Help choosing between three washers
My old washer (10 years old) has stopped working and I am looking for a new washer. The dryer still works fine. We had someone come out and look at it and said that it would be better to just get a new one. This is also what a friend who is into DIY said. The machine is a Kenmore 80 series.
So far I am looking mainly at three different machines with the current labor day sales. All the machines are the same price:
Seems to get generally good reviews, but it is a newer model.
Some have problems properly loading washes.
Mostly favorable reviews from consumers.
Appliance repair professionals do not view as highly (long wait time for parts).
Mixed reviews from consumers on various sites.
Highly recommended by appliance repair professionals.
The space it is going in fits the current washer/dryer perfectly. There is a shelf above the unit, so if I were to get the front loaders, I would not be able to get the pedestal. I am not sure if I would want to have to reach down every time doing laundry.
All of the machines have similar features. I don't think I would need to move up to the next models, since the size that these machines are at seems good and I believe a lot of the options would not be used. The only option that seems really useful is the internal heater and then I would need to get a machine that is almost double the price and larger than I need, or get something like the Maytag Centennial which gets mixed reviews.
I have not really seen it discussed, but is there any useful difference between having the glass lid vs the solid lid? Most models charge $50-$100 just for the glass lid and I am not sure it would be worth it.
Right now I am leaning towards the Whirlpool top loader, but am wondering if anyone has used a combination of these machines and has any feedback. Positive or negative experiences with any of these units. Any other recommendations. Thank you.