"Only difference the parts for this machine are WAY MORE expensive? Why is that? It makes no sense to me at all."
Whirlpool (Maytag, Jenn-Aire, KitchenAid, Amana, Roper, some Kenmore models, etc) has the most expensive parts on the market. Their products are very expensive to repair. LG and Samsung parts are half to 1/3 the cost of WPL and easier to repair.