I find that the advice on laundry machines that one can find in
Consumer Reports is extrememly dubious, as if they never consult
appliance experts at all. I was surprised that they rated the Calypso
washers so highly, all the way to the bitter end. And with model
numbers changing as fast as fashion (maybe 10 times a year, in
seasons), the information you can find there is already outdated when
you crack open the magazine. I've never figured out how a model that
is available for only 6 weeks can rate an entry in Consumer Reports.
And I've never figured out how a pure-branded item and a brand
engineered item can have different ratings in the magazine, despite
being the exact same machine.
Another dubious value is buying at "scratch and dent" stores. You will
never know the history of any one machine, despite the salesman's
insistance that it has never been used and just came out of the box.
If you buy there, you will, in essence, be assuming someone else's
The best way to buy a machine is by selecting a platform, and then
buying the cheapest model with the capacity you need. All
manufacturers build their models on basic platforms. For the most
part, all Kenmore and Whirlpool top load washers are built on the
direct drive platform. All Maytag models are built on just one
platform, and same for GE and Frigidaire. Choose the platform with the
best durability, and then choose within that platform for the best