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Maytag toploaders
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Post# 305116   9/22/2008 at 18:49 (3,311 days old) by lavamat_jon (-)        

Hi all,

As some of you may know I've moved to university this weekend, which has also meant that I am now one of many users of the on-campus launderette! Was gutted when I walked in to see that the washers were Maytag toploaders. However used one for the first time tonight and was pleasantly surprised!

These machines are electronic, with 6 cycles (I believe whites, colours, bright colours (all cottons hot/warm/cold respectively), permanent press, delicates, and woollens), and have the option of a short wash, or if you put 20p extra in a super wash.

Was very dubious at first of usng the machine, but was surprised at the results! I've used mechanical Maytag toploaders before with just a dial on a campsite and they were dismal - did a short wash and rinse. However these ones have a decent wash time, and rinse a hell of a lot! During the wash spin it will fill with water for a bit, then will do a deep rinse, then a rinse spin, then the final softener rinse, then during the spin cycle it sprays the clothes again 2 or 3 times. Laundry was surprisingly well rinsed, I used 2 Ariel tabs which do have quite a strong smell and I could not smell them at all on the laundry. Lifted up a dried in bolognase stain too, so overall a good wash.

So, from being a frontloader guy, I'm actually quite impressed with the topload machines, not sure if I'm converted but it's nice to see they're not as bad as some make them out to be!

Only problem I noticed though was that the washer had caused jeans and boxers to bobble, as well as a couple t shirts... will wait and see what happens there! Time will also tell when it comes to doing my whites!


Post# 305118 , Reply# 1   9/22/2008 at 18:53 (3,311 days old) by lavamat_jon (-)        

Another thing I have to add though was that I didn't find the toploader could hold any more than what our washer at home could fit, I can probably actually fit more in our washer at home. But then these coin op Maytags don't seem to have as deep drums as I remember from seeing on the Whirlpool toploaders in Currys. But a full load out of the toploader hasn't filled my clothes horse, which normally is crammed full when I've put a load out of one of our washers at home.


Post# 305157 , Reply# 2   9/23/2008 at 00:05 (3,311 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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As a general rule, coin-op toploaders tend to be quite small in capacity. They tend to have the same capacity as much much older residential machines in US, most of our toploaders hold 1.5 or 2 times what those Maytags can now!

Also, that's a hell of a rinse! Our toploaders generally to a spray rinse during the wash spin, one deep rinse, and sometimes a spray rinse after the deep rinse, but that's usually it!

Post# 305175 , Reply# 3   9/23/2008 at 02:00 (3,311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Hi Jon, great to hear from you, congrats starting Uni, where are you in Manchester??, I`m sure the Maytags will convert you!!!, looking forward to some pics n vids...

And well done on the AEG, what a beast that is will last the next 20 yrs & more I`m sure..

Cheers, Mike

Post# 305221 , Reply# 4   9/23/2008 at 12:02 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        

Last month I was in Bath and there I saw this tiny laundromat.

Post# 305223 , Reply# 5   9/23/2008 at 12:05 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        

Inside were 3 Maytag toploaders. I was surprised to see these machines still active.

Post# 305224 , Reply# 6   9/23/2008 at 12:06 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        

And there were two Speed Queen dryers (installed back to back).

Post# 305225 , Reply# 7   9/23/2008 at 12:07 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        

Apparently they had trouble removing the coins.

Post# 305226 , Reply# 8   9/23/2008 at 12:08 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        

So my question: are these commercial toploaders still common in the UK?

Post# 305229 , Reply# 9   9/23/2008 at 12:44 (3,311 days old) by tuthill ()        

The washer on the far right looks like a Speed Queen...

Post# 305230 , Reply# 10   9/23/2008 at 12:51 (3,311 days old) by cbosch ()        
top loader laundromat

In the two laundrettes that exist in the town where I live they both have speed queen top loaders. I have never used them and have only seen them in operation when I have been in using the one front loading machine to wash a double duvet. they would appear to have a very short wash cycle only maybe 4 minutes or so and the way they are crammed full I suspect nothing gets clean! I would guess that although these machines are heavy on water they are very quick so for a laundromat then maybe they are sufficent.

Post# 305231 , Reply# 11   9/23/2008 at 13:02 (3,311 days old) by mielabor ()        
Speed Queen?

This is a detail from the picture. Unfortunately no name visible, but a maybe a knowledgeable person is able to tell the brand name. In a few days I will be in Liverpool and maybe I will see one that is really being used :-)

Post# 305259 , Reply# 12   9/23/2008 at 15:34 (3,311 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        

Isn't that bizarre.

Front-loaders in the residences and top-lauders at the washeterias/laundromats.

Here in the U.S.A we have mostly top-loaders in the residences and a great deal of front-loaders at the washeterias/laundromats.

Do washers in the UK (even top-loasers) still have to lock the lid during spin?

Post# 305260 , Reply# 13   9/23/2008 at 15:35 (3,311 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        

Yup I can see the lid locks..........

Post# 305266 , Reply# 14   9/23/2008 at 16:18 (3,311 days old) by electron800 ()        
well jon I'm glad they're good

I must say I'm enjoying my commercial Miele :D


Post# 305304 , Reply# 15   9/23/2008 at 19:12 (3,310 days old) by lavamat_jon (-)        

Hi Mike,

Ended up in London in the end, would never have achieved straight A's which Manchester wanted lol...

Togs... toploaders seem to be only common here in uni and campsite laundries, most other launderettes have the stainless steel washer extractors - theres is one launderette back in Lincoln that have toploaders but theres only a few at that. The toploaders do have lid locks - there's a button which pops the lid open and the catch lowers into a slot in the front of the machine which locks not unlike a frontloader interlock.


Post# 306273 , Reply# 16   9/28/2008 at 16:09 (3,306 days old) by lavamat_jon (-)        
Looks like I counted my eggs before they hatched...

Ran a couple loads last Thursday, a full load of whites and a full load of colours, and have to say that I've had considerably pulling on my duvet cover (which was only new a fortnight ago), and all the stitching was ripped out of an expensive pair of jeans. Not just that but nothing came particularly clean with a full load... wasn't overloaded either, just loosely loaded until the top row of holes.

Other people have said they've noticed that the washers both damage and don't clean the clothes... not good!

Shame as these are such fun machines to use :-(


Post# 306341 , Reply# 17   9/28/2008 at 22:41 (3,305 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        

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Check the tubs and agitators for nicks and other damage, that would certainly damage clothing. Also, make sure that all zippers are zipped up before being washed to reduce abrasion (ESPECIALLY metal zippers like on jeans). Load loosely to the top row of holes, don't press down.

They can be great machines once you get the hang of working with them,

Post# 306370 , Reply# 18   9/29/2008 at 04:10 (3,305 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Hi Jon, wow London, more to do than Manchester, so enjoy and have fun!!!(not forgetting the studies...Lol), sorry to hear about the Maytag, was it a different machine etc

Cheers, Mike

p.s. you`ll just have to get Steve to drive straight down with your new / old AEG & start renting it out, you`ll make a mint!!!

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