rthirlby wrote:Im a bit put off Hotpoint as a brand due to my mothers brand new washing machine breaking after only a few months and the nightmare she is having getting it repaired.
And there's a lesson to learned there I'm afraid.
Hotpoint = Indesit = hassles.
Not British (never was really), not good and if you do go for them make sure you have cover ad infinitum, you'll likely need it. The 5 year parts warranty can ONLY
be used if you call out Indesit service at about £100 a go, it's a bit of a con to lock you in. Either you pay for the insurance to cover that or, if it breaks, you get spanked up on the labour charges.
Put it this way, the average repair cost from an independent is about £65 including parts.
I'm not familiar with the Bosch machines mentioned but, at the price point, I expect that they are Spanish produced from the Balay factory that Bosch now own and built to a price basically. Probably better then most of the tat out there but spares, when you need them, are not cheap.
I'd strongly recommend you try a good independent dealer near you who will likely offer you a decent deal and probably better service than Empire will provide. Certainly much better advice.