After researching for a good value washing machine, I believe this to tick virtually all the boxes at a very reasonable £269 delivered.
The John Lewis brand washing machine's are made by the same company that makes AEG and Zanussi - probably the best other than the much more expensive Miele.
A Washing Efficiency Class
A+ Energy Class
B Centrifugal Efficiency Class (1200 Spin speed)
Don't get hung up about the spin speed either - see this link regarding spin speed efficiency and drying costs...http://www.whitegoodshelp.co.uk/wordpress/washing-machine-spin-speed-efficiency-figures-and-drying-costs/
A quality product from a quality company??...and even if it does break it has the 3 year warranty!!
The rest from JL themselves......
The 1200 rpm spin John Lewis JLWM1200 washing machine is rated A+ for energy consumption and washes a generous 5.5kg load while being economical on water, detergent and energy. Its large porthole also makes loading and unloading easier.
The Aqualift wash system used on the JLWM1200 brings water to the top of the tub and distributes it evenly for an optimum wash. There are 10 wash programmes including a delicate 30ºC wash. The programme time for a full load of clothes washed at 60°C is 135 mins.
Carrying the John Lewis name, our range of washing machines are both economical, well built and well designed. Manufactured with reliable German technology they are developed with the latest engineering and electronic systems. And, to preserve your confidence in the value, quality and reliability of our appliances, each comes with a free 3 year guarantee.