Gas line and duct on left, water valve and drain on right
My laundry room in our new house is set up with the gas line and duct on the left and water outlet and drain on the right. Since most front load washers I'm looking at do not have reversible doors, and are set up for the washer on the right, I'm thinking this layout is forcing us into a top load washer. However, I'm a little gun shy of buying an HE top loader because they seem to have more issues with balance, with potentially catastrophic results. Choosing the wrong cycle for a comforter and having the washer explode is something I could see my wife doing.
So I'm thinking of going with the Maytag Bravos XL 950, unless someone tells me it's ok to use longer hoses and ductwork, and criss-cross the water lines and dryer duct. I believe I have plenty of depth - I could probably pull the washer and dryer out a foot from the wall and still be able to open both doors to the laundry room.