I'm in the market. Tell me about your clothing maintenance machines: The good, the bad, and the ugly. What do you use? What's good? Is a $1,200 washer really worth the money? I'd rather go top of the line here than buy cheap, but only if it makes sense to do so. My washer & dryer are Whirlpools. They're 7 years old and cost about $800 for the pair when they were new. I've had to fix the washer on several occasions: A wire came loose and let the motor sit and burn for awhile; now the contacts on the motor start switch are oxidized and have to be cleaned with sandpaper every few months to keep it going. There is some rusty looking stuff on the plastic, which doesn't make sense. To top it off my wife complains that the dryer doesn't dry as well as it should. So let's hear it: Which machines care for your clothes the best?