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How long is your washing machine designed to last?

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There are many products we know by brand name alone. Here at Behind The Label we aim to uncover the generic product names, ingredients lists, and facsimiles (knock offs) of every popular brand, from baby medicines to fizzy drinks! So whether you want a cheap alternative or just to know about your favourite brands, bookmark us for posterity.



Popular brand names:

  • Beko
  • Bosch
  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • Whirlpool
  • Zanussi

Generic name: Washing machine.

Can you make it? That’d be a ‘no’.


As far as I know.


As far as I know.

Ethical concerns?

Plastics that are not biodegradable. Ethical manufacturing issues. If these concern you, look into the company and consider selling your old machines to a refurbisher or white goods recycling company.

Also, many consumers feel deceived by the life expectancy of their machine. The average shopper expects a washing machine to last six years. But the warranty usually extends to one or two years, maybe three. Companies claim their machines last anywhere from 5 to 20 years, but don’t offer warranties that long. Many break down 2-3 years in, when the warranty expires. The argument seems to be that we, the buyers, overuse the product and cause it to break down earlier. A machine is only meant to last a certain number of cycles, but we’re never told how many! The reality is that demand for a cheap product has resulted in, well, cheap products that only last if they’re used in perfect lab conditions, ie: not our homes. Expect your machine to last 3 years and renew the warranty at that point.

Health concerns?

None found.

Alternative brands:

  • AEG
  • Candy
  • Hisense
  • Hoover
  • Miele
  • Russell Hobbs
  • Siemens
  • Swan

Are there store brands?

None found.

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