My father-in-law has been doing some of the washing-up since the machine broke down. He is a lot slower than a machine, (wash a cup, have a cigarette; wash a plate, have a cup of tea. . . ) and is very happy to see the end of the chore coming with the arrival of a new machine TODAY.
I was annoyed to find out that fixing our 20 month old Beko would cost at least £143 (the machine is currently retailing at £190). This seems such a waste of a machine and all the materials used in it. As it was uneconomical to fix it we have bit the bullet and bought a new one, this time we are paying a bit more for a better class of machine (different manufacturer, funnily enough) and we are purchasing a 5 year warranty for it. The new machine with warranty, delivery, installation and removal of old machine will set us back £393. (compared to £273 for the same machine we have now with a 3 year warranty this does work out more economical)
I did seriously contemplate waiting until Easter to replace the dishwasher. I felt doing the washing up by hand fitted in nicely with the Lenten spirit of denial, self-sacrifice, but I cracked! (It would have been really useful to have the machine before our French guests arrived, but nevermind. I’m now even more grateful to have a machine than before!)