|The Top Ten Things You Should Know Before You Splash Out On A Washing Machine
There may seem to be plenty of choice out there - but that's an illusion. Most well-known brand names are owned by just a few major companies.
Electrolux own AEG, Tricity-Bendix, Electrolux, Zanussi, - and they build John Lewis washing machines.
The Candy Group own Candy, Hoover and several others.
The Merloni Group (now called Indesit) own Ariston, Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, and several more.
Most manufacturers maintain roughly the same build-quality throughout their range.
It's better to buy a base-model from a quality manufacturer rather than a top of the range model from a mass producer of rubbish.
Washing machines do not have Built-In Obsolescence. They are not designed to break down. But far too many of them are not built to last either!
The most important quality to consider is RELIABILITY!
The most reliable machines are made by Miele, Siemens, Bosch, LG, AEG, Zanussi, Electrolux, Samsung and Smeg.
The least reliable washing machines are listed here...
Washing machines are like men - the best looking ones are not usually the most reliable!
Quality manufacturers tend to put their efforts into making solid, dependable machines.
Beware of false guarantees!
The latest trick from the poorer manufacturers is the "5 Year Parts Warranty". This is a great big con.
It provides "free" parts - but you can only have them fitted by a company engineer.
And you have to pay for the labour. This costs a great deal more than having it done by your local repair man
Companies like Bosch and Miele offer proper Parts and Labour warranties.
Good, cheap washing machines are rare!
A washing machine is a highly complex piece of engineering. Making them properly is far from easy and it doesn't come cheap. If you are
on a tight budget - accept that you can't have everything. Look for substance rather than glamour.
Learn to live without the fancy features and go for something basic but reliable.
There's no point in having 53 features if none of them work!
At all costs, avoid "bargain" brands that you have never heard of.
What you should know about washing machines.
Many of the latest washing machines are less "family friendly" than ever.
This is because they have plastic drums which are easily punctured by coins and other metal objects - and if you have children, especially
teenagers, you know that they have a habit of dumping washing in the laundry basket (at the 53rd time of asking) without checking their
pockets. If your new washing machine suffers a cracked drum due to a coin etc - the warranty will NOT cover it.
Buy a machine with a metal drum - or put your teenagers into foster care!
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