We've come a long way since the days of using a washboard and tub to clean clothes - although some aunties swear that today's machines don't hold a candle to the old ways. Judging by how many washers are on the market, the idea of throwing dirty clothes into the magic box and having them come out clean appeals to many. There's still no solution to lost socks, unfortunately. Gorenje Model WA 65205 The puff 'The world's first washing machine with touch-screen display'. The look Water cooler meets photocopier, but it picked up a reddot ( www.red-dot.de ) product design award in Germany last year. Wow factor This machine can be set to spin its extra-large, 54-litre drum up to 2,000 revolutions per minute - almost double the speed of older models, and it has an LCD touch screen. Tell the Wash Wizard the type of clothes and how dirty, then press start. UseLogic technology checks sensors to obtain best results while saving water and energy. There's a matching dryer. The damage About $16,880. Panasonic NA-V60A1/N1 The puff 'The tilted drum washer'. The look Big eyeball. The 20-degree slanted door makes it easier to add/remove clothes. Wow factor The tilted drum and door, which can be opened when the machine is 'paused' to add/remove clothes; the normal 'shower foam' setting washes up to 6kg of clothes in 30-degree Celsius water in 65 minutes. The push-button control panel allows settings to be customised, such as water temperature and drum speed. This machine is also supposed to be quieter than previous models. The damage About $5,980 (NA-V60N1, white ring); $5,480 (NA-V60A1, metal ring).