Archive for the ‘Laundry’ Category
After Whirlpool purchased Maytag a few years ago, they changed Maytag’s direction, cleaned up their product lineup and focused Ole Blue squarely on
laundry. This of course was Maytag’s bread and butter through the years so it was almost like a return to their brand heritage.
Maytag offers both traditional washers and also is deeply involved in the newer front load category which I’ll examine here.
The Maytag Front Load Washer for Those on a Budget: MHWE200X
Check out the MHWE200X washer which offers 4.0 cu ft of capacity, 10 year limited warranty on parts, and the FreshSpin option which prevents wet clean clothes from developing odor. Price is around $749.
The Maytag Front Load Washer for Those Who Don’t Want an Intro Model but Don’t Want All the Bells and Whistles: MHW6000X
The MHW6000xw represents the middle for Maytag’s frontload washer products. Larger than the MHWE200x as this model offers 5.0 cu ft and according to Maytag promotional literature delivers “the best cleaning in the industry” when compared to leading competitive brand washers running on comparable cycles using default settings. And yes, Maytag offers a limited 10 yr. warranty on this model as well. Price is around $1299.
The Maytag Front Load Washer for Those Who Want Steam:MHW7000X
The MHW7000X is the top of the line entry for Maytag’s front load washers. This unit offers steam, colors, a sound dampening stainless steel drum and 10 year limited warranty. Price is around $1499.
People have been asking me to review the Bosch WFVC6450U washer as it is garnering a lot of attention in our showroom. I can tell you this much – not only is the Bosch WFVC6450UC priced under $1000 (great deal for a quality front load washer), but the current rebates on it are borderline absurd. Right off you get $300 back in your wallet.
Then, if you purchase one between 2/10 and 2/15, there is another $100, so you are in for a grand total of $400 back, just on a
washer. No one else is offering anything like this for a single laundry appliance.
And think about it, it’s not like you have to buy something like an Estate washer. This is Bosch. One of the better laundry manufacturers in the business. Think Green appliances. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dependable. In the laundry category, the deal on the WFVC6450 is the best out there.
Here are some features on the WFVC6450:
# EcoAction Option Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
# Bosch Washers Exceed Federal Energy Standards by up to 102%
# Exceeds ENERGY STAR® 2011 Guidelines – Uses only 130 kWh/yr
# ActiveWater turns 13 gal. into 400 gal. of washing power
# 15 Wash cycles for more flexibility and the greatest variety of load types
# 1200 rpm max spin for drier clothes and efficient drying
# BabyCare cycle cleans with extra water&high temperatures
Translation – the Bosch WFVC6450UC is energy efficient, quiet and dependable. And with the $400 rebate, it’s offers a fantastic opportunity to
jazz your laundry room up with modern, efficient appliances.
Bosch WFVC6450UC washer
In these value-driven times, I would have to say that the GE Profile WPRE6150KWT washer has turned out to be one of the biggest sellers at Curto’s Appliances.GE hit a home run with this piece. Here’s what it delivers:
– Washer priced around $500
– Energy Star-rated
– Offers stainless steel tub which is more hygienic
– Has a shortened agitator, which is gentler on fabric
– Offers a colossal 4.1 cu ft of capacity – yes, you can stuff a comforter in here
When you consider that the WPRE6150 is also rebated, it’s a no-lose proposition! This piece has cut into sales of the current king of top-loading laundry, the Whirlpool Cabrio. While the Cabrio is huge and offers several bells and whistles, it’s also several hundred dollars more expensive than the WPRE6150KWT. The consumer will determine what is the better buy.
GE Wpre6150kwt washer at Curtos.com
GE wpre6150kwt washer - Curtos.com
Bosch Appliances has been rolling out a new line of kitchen appliances over the last few months: Linea refrigerators, dishwashers and a new line of washers and dryers. The new appliances have gradually been brought onto the Curto’s appliance showroom floor and the feedback from customers has been very positive.
I’ve found the new Bosch front loading washers to be interesting as this is the product category (along with dishwashers) which Bosch staked its name on. There has been a tremendous amount of competition in the front loading laundry category as brands like Whirlpool, GE Profile, Electrolux and LG have cut into Bosch’s perceived lead in the category, competing on both price and value metrics. So in the face of this competition, Bosch retooled the line of washers and introduced AquaStop technology.
AquaStop provides comprehensive leak protection by offering:
– A double-walled hose inside which prevents water from escaping
– A sensor which signals the tap to shut off water if hose is cracked
– A water detector in the base of the unit which shuts down the machine if it comes into contact with water
The MistCare technology is used in Bosch’s dryers to freshen laundry. It uses a nozzle to spray water into the drum and the cycle only takes 20 minutes. Is it true steam? No. But customer feedback has been good and the dryers don’t cost as much as traditional steam systems as found in the Electrolux or LG dryers.
Great news for those shopping for deals on Electrolux appliances.
Electrolux has responded to the marketplace and has removed UMRP pricing on select models and lowered it on a bunch of others from 8-1-09 until 9-30-09. Main points to note:
Big UMRP Price Cuts on Electrolux Laundry
UMRP has been lifted on non-Energy Star refrigerators including:
Electrolux front loading washers and dryers are now set at UMRP prices ranging from $1099 (EIFLW55HIW white Front Load Washer – IQ-Touch™ Control ) up to $1699 (EWMGD65IMB Blue Gas Steam Dryer – Wave-Touch™ Control)
These are dramatic price cuts. Take advantage of them!
The recently introduced GE WHRE5550KW washer is unique as it is a top loader washer WITHOUT an agitator.
Since it uses a HydroWave Infusor instead, it is gentler on your clothes and creates tremendous savings for consumers. When compared to non Energy Star qualified GE topload washers the WHRE5550KWW:
Saves up to 54% in energy consumption
Saves up to 46% in water usage
Another benefit is that by removing the agitator, they have increased the capacity to 4.1 cu ft so that can handle king-size and family-size loads (hint…comforters).
Since these are priced in the upper $400’s, it is a tremendous bargain. You’re getting “frontloader functionality” at a toploader price point. Gotta Love it!
WHRE5550KWW Topload washer - Curtos.com
GE WHRE5550KWW washer infusor at work - Curtos.com