John Lewis are still the best retailer according to Which? Not only do they give a minimum of 2 years guarantee on appliances but if you buy an appliance from them and they go on to drop the price within 28 days they will refund you the difference. John Lewis
Buying advice & tips
A list of articles with advice and tips on the subject of buying appliances by an engineer with 40 years experience in the white goods trade.
Since writing this article energy ratings have moved from A+ to A++ and even A+++ but I don’t expect this to affect the principle of the points made here. In fact I would expect the difference between an A++ and A+++ to be even less than the differences described in the article for A and A+. There’s not that much difference between washing machines energy usage these days. You can save more money by switching suppliers.
I haven’t written about renting washing machines before because I’d come to think of it as something from the past and no longer relevant. You can buy new ones so cheaply, but these days washing machines and other appliances often aren’t lasting very long, and they are less repairable than ever before. If you can’t afford to buy a really high quality appliance they can be more of a repair liability than ever, so buying cheap can work out very expensive in the long run. Renting may make sense again for some.
As with most things you can buy very cheap white goods appliances online, often from people who have no physical shops at all. All the well known retailers have online stores but there are also many companies selling appliances online who you might not have heard of, and who don’t have any physical shops.