My washing machine finally crapped out over the weekend. I figured I'd just go and buy a cheap washer and dryer (yeah, the dryer is long in the tooth as well) but a couple of my co-workers are trying to talk me into looking at something higher end. Specifically, they think I should get a front loading washer, which they each swear by. Now I realize the front loaders are more efficient in both electrical and water usage, but are those benefits worth it? What else are the selling points? It appears to me that most front loaders are about double the cost of a top loading machine. Also, since I'm a single guy (i.e. I don't have to do ten loads of laundry a week) I'm wondering if the increased efficiency would provide a suitable cost to benefit ratio. Anyone out there have a front loader and what's you opinion of them? Also, am I better off going to a large appliance retailer or a smaller independent store? Sears has some pretty nice deals going on right now. Any opinions on the Kenmore brand...good/bad?