Replacing Asko set from 2000?
So, our washer motor just died, for the second time. We have a W620 and T760 purchased in the summer of 2000. The washer motor was replaced in January 2008, just over four years ago. The washer has had no other service calls. The dryer has had lots of service calls, for belts and rollers, and repeated issues relating to lint buildup on the heating elements, which were helped by replacing, finally, last year, the heating elements themselves and the entire lint filter assembly from the inside of the door.
So now, rather than sink another several hundred dollars into an almost-twelve-year-old set, we're seriously considering buying a new set. They are housed in a closet on the second floor designed to hold a stacked European-size set. The closet is wired for 220, and has both hot and cold water hookups (though of course only the cold is currently in use).
What I like about the washer? The high temp and high spin speed. Other than not lasting as long as I would have liked, I have no complaints about this washer's performance. I love the mechanical controls, and not being limited to preset cycles. I usually wash whites, sheets and towels at 160, but occasionally run things even hotter (though I'm careful with underwear--even if it's white the high temps turn the synthetics in the waistbands gray).
By contrast, there's not that much I like about the dryer. We weren't able to get one with mechanical controls (unlike a previous set we'd used in a rental unit), which I would have preferred. The lint filter assembly seems to be chronically leaky, leading to lint buildup around the heating elements (which even caught fire once! when a technician was troubleshooting and running the machine with the door open). Also, I'm pretty sure the drum only rotates in one direction, because sheets get hopelessly tangled and have to be unwrapped and run through another cycle.
So, what machines can I get that will be just like my current washer in terms of size and features (mechanical controls, internal heater, high spin speed), not so much like my current dryer (better lint trapping design, reversing drum rotation, mechanical controls), and more reliable? Are there any?