Many people want to know if it is better to buy a separate washing machine and tumble dryer or a combined washer dryer. Separate appliances are definitely best. A combined washer and dryer will always be a compromise as explained in this article, but they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t have good reason to exist.... continue reading.
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A high quality washing machine can cost twice as much as a mid-priced washing machine. Advanced models can even cost over 3 or 4 times more. But did you know it could cost more to buy an averagely made washing machine with extra, “features” than to buy the basic model of the best quality washing... continue reading.
Most people want to know which brand of washing machine is best to buy. As an engineer I like to buy washing machines that can be repaired easily and at reasonable cost, but sadly these days most washing machines are quite unrepairable compared to the past. The only brand that really stands out as being... continue reading.
If you paid an extra £50 or even £100 for a more expensive model from a specific brand, will you get a more reliable washing machine? No. You'll get a bigger drum, faster spin, and more options, but the build quality will almost certainly be the same or not substantially different. Manufacturers usually produce a... continue reading.
Many people say washing machines are now deliberately designed to only last 5 years. The truth is many don’t even reach 5 years these days – but are they cynically designed not to last or just made so cheaply that it’s inevitable they won’t? Washers used to commonly last a minimum of 10 years. They... continue reading.
The short answer is no, most are a long way from the quality of the past but I think most of us realise this now. You can still buy high quality washing machines (e.g. Miele washing machines), but they seem very expensive compared with most "normal" ones because dumbing down of quality over the last... continue reading.