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Has anybody ever heard of a Blomberg brand washer?
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Post# 554054   11/4/2011 at 11:20 (4,583 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Here is the link to one on eBay. Ad says it's from Europe. Brand owned now by Arcelik.

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Post# 554063 , Reply# 1   11/4/2011 at 11:39 (4,583 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

If it breaks, who's going to fix it?

Post# 554073 , Reply# 2   11/4/2011 at 12:03 (4,583 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I sell them here and they work great! We get ours shipped here from Canada (British Columbia) from Pacific Brands.We also sell their full line along with AEG gas cooking centers.All of the service companies here will go to the customers homes, if need be,to repair them. I was honored to go there and get training from Pacific and am scheduled to go back for training on laundry and dishwasher service next month. They pay all expenses and had me in a nice log cabin with a huge fireplace and sauna.

Post# 554098 , Reply# 3   11/4/2011 at 14:33 (4,583 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
A very nice machine, BUT...

Who on Earth would pay 906.00 for such a tiny machine? If I were to buy such a small machine, I would buy the Miele, even though it costs more and yes, the smaller ones are available here, and in 110V too! They are in my sales brochure.

Post# 554104 , Reply# 4   11/4/2011 at 15:09 (4,583 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
a tradition brand

Blomberg is here. It is a German traditional brand. Back then in the 50s and 60s a lot of washer factories were in the "Ruhrpott" area, the largest mining area or Germany. Coal and iron (thus steel) were readily available and more than a dozen of companies thrived on that (Cordes, Blomberg, Brocke, Frauenlob (which roughly translates "Ladies' praise"), EBD (acronym of Erwin Brocke in Duisburg), Scharpf, Zanker and others.
ALL of them made rugged and solid full-metal beasts of washers, mostly self-heating impeller machines or twin tubs. The only one remaining from "Ruhrpott" area (read: North Rhine Westfalia) is Miele.

Unfortunately Blomberg couldn't quite get the shift to automatics back then. So as early as in the 80s they were sold and resold and resold again (now being just a brand name within the large Arcelik/Beko pool of reselling relabeling broker corporations buying stuff from lowly paid working areas = Turkey, Poland, China and what have you).

Yet: I have tried one of them lately and for being considered "low end", they perform amazingly well. I would consider them "budget middle class". Of course: Design and service resources have changed, their head quarters are in Neu-Isenburg now, the Frankfurt (Rhein-Main) area being most suitable for easy transport and logistics (mind the huge airport). Good enough for a purely "selling" corporation today.

So if you want Bosch/Siemens performance with some little notches down the ladder what comes to service and parts, you might be well off with a Blomberg of today. Should you ever happen to find an old-style Blomberg (1950s and 60s) be prepared to get a heavyweight beast to last a century (having been sold way too cheap for such a quality).

Jsneaker: "tiny"? I am overhearing that. Frontloaders such as this will wash WAY more items in it than same cubic foot (blender type American) toploaders. But try for yourself. Ok, the price is debatable but on the other hand US products are as much as double "your price over there" here as well. It's called "customs" and "freight" going both ways (and man, these costs can be filthy, bet you...had my share).

So Blomberg machines of "today"? You will love them washing but have a reliable service source in stash if you live in the US. Here it is no problem, most parts are interchangeable with many other brands.


Post# 554105 , Reply# 5   11/4/2011 at 15:20 (4,583 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
oh and Blomberg is the name of some (cute) town as well

although the "Blomberg washer works" were located in Aalen, Westfalia (not far from there).
See this:


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Post# 554108 , Reply# 6   11/4/2011 at 15:32 (4,583 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
goodness! a mistake!

Please forgive me, EBD means "Erwin Bonn, Duisburg", not Erwin Brocke Duisburg. While "Bonn" is the name of a town and a family name as well, "Brocke" is some other family name and NOT a name of a town. I just got muddled up in all these traditional names.

