I've had this washer since 2002, so I think 11 years is a good testament to it. Energy Efficiency I think it was more energy efficient in it's time. There are newer ones that are more, I'm sure. However, I'm happy with it. Cleaning Time It takes 25-35 minutes depending on the setting. That's reasonable to me and what I expect. Performance Very good over the years. Ease of Use Extremely simple to use. I am not great w/ complicated machines, but this is super. Design Obviously more water saving and larger, front loaders have come out since I purchased this. However, I would not get rid of it -I'm happy with it. Durability I've had this 11 years with NO repairs, I think that says it is quite durable! Nowadays the life of washers is much shorter, but this one is going strong. The only think I've noticed is it might not spin the water out as well as it used to on heavy loads, so if I'm doing jeans, towels, etc, I run the spin again, just to make the dryer not work as hard. It might not even be an issue, it is just worth it to me to do this for the best energy efficiency.