The Haier single tub washing machine looks good. Unfortunately I don't think there's enough demand for such things in the UK, which is why Hoover, Hotpoint and Servis have all long since stopped making twin tubs. There's definitely a demand, but it's too small, and an ever diminishing demand. Not enough to be worth any company importing, or manufacturing in the UK. Any such operation would be doomed to failure because each year the demand is guaranteed to decrease as the generation that wants them decreases.
intesting points but are you sure the demand for something like the Haier will diminish. I was looking it at it like this:
there seems to be an ever increasing number of people that live in rented accomodation (flats or houses) and it is harder for people to get onto the property ladder. Because of this particulalry if people live in awkward to get to accomodation up flights of stairs or move fairly regulary I would have thought people would have welcomed the opprtunity to purchase something like the Haier (although only 2.5KG load capacity there are other verson that can manage 4.5KG no larger than a fridge and half the weight of a front loader from Argos, an average chap could lift one himself). I was basically wondering if it would suit the way many people have to manage in todays modern world. If I had the storage facilites I would chance buying a batch in myself just to see how well they might sell especially once word gets around that there is now a fully automatic lightweight machine available, my only main concern would be the reliabiity of them. Im unemployed anyway and maybe could earn some money come off social, could be worth a try for me
Haier make a 240V version for New Zealand/Australia i think so maybe shouldnt be too much of a problem purchasing for the UK
PS Forgot to mention the Thompson is a little too tall to go under the average kitchen worktop by about 3cm which is a bit frustrating, so would have to free stand somewhere. I have also seen a toploader machine from Whirlpool and Hotpoint that is a slim machine with the drum fitted sideways but it still very heavy and expensive at £300+ and could again be too to slide under a worktop.
If its 85cm to the top butttons it should go under a worktop. But its very heavy.