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 still built to a very high standard are Miele. It’s difficult to recommend specific brands because most modern washing machines these days are very similar in build quality and design. If you strip them down you will see that most parts look virtually identical. Therefore there’s really not so much between them. The main difference is the standard of aftersales service, the availability and price of spare parts, and the length of the guarantees they come with.
It’s common for people to choose on looks and features but there’s little point in having great features and great looks if a washing machine is unreliable, and too expensive or difficult to get repaired – or doesn’t last very long. That’s why this page looks at the reliability of washing machines and gives advice about which ones are the most, and the least reliable. It’s focussed on washing machines but it’s mostly relevant to all of the appliances each brand makes. If they make poor quality washing machines, they tend to make the same quality dishwashers, fridges and tumble dryers etc. too, and so on.
According to Which? some of the most reliable makes of washing machine are AEG, Bosch, Siemens, Zanussi and Miele. Out of those brands Miele are far superior, but of course they are more expensive to buy. If I was buying in the mid price range I would buy AEG, if I was buying in the budget range I would buy Bosch or Zanussi. None of the brands in the budget and mid-price range can be whole heartedly recommended because they are so unrepairable but they are reasonably priced and reasonably made and if I have to name brands they are the ones at the moment.
Least reliable brands?
The least reliable brands were according to Which? were Indesit, Hoover, Candy and Hotpoint although these are also the most popular. This was from a survey which is now a few years old though and their latest findings can be found online which I obviously recommend you check out – Get your Which? offer
Use the information in my other articles to help make good buying choices – Buying Washing machines articles and check out Which? who do extensive up to date tests and survey their members.
Which? have all the resources to review all the latest washing machines. You can obtain a 1 month trial from them which you may find useful as they review and advise on all products, not just washing machines.