I'm also looking around for a good washing machine deal. I see some helpful brand advice above. What about Zanussi? Are they any good nowadays? Currently have a Zanussi FLS1383W which I've used for so long that I'm getting tired of it so would like to replace it but I wonder if newer models are as reliable.
Personally, since I've been living on my own I've had a John Lewis JLWM1203 (made by AEG) for 7 years without any fault whatsoever. A very reliable machine. The machine was provided by my landlord so when I moved out I couldn't take it with me of course. I wouldn't be surprised if it's still going strong. Moved out of that house in December 2016. I'm living in my mum's old house now and the Beko we have here is about 5 years old and hasn't missed a beat. When I eventually find another place of my own I'll only consider Beko. Unless I win the lottery - my mansion will have a top spec Miele.
Personally know lots of people with Beko washing machines and baring noisy bearings at around 4 years old they seem to work quite well. I've got a Beko fridge/freezer, heatpump drier and they haven't caught fire yet ;) The problem with budget is the fact that some people still regard Hotpoint as a premium brand which sadly they're not anymore. At this price it does fall into the budget category. You could pay a lot more for an Indesit/Hotpoint and internally they're all 90% the same. Still would rather save the environment and buy a better brand ;) which I guess is still a lottery ;)
Certainly wouldn't disagree that the expectation for Bosch and Samsung machines should be that they last longer. Definitely more quality in there than your average budget machine. Very puzzling to me why Beko often get as much praise as they do. They're products are as temperamental as anything Hotpoint and Hoover do, and their prices are similar. I wouldn't specifically take one of their products instead. But we're probably arguing the same point really! Budget is always going to be a shot in the dark whatever you buy.
Problem is the parts guarantee will only work if you use a Hoover/Candy approved repairer and they usually cost a standard £130+ to call out. After going through 3 Hotpoint's and an Hoover in the space of 3 years I decided to buy a nearly new secondhand Bosch instead of buying crap. I have since upgraded to a Samsung with a bigger drum and gave the Bosch to my brother. The Bosch is over 8 years old and still going! I only ever had to replace the door seal on that, It was used daily. The Samsung is now a couple of years old with no faults, Because the drum is twice as big it's used every couple of days. You do generally get what you pay for. I'd happily replace a part myself in the Samsung. Shame that Hotpoint went the way they did, They were once a valued British brand that made reliable appliances but since moving production elsewhere they've gone down hill. Yes, a lot of products these days seem to be disposable which is such a shame and not very good for the environment. The main point of my objection is that you can buy cheaper washing machines like Beko that will last much longer.