My old Hotpoint washing machine has died. It was making a noise on the spin so I replaced the bearings and was very proud of myself. It only lasted a couple of weeks! We did a wash yesterday morning and that was fine. then e put another wash in and the drum had seized solid. I'm puzzled how one minute it was turning and the next it was not.
I know I could replace the bearings again but SWMBO wants a new machine. I know Borsch and Miele are recommended here. I don't think I could afford a Miele (I think they are over 1000) so I will look at Bosch.
I think that some Bosch machines are made with split tubs in Germany and the cheaper ones are made somewhere else with sealed tub. Is there an easy way to find out which model had which type of tub? It would be nice to have a split tub so that bearings could be changed in the future.
Is there any advice on what to buy or not to buy feature wise? One well known web site said not to bother with a spin over 1200rpm because it claims you do not extract significantly more water. It also said that 6kg capacity was sufficient and that anything larger caused more vibration because there was less space between the tub and the case. However I cannot find anyone selling anything less than 8kg load.