LG or Samsung
Front loaders are more efficient, can hold more, and are gentler on clothes.
Top loaders tend to be cheaper. There are top loaders that try and do away with the agitator and clean in a manner similar to front loaders. My parents have one. Heaps of trouble, and online reviews show it's common for that model (Calypso).
I have a digital console. I do worry about it breaking, but it hasn't broken yet. Mine's only about 5 yrs old though (I have an LG, altho right now, the Samsungs interest me more).