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Why are German products so substandard?

Like the German brand washing machines. Why in this day and age does a washing machine take one hour or more to clean the clothes? It doesn't seem to make any sense. I'm European as well and have notices that Japanese or American brands are faster and clean better. Why do I care what your fake "American family" said? I am not American and this has got nothing to do with them. I do in fact know exactly what I am talking about the machines here are substandard to American and Japanese brands. They take at least one hour to clean. I lived all over the world, including the US and Germany and the standard of living is higher there. And also, it seems that YOU do not know what you are talking about, houses and apartment in the US are larger and have more space and closet space whereas German flats do not have walk in closets. This question has nothing to do with cars, German cars are great, it has to do with technical products such as washing machines and refrigerators. Hasn't anyone else in Germany noticed how horrible German freezers are? And how you have to clean away ice at least once a week? And Siemens is a good brand, but only because the engineering is done in Japan.

Asked By: Mandi - 8/15/2008
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Well, as for washing machines: All the washing machines I used while living in the US were top-loaders, and I tried using their 30-minute programs to get my clothes clean, but that wouldn't work, so I tried the longer programs, and I still didn't get my clothes all that clean (They were ok, but coffee-stains or... More
Answered By: frackledJJ - 8/15/2008
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An hour it only takes 30 min to wash mine my is an American brand
Answered By: ss - 8/15/2008
 
Mine does take about an hour and it's not very old. It's a Bosch. German brand. The ones back home only take half an hour...
Answered By: Markovka - 8/15/2008
 
seems like you dont know what your talking about - ....there are short programms too, but for that - germans prefer their clothes clean, not just steamed with soap water! plus: germans prefer absolute low energie machines and they must be silent and need to last long.
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Answered By: ? - 8/15/2008
 
Henni, don't get nasty because you disagree. Just admit that German brands are not as good as others. I live in France and can admit that I had the same problem with washers all the time when I studied in Germany for one year. They are difficult to operate and they take forever!
Answered By: Raspberry Beret - 8/15/2008
 
My is a Siemens and the short program takes 30 minutes. Do you think all German products are substandard????????? Wouldn't say that about American products either. Compare American and German chocolate (example... More
Answered By: J W - 8/15/2008
 
I don't have German washers and dryers since the apartment I live in is equipped with enough room and hot/cold taps to accommodate American style washers. I have used European washing machines before and of course it does take a while for it to complete a wash cycle. I thought the European ones cleaned better since... More
Answered By: MReichley42 - 8/15/2008
 
For all electrical goods I rather buy Germany than any other make. My mum had her German washing machine for 18 yrs, beat that!! And yes I do like my clothes properly washed and cleaned. For lightly spoiled clothes I choose a short washing program... More
Answered By: Whiteout Alaskan Malamutes - 8/15/2008
 
Why don't you get an American brand washer machine and then you won't have that problem anymore. By the way, I am far from dumb. I began college at the age of 15, thank you very much and I wasn't the one who wanted to know the answer to that question. I specifically said my friend was asking that. You need open... More
Answered By: mychemicalromancegirl - 8/15/2008
 
it is all relative. here in Canada, we have access to what the world has to offer. I can't think of a reliable canadian product (other than myself) but I LOVE German prods (cars. xxxmovies(lol)) , American prods (phones, ipods, movies), Japanese tech prods (TVs, cameras), European prods (clothing) etc etc. You have to... More
Answered By: SEAN J - 8/15/2008
 
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