My husband and I recently had a wedding shower with his dad's side of the family and we told them that all we wanted was a washer and dryer. Obviously we didn't expect anyone to get us a washer or dryer but we did get a lot of cash, gift cards, etc. We are now looking into our choices and it is really overwhelming. It reminds me of trying to buy a television. Does anyone have any advice? I think I know I want a top loading washer as the front loading washers require you to wipe off the ring around the door and you have to leave the door open. I can't risk forgetting to do this (and I will) and having my entire washing machine smell like mildew. I don't know which brand is best but the ones I kept seeing are Whirlpool, LG, Samsung and GE. We currently have GE and will not be going with them again so it seems to come down to those other brands. I went to H.H. Gregg today and I think we will buy from them. They have free delivery and carry away, offer 5% discount if you finance with them (we can buy it outright but I could use it then pay it off and my credit score could be helped, too) and they are negotiable! They also have a 30 day price guarantee so I don't have to worry about just missing out on a big sale. I do need to ask about installation because the free delivery did not mention anything about that. Installation could be one of those surprise charges they hit you with to recoup their loss on the delivery. So, any advice? I basically need to know what brands you have had good experiences with and what brands have been nightmares? Any specific machines you want to brag about or warn me about? All advice is appreciated.