True, LG are a decent middle of the road. Bosch and Electrolux group machines are ok too. I still wouldn't suggest anyone bought one if they can go for a Miele though personally. Granted the Miele I have is now considered small at 7kg but I managed to get it with cashback and a voucher code for a smidge under £500 and if it does last the 20 years they claim to test for at average use I believe they do represent the best value for money for most people. It is pretty basic but for me features like steam refresh and direct drive motors represent marketing and nothing else. I personally also avoid large drums and very fast spins. As you have experienced it takes a serious toll on drum bearings. Some of the cheap Vestel machines are rated for 600 cycles - you could easily bang through that in 2 years so perhaps have as many as 10 in the time the Miele is designed to last. That would likely be an outlay of close to £2000 in the long run and then there is the environmental concern of 'disposable' appliances. To each his own but I like appliances that last.
You make some excellent points, however you have completely overlooked LG as a credible contender. They have a 20 year track record in the UK for exceptional reliability, robust build quality and longevity and all for a great value for money price. In a recent Which? survey they were voted the No 1 brand for reliability at 94% surpassing even Miele. Furthermore LG washers are festooned with advanced features resulting in excellent cleaning performance, class leading energy efficiency and whisper quiet performance. I'm on my 3rd LG washer. The last two gave 9 years each of daily trouble free use. In both cases it was the bearings wore out. If I can get a decade's worth of great, trouble free performance from a £400 washing machine with a 9KG drum capacity, coupled with a stylish user friendly interface, the extra cost of a Miele to me does not represent value for money.
As someone said it does seem to be a throw of the dice with washing machines and it does seem that in general things are on a downward spiral in terms of quality. The likes of Miele and Asko are the only well made machines on the market and even then Miele now have sealed tubs so if you have problem their it is pretty much uneconomical to repair. I do think you stand a far better chance of a machine lasting well if you buy quality but obviously some people get lucky with a cheapie and I am glad they do. We generate a heck of a lot of washing and a year or so ago I bought a cheap used machine I saw advertised on Facebook. It is 15+ year old Hotpoint and I am stunned how good it is. It honestly washes better than our 3 year old Miele. I purely put this down to the fact it is from before a time that energy saving was a big deal and it use lots of water to wash. You can see the water in the machine unlike the Miele which just appears to tumble damp clothes around for hours on end. If and when the Miele breaks I shall replace it with another old Hotpoint. They are super simple to repair too!
I have this machine bought on Black Friday with 10 year warranty for £899 delivered and installed (Miele price, price - matched by local dealer). Very happy with it, very versatile wash settings, very good cleaning results and exceptionally quiet spin. I also have a cat and dog vacuum (no pets but it was a gift) since 2004 still going strong (although the tool compartment hinge has broken)
Blimey - which model and what went wrong?