Our current washer is past its useful life (a Maytag Neptune we bought with the house) and we're looking for a replacement. I'll echo others who have said that it's frustrating to research these things, because people who've had bad experiences (or have an agenda) post most religiously, and these posts last forever in the web world.
Still, I'm seeing a theme that the new HE washers tend to have detractors, both on reliability and cleaning grounds, and I'd like to try something that isn't HE, while I still can.
Speed Queen is a possibility, but I'd have to order it from Amazon or some place, sight unseen.
Another possibility is the Roper from the good folks at Whirlpool who own the US market, and which is available at Lowes. It apparently has a direct drive for reliability (and Consumer Reports rates it highly there, but surprisingly did not include its tests in the December issue).
It has a variable water level control, but some other site on the web indicated the rinse level was set at one level, and I'd like to vary that, too.
I don't see much discussion on Roper in these threads. Is Roper a bad choice? If the rinse level is set, can I alter it?