After a lot of internet research I decided to pull the trigger with this GE HE machine. I like that it's got an actual agitator plus cool nobs instead of buttons. The machine does take some getting adjusted to as it makes a lot of weird noises - in fact, I've joked that it sounds like I turned on a space ship with the beeps and whirring as it uses it's smart features and whatnot but it's no louder than my last non HE machine that this was meant to replace so it doesn't bother me at all.
It takes some getting used to seeing how low the water level looks on these newer HR models but when I feel like the water is too low the "deep fill" button comes to the rescue and the clothes come out clean and so well rinsed they appear dry or nearly dry sometimes.
Two quick things for people that don't like to read instructions but want to start using the machine right away.
1) Always press the pause button before opening the machine or making any adjustments to the wash settings, then press the start button to resume. Easy.
2) When using the "precise fill" function, where it uses it's smart features to figure out the size of the load and adjusts the water level for you. Well, on this feature when you press Start, the machine locks. Again, simply press the pause button and wait for 5 full seconds, the machine will unlock and you can add more clothes or change the was setting.
Super happy customer here - I highly recommend this machine.
NOTE: A warning to Best Buy's customers that are city dwellers like myself. When I ordered this machine the site simply said, they offer free installation so naturally I chose this option. When the delivery guy arrived (4 hours late, mind you), he put the machine in its place and quickly turned around and left my apartment. When I followed him out to inquire about the full installation, which was offered and which I selected, he very matter of factly said that Best Buy's policy is that they are never to go under a sink to connect the machine and this mostly (only?) affects people that live in apartment buildings.
WELL, I wish Best Buy was transparent on that policy at the point of sale since it was a MAJOR inconvenience (and a stupid policy!). Had I known this I would have paid to have a real technician hook it up and saved myself the headache.