Welcome to a2k, Priscilla.
I've read that a lot of people don't like front loading washing machines - I don't have any links right now. I have a medium priced set of GE machines, the washer top loading. My criterion was to have a machine with the capacity to handle washing a Queen sized comforter, or one of my cotton ' braided' rugs. I'm happy with my machines, and they are energy savers too. But - there are likely snazzier machines on the market now.