Clearly: "Brocke" is one company, "Erwin Bonn in Duisburg" (EBD) is another. Btw. British members: EBD was the one company here reselling the English "Burco" branded machines back then ;-))) (the Burco Power Washer, that infamous impeller "tea urn" thingy)


Post# 554112 , Reply# 7   11/4/2011 at 15:54 (4,583 days old) by tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Joe, Thanks for the details. I honestly don't remember ever hearing of this brand before.

Post# 554124 , Reply# 8   11/4/2011 at 16:58 (4,583 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        
I owned a Blomberg

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...when we lived in the UK from 2001-2004. Personally, I felt the quality of the machine then was equivalent to Zanussi or Bosch but for about, at that point in time, 80% of the price. I can confirm that we had absolutely no issues of any sort with the machine in that period and sold it with our flat.

 

I certainly regret not bringing it home to Australia when we returned.

 

Several years ago, I commented on Beko, Arcelik's more prolific brand. My comments then related to much of the negativity that was being spouted on here about the Beko washers and basically I stated that:

 

'be prepared for Beko appliances to progress in leaps and bounds in overall quality, technology and performance as Arcelik/Beko incorporate the quality of Blomberg appliances which they've bought into their own products'

 

I'd suggest that this has occurred and that Arcelik/Beko now split their range in a similar way that Electrolux/Zanussi, Bosch/Siemans, Electrolux/Simpson and various other manufacturers do with their 'Premium' line being Blomberg and their more affordable line being 'Beko'.


Post# 554790 , Reply# 9   11/7/2011 at 13:01 (4,580 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
to whirlpolf- NOT tiny, but..

Joe, I meant "tiny" as far as machines that have less than 3 cubic-foot capacity drum. My Samsung has a 4.5 cu. ft. drum.

Jason


Post# 554811 , Reply# 10   11/7/2011 at 15:23 (4,580 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        
Blomberg

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Helluva machine!!!

My brother had one for 8 years it washed on cottons every day which meant it span at 1500rpm every cycle!!! and it didn't break down once!!!

Here's a pic of the same model! His was white!

Darren


Post# 554812 , Reply# 11   11/7/2011 at 15:29 (4,580 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        
Thanks Darren

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...That's the model above the one I had. Mine was a 1301A - 1300 final spin....

 

A good friend of ours had his white version of your pic shipped out to Australia when he migrated 7 years ago.....They really are strong machines.


Post# 554814 , Reply# 12   11/7/2011 at 15:33 (4,580 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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They were certainly very well built!

I loved how it would tumble the opposite way to the dispenser slowly and continuously until the water level was reached. The clever thing about that was the paddles were catching the water and showering the load really well and saturating it really quick!

Darren


Post# 554843 , Reply# 13   11/7/2011 at 16:54 (4,580 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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I agree....they certainly did a great job. I had no complaints about mine at all and would happily have another. I did write to Arcelik and ask why they don't sell in Australia given our significiant increase in front-load use over the past 10 years, and I got a reply very promptly which was great. Didn't tell me anything that I already didn't basically know - Fisher and Paykel rebadge BEKO as do Euromaid plus our market is not probably big enough to support another brand in the Bosch space....afterall, we have:

 

- Ariston (Basically UK Hotpoints)

- ASKO

- Bosch

- Electrolux (Thai made Zanussi)

- Euromaid (low end BEKO)

- Fisher and Paykel (Mid range BEKO)

- Haier (if you can find them)

- Hoover (recently returned)

- Indesit

- Kleenmaid (Speed Queen)

- LG

- Miele

- Samsung

- Siemens

- Simpson (again, Thai made Zanussi...but more in line with the former 'Tricity Bendix' range...basic machines)

- Whirlpool (mostly European designed, Chinese made)

- V-Zug

 

Not to mention the random 'Stirling' brand that Aldi sometimes sells.....

 

It's certainly a crowded market here when you consider our population is about 23 million, or 40% of the UK.



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