Stackable W/D Opinions - Whirlpool Duet vs. Miele vs. Bosch??
I am in the midst of a basement renovation and need to make a decision on a new W/D within the next week or so. I need to go with a stacked unit for reasons of space, and I prefer the stacked FLs over the laundry centers. I thought I had pretty much decided on the 3.5 cu. ft. capacity Whirlpool Duet, because it gets decent reviews was the shortest when stacked with the dryer - I am only 5'1" and don't really want to have to use a step stool every time I use the dryer. However...last weekend I went out to a kitchen and bath center to select a bunch of other items, and the salesman showed me the Miele and Bosch Axxis stacked W/Ds, which I'd not seen before - the "high end" appliance store I'd visited previously did not carry either of them. I found their smaller size very manageable and appealing, and in researching over the weekend it appears that many people are very happy with them. Both, of course, have a much smaller capacity than the Whirlpool Duet (2.2 cu. ft.), which is just making me a little nervous.
I currently have a Kenmore "Super Capacity Plus" top loader with a 3.2 cu. ft. capacity washer. I usually do large loads, but with newer, more energy efficient, and faster machines I think I'd prefer to do smaller loads, more frequently. So as long as I can fit a load of my queen size sheets in the Bosch or Miele I think I'd be ok with the capacity, but it's just me in the house now, and I'd be interested in feedback from folks with larger families who use the Bosch or Miele as if I go with one of these I would not want to be replacing it as too small after a couple of years.
I guess this is just a long way of saying that I'd love some feedback from anyone who was considering these three brands, what they chose and why, and whether they're happy with it or would have done something differently. Also any other considerations that I perhaps haven't thought of.
A few items that are not factors in the decision - price (I'm aware of the price differences), gas vs. electric dryers (I have gas now, but the W/D are moving as part of the reno, so I could do either), and future service - I live in a major metro area and servicing the less common Miele and Bosch machines will not be a problem.