I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to Maytag’s front load washer and dryer offerings.
(And no this doesn’t have anything to do with the 6000’s # 1 rating in CR).
Maytag has changed the game in laundry and is coming out as a clear leader.
It’s all about FOCUS. When Maytag was purchased by Whirlpool there seemed to be a mess of confusion (that went on for years) as to where Maytag as a brand stood in relation to Whirlpool. Well slowly this was eventually articulated – Maytag is THE brand for premium laundry, so they are squared up against Electrolux and LG’s offerings.
Maytag is boasting a 10 year limited warranty on certain parts, it has an American heritage as it is designed, engineered and assembled in the US. The machines are built like tanks but also win style points for their sharp design.
I’ve going to start focusing on the newly released MHW6000, MHW7000 and MHW8000 washers with their accompanying dryers. These machines are packed with solid features which are well worth considering for your home. Much more to come this week…stay tuned.
With the holidays approaching I wanted to spend some time discussing cooking products but then the hurricane hit, the floods came, and there are a lot of folks
who are now going to be shopping for replacement laundry.
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
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
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
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.