Well to the Original Poster: Go in for a IFB washing machine, front loading type. My mom has been using this since (u wnt believe but its true) for more than 15 years.. and the only change or service it required was for the outer body and the drum and the timer (inside part) after a period of 11 years..
Front loading - IFB
Top loading - Whirlpool
After sales service of both are the best.
The prices are available in the manufacturers website. You'll usually get them 500-1000 bucks cheaper in the stores.