Some answers below.
Beta wrote:you can go and buy a Haus 1000rpm washer from argos for £170.00, it will last around 4-5 years.
And the service arrangements for these are... ???
So far as I can see that's a Midea washer from China which uses a cheap Chinese copy of the Askoll drain pump you mention, as an example, have a UK landed cost of about £60 or so and are not exactly shining beacons of engineering excellence.
I'd expect two years out one, maybe, in normal family use.
Beta wrote:The long and the short . . . they dont last. So, what is the point spending the £350 when you can spend £170.
Yes, the average lifespan is dropping but because the price point is and, has done for two decades or more in real terms.
Over 80% of washing machines sold in the UK cost under £500.
Over 40% cost under £300.
Tracked with inflation from the mid-seventies, the base price to achieve "like for like" in terms of quality is a minimum of £800.
If you spend the money buying decent kit then it will last but, if you are not prepared to do that then, no, it won't.
The fact of it is, as demonstrated by the market data, most people haven't a clue what they're buying and expect way too much for the money. A sub-£300 washer is not going to last long in normal family use. So, the lifespan average tumbles as that's the bulk of the market.
But just think about it.
Take off the VAT, the shipping, the margins and work out just how much one of those machines actually costs. The answer is, not a lot.
Because I know a lot about this I can tell you that, if the machine costs under £200 then the base cost is less than €100. Just what do you expect for €100?
Two pairs of jeans from Next cost more than that!!
Beta wrote:The ONLY exception (so far) is Bosch. I am a bit dubious about their spanish made plastic fantastic models, they were cheap a while ago.
They're okay mid-range machines, one of the better ones in the mid market but I's still only anticipate 4-7 years out one at best depending on the level of use it gets.
And, that's the absolutely key point, it depends on how much use you give them to determine how long they will last. And, since most manufacturers, all bar ISE if I'm not mistaken, do not give you any sort of indication of the information required to work this out, then, I'm afraid it's guesswork. Even if all the manufacturers do actually know this or at least have an idea.