book the engineer. It's not what I expected from JL especially when the machine is within warranty and I also have the 5 year "JL Home Added Care". I purchase all my appliances from JL purely because their service is normally second to none and the knowledge of the products that they sell, but sadly on this occasion I have been very let down not only by the product itself, but also by JL. 09 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by big and efficient Really happy with this washing machine; it has a big drum and lot of useful different cycles to choose from. The regular cottons wash is over 3 hours long but the towels and sheets do come out well. There is also a quick intensive wash (90 minutes) and very fast 20 minute wash if you need it in a hurry. It is fairly quiet to run and I really like the fact that it is bigger inside than my old machine so I can do the bigger duvets/blankets. All professionally delivered and fitted and working that day. I am very happy with this (and we got the 5 year warranty too!!) 07 April 2015
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