The 3.5 cu. ft. Maytag Centennial MVWC215EW ($599) prides itself on being simple and powerful. Although we didn't test this model directly, we did spend a lot of time with its slightly larger brother, the Maytag Centennial MVWC415EW (MSRP $649).
Both washers feature old-fashioned pole agitators. From such a setup, you can expect good stain removal, but high clothing wear, especially on the PowerWash cycle.