Whirlpool Duet Washer
My wife and I purchased a Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer just over a year ago. We have them stacked, and they fit nicely into our laundry closet.
The washer offers many different cycles, which my wife loves. There is a sanitary cycle that we use for towels, washcloths, etc. and it works very well. Almost no need to use bleach at all. One of the reasons we decided to go with the duet was because it is Energy Star rated and also uses less water than top-loading washers.
Overall, we have been happy with the washer with a couple of items to mention. One, the washer is bad to wad up large items like jeans, sheets, etc. Often they will come out almost tied up and intertwined. Just today I took a load of sheets out of the washer, and there was a football shaped wad of pillow cases wrapped up into one of the sheets.
We usually have to shake out and separate larger items before putting them into the dryer so they do not get knotted up any further. If we do not, then they will get wadded up even more causing them not to dry properly. Second, the rubber gasket that seals the door is vulnerable to zippers, buttons, and anything made of metal that may rub against the seal.
From an engineering standpoint, I wonder about the reliability of constant friction on a rubber gasket that could be a major failure point. We recently had our seal replaced under warranty, and it had several holes in it which cause water to leak onto the floor.
The water only leaked on the delicate cycle, and from what I have read the delicate cycle uses more water than the other ones. On the bright side, the washer holds quite a bit of laundry. In comparison to our old washer it probably holds twice as much, but it does not use as much water.
Also, the washer only needs about two tablespoons of the High Efficiency detergent to run a load. Being able to stack the washer and dryer also gives us more room in the laundry closet for shelves that we use for laundry baskets, detergent, etc.