About to kit out new kitchen - which brands are most reliable for the major appliances?

(39 Posts)
KindleMum Thu 11-Apr-13 20:48:17

We are moving house and have no "white goods". I need to get a washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge freezer (american style), double oven and induction hob.

I want to get appliances which are good value, rather than cheap, ie: which will be reliable and work for a fair time with minimal repairs and breakdowns. I'm happy to spend more on something that will work out better in the long run. Which makes are best currently for that? Are German brands still the best? I've been thinking of getting AEG as I've always found them to be good. I've also been very happy with Bosch in the past but am told that their quality has slipped a lot recently.

Howdens are trying to sell me Lamona but I'm not impressed.

We have de deitrich and have been good. Warranty is good too. Paid £26 a year for it once manufacturers one ran out and when something went wrong with fridge freezer came out 4 times till properly fixed. Oven been fab for cakes too.

stealthsquiggle Thu 11-Apr-13 20:50:54

Miele, if you can afford the initial investment. They often come with very long warranties as well.

chickensaladagain Thu 11-Apr-13 20:53:01

I'm a NEFF fan myself

KindleMum Thu 11-Apr-13 20:59:50

I've had Neff in rental properties before and been happy with it. Our current rental has de dietrich stuff which is broken but from our experience of the landlord it is probably 20+ years old and recycled.

We can afford Miele if it's worth the extra. I have seen a fridge freezer from them which looks like it has excellent capacity in relation to the external dimensions so I'm very tempted. What makes Miele better? Better performing or longer lasting?

Ponders Thu 11-Apr-13 21:10:25

I have an LG American-style fridge-freezer which I am very happy with so far (4 years iirc) - the runners for the salad drawer have broken a bit but I think that's down to heavy-handed teenage boys hmm

have a Neff oven, which works very well, but keeps getting dirty angry grin

d/w & w/m are Bosch, both ok so-far-touch-wood but I know what you mean the brand not being what it was. I would love to get Miele but they are at least twice the price (BUT do seem to come with long warranties often)

Vinomum Thu 11-Apr-13 21:10:57

Avoid AEG like the plague. Our AEG dishwasher, which cost about £600, broke after 14 months. AEG refused to do anything about it other than tell us to spend £260 on an extended warranty as apparently 'AEG products are only built to last for a year' - this is from the mouth of an AEG employee shock

Neff all the way for me.

trikken Thu 11-Apr-13 21:13:26

Avoid indesit. Seems to break really quickly. We have three indesit things snd none of them work as they should.

Ponders Thu 11-Apr-13 21:14:21

my LG will be the older equivalent of this one - I didn't bother with a water/ice dispenser because a) they take up a lot of useful freezer space & b) it's across the kitchen from the plumbing grin

if you look at the extra images there is one of the interior. It does hold masses

myron Thu 11-Apr-13 21:34:49

If I could have afforded Miele everything, that's what I would have bought - they are built to last a lifetime! My retired neighbour is German and I am slightly envious of all her Miele appliances. As it was, I settled for a Miele washing machine & vacuum cleaner (which I already owned prior to having a new kitchen) and the majority of my new kitchen appliances are Neff Series 5. I have this Samsung American Fridge Freezer which I love.

stealthsquiggle Thu 11-Apr-13 21:36:27

Miele - built to last, and to be fixed rather than thrown away.

Taffeta Thu 11-Apr-13 21:39:29

We have a Bosch washing machine. It's 20 years old and is in perfect working order. Also Bosch dbl oven an inbuilt microwave, good.
We have Fisher and Paykel fridge freezer, also good.
Smeg hob and sink, all good.

myron Thu 11-Apr-13 21:46:40

I have both Neff gas and induction hobs - the 60cm flexinduction one and a single but very powerful 30cm gas wok burner so that I can have the best of both worlds. In retrospect, the only appliance I might have put more research time into was the double oven. I did get a Neff one but I do wish that I had bought a de dietrich pyrolytic one instead but it was too late - we had already installed it by the time I spotted it.

PigletJohn Thu 11-Apr-13 23:05:30

Bosch, or Miele if you can afford it.

3WiseYonis Thu 11-Apr-13 23:08:41

Miele for everything except gas hobs - they are made by another manufacturer under licence

ouryve Thu 11-Apr-13 23:10:32

Bosch/Siemens are good.

AEG is simply electrolux. AEG 20 years ago were fab. AEG now are shite.

ouryve Thu 11-Apr-13 23:11:18

Neff are also the same company as Bosch and Siemens, btw!

ggirl Thu 11-Apr-13 23:16:14

meh ! I'm not that impressed with my miele fridge freezer

KindleMum Fri 12-Apr-13 08:42:55

All very useful information, thank you. Seems to be a vote for the Germans! At this rate I will have a German house as we're getting a Vaillant boiler too.

ggirl - what's wrong with your Miele fridge freezer? It would be very interesting to get a negative opinion on Miele.

I didn't know AEG were Electrolux.

Trazzletoes Fri 12-Apr-13 08:47:15

Last year Which had an offer where you could join for £1 for the first month. Might be worth doing it and then cancelling at the end of the month for an idea of their best buys.

Bosch and Miele are both very reliable as everyone else has said!

wonkylegs Fri 12-Apr-13 08:58:44

Our Miele dishwasher is the only fitted appliance that's coming with us when we move as I love it so much. Not only is it fab and reliable but it's really easy (&clever) to fit.
My Bosch washing machine has also been really good and is extremely quiet.
Avoid SMEG like the plague - original SMEG dishwasher caught on fire!

