On the latest counteroffer (which looks promising; need to discuss with Kevin once he wakes up), the sellers want to exclude their washer/dryer (because their new place doesn't have one). Any thoughts on what to look for in purchasing a washer/dryer? Are the new top-loading ones
worth the initial extra expense
? Brands to look for or avoid? The two-in-one combo machines look cool -- but do they actually work as well as separate washer/dryers?
Also, anything to be particularly aware of if you're going to be using them for yarn-related washing, i.e. blocking projects, etc.? (I vaguely remember some thread at Ravelry about this, but can't remember the details at all). What else should I be thinking about when looking at washers/dryers? (I don't think space would be an issue here.)