I have had my Whirlpool Super Capacity washer and dryer set for about 9 years now. We bought the set when we moved into our house, and this washing machine has held up great! My husband is a carpenter and builds houses, so his laundry gets very dirty and gross. I wash lots of chunks of dirt and mulch and sawdust in this washing machine, and I have been very impressed with how clean his clothes get and how durable this washing machine is. You can wash normal cycle or delicate, and you can choose cold, warm, or hot washes with a cold rinse. I am doing cloth diapers for my baby, and I do wish this washer offered a warm rinse since that is sometimes recommended for them. But this washer does a great job getting those clean as well, and you can fill this washer up to the max and not sacrifice on the quality of the washing. Love it! Energy Efficiency I think this older model probably does take more energy than a newer model. Especially with all the rinse cycles that I have to do with the cloth diapers. Cleaning Time Now that you mention it, it does seem to take a little while to wash the clothes. I think newer models would be more efficient with this.