vexxxboy: LG have just bought top loader washing machines onto the market and have good deals on them to get people interested , they dont have agitators either . looked at one a few days ago and they look really nice.
I've got an LG top loader, while it's super quiet and has fuzzy logic etc, it takes ages to get through a cycle, at least 45 minutes and doesn't wash that well (better than most top loaders I've used admittedly). I'd go for a front loader if I had the choice again, they just wash better with the tumbling action and therefore don't need to run for as long.
I beat The Good Guys up with Pricespy when I got it, and went halves on the delivery too.
For the fridge I went with a Westinghouse, has been really good and feels solidly built.
The two together came to $3000 or there about so should fit within the OPs budget.