As promised, I have finally decided on a laundry pair. After much searching, humming and hawing, I have chosen:
Washer - Samsung 4.0 cu ft High Efficiency Front Washer
This baby offers VRT - Vibration Reduction Technology - which, in layman terms, reduces noise while on the spin cycle, which is 1100 RPM. While the laundry will be downstairs, I also wanted a laundry pair that would be long lasting. I also wanted a washer / dryer that could accommodate duvets / comforters.
Dryer - Samsung 7.3 cu ft Super Capacity Electric Dryer
This dryer offers Sensor Dry technology which detects moisture level in the load and adjusts the drying time to save time and even better, money. It also offers Wrinkle Prevent option which intermittently tumble dries clothes at the end of the drying cycle to help prevent wrinkles from setting in.
Well, it's a relief to have these decisions made. All that's left now is to price compare with various retailers here in Ottawa and get the best price.