One thing worth bearing in mind about the negative reviews for modern day washing machines has to do with HE more than build quality. Meeting those efficiency standards and cleaning highly soiled clothes is almost a miracle. I bought a front load Maytag 2017 model and I love it. It was DOA but the Maytag warranty covered all repair costs and it has worked fine ever since. I also have no kids and wash mostly stain free flannel and tshirts. For me, HE is more than enough, and for half of what I wear I can get away with just the steamfresh cycle in the dryer. if you are trying to get grass stains out of all your clothes and run 3 cycles of laundry a week, HE might sound like a great thing to save you money, but expect some problems getting as good of a clean cycle as your older -waterhoggish machine, without pre-treating your stains with shout or oxiclean.
If you decide you want HE but also robust cleaning and reliability, then yes, go with a speed queen, and understand what the extra cost is paying for.
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