Which is the best washing machine to buy?

Best? If you want to know which brand available in the UK has the best washing machines it’s Miele (Miele awarded best domestic appliance brand again). They are so far above anyone else they are outstanding. However, they aren't necessarily the best washing machine for everyone, there are pros and cons to buying expensive, quality washing machines. Read my overview about them here Miele build quality review.

A look at the best washing machines

If cost is not a problem though I don’t think you can better a Miele washing machine for build quality and sophistication. Many models come with a 5 or even 10 year warranty.

It's not necessarily as simple as picking the best quality. Another important consideration should be how easy it is to get it repaired in the future. Washing machines tend to be the most likely household product to need repairs. Therefore how expensive these repairs may be, and how easy it is to buy spare parts or get technical information, should also be an important consideration.

Unfortunately, spare parts for the higher quality washing machines such as Miele are a lot more expensive than a Hoover or Hotpoint and sometimes remarkably expensive. We have to expect that if a washing machine is built to a higher standard, the parts will cost more to make. In theory though a quality appliance can often sometimes run a very long time without breaking down. My own washing machine is a Miele W3740, which we’ve run virtually every day for the last 10 years and it’s never broken down once. It still looks and sounds like new and I honestly expect it to last many more years.

Looking for cheaper recommendations?

Sadly it’s very difficult to recommend any other brands at the moment. After Miele they all tend to be very much the same inside with all parts looking so similar it’s impossible to see any real difference in either design or build quality. The main differences are how the company operates, how long the manufacturer guarantees their new appliances for, how good their after-sales department is dealing with faults under warranty and how easy they are to buy spares for and get technical information and repairs once out of guarantee. As an appliance engineer I take being able to repair an appliance very seriously. These days none of the manufacturers are producing appliances I would personally recommend but the best of the bunch after Miele to me are Electrolux | Zanussi | AEG (All owned by the same company). These brands still have undesirable issues such as welded drums, and can (like all the rest) be too expensive to repair far too young, but realistically the choices are limited. If I was buying a new appliance and wasn’t getting a Miele I would most likely go for an AEG or Electrolux followed by Zanussi (John Lewis brand washing machines are currently made by Zanussi and have 3 year warranties).

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