Recommend me a washing machine

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  1. KyleS1

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    I bought and moved into a house last April and the owner left their washing machine. It's a Hotpoint one, and fairly decent, but it has an intermittent fault where the machine thinks the door is not locked so pauses the cycle. Annoying but not the end of the world, but on top of that, it is all gunked up, probably due to using fabric conditioner concentrate and liquid washing detergent. Either way, cleaning doesn't get rid of all the gunk, nor does cleaning tablets etc etc

    Long story short, it will cost £100+ to fix the door lock issue and for a new seal round the drum.
    I don't know how old the machine is, how gunked up it is inside etc, so rather than spend £100 and extend it's life by a while, I thought I would just buy a new one.

    Ideally looking to spend less than £300 if I can, but will spend more if it is worth it.

    Any recommendations?
    Also, is washing powder better than liquid detergent for avoiding gunk? What about fabric conditioner?

    Thanks! :thumbsup:
     
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    :thumbsup:
    washingclothes.jpg :p
     
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    Is that what that thing with a screen in our Kitchen is ?

    I thought it was a small TV that the wife watched every weekend
     
  4. KyleS1

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    Thanks chaps!
    If I don't buy my wife a new one, I might have to start washing clothes in the bath/pond! :D
     
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    If it's otherwise reliable, why not get it fixed?
    It could last for years yet.
    You could be replacing it with something that's a right PITA from the offset, as we found with a Bosch and a Samsung machine.
    Better the devil you know and all that....
     
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    Had our Hotpoint since the lad was a baby - the big drum model. Just a couple of breakdowns.
     
  7. KyleS1

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    Because I don't know how old it is, how gunked up inside it is - pipes could be all gunked up too, and since I have inherited it, it's had this problem with the door. I've no idea how much longer it will last.
    Buying new will be clean, have warranty and hopefully just work.
     
  8. KyleS1

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    How old is your lad? If he is 1, that isn't saying much. If he is 20, that is worth mentioning. ;)
     
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    What's the model number ?
    My parents have had 2 HP machines.
    Bought mine in Feb 2006.
     
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    That's the key part.
    As I mentioned, Bosch and Samsung both let us down with new machines
    Trouble right from the start with both to the point we binned them much earlier than anticipated.
    Warranty is all well and good but doesn't make up for the hassle factor of days off work waiting for repair men.
    Hotpoint have been a good make for us (touches wood), which is why I'd be inclined to repair that one, personally.
    Maybe chuck in some Doctor Beckmann washing machine cleaner for the pipes.
     
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    Is the £100 the parts or all in? I replaced the door seal on my old Hotpoint washer no problem and don't imagine the door lock is too tricky. Spares are readily available to diy. I also changed the heater element np. Gave up on it only when the electrics went as that's when it stopped being viable. There is not much too them and lots of vids on youtube.
     
  12. KyleS1

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    It's a Hotpoint Aquarius+ WMF720

    Tried that Dr Beckmann's stuff and it made no difference to the gunk round the seal, so not sure it would do anything for gunk in the pipes.

    £100 was a guess by two engineers as they wanted £35 just to come and have a look!
    I think the lock issue is the brushes as I remember some guy on here having the same make machine and the same symptoms as mine, and fixing it himself by changing the brushes.

    Are new machines really that bad?
    There must be some good ones surely?
     
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    Love our LG. Never had an issue with it, had it for about 2 1/2 years.
     
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    Yes powder is far better than liquid, but generally you still need to use fabric conditioner (or at least we do). We switched to powder about a year ago and have had no more gunk or smell issues.

