(new York, N.Y)
I was looking for a small washing machine for my tiny kitchen that can wash a decent amount of clothes at once. I purchased the Avanti w797 at P.C Richard and son originally based on the small size and that it stated it can wash a 12lb load. I have had this machine for about 6 months and am very happy with it.
It has multiple settings including one specifically for jeans and even a speedy setting for quick washes. The speedy setting takes about an hour and cleans really well. This machine is a top loading machine and unlike every other top loader, it does not stretch your clothes out. The clothes come out pretty dry so if you don't have a dryer, your drying time is not too bad. It had a lint catcher and compartments for detergent and fabric softener.
It is perfect for small apartments and is relatively quiet. Once the load is done it plays a small musical note. It is also fully automatic and has a digital display. This display allows you to set the water levels as well as the times of your wash if you want to adjust it.
It is child proof and will not operate with the lid open or if something is obstructing it. It is affordable and a great machine.