We wound up buying this LG washer and dryer in white:
We knew we wanted front load because we plan to build a counter on top of it something like this:
We also wanted the steam function on the dryer because I hate to iron and apparently the steam function works well for taking out wrinkles (fingers crossed)! We were basically looking for the cheapest products that met those qualifications. The ones we got were actually listed $50 more than a similar Samsung model, but I liked the chrome doors on the LG model better, and we wound up talking the guy into giving us an additional $50 off of each unit so they came out to the same price. The original prices were $899 each and we got them for $700 each.
For our refrigerator we knew we wanted side-by-side doors and the "stainless steel look" finish because having a magnetic refrigerator for my godchildren's (and future children's) artwork is very important. The last refrigerator we had was not magnetic and it made me so sad not being able to hang things on it. Apparently the "stainless look" finish is more resistant to fingerprints too. Greg really wanted the built-in water/ice maker on the door, so that was on our list as well. These requirements didn't leave us with many choices, which was actually a good thing because it made it an easy decision. We wound up going with this Whirlpool refrigerator. It was originally $1,400 and our final price was $1,050.
We are having our refrigerator and washer/dryer delivered the Sunday after closing (we close on a Friday). Hopefully everything goes as scheduled with settlement. We have our moving truck set up for Saturday (still taking volunteers to help us move!!), then hopefully we can get a decent amount of unpacking done on Sunday. Greg is taking some time off from work to continue to get settled, but I don't have enough vacation to take off any more time. That is going to be a busy week!