Since there is another washing machine thread that's active I thought I'd give an update to mine.
I remember samclem's topics about the Staber, but it's really out of our price range. After spending plenty of time reading online and going into 4 local appliance/home center stores, I decided on a GE top loader GTWN4250DWS. It's an energy efficient one that still has an agitator and offers the option of automatic sensing of the water needed but also has the option to select the water level if you'd rather do that yourself. I bought it from Best Buy with a price match to another store and free delivery and haul-away. Best Buy had a good selection of models and brands and I was pretty sure I was going for a top loader when I shopped although I gave the sales people the opportunity to tell me all about the front loaders.
It seems that clothes washing is different now. You can't buy the old fashioned water wasters that use too much water and agitate so well. I'm willing to learn and progress.
Before I ordered the washer I watched a lot of online videos showing how the new top loaders work, a few still have the agitator, most of them have the wash plate or infuser, but no agitator.
This one has a lot of cycle choices and options for rinses, soaking and added spin times. The lid has a sensor but does not lock, so you can open the lid and add something during the cycle.
GE has a lot of info on how the new machines work and I watched all the videos so I knew what to expect in terms of water level and how the agitation works. If I didn't learn all this in advance I would have thought something was wrong, the water levels are so different than my old machine and the agitation is so much slower.
On this model a simple strong magnet can be used to override the lid sensor so I've had a lot of fun getting to know how it's working and learning about the auto sensing water levels. Don't laugh, I used to love to watch the old washer working and I know I'm not the only one here who does that!
I even found a guy on YouTube who posts videos of his washer working. Kind of like washer porn. Grab a cool drink and enjoy a load -
Mine has a stainless steel basket instead of the plastic one in the video. It's very quiet (Hydowave). The agitation is a lot less violent than my old Maytag, but the basket is ribbed so that the clothes get worked back and forth a lot. With the new High Efficiency detergents you don't see suds in the water like with the old type of detergent.
So far I like this new one just fine. Things come out very clean, drier than from the old machine and softer. I hope it lasts a while although I don't expect it to be working for 22 years like the old Maytag.