Kenmore Elite Quiet Pak2
This machine gets clothes cleaner and is quieter than any I have owned before. I bought it because it is a front loader and uses less water. It is so quiet that my spouse has come into the kitchen (I have a laundry closet that is there) and said "I thought you were doing laundry" because he doesn't hear the machine going. The spin cycle can be a little noisy but even that is well below the noise level of other machines I have owned.
There are a larger variety of choices for washing cycles than on other machines I have used and I like the option of being able to create a manual cycle myself if I want to.
I use less soap, less water and less electricity. I get bright, clean clothes every time. I have had no repair issues since buying it in March of 2007. It is a great appliance and I recommend it highly.
I grew up with reliable Kenmore appliances in the 50's and 60's and I expect that this washing machine will last as long as my mother's did but it is much quieter, more flexible and has at least twice the capacity that hers did. What's not to like?