Indesit...NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! We bought one which died when it was less than a month old - I had just had ds2 so you can imagine the amount of washing I had with a newborn and a 5 year old. It was SIXWEEKS of farting about with needed a replacement part, couldn't get a replacement part, needed a replacement machine, couldn't get a replacement machine - we finally paid more and got a Bosch which I'm quite pleased with and its spin is quiet and very fast.
The six weeks point leads me nicely onto my second piece of advice...
Comet....NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! (Sorry Jan!) All this fiasco was with them and they were utterly, completely useless with the most appalling Customer (non)Service I've ever experienced. I wouldn't buy another thing from them ever - not if they were the last electrical retailers on the planet.
Btw, I say "quite" pleased with my Bosch because I can't use fabric conditioner in it - a residue builds up in the machine and after a while puts greyish marks on my clothes. But I've never heard of anyone else's Bosch doing this so maybe I'm just lucky.
Siemens are the same "shell" as Bosch, and currently offer a 5 yrs manufacturers warranty on most laundry white goods. I've got a Bosch Exxcell and it is very quiet and reliable. Just replaced dead tumble dryer with a siemens instead of a bosch( same machine, differrent lable) cos of the guarantee.
We have a flimsy Euro-make that was in our house here - that rubber seal Hausfrau is talking about is instead of the filter - so sucks up coins, plastic fairies (!) and yes, socks.
I have invested in net bags (never thought I would be that organised).
Know they are flippin expensive, but I would buy AEG or Miele every time. Just fed up with the other stuff giving up. Left a Miele tumbler in our cottage in England (sob). Never thought I would get emotional over a machine