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What is the build quality of a washing machine?

The build quality of a washing machine determines the lifespan of your washing machine. Whether you go for high-end, mid-range, or basic build quality, determines how long you'll be able to enjoy your washing machine. A high-end build quality washing machine is generally more expensive, but it doesn't wear as fast.

In short

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

  • Casing made of metal and enamel: The protective enamel layer on the front prevents scratches and discoloration.
  • Stainless steel drum: Wears less quickly so that your clothes stay nice longer.
  • Stainless steel tub: Wears less quickly, so it's less firm than a metal or plastic tub.
  • Brushless motor: Uses less energy and wears less quickly because it doesn't have carbon brushes.
  • 3 types of leak protection: With a bottom leak sensor, safety hose, and overfill protection, you're protected from water damage.
  • Balance system: Makes sure your washing machine stays in place during spinning.
  • Self-cleaning detergent drawer: The detergent doesn't accumulate because the soap dish is rinsed with water.
  • Drum cleaner: Thanks to the high temperature, drum cleaning prevents mold and stale odors.

High-end build quality

Wasmachine topklasse bouwkwaliteit

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

Wasmachine middenklasse bouwkwaliteit

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

Wasmachine basisklasse bouwkwaliteit

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. This wears less quickly than a carbon brush motor.


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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