    We use decent industrial cleaner and descaler now to keep it that way as the machine is used a lot!(Supermarket stuff, Dr Beckmann's etc doesn't do the job)

    Ask any decent machine repairer and he'll tell you Hotpoint/Indesit (same thing) are no longer made to a decent standard and aren't worth repairing (3 different repairers told us this when they could've earned easy money out of us). Go with something German and you can't really go wrong. We went with Bosch to replace the Hotpoint (their bottom of the range isn't much over £300), AEG's are fantastic, I know someone who had an AEG for 20 years without problem but they're not cheap. There's another German make I'd never heard of previously that was recommended by 2 of those repair guys, it begins with F but I can't for the life of me remember what it was or find them online. I'll let you know if it comes back to me. They were really good value but apparently great quality, we only didn't go with one as we needed it soon and bought locally
     
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    If you can get an LG do it. Mum's LG has been going strong 13 years now. I have one, mate has had his for 8 years, Sister who does two loads a day has, as does brother in law.

    None have gone wrong. A rated. Direct drive so very quiet. Huge drums some go up to 11kgs now.

    The only washing machine brand I would buy now.
     
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    Our Hotpoint gave up the ghost after over 10 years last year, since then we replaced it with a samsung, its been faultless in that time, washes quicker, bigger load and much quieter. It came with a 5 year guarantee too which was part of the pull for me, covers it for pretty much any eventuality
     
  17. KyleS1

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    Thanks.
    @DJT75 what industrial cleaner do you use and where do you get it from? I wonder if it's worth running that through my current machine.

    I'll out the LG ones.
    I've heard back things about direct drive and Samsung though. :(
     
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    German built Bosch.
     
  19. KyleS1

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    Interesting, so the LG comes with a comprehensive 5 years warranty, plus a 10 year warranty on all parts for the direct drive motor. That seems pretty good.
     
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    Thanks, will check it out.
    How long have you owned it?
     
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    We had a hotpoint tumble dryer and washing machine. The tumble dryer was rubbish and lasted about 2 years. The washing machine is still going strong 8 years later. So I would recommend the hotpoint washing machines, but not their tumble dryers. A repair guy I know said just buy a basic machine as they are easier to repair and have less things to go wrong. Just a note on 5 year warranties. Make sure the warranty includes labour and parts. In most cases the labour is the biggest part of the bill and can make a warranty repair uneconomic.
     
  23. DJT75

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    It's actually made by Bosch http://www.bosch-home.co.uk/store/product/Cleaner/00311610
    A 4 pack will last us a year and works out a lot cheaper. http://www.bosch-home.co.uk/store/product/Cleaner/00311611

    Then we also use this descaler http://www.bosch-home.co.uk/store/product/Descaler/00311506

    We have a similar cleaner from them for the dishwasher too. I was about to throw out our dishwasher until I replaced the spraying arms and started using this. Now it's like new every time we use it
     
  24. KyleS1

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    I can't "thanks" from the app, so you've got a "like".
    What makes that industrial over any other stuff?
     
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    I've heard really mixed reviews on Hotpoint for newer models. The older stuff seems to be better built.
    No idea if mine is in the new rubbish category or old better quality!?!
     
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    I had an LG for 6 years before the ex-wife took it in the divorce (not sure if thats ironic or testament to how good it was) but it was brilliant before that. Direct drive is the best. Also inherited a Hotpoint after that and its running well other than the door catch but I find a solid bang when closing the door solves that problem.
     
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    Bad experience with hotpoint so wouldn't touch them again. Had a beko for over 3 years and only got rid because it broke down just before xmas and couldn't get the parts to fix it quickly. Ended up with a samsung eco bubble. Had it 1 1/2 years and zero issues. Also came with a 5 year parts and labour warranty.
     
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    We have had an LG direct drive for around a year. It's amazing how quiet they are and it's been faultless so far. It's an 8kg load and has a 10 year warranty on the inverter/motor. It also plays a little tune when the cycle is finished which is quite handy, though a little annoying if you have it on at night.

    It was around £360 if I remember rightly, from Appliances Direct. The model number is F1296TDA5.
     
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    Thanks :)

    Just that's how it was described to me by an engineer, and it works. Whereas anything I've bought in a shop doesn't
     

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