I worked at Candy for 16 years before resigning and joining Comet as an engineer so we probably know each other. I was in design and development in the labs with a white coat on sitting on my backside all day in the test rooms
I wouldnt recommend the Candy Hoover washing machines now after the exploding drums have appeared. I'll see if I can post some pics.
The dearer Bosch £500+ are still made in Germany so should be ok. forget paying more for the Siemens and Neff as its just a Bosch with different decals, same electrics, motor, tub