I always find it interesting how people decide what is or is not a
good washer. Just because a machine doesn't break down during the
warranty period, or even shortly after, doesn't mean it is a good
machine. What is important is "how" it will break, when it does
break. And if you look at that, things come into focus.
Let's take a look at GE washers, which currently have notorious main
seal failures, which destroys the gearcase and bearings. Or when the
gearcase fails, it sprays oil everywhere inside the machine. This is
almost guaranteed to happen at the 5 year point. GE parts are much
more expensive than the other brands.
Front loaders may use less power and water, but you shouldn't own one
some sort of repair contract, which decimates any water or power
savings. All front loaders have electronic boards and high end
motors...very expensive to replace, and they will need replacing
sooner or later.
Frigidaire top load washers have notorious belt burnup problems.
Nobody knows why. I would stear clear of all of their washers. Their
dryers have notorious rear bearing problems, requiring annual
lubrication. The others don't. Why go there?