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Washing Machines...which brands are best?

I seem to forever be in a search for the best laundry solution. My dream would be Maytag, but apparently the Swiss have a different idea about size/ speed/ efficiency, than me.

The prices can vary a lot, so I'd like to know your opinion. The Boesch we have drives me crazy, so I won't go that route again.

Is a Miele worth the price?
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

It seems like Whirlpool make a pretty solid beast of a machine for their money:

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Is a Miele worth the price?
In my opinion, yes.

Our Miele washing and a drying machines bought in June 1999 and used regularly (3 - 4 times a week on average) have had 1 service call each costing approx Fr 200 each time for parts and callout fee. Still going strong.

Not bad...
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In my opinion, yes.
Me too



Miele even placed a 'pop up' advertisement during this, so they stand behind the product they sell.


This is also why Men are not very good at doing the washing.
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Old 04.04.2014, 12:11
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

For a serious post though:

I was going to recommend a brand called "Asko", but I couldn't find where they sold them here in Switzerland.
(It doesn't seem that they do sell here)

These are brilliant machines, and I never had an issue with the one I had.

If for some reason you do come across the brand somewhere, I'd recommend you keep this one in mind.
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Old 04.04.2014, 12:19
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

Whirlpool owns Maytag and Bauknecht and ........

I have Bauknecht equipment. In fact a collection of white goods arrived for me this week.

I have had Bauknecht washers in 3 homes now and nothing has gone wrong. Including this bad boy:

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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

We have a Siemens washing machine and an additional drier.

Two kids ( now aged 6 and 8 ) and adults have been putting them through their paces for the last 6 years on an almost daily basis.

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with them so far and they have been superb.

I cannot comment on the power usage as my employer pays for my utilities and therefore it is not something I think too much about.
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V-Zug

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Old 04.04.2014, 18:25
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

We have had Candy washing machines for years and never had a problem with any of them.
We had ours in Belgium for almost 15 years, used about five or six times a week and it was still going strong when we left 3 years ago. We never had to do any maintenance or anything it just kept on going. We had had a Candy washer/dryer in the UK which we took to France then Germany then Belgium and was replaced by another Candy when it eventually died because we'd been so happy with it.
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Is a Miele worth the price?
If you can live with 220v machines (not 380V) you can buy Miele in Germany for a fraction of the price here. Basically with 220v the cycles are longer.

If you want to stick with 380v, you can still shop around and look for specials on Miele. They do exist.

I like the Miele as it can handle dog hair.

In my opinion, that best machines are Merker and Schultess.
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

Thanks, everyone. I'll start my search now...
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

Another thing to consider when buying a washing machine is what you actually need. Which cycles do you usually use? There are lots of fancy programmes and functions on washing machines that none of us ever use.
There's no point paying more for a machine with loads of functions if you don't actually need them. Often the more basic machines are better and are less likely to break down.
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

We have a candy machine as well and have been very happy with it.
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Another thing to consider when buying a washing machine is what you actually need. Which cycles do you usually use? There are lots of fancy programmes and functions on washing machines that none of us ever use.
There's no point paying more for a machine with loads of functions if you don't actually need them. Often the more basic machines are better and are less likely to break down.
My husband bought our Miele a few years ago and the programme knob spins round to all these super-duper wash programmes I'd never use "jeans", "shirts", separate programmes for wool and silk, "easy-care".

Moral of the tale is, don't let a gadget-freak who thinks "the more functions the better" buy the machine - particularly if they aren't going to use it themselves.

I mainly use just one programme, 30C, with occasional use of 40C and 60C. Could have bought a base model jobbie for a fraction of the cost.

Having said that, the Miele has given so far 8 years faithful service and never complains *touch wood*.
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

The problem with asking a question like this is the sample size is so small. You'll inevitability have someone who got a lemon from a reference brand and another who got 10 years trouble free from a crap machine; hard to make heads or tails of the info.

But here you go.

The laundromat I use has 10 year old Miele machines, heavily abused and used. Owned a zug that needed a 500 franc control board at 10 years old, a Candy that was totally dead at 3 years, and a Bosch that so far at 5 years has needed a heating element but nothing else.
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My husband bought our Miele a few years ago and the programme knob spins round to all these super-duper wash programmes I'd never use "jeans", "shirts", separate programmes for wool and silk, "easy-care".

Moral of the tale is, don't let a gadget-freak who thinks "the more functions the better" buy the machine - particularly if they aren't going to use it themselves.

I mainly use just one programme, 30C, with occasional use of 40C and 60C. Could have bought a base model jobbie for a fraction of the cost.

Having said that, the Miele has given so far 8 years faithful service and never complains *touch wood*.
I am definitely not a "gadget-freak" but I do use many of these other programmes on my Miele, particularly the shirts cycle, and in winter, the wool cycle (along with special detergent for wool items).
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

Have been using whirpool for 3 years, very happy
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I've got a Primotecq which is Fust's own brand.
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Re: Washing Machines...which brands are best?

I've been disappointed with my Bauknecht 8kg machine.

It started breaking down in the first year use. We are on the second replacement door, the third belt (or whatever makes it spin), the plastic housing is cracked, the control panel labels faded away after a few months so that I have to guess which button is which.

Perhaps it was just a lemon, as Bauknecht has a good reputation.

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For me a key issue is capacity. I have a lot of bulky things to wash regularly so am looking for a larger than 8kg machine - 2-3 years ago a few brands (Bosch was one IIRC) had brought in the extra large capacity machines, but it looks like these have now disappeared from the Swiss market. Have any of you seen a 9-10kg machine in the last year?

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I've been back home in Hoosierland, doing laundry in FIL's new Maytag.

Top loading, so I can pull that forgotten red sock out of the whites before the damage is done, but without an agitator, so as gentle as the front loaders. Self-sensoring water level so it uses minimal water despite it's huge capacity. Top energy efficiency rating, solid all metal... Enough to turn even this laundry drudge into a domestic goddess. Oh how I wish I could find one here!
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For me a key issue is capacity. I have a lot of bulky things to wash regularly so am looking for a larger than 8kg machine - 2-3 years ago a few brands (Bosch was one IIRC) had brought in the extra large capacity machines, but it looks like these have now disappeared from the Swiss market. Have any of you seen a 9-10kg machine in the last year?
Yes - i bought a Bosch one from Fust last summer. From memory it has a 9 kg load - we bought the matching large load tumbler as well.

Previously had vZug and was very disappointed - both washer and dryer needed constant repairs - they came with the house and were only 4 yrs old but even before we acquired them, they had had to have repairs. I would be tempted to say they were just rotten eggs but as the vZug microwave broke down irreparably after 6 yrs, the ovens needed at least annual repairs and the ceramic hob also broke down twice, I decided it was just very very poor vzug quality all round. Given the premium they go for, I would warn strenuously against buying any of their appliances. The only appliance that did not need repair was the dishwasher. Very poor.
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