My sons Grandfather got me my first pair of washer and dryer over 8 years ago. Not only did they last this long but he got them off the side of the road and their ws never a reason to replace them till now. Somebody threw away a perfectly good set. I think the only problem was it only washed in cold and it did not cost anything to fix.
Six months ago my dryer quit for the last time, now my washer died last week, I looked online for hours! I finally found this baby on sale $249 with free delivery! Score.
I know how awesome front loaders are and we came so close to buying one but we just could not spend that kind of money when we could buy something that does the same thing for over a grand less.
I have researched my lil heart out and and I know that it would never save me the difference in its hopefully 5 year life span.
The best way for us to save energy is to wash in cold water and I dont mind that at all. In fact I read heating the water was 90-95% the cost of washing clothes.
By the way this is off brand Maytag and I got it off Home Depot site.