Asko W6021 Quattro 1200 RPM
(Chicago, IL, USA)
The Swedes make a quality washing machine. We inherited this model when moving into our new condo, but it was bought in 2005. I love that it's a front-loading stackable washer to save space. It doesn't look big, but it holds a surprising amount of clothes.
We cram arm loads of jeans and towels into this washer and it does not complain.
One unusual feature of this washer is the absence of a latch or handle - you have to press the button with a key icon to pop the door open. That took me a little while to figure out. The only problem we've experienced with our washer/dryer combo is an electrical problem with the dryer. It stopped working mid-cycle, and the repairman said the fusebox had an electrical fault and needed to be replaced.
This was not the first time he'd seen that issue, so you might consider buying the extended warranty if you purchase this unit. It makes sense to buy the washer and dryer together since they stack perfectly.
This washer does a great job and most importantly it is QUIET. When I close the door to the laundry closet, it is barely audible, even in the high-rev spin cycle.
This is a huge improvement over our Kenmore high-efficiency front loader - you couldn't carry a conversation over the noise of that one.