Fisher and Paykel EcoSmart GWL10US
(Dayton, OH, USA)
I have owned this washing machine for several years and have been nothing but impressed by it. It lives up to its "Eco Smart" label for a variety of reasons. To begin with, it uses significantly less water than any other machine I have ever owned. The washer senses the amount of clothing in the tub and fills to an appropriate level. You're no longer stuck with low, medium, and high water settings. If you add an article of clothing in mid-cycle, it knows and adds more water if necessary.
Additionally, although it is a top-loading machine, it continually cycles the water over the top of the clothes much like a front-loading machine. This allows you to use about one-third less detergent per load in addition to the water savings.
By far the best feature is the direct-drive motor. There is no transmission as in most traditional washers, the electric motor is attached directly to the central shaft. This means there are far fewer moving pieces, and thus less to break. It also allows the spin cycle to be incredibly fast. Clothes come out significantly "dryer" than any other machine I have ever used, which means they're done in the dryer much faster.
And on top of all that, it get's clothes clean as well as any other machine I have ever owned! I wash almost exclusively in cold water (another eco bonus) and never worry about stains coming out.
The washer features an electronic control panel that provides five wash cycles, three standard water levels (if you don't want to use the auto sensing), five water temperatures, and four spin speeds. You can also set a "favorite" combination that is then available at a touch of a button. It features a delay setting that you can use if your utilities have time-of-day pricing, and a soak setting if you want something to sit in soapy water until you decide to advance the cycle.
This was the first Fisher and Paykel appliance I ever purchased and was so impressed I have since bought the matching dryer and a Fisher and Paykel dishwasher!