This morning our 20-year-old washing machine started making a funny noise in the spin cycle. We are deciding whether to gamble that it can be repaired for something reasonable (hopefully less than $150) or buy a new one and a dryer as well. We've only owned three sets in 44 years (and the first was inherited!), so we don't have much experience buying new ones. If you have a washing machine and/or dryer that is less than ten years old that you have been happy with, I'd be interested in your experience.
Consumer Reports says that washing machines come in three flavors -- regular top loading washers, high-efficiency top-loading washers, and front-loading washers. Since we are 67, I'm inclined toward some sort of top loader, which I assume requires less bending, but am interested in any input. Running time is of importance to me.
With regard to a dryer, our laundry room is set up for a gas dryer. Once again, running time is an issue for me.
For both, we are interested in reliability.
Thank you for any and all input.
I thought of one more thing. We do home exchanges and occasionally relatives visit when we are out of town. The controls should be intuitive enough for guests including teenagers and older children to use without having to consult an owner's guide.