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Maytag Frontload Washers Holidays 2010 – A Comprehensive Review

Written by Appliance Dude | November 26th, 2010

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Maytag Washers

Once upon a time Maytag was one of the most venerable brands in business. The image of the Maytag repair man idling by as he never got to repair any machines was a testament to Maytag’s reputation for quality, long-lasting washing machines and dryers.

Then things changed in the 2000’s. First Maytag reintroduced the front-load washer to the US market (beating Whirlpool’s “Duet” by a good year) and ended up having their pants sued off them due to mildew problems in the washer. Whirlpool observed this, adjusted the plans for the Duet, and then watched them become a smash success upon release, while Maytag was mired in litigation with their Neptune washing machines.

Problems with Maytag continued. Rumors of Maytag service problems began to mount, and suddenly Old Lonely the Maytag man was inundated with repair calls. Word started to spread and suddenly Maytag was a company in jeopardy. Whirlpool then stepped in and purchased Maytag and vowed to retool the company and heal the broken brand.

In the last year or so, the Maytag ship has been righted. Whirlpool made the decision to return Maytag to its roots as a rock-solid, venerable laundry company. Yes Maytag still produced ranges, ovens and refrigerators but Whirlpool has positioned the new Maytag as the THE laundry brand.
Maytag uses commercial components for increased durability and now offers a 10 yr limited parts guarantee on select machines.

Maytag has split its washers into three categories: frontload, high efficiency top load and traditional top load washers.
The frontloaders and high efficiency top loaders are where most of the sexiness can be found, but even the top load washers hearken back to Maytag’s heritage as quality washer brand at affordable prices.

Here is a breakdown of the frontload washer categories with analysis of select models. Note that MSRP pricing is listed at bottom of each model…figure Curto’s sale price is significantly below MSRP.

Maytag Frontload Washers

MHW6000XW – this is Maytag’s high-end laundry offering for front load washers. Super sexy piece, the MHW6000XW looks like it would be George Jetson’s washing machine of choice. This is Maytag’s entrant to grab LG by the collar and say “Hey we can make an incredibly sleek-looking washer with bells and whistles and things that people probably don’t need but still look cool in the specs BUT our customers will be able to get service and we’ll undercut your price in the market!”
Size – 5.0 cu ft which makes it Maytag’s largest capacity front load washer
Energy Efficient – yep, certified CEE Tier 3
Power Wash cycle – yep
Warranty – limited 10 years
Bells and Whistles – Advanced vibration control, stain clean option, allergen removal, delay start option
MSRP Price – $1299

Maytag's super sexy front load washer - MHW6000xw

Maytag's super sexy front load washer - MHW6000xw

MHWE950WW
Not quite sure that I understand this offering. Brings much of what the 450 (see next) brings to the table yet at a higher price point. Is one more wash cycle worth the upcharge.
Size – 4.5 cu ft
Energy Efficiency – Energy Star qualified Cier Tier III
Steam – Yes
Spin Speed – 1300 RPMS
Power Wash – Yes
Warranty – 10 years limited
MSRP Price – $1199

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Maytag's MHWE950www...I can't figure this one out.

MWHE450WW – This is a sweet value play folks. Nice size, Energy Star qualified
she hums at 1300 RPMS…and you can find this priced in the $700’s. Such a sweet deal that it makes sense that Maytag changed up the looks on the MHW6000XW because the 450 would’ve cannibalized its sales.
Size – 4.5 cu ft
Energy Efficiency – Energy Star qualified Cier Tier III
Steam – Yes
Power Wash – Yes
Spin Speed – 1300 RPMS
Warranty – 10 years limited
MSRP Price – $1099

NO NEED FOR AN IMAGE…IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE 950!

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