I bought this machine about 3 years ago, and have got to say it is quite simply the best washine machine I have ever used. I run about 3-4 washes on it every week, and have not had a single problem with the machine. This is in stark contrast to our previous Hotpoint machine which had endless problems with it.
We were calling out an engineer every six months on our British Gas homecare policy for about three years with our old machine, and then finally it completely packed up. Asked the engineer for his recommendation, and he said that the best machines were made by Miele. He said they were more expensive, but the best build quality and would last much longer than all the machines that were half the price.
So searched around the internet and managed to pick up the W4144WPS for just over £700. I was a bit hesitant about spending so much money, but the machine came with a 10-year guarantee from Miele. Now looking back it could be one of the best investments on home appliances I have ever made.
The machine is exceptionally well built. When I got it delivered, the delivery guys placed it in the middle of the kitchen. On unpacking the machine and trying to move it by myself just a couple of metres to its final resting position, I nearly did my back in. The machine weighs a ton, testament to that build quality!!
The machine has a modern look compared to most of the other machines in Miele's range, but is cheaper and has got a better spec than others in the range. The control panel is on top and angled back which makes it easy to use standing up. However this could be a problem if the machine is going directly underneath a worktop.
The machine comes with a brushless silent professional motor and a waterproof system which can switch off the water supply if there is a leak. The silent motor is only available on some of Miele's machines and I'm so glad we opted for one with it. The machine is extremely quiet and vibration free, you can just about tell when the machine is on it spin cycle. The sound of the water is more noisy than the motor!!
The machine has a variety of programmes, which can also be manually changed to alter temperature and spin speed. Also has a handwash/delicates cycle which can be used for all handwash garments. The wash results are superb, and the spin cycle is great and gets rid of most of the water, so helpful for drying. Other plus points are the large door opening and dispenser which is easily removable and hence easy to clean.
Overall this is an outstanding machine, built like a tank, and produces great results. If you're looking for a new washing machine, don't hesitate in paying the extra money for a Miele, because you'll save money and a have a lot less hassle in the long run!!
Short name: Miele W4144WPS