7 Reasons Why Modern Washing Machines Are Not As Good As The Old Ones

7 Reasons Why Modern Washing Machines Are Not As Good As The Old Ones

The oldest machine I ever worked on was a 36 year old AEG washing machine that was handed down to a daughter from her mother. She did everything she could to keep it going, and never had any problem with it prior to me coming. In the end she had to regrettably dispose of it because the part needed to get it working was obsolete.

Here are 7 Reasons Why Modern Washing Machines Are Not As Good As The Old Ones

The cost of a replacement modern program or motor is prohibitive.

I have seen brand new machines break down after 13 months, one month after the manufacturer's warranty had run out.

The worst scenario is that a control facia board can cost £113 to £160 to buy for example, plus labour costs.

A washing machine can cost as little as £200 to buy, you can be sure that the user is going to seriously consider dumping it and buying a new machine!

Older machines were built to be sturdier, stronger and more reliable in the past.

Customers get duped into buying the same brand based on the performance of their previous machine which they enjoyed for many years.

At one time second hand washing machines used to sell at £250! A new one was £500 to £600 and used to last 10 to 15 years.

The solder used in the washing machine programme modules are a lot less than what they are now.

Consequently the life of machines today is a lot shorter than previous ones used to be.

Motors are not made as strong and reliable as they used to be.

Washing machine motors used to be manufactured in the UK or Europe, now parts are copied and made in China. This main electrical component can sometimes cost the same as buying a new machine.

Older machines are a lot better than the modern ones.

The spin speeds are not as fast, the drums are not as big, without the mod cons, there's no digital display, countdown, child lock, and they don't look as good as the new ones do. The difficulty for the customer is a choice between usage and convenience and reliability and long life.

Do not buy machines with WiFi, or too many complicated digital functions.

The more functions a machine has the more bugs it will have in the digital program module, and the more reasons there are for something to go wrong.

We do recommend that you buy Bosch, WHY?

They are built to last. Bosch are built to last anywhere between 5 and 8 years for the cheapest models, and the more expensive models will last up to 15 years.

Bosch machines are a lot cheaper than Miele and in most people's price range, and they are still a lot better than the rest of the machines in the marketplace, furthermore they are highly recommended by The Which Magazine.


If you have an older washing machine that has a minor problem, please do not throw out for something new.

The problem is with so many new machines breaking down and having to be replaced, landfill sites are bursting to full capacity, plus a lot of waste sites produce harmful gases that damage our health and the environment.

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