Mine is a Miele 5740 - I do think they're the best by miles. I just got it about 6mo ago. I often am drowned in washing so excuse my EXCESSIVE love and adoration of my new machine.
Mine does all wool and silk washes so no need for dry cleaning. It even has a setting for re-waxing waterproofs. The 20 minute express wash is amaaaaaze and very useful. It goes up to 95º so you can do bedding and towels and knickers in the event of lurgy and down to cold wash. Prewash, short wash, soiled wash - anything you like and it weighs the load and adjusts the timing accordingly. It washes very well at 30º
It's so quiet, you can't hear it in the rest of the house, which is v-valuable in a doll-sized two up two down terrace. When I got it, I put it on the express wash and wandered off. I came back thinking it was broken - it was so quiet I thought it wasn't on.
I paid £600 for mine (box damaged) at Currys with a 10 year warranty.
We have the most basic Miele model and it's brill. I think we paid £650 for it from O'Gormans. If you look on www.ogormans.co.uk they have a Miele on for £689. You don't need a £2k model to get 99% of the benefit of a Miele machine. The basic models are brilliant and do everything you need.
I have a Bosch, can't remember which model but it's about 8 years old. Absolutely wonderful machine - bought it on the recommendation of a washing machine repair man who said that he was probably cutting his own throat but he never, ever got called out to repair Boschs.
You watch, someone will be along any minute to tell you that their Bosch was a load of pants.
I had heard that there are different models of Bosch and the ones made in Germany are brilliant but the ones made elsewhere (dunno where they are made) are totally different and pants. Don't know how true that is as we don't have any Bosch appliances, although my mum has a Bosch dishwasher and loves it. And a Bosch fridge, which is crap
We have a Bosch, nearly 7 years old and it's been fantastic. Can't remember what model it is but it has a digital display that tells you how long each cycle is and counts down. Handy when you're hanging about waiting for it to finish so you can hang out the washing before you go out! It's the small things......<sigh>
Can you wait till the January sales? There are usually bargains.Do not spend money on machines with features you do not need I have a Hotpoint and no problems wih it- in fact 5 years parts guarantee, NB when you buy a new appliance you MUST register it with the firm within 30 days to get any guarantee.
Miele. Miele. Miele. Miele. Miele. Miele. mine is wonderful. I had a Hotpoint and had extended annual guarantee . After 36 call outs in 5 years the insurers gave me £350 to dump it ( and them). I bought a Miele on the advice from my very good friend the call-out man. haven't seen him since. 8 years .