RE: high efficiency washers top load vs. front load
We have the HE3 too -ditto on the inaccurate time remaining thing. I do love the "delay start" function; I can start a load in the middle of the night and throw in the dryer first thing in the morning.
I love the large capacity of the front load and the absence of an agitator, but probably wouldn't buy another. I miss being able to run the water and soap first, before adding the clothes, and also feel it gets a little stinky since the door is often closed while the interior is still damp (vs being able to leave the door open on a top loader) -but our washer is in the high-trafic area kitchen, so the door is always closed.
Mama to my sweet boys
H (1/04) & PJ (6/06)