How Long Do Washing Machines Last?

Here at Glotech, people often ask us “how long should washing machines last?”. So, to answer this question and give you some peace of mind, we thought maybe we should investigate this and share our findings.

You hear a lot of people say that things aren’t made as well as they used to be ‘back in the day.’

Whilst that’s not far from the truth it is important to note that they also used to cost a lot more than they do these days.

To understand how long a washing machine should last, we need to understand the engineering and decision-making process that manufacturers go through.

How are washing machines manufactured?

Traditionally, manufacturers would create the best washing machines that they could and then work out how much to sell it for.

Now, in a world where people are more conscious about how much they spend, manufacturers are reverse-engineering products. They are working out how much to sell a washing machine for, and then try to work out what parts to use to meet that sale price target.

This change in approach has a fundamental consequence on the quality of washing machines that are coming out of factories. As the priority is to keep costs down, more often shortcuts are being taken.

This means that while in the past, better-quality parts were considered, now they are ignored as they would bring the total cost of the machine up.

What parts are being substituted for cheaper ones?

One perfect example of this is that budget washing machine brands have taken to using welded tub assemblies in their appliances.

Due to this, if your washing machine bearings experience a problem, an engineer can no longer strip down the tub to change the bearings. Instead your appliance will require a whole new tub assembly, which can sometimes cost more than the machine itself!

How long do modern washing machines last?

Because of this dramatic change in quality, modern budget washing machines can last for as little as a couple of years – and many give up just after their warranty period.

No manufacturers want their products to last forever, as then they would go out of business!

Everybody wants repeat customers, but we should still be able to expect to receive something which will last long enough to feel like we have got good value for our money.

Many in the industry also believe that manufacturers install parts designed to last a certain number of cycles. Let’s say, hypothetically, they’re designed to last 1,000 cycles. That, for an average family with children, would last a little over two years.

How do we choose a washing machine that will last longer?

As manufacturers do not state how long their machines are built to last for, or the total number of cycles they can run, it makes it extremely difficult for consumers to conduct thorough comparisons.

Miele is an exception to this and their washing machines are tested and built to last an average of 20 years. However, they are a luxury brand, which demands a higher premium for the increased quality of their product.

Doing a little research into the product that you are looking to buy can help you to gain an understanding of the quality of the machine. This can include reading customer reviews, to give you another person’s opinion of the device.

Demand for budget washing machines have been increasing year-on-year which means they most certainly have their place in the market. However, after taking into account what we’ve discussed in this article, it’s clear that sometimes it does pay to spend a little more.

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your machine, this does not necessarily mean that it is time to throw it out. Book a washing machine repair and our expert team can help to bring your device back to life.


Dr L A Rogers
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

I have a Zanussi washing machine and dishwasher both about 12 years old and only used for a one-person household. They are both working OK but I would like to have them both serviced. Can you quote for that please? Address Holness road, Ash, Canterbury CT2 2JH

Nicole T
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm


My indesit washing machine just stopped spinning . Time is still counting but no spinning at all.

Just used it in the morning and now its stop spinning at time.

No overloaded ever for using it.. i turned it off, unplugged it but still does not work.

Normally when I turned on it will have a starting soung but not it does not have that sound.

Im not really sure for the problem
Please advise

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

I am not sure about why you are not hearing the sound but washing machines usually stop spinning for one of the following; carbon brushes, motor, motor control board.

Brenda Cadwallader
Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

My Bosch washing machine purchased in 2012 works well but has recently stopped after the washing stage, spins and stops, will not continue to the next stage which was two rise and spins. When I move to the rinse/spin knob it does not rinse just spins the dirty water out for 9 minutes. Because of its age is it worth repairing or should I buy a new machine? I live in Hertfordshire, AL9, do you come out this far and what is an estimate of the call out cost please.

Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:16 am

Hi Brenda
For that fault I would guess it is not pumping out quickly enough. In my opinion it is worth getting someone out although there is always the chance that it is something more serious. The machine is not that old but at that age I am not surprised that it would have something that needs fixing.
Repairing is better for the environment!

You can call the office on 01727 896789 to speak to one of our helpful staff who can discuss it further with you.

Kind regards

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