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chellie

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Appliances…we’re mostly Bosch folk, but for no great reason other than it has always done us fine. We‘ve been quoted for Zanussi appliances of which we have little experience. They look fine and the price is right…but I would welcome thoughts on Zanussi - ovens, fridge freezer, induction hob etc.
Also, price them up yourselves.
 

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I do not worry so much about that any more as I always have a policy in place to cover the repairs to the main kitchen appliances as they are not expensive. My issue has been with what brands can be repaired easily. May be simply heresay but I have head comments that Bosch are a nightmare to repair by anyone except a Bosch engineer.
Thats just independant engineers being scared of them beacuse of the spares costs. The Bosch group (Bosch/Neff Siemens) are acutally one of the easiest to get spares for and freely give exploded views and part numbers. No one gives technical information, but spare part numbers and availability (in general) the BSH group or very good.
Zanussi used to be very good (I should know, I worked for there service side for 13 years), but I wouldnt be so keen to have them now.
 
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Thats just independant engineers being scared of them beacuse of the spares costs. The Bosch group (Bosch/Neff Siemens) are acutally one of the easiest to get spares for and freely give exploded views and part numbers. No one gives technical information, but spare part numbers and availability (in general) the BSH group or very good.
Zanussi used to be very good (I should know, I worked for there service side for 13 years), but I wouldnt be so keen to have them now.
My understanding is that Zanussi appliances are basically AEG without all the bells and whistles (that I wouldn’t use in any case)? That said at the moment I’m looking at Bosch ovens and Zanussi induction hob and fridge freezer. Bosch induction hob being a LOT more expensive and what’s in a basic 70:30 fridge:freezer that has me paying £100 or so more for a Bosch.
 
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My understanding is that Zanussi appliances are basically AEG without all the bells and whistles (that I wouldn’t use in any case)? That said at the moment I’m looking at Bosch ovens and Zanussi induction hob and fridge freezer. Bosch induction hob being a LOT more expensive and what’s in a basic 60:40 fridge:freezer that has me paying £100 or so more for a Bosch.
Youre understanding is not quite there. Most AEG appliances are slightly posher and rebadged Zanussi appliances. Electrolux own both, but the Zanussi prodution line were more modern than AEG and so most production is Zanussi in origin, even if they now produce some in China.
As regards your fridge freezer question, I would suggest quality of plastics, electronics and in my opinion design/layout is generally better in the BSH group. BSH are also one of the very few who do direct mounted decor doors as opposed to slding hinge systems. If I were to have an integrated fridge freezer (and I don't) I would want one with the best self closing and sprung hinges, and you cannot have that with slider mount doors where you rely on the spring tension of the cupboard door hinges to drive the decor door, appliance door and everything in it closed.
Its no different to why pay for a BMW when you can have a Dacia to do the very basic same things.
 

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My understanding is that Zanussi appliances are basically AEG without all the bells and whistles (that I wouldn’t use in any case)? That said at the moment I’m looking at Bosch ovens and Zanussi induction hob and fridge freezer. Bosch induction hob being a LOT more expensive and what’s in a basic 60:40 fridge:freezer that has me paying £100 or so more for a Bosch.
We used Aeg ovens and induction hob and are very pleased and had no problems after 4 years.
We looked at lots of 60 /40 fridge freezers and decided on the Bosch even though it was dearer as the design and quality is much better.
For the kitchen we looked at Wicks, Wren, Howdens and Magnet.
Wicks design wasn't good and we're very pushy.
Wren gave the vibe of a fast selling sales operation - although the showroom was very good with lots of choice.
Howdens were OK but you had to get your own builder. My experience with builders and kitchens is that they're not very good at finishing touches and generally a law unto themselves.
Magnet were very good in all aspects. It took us probably 6 months from first visit to decide. Not once did the designer we dealt with put us under any pressure or ask for the order. Every question we asked he had an answer or communicated at a later date.
After placing the order they sent the fitters round to survey. One of the questions I asked was how long would it take to complete, he replied straight away, "Seven working days".
I asked them to take the old kitchen out carefully as I was selling it on.
They arrived at 8am every morning and didn't stop working and didn't even want drinks.
I wanted one company that did everything and that's exactly what we got with Magnet, very pleased and would certainly use again.
 
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We used Aeg ovens and induction hob and are very pleased and had no problems after 4 years.
We looked at lots of 60 /40 fridge freezers and decided on the Bosch even though it was dearer as the design and quality is much better.
For the kitchen we looked at Wicks, Wren, Howdens and Magnet.
Wicks design wasn't good and we're very pushy.
Wren gave the vibe of a fast selling sales operation - although the showroom was very good with lots of choice.
Howdens were OK but you had to get your own builder. My experience with builders and kitchens is that they're not very good at finishing touches and generally a law unto themselves.
Magnet were very good in all aspects. It took us probably 6 months from first visit to decide. Not once did the designer we dealt with put us under any pressure or ask for the order. Every question we asked he had an answer or communicated at a later date.
After placing the order they sent the fitters round to survey. One of the questions I asked was how long would it take to complete, he replied straight away, "Seven working days".
I asked them to take the old kitchen out carefully as I was selling it on.
They arrived at 8am every morning and didn't stop working and didn't even want drinks.
I wanted one company that did everything and that's exactly what we got with Magnet, very pleased and would certainly use again.
Very interesting on suppliers. Also interested to read that you sold on your existing one. We are thinking we might use at least some of it at my MiLs, but we would only be able to use one or two units at hers so would be better to try and sell our existing (Magnet) one as it’s still pretty good condition.
 
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