I wonder if anyone has gone through this exercise in the past couple of years and has any comments to make on brands or features to consider or avoid? For example, the kid at Sears made it sound like stainless steel drums in the washer is an advantage. I see some dryers have a "steam" option that supposedly takes wrinkles out of clothes. Doesn't sound like a feature I'd use much. I notice that most washers, except the very cheapest models, lack the tall center agitator. Not sure what that's all about, but I assume they clean as well as the old style. I read some comments saying that GE washers make a lot of noise and LG are not very reliable.
So, any of you consumers have a report to share?