I saw an interesting (no, really) discussion about this a few months back.
A lot of people were saying Miele or Bosch, because they'll last you 10 years.
But someone pointed out this:
Say a Miele has a 10 year lifespan, while a Hotpoint has 5. Well the Miele costs twice as much (at least). So you're even. Except that, in the intervening 5 years technology will have moved on, and the new washer you buy will be more water/detergent/electricity efficient.
I bought an Indesit Moon in the end:
A lot of very neat ideas, good looking, in as much as a washing machine can be, and a very good price.
And it's got these cool blue LEDs which I'm thinking of removing and fitting to my *****
And to back up my argument, it's a £250 washer replacing a 5 year old £250 washer, and it is massively quieter, does the wash quicker, uses less detergent, less electricity and less water.
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