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Ok I give up :( washing machine recommendations please and is there anyone who can access the Which? reports please :)

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sillybillybee Thu 11-Sep-08 17:52:05

As in title, after fighting the washing machine for over 2 years I think it's time to get a new one. Can't afford a lot but I don't want one which will break after a couple of years either, I don't want much do I? wink.

sillybillybee Thu 11-Sep-08 20:49:34

Bump please, I've seen that Bosch and John Lewis seem to be recommeded, any other cheaper brands??

pushchair Thu 11-Sep-08 21:02:03

Limited which access:
tricity bendix-above average
indesit not recommended

RandomIdiot Thu 11-Sep-08 21:03:59

What do you want to know from Which.

i am just about to make a Sarnie but will be back.

<personally I heard JL was fab, brought DW, fridge and freezer and hate them all>

Spidermama Thu 11-Sep-08 21:05:37

My LG is a total workhorse and has been for a couple of years now. I have four very dirty children (3 boys) and a dirty dh too so it's on day after day after day and there's never been anything wrong with it.

DontCallMeBaby Thu 11-Sep-08 21:08:30

Which? rates five makes as 'above average' for reliability; three notoriously expensive ones (Miele, Bosch and Siemens) and two that I think have a lower price range (Tricity-Bendix and Zanussi-Electrolux).

I'll have a look at the less expensive Best Buys in a mo.

DontCallMeBaby Thu 11-Sep-08 21:12:24

Cheapest Best Buy (I think - I've asked for a list ordered by price but it quite clearly isn't) is the Candy CM1146, which comes in just under £270 from Asda inc delivery. Cleaning is good, let down by noisiness and long programmes. Candy are average for reliability.

sillybillybee Thu 11-Sep-08 21:12:56

Thanks pushchair, tricity bendix surprises me in a good way Is Zanussi the same 'parent' company as Hotpoint, if so I'm staying away lol
Randomidiot (sounds cruel calling you that) could you find out which ones they recommend, would prefer a cheaper one to run (energy and water etc) but the most important thing really is reliability (I don't actually know what Which base their ratings on). I'm about to start Uni as a single parent so will struggle to replace one in the next 5 yrs or so. I've only had my £450 Hotpoint for 4 1/2 years

Ready4anotherCoffee Thu 11-Sep-08 21:13:59

I have a bosch, which is fab. I deliberatly chose a bosch as my parents kept going to the ripe old age of 11 [with tlc and spare parts]

I've heard hotpoint have become less reliable recently, as they've been taken over, but can't remember by who.

TequilaMockinBird Thu 11-Sep-08 21:14:50

I have a Candy and have had it since DD was born - nearly 11 years ago!

It's still going strong now ... but maybe I've just been lucky as I know they're not renowned for their reliability really.

sillybillybee Thu 11-Sep-08 21:16:24

Sorry took a while to reply as I got distracted. That gives me some more options to look into (although it won't be a Miele I get ) Thanks

RandomIdiot Thu 11-Sep-08 21:20:54

sorry....took me longer to make my sarnie as I had to mop up kleaking water from my crappy JL fridge.

WendyWeber Thu 11-Sep-08 21:20:54

Bosch are fab - I have what I assume is an older version of this model (WAE24363GB) - 6kg, 1200 rpm, time display (shows how long to go which is dead useful) & it's brilliant smile. It's my second Bosch washer, its predecessor lasted about 10 years.

Miele are better & last longer but cost twice as much so it's a bit swings & roundabouts.

WendyWeber Thu 11-Sep-08 21:23:24

Another good thing about Bosches is that it's dead easy to take the front off & get into the pump filter if it gets jammed (eg with money, hair grips, bobbles) - with some machines you have to call an engineer out.

DontCallMeBaby Thu 11-Sep-08 21:23:44

Other sub-£300 models (just list price, not looking at delivery now) are the Whirlpool
AWO/D5516 (no significant weaknesses, quieter than other cheaper models, Whirlpool again average reliability), and John Lewis JLWM1203 (noisy spin, again average reliability). Cheapest highly reliable 'premium' brand machine is the Bosch WLX 24162, widely available, excellent 30 degree wash but long and noisy cotton wash - I have a Bosch, it's been trouble-free for nearly seven years.

On a quick inspection I'd be tempted by two Zanussi-Electrolux models, the ZWF14581 or ZWF16581 (probably the latter, it scores marginally better and is marginally cheaper, and looks more widely available). Above average reliability, not too noisy, energy and water-efficient, only letdowns are poor rinsing overall for the former and poor cotton rinse for the latter. In the mid £300s.

Minniethemoocher Thu 11-Sep-08 21:31:57

Very pleased with my John Lewis own brand, I think that they are made by AEG.

Minniethemoocher Thu 11-Sep-08 21:33:25

Very pleased with my John Lewis own brand, I think that they are made by AEG.

Ceolas Thu 11-Sep-08 21:46:43

Best buys
Miele W3740
W562 Prestige Plus 6
Whirlpool SCW1012
Zanussi-Electrolux ZWF16581
Miele W1613
Miele W 2809i WPM
Zanussi-Electrolux ZWF14581
John Lewis JLWM1604
Whirlpool AWO/D AS128 AquaSteam
AEG-Electrolux L62810
Bosch WAS 32466 Logixx
John Lewis JLWM1407
John Lewis JLWM1203
Whirlpool AWO/D5516
Bosch WAE28467 Exxcel
Bosch WAE2846S Exxcel
Candy CM1146
Miele W1512
Miele W1714
AEG-Electrolux L64810
Miele W1514
Zanussi-Electrolux ZWF1451W
AEG-Electrolux L86810
AEG-Electrolux L74810
Bosch WAE 24465 Exxcel
Bosch WLX 24162
AEG-Electrolux L12510Vi

Ceolas Thu 11-Sep-08 21:47:43

I have one of the Bosch Exxcels. Can't remember which but it's fab

FanjolinaJolly Thu 11-Sep-08 21:49:36

I would recommend Bosch too,Mine has never broken in 5 years and live in a very hard water area.

You might be able to pick one up 2nd hand.My db got one for his student flat for £150.

sillybillybee Thu 11-Sep-08 22:01:33

Thank you all soooo much, I will look into all the options tomorrow price-wise etc. I need to go to bed now

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