My sole advice to you is that if you are planning on washing any of your nicer clothes in the washing machine, get a front-load... they use less water and detergent and are much gentler on the clothing than a top-load. They tend to be more expensive off the bat - but your money should be returned on your water/electric/detergent savings, not to mention less wear and tear on your clothes. There are several options available, LG makes some very nice ones, I'd probably say that they were the best of the commonly available front loads. Maytag's Neptune series is probably my second reccomendation, though some models are better than others. I'd try to avoid Sears unless they can tell you who made the product... Kenmore and Craftsman are "house" brands. Not as bad for tools and etc, but when you are talking about complex electronics, its better to know EXACTLY what you are getting. Also, make sure to check www.Epinions.com
and the like, to find out what people who already have them think. Hope that helps.
tokyo slim (from another thread):"Maytag's Neptune line is generally poorly built, unreliable, and frustrating. The washing machines are garbage, the dryers are cheap. A few years from now you will probably regret buying them. The drying center has relatively thin plastic doors that will warp, melt, and/or crack with anything over light to moderate use. I've heard that the inside of the dryer can impart strange odors onto your clothing. I get to hear appliance salesmen grumbling about these things all day, and I'll tell you to run a search for MAYTAG NEPTUNE on Yahoo. The first 20 sites are negative reviews, complaint boards, and hate pages. Save the money you would have spent on this thing, and buy your drycleaner a present." Tokyo, do you like the neptune series or not?
the other thread also mentions miele? any thoughts on that one?[/quote] Well that was more about avoiding the horrid drying center than anything else, but as far as quality goes, across the board things are much better with the Neptunes than they were when I wrote that. Maytag is not unaware of the problems with the Neptune line as a whole, perhaps because of the class action lawsuit.
And they have been trying to correct it. I still wouldnt waste my money on the drying center... Now common sense prevails here, if you run a search on a particular model - and there are a million pages of complaints... don't buy it. But remember that enough people buy Maytag appliances to warrant a little perspective. Thats the main reason you shouldn't buy Kenmore appliances unless you know exactly what it is and who is making it. The range of complete crap - decent is apparent in almost every major appliance line out there. Just take your time, do your research and if you are looking at something specific, let me know I'll see if I can get any info/dirt on it.
the other thread also mentions miele? any thoughts on that one?
Hmm... wouldnt be able to say for sure, I've heard good things about them, but never had the chance to check them out firsthand. To be perfectly honest with you, I've only really had experience with the major brands. So therefore no Fisher or Paykel either.