A good washing machine can save you hours of work and countless trips to the laundromat. But even if you know you want a European brand, it's hard to know where to start. This is why the experts at Appliances Connection have compiled a list of the three best European washing machine brands on today's market.
Out of all the brands on this list, Miele has the widest variety of washing machines, so you're sure to find something that suits your individual needs. Whether you're looking for a German-engineered washing machine that's full of smart features or just want something robust and easy-to-use, Miele has you covered. In the Little Giants Series, look for the ProfiEco Motor and EcoFeedback options that provide Miele's strongest power while also giving you precise water and energy consumption data. These allow for a huge amount of flexibility and power in a 24-in. package, not to mention these units provide three times the throughput of the average washing machine. Other features to keep an eye out for are the Double WaterProof System that guarantees against water damage to your home for up to 20 years and SingleWash technology for the smallest loads of laundry. Many Miele washing machines also include stainless steel honeycomb drums that prevent pilling and laddering while also keeping foreign objects out of the drain pump. Also look out for TwinDos automatic detergent dispensers and WiFiConn@ct technology that integrates with the Miele@Home app on your smartphone to allow you to control your washing machine from anywhere.
Bosch is by far one of the best European washing machine brands out there. From ActiveWater technology that automatically adjusts the electricity and water use for each individual load to a unique Jeans cycle for the heaviest fabrics, Bosch offers the best in German precision engineering. Bosch is a pioneer of the EcoSilence™ Motor that, combined with anti-vibration sidewalls, operates as quietly as 52 dBA during wash cycles and 72 dBA during spin cycles. In the 500 Series, look for SpeedPerfect® technology that provides washing times up to 40% faster than cycles not using the setting, and the AquaShield® Hose that protects your home against water damage. Home Connect™ technology allows you to operate many Bosch washing machines from anywhere in your home via your smartphone. Meanwhile, Bosch recently won the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for their innovations in energy conservation, making Bosch one of the best brands to look at if you want to reduce your energy footprint.
Blomberg has a reputation for making appliances that are ideal for smaller spaces (such as apartments), and its washers are no exception to that reputation. Its front-load washers have ergonomic, bright digital displays and up to 16 wash cycles to allow you to customize your cleaning experience for every load of laundry you do. Meanwhile, the liquid detergent compartment provides state-of-the-art convenience and the Euro wash system includes an internal water heater. Blomberg also offers a Super Quick 20 wash option for the smallest, lightly soiled loads and a Jogging Wear cycle for sportswear. All their washing machines are ENERGY STAR® certified and use their proprietary automatic adjustment system to customize your water use to each load. This means you don't use any more water or energy than you have to when doing laundry.
How do I choose a good washing machine?
First, look at the space you'll be putting your washing machine into, and filter your search based on the size of washing machine you need. Then decide the other mechanical elements: do you want top-load or front-load? Do you plan to stack it with a dryer? Then look at other features, such as capacity and special cycles.
How long should a washing machine last?
Washing machines should last about 10 years, on average. You can increase the life span of your washing machine by keeping it clean and well-maintained.