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Should I bring washing machine and dryer from UK?

Hello. We're in the process of moving into a new apartment which has a room for a washing machine and dryer. As we've rented our home in London furnished we need to buy new, so would it make sense to buy them in the UK and put them on the removal van or buy them in CH (paying more but getting a two-year service plan or whatever)?
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Re: Should I bring washing machine and dryer from UK?

If you have space on the removal van, a good idea, but buy a standard brand in case of repairs in future (not like Beko, etc).
Space is one thing- but are you sure you are allowed a dryer and washing machine in the apartment as per your CONTRACT. Many Swiss apartments do not allow own washing machine due to noise.
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Re: Should I bring washing machine and dryer from UK?

Go to JL and buy a Miele or similar good quality washer and dryer to bring with you. Or buy them from Germany once you arrive.
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Re: Should I bring washing machine and dryer from UK?

Hi. We can definitely put them in - it's a newbuild and the agent showed us the room; it even has a cold water tap for connection. Thanks for your advice.
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Re: Should I bring washing machine and dryer from UK?

Don't know about 'white goods' like this but I have to say that regarding electronics, we were pleasantly surprised to find that most were actually a bit cheaper here than the UK. given that most stuff is much more expensive. Lack of VAT must help.

When weighing up prices, bear in mind that if something goes wrong with a UK-bought item you might have trouble getting a repair under warranty. If the price difference isn't great this might make it worth buying here.

But DYOR -- Check www.toppreise.ch to get an idea of what stuff can cost here.

One other thing -- if you're moving to an apartment block with communal washing facilities, as most have, don't automatically think it must be a nightmare. Most are reasonably pleasant and well maintained. And pretty useful for getting to know your neighbours!
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