Those that want to consider the environmental impact can go "green" with a miniature hand-operated version. They are inexpensive and use very little soap and water, and no electricity. If you want the absolute king of the hill when it comes to engineering and performance, treat yourself a Miele washing machine.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure that you're making an informed decision. Whether you opt to try your hand at DIY Maytag washing machine repair or you choose to scrap the old, worn-out unit in favor of a shinier model, it's your responsibility as a consumer to educate yourself about all of the available options.