Replace old Maytag Washer?
We have an 11 1/2 year old Maytag washing machine (MAV6000AWQ) that we bought really inexpensively when Circuit City was getting rid of it's appliance line. It's worked pretty well all this time, with an occasional part replacement.
We use Arm & Hammer for Sensitive Skin detergent because of skin problems. It worked fine until they made it more concentrated. Although we've tried to use less and less detergent, it often doesn't seem to get out of the clothes. Then the water doesn't drain well, and we have to rinse and spin again.
Thinking that the washing machine wasn't going to last much longer, I bought a Groupon so we could essentially get $200 off a washing machine purchase from a local company. As we've been researching though, I'm getting more and more confused and wondering if we should just stick with our old machine until it dies on us. The prices are really high, it seems they don't last as long, and there are more maintenance issues.
We'd like a washing machine that should last 10 years or so with minimal problems. We like clothes to get clean but aren't fanatical about it. The machines are in the basement so noise isn't much of a problem. It's just two of us and we do about 4 loads of laundry a week on weekends. We like our current 30 minute cycle and don't have the time or patience for 2 hour cycles.
We'd like to use less water as our water bills are pretty high, but in our part of the country at least water is not scarce. Our current dryer (Maytag Neptune MDG4000BWO) is gas and seems fine. We don't want to replace it. If we get a new washer they won't match, but that's pretty minor since they're in the basement.
We don't mind paying more if the washing machine meets our needs, but of course we'd rather not. We won't buy a Miele after a nightmare with a Miele dishwasher a few years ago (we now have FP DD's which we love).
Any suggestions, advice???