How Long Does a Washing Machine Last?

Updated:
22. April 2024

What is the lifespan of washing machines, and which brands have the longest lifespans? That’s what we’ve investigated in this article, and we also provide advice on how you can extend the lifespan of your washing machine.

How long does a washing machine last? According to studies, the lifespan of washing machines averages between 10 and 11 years. However, there is a significant difference depending on which brand you choose. One study shows that Miele has the longest lifespan, averaging 15 years and 10 months.

What do the studies say?

Below, we go through a number of major studies conducted on the lifespan of washing machines.

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EU PROMPT Report 2021

In May 2021, the EU published a “PROMPT report” (Premature Obsolescence Multi-Stakeholder Product Testing Programme), which examined consumers’ expectations for the lifespan of various products compared to the actual lifespan. The study looked at washing machines, vacuum cleaners, smartphones, and TVs.

The washing machine study involved 41,732 consumers from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It shows that the average lifespan among washing machines is 11.1 years, with Miele being the brand that performs best, with an average lifespan of 15 years and 10 months.

These are the top 5 brands:

  • Miele: 15.8 years
  • Zoppas: 13 years
  • Thomson: 12.3 years
  • Siemens: 12.3 years
  • Sangiorgio: 12 years

Newer washing machine brands on the market are not included, as sufficient data could not be collected here.

The study also shows that the vast majority of brands have a longer lifespan than what users expect.

You can read the entire report here.

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Magnet.co.uk

British Magnet.co.uk has investigated the average lifespan of a wide range of home products, including air fryers, coffee makers, etc.

In the study, they found that washing machines have an average lifespan of 10 years.

You can read the study here.

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National Association of Home Builders 2007

In 2007, the American National Association of Home Builders conducted a study on the lifespan of a wide range of products and materials in the home, including washing machines.

The report states that washing machines have an average lifespan of 10 years.

You can read the report here.

Tips to extend the lifespan of your washing machine

There are several things you can do to extend the lifespan of your washing machine:

  • Cleaning and maintenance: Clean the washing machine regularly, both inside and outside. Wipe the seals and door after each wash to prevent mould and bacterial growth. Also, clean the detergent drawer and any filters as needed.
  • Avoid overloading: Do not overload the washing machine, as this can strain the machine and cause unnecessary wear on the motor and other parts.
  • Let the machine dry: After each wash, leave the door open for a while to let the machine dry out and prevent mould and odours.
  • Proper location: Place your washing machine on a level surface and make sure it is not wobbling or out of balance. This can reduce the strain on the machine and prevent unnecessary wear.
  • Use of descaler: If you live in an area with hard water, limescale deposits can build up in your washing machine over time. Using a descaler regularly can help prevent this and extend the lifespan of your machine.
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