Beware of Asko clothes washers
We purchased an Asko washer and dryer 6.5 years ago, with the promise that these were "20-year machines". For a family of five, the washer proved to be a 6.5 year machine: the casing of the glass door cracked after 16 months (and was repaired under warranty); the motor burned out at the 4.9 year mark (and was repaired under warranty). At the 6.5 year mark, the motor again died; the repair estimate was $500 (parts & labor). We contacted the U.S. Asko headquarters for help -- they offered none, zilch, nada. Disgusted and not wanting to pour more money into an unreliable machine, we junked it and purchased a Miele 1213.