You only really appreciate the quality of build of a washer dryer like this if you have upgraded from a cheaper one like I did. Having owned a Hotpoint that packed in after 5 years I decided to spend a bit more money on a higher quality machine. I couldn't afford to go as high as a Bosch so this looked like the next best solution. I'm very glad I bought it as it has worked very well so far. It is smoother, quicker, and far far quieter than any other washer dryer I have owned and the 5 year guarantee gave me the peace of mind that I'm not going to have to fork out for an expensive replacement any time soon.