My washing machine is a Hoover, which is about 15 years old. It’s been pretty good over the years, though in that time I reckon the service people have been called out perhaps 4-5 times (twice that I recall for blockages which I later learnt to fix myself).
Now however the spin cycle is making a helluva lot of noise, and vibrating way more than is healthy. It’s dying.
Given it was only earlier this year I replaced the fridge (and pondered afterwards if I shouldn’t have paid for the old one to be repaired, though my conclusion is I did the right thing), I did call in the repairman to see if the washing machine could be fixed.
As is always the way with me (it happened with the fridge, and also the old car), I ended up paying a fee ($95) to be told it would cost something like $600 to fix, because the parts for a machine this old are expensive to find. You can get a (cheap) brand spanking new machine for not much more.
So I’m in the market. I’d want another front-loader, for space reasons. In fact, I’m looking for one with more-or-less the same width and depth as my current machine, so with a bit of luck the dryer (which doesn’t get much use, and is still going strong) will still fit on top, without having to muck about with mounting it to the wall.
As it happens, my friends at Lasoo don’t really track many washing machines… though they did reveal that Myer has 15% off until the 21st, and Betta has some specials too (though they don’t list specific model numbers, silly people).
A quick look around Myer showed some of the contenders, in various price ranges:
- Electrolux EWF1074 — 7Kg, $764
- LG WD11020D — 7Kg, $764
- Bosch WAE20261AU — 6.5Kg, $1104
- Asko W6222 — 6Kg, $1614
…though I wouldn’t just automatically pay the Myer price. The Bosch model for instance is available for $929 at the Good Guys, and Shopping.com shows one mob have it for $895.
I didn’t bother listing the star ratings above, because all of the above rated exactly the same: 4-stars for energy, 4.5-stars for water. (Except the LG, for which I can’t find an energy rating.)
Electrolux in general gets some flak from readers in Choice over reliability, but this specific model was rated a Best Buy in August 2009, despite it not having a proper cold wash cycle.
The Choice reliability survey put Bosch as the highest-rated brand (97%), leading the other contenders by a significant margin. My sister has a Bosch and agrees all her Bosch stuff has been very reliable. I looked at the Asko because Marita and Justine have one, and I really like the inner-spring system which makes the spin cycle virtually silent, and with no vibration at all. Very clever.
That said, the Asko is also the most expensive (by a significant margin) and has the least capacity. That particular Asko model didn’t score well with Choice for rinse performance. (Myer also stocks a Miele, which looks nice but which is probably too expensive. They also had Simpson; I’m not sure why I didn’t look too closely at those.)
Any views? Who’s got what? And would you buy it again?