When it comes to domestic appliances you simply can't beat Bosch. That's the verdict of new Which? Awards honouring the companies who have produced the best products over the past year.
Bosch racked up 12 Which? Best Buys for washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, fridges and tumble driers and for providing excellent value for money.
For reliability, it's unbeaten in all categories except cylinder vacuum cleaners and fridge-freezers - and even then it puts in a good performance.
The runners-up for domestic appliances are Miele and AEG-Electrolux. Although Miele's products are expensive, they frequently come out on top in our tests. AEG.
"Around one in six washing machines up to six years old has broken down, according to our survey, but the failure rate is almost double that if you own a Hotpoint. If you want to beat the washday blues, buy a Bosch or Miele, which both have a breakdown rate of just 12 per cent."
"Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Miele owners would definitely recommend their washing machine to a friend. Owners of Bosch, AEG/AEG-Electrolux and Siemens machines were also keen to spread the word. By contrast, just under a quarter of Hoover owners would definitely recommend their machine. Owners of Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool, Servis, Candy and Zanussi/Zanussi-Electrolux machines weren't impressed by their purchases either." (Which report Nov 2006)