I have been getting ready to buy a new washer/dryer set and have been doing tons of research on the matter. The new front-loader types appeal to me because they will save me a bundle on my outrageous water and sewage bills while helping out the environment. It is a total win-win situation.
The front-loaders are a little low to the ground and for an extra few hundred bucks you can get these platforms that raise them up a bit. A friend warned me about using these platforms, as they will require a change in plumbing. I am going to save hundreds of dollars and use my existing connections, keeping the machines on the floor. Who would have thought bending down could be so economical?
Update: Not using the bases at all is that much more stuff that won't end up in a landfill some day.
My grandma used a washboard for most of her life, sometimes I wish I had her level of commitment.