Pros: easy to use, simple design, durable, effective
Cons: I can't think of any....
I wanted a front load washer, so I replaced my top load washer over a year ago, and ended up giving that one away to a relative who needed one, since it still worked great and was right under 3 years old. The washer I replaced was a GE WVSR1060A Top Load Washer which I bought as a floor model (around $250) at a home improvement store in my area. I didn't really ask for any advice or read up on washers before buying it because at the time, I just needed one, and needed one in my budget and this washer was the first one I looked at that I liked the price tag on. Luckily, I didn't end up with any regrets.
This washer has a 3.2 cu. ft. load capacity, is somewhat utilitarian in appearance, and is very easy to use. If (your) kids do some laundry as a chore, then this is the type that they can have no excuses with, to get out of doing it. It's easy enough for practically anyone to use.
Like any washer, this requires hooking up to plumbing and electric. All the parts are included, except for the obvious tools you'll need such as a Phillip's Head screwdriver (or a 1/4" nut driver), some slip joint pliers, and a level to make sure it's sitting level (you may have to adjust the legs). One thing I'll like to remind you of is to remove the shipping bar from the bottom of the washer (through the side) once you have it where it is going to be sitting. It comes out easily, no worries.
There are only two knobs to deal with on this washer, which makes it so simple to use. The first dial is for the Load Size.
You use this to fill the washer with water, for whatever load size you have. For small loads, turn the dial to Small. You can also pick from Large and Super. Super, I use with towels or when washing bedsheets with pillowcases. I don't overwhelm the washer with a large amount of items, but, I do consider what I put in it those days as a very large load. Small load, those are great for the day's clothes, say if I want to wash the clothes my daughter and I wore that day. Large, I would use when I skip a few days of wash and then decide to wash, say, three days of clothes.
Then there is the Cycles dial. This one is easy to understand as well. You can choose between Whites, Colors, and Dark Colors. It's pretty self-explanatory. The Dark Colors option I usually used on black clothes and denim. All of these have two options themselves: Lightly Soiled and Heavily Soiled. Heavily Soiled will cause the washer to wash just a bit harder than it would for Lightly Soiled, because it would need to to effectively clean my clothes. Lightly Soiled, I would use with everyday clothes. Heavily soiled, I would use on clothes that I would work in where I would get dirty, or on clothes that my daughter played rough in during the day.
(Instructions are on a label under the lid in diagrams)
I like this washer because it doesn't shake around like the one my mother had when I was younger. That thing could shake the whole house. This one vibrates when it's on, but it doesn't act out of the ordinary. Also, it's pretty quiet for a washer, except when it makes the "I'm done" noise it makes. But yes, a quiet washer...it makes very little noise. I compare it to the washer my mother had, but I'm also comparing it to the hundreds and hundreds of washers I've used in condos over the years on vacations or mini trips. For a top load washer, it's pretty quiet.
And yes, it cleans my clothes. I know that a major percentage of clean clothes is thanks to the laundry detergent, but, I think a lot of it has to do with the washer as well. A junk washer will not clean clothes, and I haven't pulled out an article of clothes from this washer and been dissatisfied. Here's a for instance: my pet has a dog bed that has a removable cover and I don't care how clean a pet is and how many times you wash them...they still get that "dog smell", and it's a smell , no matter how light, that I do not care for. Well, I washed the cover in the washer when it got all Kuma(my dog)'d up, and the dog smell would always disappear. Even with a detergent, I think it would come out smelling like a wet dog (a perfumed one, but, a wet dog nonetheless) if the washer did not help the detergent thoroughly clean.
Anyhow, I think this washer is great for those wanting something affordable and effective. Those who want a no frills, easy to use washer....this may be one to look at. And yes, I'd recommend it.