I have to replace a 10 or 11 year old washing machine . It was a Maytag that I bought new in either 2002 or 2003. At that time, I didn't know it, but that well-known washing machine maker was already trailing black smoke and was soon going to fail. All my prior experience with washing machines pointed in one clear direction – get a Maytag and ignore the other brands. A Maytag washer could easily last for 25 to 35 years. The others, maybe 12 to 15 years. Prior to the washer I now have (which is circling the drain), I had bought a used/rebuilt Maytag in 1984 for $250. I had that until 2002 or 03, so it lasted nearly 20 years in its second life! Unfortunately, Maytag as it once was, is history. The name exists but it isn't at all the same. Also, since the last time I had to shop for a washer, the whole industry seems to have changed. In addition to the time tested top loaders, there are front loaders, and new "high efficiency" top loading machines. All of them are controlled by "smart" microprocessors. But the shocker for me was the price. As high as $1200 ! So without lengthy debate about the different designs, is there any washing machine that is as bullet-proof as the old Maytags were? Or should I just pick what ever model is on special and stop worrying about it?