OK folks, our last machine died after some 12 years of use. My wife didn't give me time to troubleshoot it and fix it, which is what I had done to keep it alive for 12 years... primarily to fix the door sensor... which frankly was a cheap design. It required that I bend a tab every couple of years so that the switch would be depressed and the washer would go on with the spin cycle. However this time that was not the solution and I needed a full Saturday to find the real problem.
The wife however could not wait... and she and my sister in law went out on a shopping spree and bought an HE top loading machine.
Well it worked for about a month. Right now it is sitting in the garage going through some "magic sensing cycle" but not washing anything.
Frankly I am willing to dump it right away and go out and try to find a regular old fashion "timer based" machine that has "no sensors" and just dutifully runs through what ever cycle you tell it.
So what is your experience... do you have a fancy washing machine? Does it work? Do you have an HE machine.. does it stink?
Or do you use a local river and some handy rocks? (or perhaps a bucket and plunger...)