I bought this washer last October 2008. From the beginning I was fairly happy with the way it cleaned, but not overly impressed for the price I paid.
Recommend this product?
It has a severe design flaw. The motor burned out because a button became wedged into the seam on the bottom agitator and prevented it from moving and thus the machine motor overheated.
I just want future buyers to be aware that this is a significnt flaw in my eyes. Having boys and lots of laundry to do, it is not unreasonable to find change at the bottom of the washer. It is almost an unpreventable occurance. I can check, and I usually do check all pockets, but it does happen and I shouldn't have to be afraid of ruining my washing machine with a loose button or a coin.