Our nearly 10 year old Bosch washing machine is dying so we popped down to our local Euronics and got a bit of a lecture about them.
Apparently they are all much worse than they used to be, and very much cheaper built, don't expect your next Bosch washing machine to last as long as your current one has, unless you spend big on a Miele in which case they'll last 10+years.
Recommended brands were Bosch, AEG and Miele. Mid end Bosch easier to repair than hi-end Bosch. Don't buy lowest end Bosch as they don't have a single Bosch part in them and are built ultra cheaply in Spain. He swerved us away from Hotpoint based on lifespan/warranty, seemed a bit prejudiced against Siemens but admitted 5 year warranty was good.