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I bought this washing maching about 12 years ago, and the only thing I have had to replace the door seal, about 1 year ago. I think the drum may be slightly out of line now, as it makes a bit of a rackent on the spin cycle, but it doesn't seem to affect the washing cycle at all.
I love the fact it has different programs you can use for your normal wash, wool wash, synthetics, delicates etc. It also has different temperature settings within each wash category, with a setting for handwash only items (which I have used and it has never shrunk anything. You can get a decent amount of washing in it too.
There is a rinse hold function, and also a function which lets you change the speed of the rinse cycle. If for some reason (which rarely happens) there is a problem with it getting stuck in a cycle, you can turn it round to number 7 and will instantly empty all of the water in the drum so you can open the door, put more detergent in and start again. It also has "intensive stains", short wash and high level water buttons which are very useful. As far as I can recall when I bought it, it only ever puts enough water in for the amount of clothes you have.
Like most dishwashers, it is cold fill only. Very easy to install as well, no need for a plumber if you have a bit of DIY knowledge.
Having owned two washing machines which had been different makes (Hotpoint and a Zanussi - not very impressed with the "applicance of science" but that's another story!) the Bosch really stands out from the crowd. Both the Hotpoint and the Zanussi really showed their age after only two years, looking very worn and used however compared to the Bosch which has now been going for three years... well there is nocomparison. It looks like new and we have found no noticable decrease in efficiency. In fact its usage has increased over the years with the birth of both our children. There doesn't seem to be a day go by when the machine isn't on! Technical spec did not matter to us especially when we bought the machine. It has the usual spin cycles/programs etc. of which we only seem to use one or two. The name said it all and after these past three years there is no reason to think that the machine will not last forever. OK a bit far fetched for a washing machine but as we all know German build quality is respected the world over (and no I am not German or working for Bosch!). There really have been no complaints and we are so pleased that we bought a Bosch dishwasher and iron as well, AND guess what? Well you knew I would say this, there are no complaints there either.
Short name: Bosch WFF 1201