Washing machine reviews
Independent washing machine reviews by a repairman with 30 years experience.
Important buying advice
Most washing machine reviews focus on how fast it spins, what options it has etc. But surely the most important buying decision is which brand to buy?
This decision alone determines the quality of the appliance you will get, how long it is likely to last, its reliability, and how easy it will be to buy parts and to get it repaired in the future. Only then should you start to investigate specific features. You can use Washerhelp's reviews and buying advice pages to help make this most important decision.
Washing machine manufacturers rarely (if ever) vary the quality of their washing machines. Instead, if they want to sell in a higher or lower quality band they buy up other companies and sell through a totally different brand name [ Who owns who? Who really makes your washing machine. ] If a company makes quality appliances, then all their models are usually the same quality except with varying features. If they make flimsy washing machines then all their range will tend to be the same quality too - even their expensive ones with bells and whistles.
The difference between any manufacturer's basic model and their top model is not the quality, but features such as spin speeds, drums sizes and other options. [related advice: If I buy a more expensive washing machine, do I get a better washing machine?] So although Washerhelp's washing machine reviews are relatively small in quantity (so far), they are useful for telling you about the most important issues regarding any particular brand being reviewed.
If you find a washing machine in a review that impresses you, then even if you can't find the exact particular model reviewed, you can look at other washing machines from this manufacturer, with similar features, and be confident that you understand what kind of appliance you are buying.
John Lewis are a great place to buy an appliance from and are my favourite retailer. They've also been voted top of the customer satisfaction polls by Which? consumer association several times. They give at least 2 years guarantee on all washing machines and other appliances - plus 3 years on their own John Lewis brand washing machines (and other appliances) - plus 5 year guarantees on TV's.
Free standard delivery on all orders over £50All washing machines at John Lewis | John Lewis - all electrical appliances and products
Washing machine reviews - a repairman's point of view
There's never been so many different washers to buy. Why do we need so many brands? Most of them are nothing special and extremely similar to their competition. In fact much of the so-called competition is often just other washing machines made by the same company - sometimes with few real differences inside.
For example, if you bought an Indesit and didn't rate it, so you then bought a Creda and didn't like that either, and then you bought a Hotpoint - you have just spent several years buying washing machines from the same company - all made to virtually the same standard with many of the parts inside the same. ( Who owns who? Who really makes your washing machine? )
Instinctively, we tend to trust what our repairman thinks about a washing machine. Most people would tend to trust their judgement over that of a salesperson in a store. After all, who knows more about the washing machine? Only the makers I would say, but they are biased. This section lists my free comprehensive reviews.
Archived Reviews list
Please note many of these reviews are now archived and although they give a good idea of the quality of the products of individual brands many of the models reviewed have since been superseded. In many cases the newer models are still very similar to the ones reviewed though. For the very latest washing machine reviews the best source is currently Which? washing machine reviews
- AEG Lavamat L76669 review
- Bosch WAA24160 review
- Candy CN120 review
- Dyson CR01 review
- Electrolux EWN 14991 W Time Manager review
- Hoover H160E review
- Hotpoint WD64 washer dryer review
- Indesit W103 (UK) review
- Indesit WIL133 review
- Indesit Moon review (An article on my blog)
- ISE washing machines - Overview
- John Lewis JLWM1203 washing machine
- John Lewis JLWD1609 Washer Dryer
- LG WM14225FD washing machine review (Short forum post)
- Miele washing machines - build quality review
- Miele W864 review
- Miele W 3740 review)
- Tricity Bendix AW1001 review
Zanussi ZWF1010W review
- More washing machine reviews on Washerhelp's forum
- Special offers, sales and discounts on washing machines and other appliances (This link goes to the white goods special offers and sales section of my blog. This is where I regularly post details of special offers on washing machines, dishwashers, fridges & freezers and tumble dryers that I find or am notified about by companies
- Which? washing machine reviews Over 200 Which? washing machine reviews, Which? Best Buy washing machines and even Don't Buy recommendations - full access through 1 month trial offer available for just £1
- Which? offer - what's the catch? (My review page)
Appliance retailer reviews
My Buy appliances page is ideal for seeking out a place to buy washing machines and other household appliances.
Alternative expert washing machine reviews
Although my reviews are comprehensive and very detailed, they are limited in number and don't feature all the very latest models. I've affiliated with Which? who have the resources to review many of the latest washing machines and have a specially set up test laboratory. They also have a huge database of savvy members to get reliability and satisfaction feedback from.
You can easily obtain a 1 month trial from them, which even includes a free Which? magazine. They review and advise on all products, not just washing machines. Which? washing machine reviews (NOTE: The Which? reviews and consumer advice is available immediately online).
Which? Online £1 trial offerWhich? offer - what's the catch? (My review page)