Summary: I had the same old top load washer for 18 years! It was a Whirlpool, and I couldn't justify throwing it away, but finally, when the dryer died, it was time. I'd been looking at front load sets for 4 years! I read all the reviews and talked to salespeople.This model met my needs -- wonderful array of cycles, energy efficient, LARGE, and a competitive price! I am easily doing 1/2 the number of loads I was before.