Whirpool Duet Gas Dryer
About one and a half year ago we were in the market for a new washer and dryer, and at the recommendation of the builder of our new home, we got a Whirlpool Duet set (he uses them too, and built the laundry room for the Duet with storage drawer).
The washer is sleek and modern looking with a door that opens at the front. The interior is simply a hollow drum, and does not have an old fashioned paddle in the middle like most top loading machines, which means that your clothes will be better protected and will be subject to less wear.
One of the greatest features is that this machine uses High Efficiency detergent. Now, I haven't actually calculated whether or not this is less expensive than regular detergent, but you really need only a small amount of detergent for a whole load. In addition, you no longer have to store a big bulky box or bottle of detergent, because less = more.
We did have the washer break down once already though. 13 months after we purchased it, the washer stopped draining, and we could not get our clothes out.
We called Whirlpool, and even though our warranty had run out, they said that it was still close enough to the original that they would come repair it for free.
It took about 10 days for someone to come out unfortunately, but they quickly fixed it, and said it was a clogging problem in the tube through which used water goes out. We've had no problems with it since, and I highly recommend this washer!