Penguin45 wrote:The simple truth is that it's a complete minefield.........
I certainly won't disagree with that!
With regards to the German request, it was due to the washing machine article on this site, which implied
that the ones made in Germany were better.
Further to previous posts (really sorry to be such a pain here), my mum has spoken to someone who has (and swears by) a Miele washing machine, and so is now considering one of these as well (along with an increase in budget obviously)
I've been on their site, and found what appear to be their budget models (PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong here), the Miele W1613 (£570) and the Miele W562 Prestige Plus 6 (£550).
They seem to be pretty much the same (at least I couldn't notice any significant difference here), only the W1613 seemed to look a bit nicer, and have a better door for loading clothes???
The site goes on about them being designed to last 20 years (which sounds great if it is in fact true) though I realise spare parts are gonna be expensive.
If looking to pay that much, I suppose I should again really be looking at the ISE5.
I notice it's out of stock at the moment - any ideas when more stock will be due for the UK?
What are peoples thoughts on the budget Miele's?
Finally, with so many companies going bump these days, are these 5 (or even 10) year warranties worthless, should either ISE, Miele or Comet go bankrupt?
Sorry to be asking so many questions. It seems such a minefield, and I want to get something reliable for my mother, whilst not spending any more than is necessary.
Thanks again for everyone's input so far