After buying a Candy washing machine, which broke down about 5 times in 2 1/2 years, I felt I'd better go for a product with better brand reliability. Great wash cycles, excellent features such as speed perfect (which considerably reduces wash time, but still washes great). Although the reviews said this was a noisy machine, I really don't think that's the case, compared with other machines, the noise is minimum. Not top of the range Bosch, but neither is the price. Sad I've got excited other a Washing Machine, but really is a great product.