Is it worth buying an expensive washing machine?

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ifonly4 Mon 02-Apr-18 11:22:57

Just wondering if it's really worth buying an expensive washing machine, and how long everyone has had various brands.

Our first Indesit (budget price brand) lasted for 18 years with no repairs which I think is impressive, so we replaced it with another Indesit at the end of it's lifespan. However, after 5/6 washes a week for 7.5 years the present one is making odd sounds which are getting worse. Ethically we should get it repaired but for what we paid it doesn't feel worth it. As this one has lasted a shorter length of time just wondering whether to pay more in the hope a different brand lasts longer.

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Blankscreen Wed 04-Apr-18 20:41:32

My father in law has just bought the cheapest machine and then pays £3 something a month for the extended warranty through currys where if it can't be fixed the replace it.

BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou Wed 04-Apr-18 18:02:30

(watch all of MN descend on the thread to say they all have hot water tanks and know no one with a combination boiler)

I do have a hot water tank 😁 BUT my washing machine is cold fill. My boiler and heating system was replaced just a couple of years ago and we were advised against a combi boiler because of having three floors with one of the bathrooms on the top floor and the water pressure not being good enough. So we have a hot water tank with a pump to put hot water to the top floor. I wanted a combi boiler......

ifonly4 Wed 04-Apr-18 11:25:24

Thanks for your replies everyone. Our budget was low/mid and after lots of thought, I've gone for the devil I know, another Indesit - I've averaged 13 years out of my last two, so even if this one only lasts a few years I've done well out of three machines that cost me £670.

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Bluelady Tue 03-Apr-18 09:40:22

I'm on my third bottom of the range Indesit washing machine in 24 years. When you've paid about £250-300 it hurts a lot less to kiss them goodbye. Our current dishwasher is a Bosch and it's a pig with a well known design fault. It cost a lot of money and I'd never spend that much again.

jojo28 Tue 03-Apr-18 09:24:17

I would go for a Miele but get the basic one. I replaced my 15 year old entry level one when we moved house with a snazzier version and it is not as good in my opinion.

tabulahrasa Tue 03-Apr-18 09:05:14

I had a Miele and it lasted 16 years with no issues at all so when it broke we replaced it with a new one... which shook my whole blooming house, they sent someone out who didn’t even look at it and he told us we needed to fit a concrete floor preferably or a plinth work...

Sent it back and got a cheaper one, apparently it’s really common with new ones and rather than accepting that washing machines shouldn’t shake that much they always tell you you need concrete.


Roussette Tue 03-Apr-18 08:57:43

Interesting on the hot water tank thing. We've got a hot water storage tank not a combi boiler, does everyone have a combi now? It just seems so wasteful of electricity to be heating water from freezing cold in a washing machine when you have hot water on tap anyway.

So my ancient washing machine keeps on keeping on!

wildduckhunt Tue 03-Apr-18 08:23:34

As a PP said, expensive machines are often expensive for the frills - e.g. a drum you can fit your king size duvet in, “allergy” wash cycles, looking a bit fancier etc. Bosch and Miele are two of the makes that are built a bit “better”, but even they aren’t what they used to be.

AlbertaSimmons Tue 03-Apr-18 08:23:28

We had a cheap and nasty Beko machine in our previous house. I hated it so much I refused point blank to bring it with us when we moved. Went shopping for a new one and was advised by the salesman that the Bosch machine I fancied isn't the same quality as they used to be because they're not made in Germany now but Spain. He recommended Samsung or LG as high mid-range and Miele as the best but priciest. He said that he personally would always choose Miele. I took the LG and like it very much, (Miele was too pricey) mainly because it's very very quiet.

NoodlesLivesHere Tue 03-Apr-18 08:14:26

So that means when you have hot water in your tank (as you do) it fills from hot so takes no time at all to get up to 30, 40, 50 or whatever temp you use. Why don't machines have that any more? For that reason, I'm not swapping it any time soon!

These machines were made unpopular by the removal of hot water tanks in most homes and the introduction of combination boilers. My mother still has a hot water tank and getting repairs is increasingly difficult because they just aren't that common anymore...given the mess when her original copper one split I think that's a fairly sensible direction.

Our home isn't even plumbed for a hot water intake washing machine.

