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What is the build quality of a washing machine?

The build quality of a washing machine determines how sturdy the washing machine is and how long it will last. You can choose from top-notch, mid-range, and basic build quality washing machines. If you want a sturdy washing machine that will last a relatively long time, go for a top-notch model. Here you can read about the build quality of a washing machine and what you can expect per class.

Most important factors

When assessing the build quality of a washing machine, we pay attention to the following specifications:

  • ** Brushless motor: ** Lasts longer and makes less noise, because there are no brushes.
  • ** 3 types of leak protection: ** With a bottom leak sensor, safety hose and overfill protection, you're well protected against water damage.
  • ** Stainless steel drum: ** Wears less quickly, so that your clothes stay beautiful longer.
  • ** Stainless steel tub: ** Wears less quickly, which makes it more sturdy than a tub made of metal or plastic.
  • ** Stainless steel door hinge: ** Wears less quickly, so it's more sturdy than a hinge made of metal or plastic.
  • ** Balance system: ** Keeps your washing machine in place during the spin cycle.
  • ** Self-cleaning detergent drawer: ** The detergent doesn't accumulate because water rinses through the soap dish.
  • ** Drum cleaner: ** Thanks to the high temperature, drum cleaning prevents mold and stale odors.
  • ** Metal casing with enamel: ** The enamel protective layer on the front prevents scratches and discoloration.

High-end build quality

Washing machine high-end build quality

High-end washing machines can last for years, and are better protected from water damage than other models. A washing machine with high-end build quality has at least 70% of the specifications from the table above. High-end washing machines distinguish themselves from mid-range washing machines because they're made of indestructible materials. A Miele washing machine has a stainless steel tub and an protective enamel layer around the drum door. Because of that, your washing machine won't scratch and the color will remain intact.

Mid-range build quality

Washing machine mid-range build quality

The latest mid-range washing machines always have a brushless motor. This doesn't require additional parts to drive the washing machine, so your engine will wear less quickly. A mid-range washing machine has at least 50% of the specifications from the table above. Some mid-range washing machines have a self-cleaning detergent drawer; basic washing machines don't.

Basic build quality

Washing machine basic build quality

If you're looking for an affordable washing machine, choose a washing machine with basic build quality. The lifespan of your washing machine will be a bit shorter. A basic washing machine has less than 50% of the specifications from the table above. Even though it's made of cheap materials, half of the basic washing machines have a brushless motor. As a result, the washing machine will wear less quickly. You don't care what the build quality is? View all washing machines.


Looking for a decent washing machine? Choose a washing machine with mid-range build quality or up. They always have a brushless motor, so your washing machine will wear less quickly. If you choose high-end build quality, your washing machine will last the longest. In addition, a high-end washing machine is secured to prevent water damage.

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