We finally bought the washing machine during the MA state "tax holiday" this weekend. I was a bit disappointed that we could no longer order the model we wanted for $939 since it was discontinued. The replacement model was $999 (um. ouch.) but we've been waiting so long, and had already purchased the base for this model at costco months (and months) ago that we pushed ahead.
With $15 each for delivery and haul away, the total came to $1029 and I did not have to pay 5% sales tax. I used the Citi Dividend card, so eventually I will get about $10 back and Whirlpool has a deal with Upromise that should net my account $35. My mother also gifted us $600 last fall to use toward a washing machine, so our net cost wasn't too high (thanks Mom!)
All in all a pretty expensive washing machine, but one that will use a lot less water and energy (it's a front loader), won't tear up our clothing, and I will be able to reach inside and help with the laundry (the current one is up to high and it's a sad sight to see me reaching for socks). This family of machines was very highly rated in Consumer Reports and apparently got clothes the cleanest.
If I had it to do all over again, I'd definitely go for a less expensive, smaller front loading model that maybe got slightly lower marks, but I am really excited for the day this washer gets delivered. Erin at SavvySaver has her fridge, I have my washer ;)
Update 8/19: The washer arrived on Wednesday and it turns out that putting the washer on that drawer base cost us an extra $20 (argh...but was so complicated it was probably worth it). Went in to pick up the receipt today and they gave us a $50 mail-in rebate from our energy company. I had known about that rebate and completely forgotten about it. Yay, fitty dollah!