I got this washer a couple months ago. I love top loaders, but not the horrible new "energy efficient" ones that don't actually fill with water. The speed queen has a switch so you can manually override the fill control, and fill it to the top. Or you can tweak it pretty easily so it will do it automatically. I think it's the only top loader out there that still fills completely. It doesn't shred clothing, and I don't have to wash multiple tiny loads to get things clean, like I did with our Roper top loader. I also like that the controls are not computerized; no error messages or buttons that die. Energy Efficiency It may not appear energy efficient since it uses 30-40 gallons of water, but since it actually gets full loads clean by washing them in plenty of water, it saves time and electricity and water. Durability I've only had it a few months. But it has a three year warranty, two years longer than other washers.