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The Top Ten Things You Should Know Before You Splash Out On A Washing Machine
ONE 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 machines. The Candy Group own Candy, Hoover and several others. The Merloni Group (now called Indesit) own Ariston, Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, and several more.
TWO 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!
THREE 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...
FOUR 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.
FIVE 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.
SIX 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.
SEVEN 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. Our advice: Buy a machine with a metal drum - or put your teenagers into foster care!
EIGHT 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!
NINE At all costs, avoid "bargain" brands that you have never heard of.
TEN - So Who Makes The Best Washing Machines? The Top Ten Site recommends the following washing machine brands only. Click the links to read our independent reviews. Top Ten 10 Washing machines