Buying a washing machine is not something you’re likely to do very often. In general they’re expected to last around seven years with moderate use but a good quality washing machine can keep going for much longer. The most popular brand on PriceRunner nowadays is Bosch, which has overtaken Hotpoint in recent years. If you’re in a small household or have limited space then you might find a combined washer-dryer works best for you. Don’t forget to check the energy efficiency rating as that can help you save a few quid as well as being easier on the environment.