I dont think it is so much the brand as the basic design of the machine. We had two of the expensive little roll around whirlpool portable washers. Both died at less than 4 years old because of transmission failure.
What caused the transmission failures ?? The failures were from them going away from the proven adjitator design of having a tall spindle that put the shaft, bearing, seal, above the water line. The portables had the adjitator bearing, seal, shaft, at the bottom of the tub where it was subjected to the full depth of corrosive wash water and soap, it soon developed a leak and filled the transmission with caustic soap water.
We had enough of that, we bought the cheapest Whirlpool Estate brand washer on the floor, with the old tall adjitator spindle design, added caster wheels to the bottom and added the quick connect hoses used on the portables.
We now had an instant larger portable for $200 less than the factory model. It was totally trouble free for the first 14 years when it developed a water drip. Replacing the worn out water pump for $50 fixed that. At 15 years, a small plastic motor to transmission drive coupling broke. $10 bought a new stronger design coupling. I fully expect the machine to last 20 years. Seems I remember it being about $300 new.
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