(watch all of MN descend on the thread to say they all have hot water tanks and know no one with a combination boiler) grin

NoodlesLivesHere Tue 03-Apr-18 08:09:33

DH used to be a domestic appliance engineer and he refuses to buy expensive white goods (anything over £300). The way they are built now makes repairing them either impossible or uneconomical because of moulded/sealed parts so you're better off getting the cheaper models.

Environmentally it's shit but until the manufacturers go back to excellent engineering that lasts, economically it makes the most sense.

NoSquirrels Tue 03-Apr-18 07:55:19

No idea! MIL bought us our first washing machine (Hotpoint) which she chose herself. It lasted about 10 years, including a spell being used by tenants of our flat.

We bought a Miele when we moved here with a small inheritance from my grandmother who loved laundry - it seemed fitting. It was about £900 3 years ago. It’s been trouble-free.

But if it doesn’t last twice as long as the Hotpoint it won’t come out on top on value.

I guess we did less laundry with the Hotpoint though as were childfree, and now there’s loads of us and animals and whatever.

Anyway seems the choice should be cheap no frills or expensive Miele but not the middle ground!

Roussette Tue 03-Apr-18 07:53:22

I've got a Bosch that just keeps going and going, I know it's over 20 years now, but not sure how much over 20 years.
I'm sure the technology is much better now but there is one thing I love that it has ... and I think no washing machines do now... it hot fills.

So that means when you have hot water in your tank (as you do) it fills from hot so takes no time at all to get up to 30, 40, 50 or whatever temp you use. Why don't machines have that any more? For that reason, I'm not swapping it any time soon!

Laucu Tue 03-Apr-18 07:45:52

When I moved into this house 5 years ago I bought a budget zanussi, I think I paid around £200 for it. It died just before Christmas.

It was heavily used, there are 5 of us so it did at least 6 loads a week. We're also in a hard water area, although I always use soda crystals to soften the water.

I've replaced it with a similarly priced Candy that I got in the Black Friday deals.

AnguaResurgam Tue 03-Apr-18 06:26:10

I had a Bosch which lasted nearly 20 years, so it was a no brainer to me to replace with another Bosch.

Checkedwoolblanket Tue 03-Apr-18 06:20:22

I buy a fairly basic Bosch machine £400 ish, they seem to last ten years or so, current machine is five years old. I have never called anyone out to them.

greenlanes Mon 02-Apr-18 23:44:36

I have been told with awe in their voice by the repairers that my Miele is unusual. But actually i was so unimpressed by miele's own servicing - I dont like being threatened in my own home. They simply dump any problem machines back to germany so can claim there are no issues in the UK.

MoleskinMittens Mon 02-Apr-18 23:17:08

I bought my Miele for £90 second hand in 2009. Survived three more house moves and still going strong. Will definitely fork out for a new (basic) one when this one dies.

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Mon 02-Apr-18 23:12:22

Miele washer-dryer, 20 years this year, no repairs. Also handed down a Bosch, which is 21 years old and not had any attention. Been really lucky. Both were pricey at the time but have been fuss free and so good value.

LoveManyTrustfew Mon 02-Apr-18 23:10:30

Miele WM and TD both 18 years old, not one single problem from them in 18 years.

Youradviceneeded Mon 02-Apr-18 23:05:39

After years of cheap washing machines (Aeg, hotpoint, indesit - the cheapest that these brands make), I have had a Miele for 8 years. It has been fantastic. Used pretty much daily, no issues. It was in the region of £800 and has a ten year guarantee. I know someone else who loves theirs too, and it is nearly 20 years old, never had a problem with it (they have two DC and a dog so theirs is used a lot too).

greenlanes Mon 02-Apr-18 22:57:52

I hate my Miele washing machine. I had a Zanussi washer dryer lasted 17 years so was looking for equivalent.

The door barely shuts properly. Apparently I need to use the extra water feature on a supposedly low water usage machine to avoid holes in my clothes. I need to run a full wash monthly to clean it out.

Just not keen.

Whitewhine89 Mon 02-Apr-18 22:53:27

I rate my Siemens washing machine and would buy another. Last one did 15 years (& 2 newborns) with no problems and I only replaced it because I wanted a newer model.

KalaLaka Mon 02-Apr-18 22:51:04

My plumber told me to get a Miele. I can't, yet, but will when funds allow!

SnooSigh Mon 02-Apr-18 22:49:36

Yes, if you buy a Miele. We bought one to last as they are meant to be repairable, my mum's one is 20 odd years old, MiLs a similar age and ours is 4 years old, so plenty of life left in it!

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