We bought the WM 0642 HW in 2011 and after using it nearly daily for 5 years, thought we would offer some thoughts. We have our 85+ y/o mother and her attendant (and attendant's husband) as well as two college age children all using this machine, and it gets nearly daily use. It has run strong for five years with a couple minor problems which can be repaired by a handy homeowner. The pluses: -uses very little water or soap -gets clothes clean and just damp at cycles-end so drying time is short -Can do a few loads a day with no noticeable wear/tear -Washes a lot of clothes at one time - can fit several large towels and get them clean -Quick cycle can do a complete load in about 34 minutes The problems: -Have replaced the thermister twice. It is only about $10-15 so no big deal, but there is a flaw in the design of the potted connection into the device that causes the wire to wear out - It seems like LG/Tromm buys out this item, so i suspect that other washers have similar issues. -The door gasket got a small tear and leaked all over the floor after about 4 years. A new gasket was about $60, but easy to replace. It seems LG/Tromm has improved the design of the gasket as the new one had some improvements that have made a big difference - see below. A number of people on other websites have complained about mold and odor from the gasket. This is a problem if you don't keep the machine clean. A few things we've learned: First, after every day's wash, you need to wipe down the gasket and behind the gasket with a dry rag. Second, if you're not using the machine again, you need to leave the door open for an hour or two to let it air out. Third, lint can build up in the sump, so every few months you should pull the drain plug and let it drip empty - that will get a bunch of lint out of the machine - if you smell an odor inside the machine (not in the gasket), then you definitely need to do this.