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Washing machine number 5 ish has just packed up on me and I need your recommendations please for one that can cope with more than one wash a week

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JustFabulous Thu 01-Nov-12 18:35:29

It is a Beko. Didn't buy expensive as use 2 programmes maximum. Every now and then it woudn't empty out all the water and sometimes the clothes were left wetter than they should, but on the whole it was okay. I have asked it to spin 3 times now as the clothes were left soaked and it won't. It says End leading me to believe it has done it's job but nada. There is water in the small gap between the instruction panel and the lid which makes me worry that water is leaking into the main drum where I am sure it shouldn't.

I do about 17 wash loads a week but really don't want to spend a fortune on a fancy pants machine. Any recommendations for what is good, or just as important, a brand or machine to avoid?

Pancakeflipper Thu 01-Nov-12 18:38:34

I have a Bosh. Had it 4 yrs. Do at least 1 load a day.
I am sure I have heard it said that Zanusi or Bosh are the 2 more reliable makes. Had a hot point once and it was crap.

poshfrock Thu 01-Nov-12 18:41:21

Avoid Zanussi and Hotpoint. I had 2 Zanussis which each only lasted 3 years and my Hotpoint only lasted 2. The engineer told me I had done "too much washing".WTF. It's a WASHING machine. I do about 15 -17 loads a week too. I now have an LG which cost £900 but all the reviews were fantastic. Bosch and Miele also supposed to be very good but not cheap.

JackThePumpkinKing Thu 01-Nov-12 18:43:58

We have a hotpoint and its been really good for 5+ years, though it is now starting to get a bit clanky.

Even a crappy washer should last a few years before it packs up - are you doing your maintenance washes? grin

JustFabulous Thu 01-Nov-12 18:44:34

Thank you. Feel disloyal but won't ever have a Hotpoint again.

Eek at £900. That won't happen. I know there is false economy to think of but DH thinks I do so much to use it and get another one.

Any clues as to anything I can do to sort the one I have?

The clothes are so wet I don't know that I dare put them in the drier tbh.

JustFabulous Thu 01-Nov-12 18:45:55

Yes, done the maintenance washes after reading about them on here!

JackThePumpkinKing Thu 01-Nov-12 18:46:31

Try John Lewis and see if they have anything with a free 2 or 3 year guarantee. They're often no more expensive than the normal electrical retailers. Avoid Curry's at the moment, they're about to go into administration apparently

MrsVincentPrice Thu 01-Nov-12 18:47:15

Bosch. Sorry, it's a classic "buy cheap, buy twice" situation.
But John Lewis own brand also worth a try.

notcitrus Thu 01-Nov-12 18:48:17

Very happy with Bosch here.
Sounds like you might have something stuck in a hose - breast pad, tissue, coins etc?

MrsVincentPrice Thu 01-Nov-12 18:49:20

And a bottom of the range Bosch is "only" 350 quid - though for another 100 quid you'd get a much larger load of 8kg.

sausagesandwich34 Thu 01-Nov-12 18:49:53

I've had a bosch for 8 years, have done between 8&15 loads a week in that time, ex was a builder so plenty of mucky loads

still works a treat although I've probably jinxed it now

roundtoit Thu 01-Nov-12 18:50:07

have you cleaned the filter? if its full of crap that will stop it getting rid of all the water and the spin cycle will not work properly.

OwedToAutumn Thu 01-Nov-12 18:50:16

I have a Miele. It's 10 years old. Someone came out to service it when it had a leak, and he read the computer and told us it had done the number of cycles they would expect the average machine to do in 20 years. Yeah, I would recommend them, even ough they are expensive, they are value for money.

OwedToAutumn Thu 01-Nov-12 18:50:44


poshfrock Thu 01-Nov-12 18:51:12

Have you tried manually draining it and cleaning the filter? One of my Zanussis used to do that occasionally before it packed up completely and it was easy to fix. Usually the drain is behind a small panel in the front at the bottom. Put a bowl underneath before you open it!
And it's Comet going into administration, not Curry's.

OwedToAutumn Thu 01-Nov-12 18:51:40

Yeah? I typed "so yes", I thought!

EldonAve Thu 01-Nov-12 18:51:47

washer help is quite useful

We have a Bosch - we got 5 years out of it before the brushes in the motor went. DH replaced them himself (espares have videos showing how if you fancy DIY repairs). Spare part cost was less than £10

tutu100 Thu 01-Nov-12 18:52:00

I have an LG direct drive washing machine (apparently the direct drive means it's quieter than normal machines), I have had it nearly 4 years and do 15 wash loads a week (more if the kids are ill or ds2 has wet the bed). It had a 2 year warranty on the whole machine and a 10 year warranty on the motor.

tutu100 Thu 01-Nov-12 18:52:36

Meant to add it was £360, but we got a deal with our local electronics shop for £300.

JustFabulous Thu 01-Nov-12 18:54:29

DH is out at the moment so I can't get it out to see if anything is stuck but I am going to take the clothes out and see if there is anything obvious.

roundtoit Thu 01-Nov-12 19:14:38

the filter is usually under a cover running along the bottom of the machine at the front. when you take the cover off place a tray underneath because when you unscrew the filter water will come out. i have found buttons hairclips, and all sorts of crap in my filter.

Badvoc Thu 01-Nov-12 19:21:21

Got a bog standard borsch from John Lewis.
I think it's called the classix.
Does everything I need it to and I do 1-2 loads a day.

WelshWereRabbit Thu 01-Nov-12 19:37:57

I have a Samsung, was recommended by the engineer who came out to look at my old machine which was terminally ill. Had it for a few years and no problems so far.

maddiemostmerry Thu 01-Nov-12 20:17:03

I do about 21 loads a week and have had pretty much every make of machine. My bosch lasted two years and I didn't really rate it. Had a dire and very expensive Samsung.

We now have two washing machines as I was spending a fortune at launderette while waiting for one to be fixed/replaced.

Currently have Indesit and Zanussi. Indesit needed repair after 6 months.

I honestly don't believe any machine is built to last.

marquesas Thu 01-Nov-12 20:19:59

You shouldn't need to move the machine to check the filter, there should be a cover or door on the front.

If that doesn't work I'd agree with the Bosch recommendations.

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