My personal choices would be:
FRONT LOAD WASHERS:
LG (no surprise there)
Speed Queen (on concrete floor & if smaller tub size is NOT an issue)
TOP LOAD WASHER
Whirlpool (sold under several brand names)
As JW mentioned--Whirlpool top loaders (excluding the Cabrio agitator model) are a very simple design.
We sold Stabers in 2003---and were very disappointed with them.
After selling about half dozen--problems were near-immediate and we bought them back.
Admittedly--this is dated information. It's entirely possible that corrections were made since then. Still, I'm not a fan of this washer.
Tub size is too small for most consumers.
I have no experience with Miele or Asko laundry.
After reading a little online, there seems to be a LOT of unhappy Staber customers out there. I find that fairly disconcerting for such a small company. Too many unknowns to buy a brand like that. The SpeedQueen frontloaders are my favorites right now because theyre made in America, they have a stainless drums and tubs, and have a great warranty,
3 year warranty on parts and labor for the entire washing machine
5 year limited warranty on the motor
5 year limited warranty on the cabinet
5 year limited warranty on the bearing and seal assembly
A lifetime warranty on the stainless steel wash basket
A lifetime warranty on the stainless steel outer drain tub
I did a quick search on the LG's and Samsungs, I like the idea of the direct drive motors they use. Although, if the bearings were to go out, that would make the repairs that much more complicated. Their warranty's arent quite as good as SpeedQueen, but still worlds better than Whirlpool. What features do they have that you would recommend them first?