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|Nobody seems to make a consumer grade FL that holds up, though. Also, consumers have been conditioned to expect silly, touchpad electronics that cleary don't last in a washing machine environment. In a machine that has several hundred parts, it shouldn't cost the value of the entire machine to replace just one of it's parts. All at once, it seems, appliance companies have conspired to lower quality, increase repair costs and shorten warranties in an effort to rope the consumer into buying a new machine every 5 years.
There are some vintage, high quality TL machines that are in their 3rd decade of service. They use more water, but they also don't find themselves in the landfill after 5 years. I'd say the environmental impact evens itself out.