Price no guarantee of quality, find Which? washing machine testers

Post by Kevin Jackson on 24th January 2014 in General industry

Price no guarantee of quality, find Which? washing machine testers

A washing machine costing more than £600 produced inferior results to one retailing for about one-third of this price in the latest group test carried out by consumer champion Which? magazine.

The in-depth tests of six of the current market best-sellers proved that buyers face an almost impossible task when trying to differentiate between models through looking over them in showrooms, the publication said.

For its latest in-depth test, the magazine focused on budget models, with prices ranging from £160 to £400, and pitted machines bearing well-known manufacturers' names, including Hotpoint and Logik, alongside an own-brand model from electrical retailer Currys – the cheapest model tested.

"Our tests reveal you could pay over £600 and still end up with a Don’t Buy washing machine, or you could pay close to £200 and get a 'best buy'," said Adrian Porter, Which? laundry expert.

"Price is no guarantee of quality," he added.

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