Chocchip88 Fri 12-Apr-13 09:00:17

AEG are crud. I've been happy with Bosch.

FatYoni Fri 12-Apr-13 09:03:31

My smeg oven and hob are wonderful. DO get a pyrolitic oven, you'll regret it if not. It's lifechanging grin

Fridge freezer is Samsung and spage agey and I love it. It's huge inside without being huge outside, frost free, easy to control the temp and has a cold drawer for meat.

Washer dryer is LG and brilliant. We have had to have it serviced every year because teh inside fills up with fluff but I think that's par for teh course with washer dryers, it's by far the best one we've had.

georgedawes Fri 12-Apr-13 09:25:23

Miele definitely.

ILikeBirds Fri 12-Apr-13 09:38:36

We got neff appliances (gas hob, oven, extractor) partly for reputation, partly because we could save money by getting all 3 from the same manufacturer and partly because they were the ones we liked the design of the best. Pleased with our choices although possibly would have gone for a higher spec oven.

noddyholder Fri 12-Apr-13 09:44:42

Lg and neff.

EldonAve Fri 12-Apr-13 09:53:05

Bosch ok

Don't buy smeg - we inherited oven, d/w & w/c. Not good

DewDr0p Fri 12-Apr-13 11:13:08

I'd vote for Bosch. Recently had an engineer out to fix my AEG tumble dryer and the guy recommended Bosch all the way. Reliable and easier to repair than AEG. Bosch wm & dw still going strong here after 13 years.

My ff is Liebherr and also going strong after 13 years.

I had a Smeg cooker and loved it but have to say it broke after less than 3 years. We moved so didn't get round to getting it fixed but my neighbour says they are difficult/expensive to repair - hers was also unreliable.

KindleMum Fri 12-Apr-13 11:27:32

I wouldn't buy Smeg, I don't really like their looks. We've had British Gas Homecase engineers out a lot recently as our landlord has archaic appliances which break often. They said opposite to yours, DewDrop - that Bosch used to be good but the quality of the new stuff is not up to the old. Those who are recommending Bosch - do you have old or new stuff? I have a 14 yr old Bosch ff which is great and has coped with several moves as well (I will be passing it to a friend when we move as it still works fine and has never been repaired) but I was told the new ones won't last like that.

Ponders Fri 12-Apr-13 12:23:11

A lot of Bosch appliances are now made in Spain, not Germany, which is presumed to mean lower quality.

My d/w is a fairly basic Bosch, 3 or so years old (don't remember) & our holiday in house in Spain last year had the identical machine but with a Spanish badge - Balay, I think

I don't know though if this is all appliances or just washers, dishwashers etc

PigletJohn Fri 12-Apr-13 13:29:54

Bosch still overwhelm the reliability tables in Which, wherever their factories are.

cathers Fri 12-Apr-13 13:34:37

Bosch and Miele are good. Haven't had any problems with appliances made by them.
Our Smeg oven looks the part, but has been repaired ( expensive), already in 4 years.
Be careful with LG fridge freezers too- I had one 5 years ago after 2 and half years it stops working out of warranty. Repair chap from LG can't repair it as it needs new coolant and the stuff they use cannot be used in the Uk. Suggested shipping my freezer to Poland where they are made, refilling it and shipping it back! Was cheaper to buy a new unit.

fussychica Fri 12-Apr-13 13:40:07

I am very happy with my AEG oven and washing machine and the d/washer I had of theirs was good too but I had to leave it in the old house as no room for a full size one here sad. They are all 4/5 years old and the w/machine is brilliant.
Have had Bosch in the past and that was good too.
Indesit were shite when I had an issue with a fridge/freezer a bit similar to Cathers problem.

We moved last year to a new build. All the appliances in the house, which are intergral and we didn't get a choice over are Neff and Bosch. All are fab and I would now buy these brands myself. The wine cooler is whirlpool, which we chose and fitted ourselves and gets more use than the washing machine smile and I am very happy with this too.

But def neff or Bosch certainly.

KindleMum Fri 12-Apr-13 14:59:25

More useful opinions. Thank you. I think I've narrowed down to Bosch, Miele and Neff then. Some of it will depend on the exact spec of the appliance.

PigletJohn Fri 12-Apr-13 15:15:00

Siemens household appliances are designed and built by BSH, which is a company jointly owned by Bosch and Siemens, which are otherwise separate companies. In some cases the appliances are identical apart from the badge, in some cases they are different so have a careful look. The Siemens ones tend to be aimed a bit upmarket, so more complex features, but the build quality is the same.

Neff is a brand name owned by Bosch and also built by BSH, as is Gaggenau and some others not often seen in UK (including Balay, as Ponders mentioned). Some of the brands are listed on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSH_Bosch_und_Siemens_Hausger%C3%A4te

garlicyoni Fri 12-Apr-13 15:42:15

I fitted out a kitchen with all Baumatic appliances ten years ago. They were fantastic - incredible value for money, worked well, looked good and uncomplainingly put up with five years of abuse. I saw the flat for sale last year - my appliances were still there, still looking fresh and presumably working.

I should think you're on a safe bet with one of the BSH brands mentioned by Piglet above - I'm a sucker for Siemens appliances! I would love a pyrolitic oven and a steam one. Just wondered if anybody else has a view on Baumatic.

KindleMum Fri 12-Apr-13 16:18:18

I was about to ask about Baumatic - I've seen an angled extractor hood by them that looks to be astonishingly good value and has good reviews. I need an angled one as I'll bash my head on the corners all the time otherwise.

PigletJohn Fri 12-Apr-13 18:01:20

fit it higher.

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